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Are you a fan of Weird Al?

In honor of the chart-topping "Mandatory Fun" album, we're looking for faithful followers of Weird Al Yankovic who can share their for love his particular brand of parody.
asked on July 28, 2014

Millennials, have you gone on a cruise?

The cruise industry expects to see a lot of growth in millennial passengers who have never been on a cruise ship before. Have you taken a cruise? Why or why not?
asked on July 28, 2014

Did the bank take your car?

Vehicle loans may be the new sub-prime mortgages. Have you been affected?
asked on July 26, 2014

Colorado: What is the level of your political involvement?

Entering political season, Rocky Mountain PBS wants to gauge sources’ level of political involvement, but not their views.
asked on July 21, 2014

Garden Hacks

Tell MPR News your favorite gardening tips, tricks and hacks
asked on July 14, 2014

Inform News21 Reporting on Gun Rights and Regulations

News21, a national investigative journalism project, is working on a series about gun rights and regulations. Help inform news coverage of gun ownership and legislation in the United States by telling us what you feel is most important to discuss in the news.
asked on July 11, 2014

PINfluence™ Stories informed by the Public Insight Network

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? For some, back-to-school doctor visits include HPV vaccine July 28, 2014

Gardasil, which protects against four strains of HPV, the most common sexually transmitted virus, has been approved for both girls -- and boys. We asked PIN members if they have vaccinated their children for HPV.

Dooley And Stenger Defend Attack Ads On 'St. Louis On The Air' July 23, 2014

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and his chief Democratic rival, Councilman Steve Stenger talk with Don Marsh on "St. Louis On the Air" and respond to questions raised by PIN sources.

Young Immigrants Compete In Portland's Own World Cup Tournament July 4, 2014

OPB met with PIN sources when our newsroom reported on Portland's own World Cup Tournament whose participants represent young immigrants and underserved youth in the community.

Medical groups clash over new health provider July 2, 2014

Richard Oswald, a Missouri farmer, was found through PIN for this story.

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PIN Blog

  • You won’t believe how these nine newsrooms are using PIN in their politics coverageMarch 5, 2014

    One of the great — and often unheralded — aspects of PIN is the collaboration and sharing of ideas that occurs among PIN partner newsrooms. For instance, several partners have built on one another’s success using PIN to drive engagement around mayoral elections and involve the community more directly in their campaign reporting. These newsrooms include OPB, KQED,... Read more »
  • PIN launches a new University BureauMarch 3, 2014

    We are happy to formally announce the brand new PIN Bureau, based at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. By providing outsourced PIN services, the Bureau will make it possible for newsrooms to tap the power of PIN even if they don’t have the staff to do so. The Bureau is operating... Read more »
  • ONA finalists use PIN to drive reportingSeptember 25, 2013

    Congratulations to the thirteen PIN newsrooms nominated for the Online News Association’s 2013 awards! They are: WAMU, AxisPhilly, EarthFix (via OPB), St. Louis Beacon, NPR, MPR news, Harvest Public Media, SCPR, The Center for Public Integrity, The Center for Investigative Reporting, WLRN-Miami Herald News, The Washington Post, and Marketplace. Here are some examples of the myriad ways some of... Read more »
  • Measuring PIN in your newsroom: A how-to guideAugust 28, 2013

    Download the full Public Insight Network evaluation how-to guide here. If something is important to you and you want it to improve, you measure it.  Want to get in better shape?  Metrics can help.  If you’re trying to become a better baker, lowering the ratio of burned-to-not-burned cookies is a good thing.  When journalists hear... Read more »