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Let’s talk about Watts

What would you like people to know about the neighborhood and how it’s changed—or not?
asked on July 31, 2015

Do you feel a personal connection to children’s author Beverly Cleary?

In honor of children’s author Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday this April, OPB is searching for individuals who may feel a personal, or literary, connection to her.
asked on July 31, 2015

Would lifting the embargo improve life for Cubans?

Should the U.S. lift its trade embargo with Cuba?
asked on July 29, 2015

Why Don't You Vote?

Voter turnout in Indiana -- particularly in non-presidential election years -- is among the lowest in the country. Why?
asked on July 27, 2015

What's going on in Jefferson City?

With two legislative leaders resigning recently under allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior, we're wondering if this is a sign of more widespread problems in Missouri's Capitol.
asked on July 27, 2015

How do you decide it's time to give up driving?

Driving is associated with freedom, and taking away one's ability to drive can be a difficult decision for all involved. Colorado Public Radio would like to know about your experiences with an older driver or as an older driver.
asked on July 24, 2015

PINfluence™ Stories informed by the Public Insight Network

Is affordable housing unattainable in Miami? July 30, 2015

We asked the following question to readers on social media and the Public Insight Network recently as a part of our weekly Community Conversations feature: Is affordable housing unattainable in Miami? Because I mistakenly didn't link to the query, most responses came through via email.

Low Water at State Parks Changes Summer Plans July 21, 2015

Used PIN source response to drought query in feature story about drought in state parks.

Food fight: FDA plan to cut trans fats from foods divides consumers July 20, 2015

In June the FDA announced a plan to phase trans fat out of all processed foods by 2018. We asked sources to share their thoughts on this ban and found a variety of opinions on government oversight, healthy eating and the future of gourmet food. Those insights directly affected this story. One PIN source was included in the story, and others provided background.

Would a California 'gas bank' reduce price spikes? July 17, 2015

Los Angeles gas prices rose again Wednesday to an average of $4.30 per gallon, up 76 cents from a week ago. The spike in gas prices – a weekly record dating back to 2000, according to AAA – is the symptom of very tight supply in Southern California. Whatever it takes, Fullerton-based landscaper, Laurie Ann Malone, just hopes gas prices will go down soon. She says the spike is making her to reconsider what jobs she takes based upon how far she has to drive. "If someone from Laguna Beach called me, I would probably do some politically-incorrect profiling," said Malone. “I’ll turn things down that I wouldn’t have before." Malone says her mother is buying some of her gasoline to keep her struggling business afloat. "But my mom does not enjoy swiping her American Express that often," said Malone.

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PIN Blog

  • A new collaboration with (Don’t) Guess My RaceJuly 15, 2015

    PIN is excited to announce a collaboration with Interactive Diversity Solutions, creator of a web-based learning game called (Don’t) Guess My Race. This game in a one-of-a-kind interactive diversity program based on social science research that promotes cultural understanding, increases empathy and reduces bias, all wrapped up in a fun game. Participants who play (Don’t) Guess My... Read more »
  • PIN Bureau wins ASU innovation awardApril 20, 2015

    We are excited to be able to share today that the Public Insight Network Bureau, based at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has won the 2015 ASU President’s Award for Innovation.  This prestigious award is given annually by ASU in recognition of cutting edge projects and programs that significantly benefit... Read more »
  • Spot.us is going away, but its legacy inspires new chapters of crowdfunding playbookFebruary 11, 2015

    Spot.us proved that crowdfunding can help support independent, local journalism, especially that of freelancers. It was an important early innovator in the field, and many of the platforms available in 2015 owe a lot to founder David Cohn and the community of Spot.us users.
  • Newsrooms use PIN to drive award-winning contentSeptember 29, 2014

    A big congratulations to the ten PIN newsrooms that were finalists and winners of the Online News Association’s 2014 awards! They are: Oregon Public Broadcasting, KUT Austin, St. Louis Public Radio, NPR, MPR News, New Hampshire Public Radio, The Center for Public Integrity, News21, WLRN-Miami Herald News, and The Washington Post. Here’s how some of these newsrooms use... Read more »