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Do you worry about air quality affecting small children?

Do you worry that your child might attend daycare or preschool too close to a major freeway or roadway?
asked on July 6, 2015

Has your student used an app or game for school?

We're talking to parents and teachers who have used an app or desktop game to help a student learn or do homework. Photo by Daniel Go / Flickr Creative Commons
asked on July 1, 2015

How could changes in overtime pay affect you?

PIN journalists want to hear your insights on extending overtime pay to more American workers. Share your perspective.
asked on July 1, 2015

Beyond Ferguson: What's changed for you, one year later?

What's changed — or not — since Aug. 9, 2014, in ourselves, in the way we see the world and in laws and policies. In our coverage of what's happened since the shooting death of Michael Brown, we want to include your insight.
asked on July 1, 2015

What does the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision mean for you?

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. We want to know what this decision means to you.
asked on June 29, 2015

What does the Confederate flag mean to you?

As politicians and communities across the country debate the appropriate place and role for the Confederate flag, Public Insight Network journalists would like to hear your perspective.
asked on June 26, 2015

PINfluence™ Stories informed by the Public Insight Network

New paid sick leave law creates challenges for restaurants June 29, 2015

On Wednesday, California employers must begin providing all workers at least three days of paid sick leave per year and that's got some small local businesses, like restaurants, grumbling. "We’re going to have the cost of the person who’s out, plus pay the overtime of the person who’s covering for the person who’s out," said Maribel Peebles, a Public Insight Network source who manages Tacos Don Chente in Bell Gardens. "It becomes expensive to have people out when they're sick."

Fighting Inequality with Entrepreneurship June 29, 2015

Over the course of the past two months, The Story Exchange had been engaged in candid, insightful conversations with individuals and organizational representatives who have observed — and lived — the challenges and joys of starting and growing businesses as women of color. They coordinated a query with PIN that solicited minority businesswomen’s input and undertook a significant amount of research.

Community Conversations: How does the state budget affect your vote? June 28, 2015

We asked the following question to readers on social media and the Public Insight Network recently: How does the state budget affect your vote? Thanks for all of your responses. Below is a sampling of your comments, some of which were edited for length and clarity. Learn more about the Public Insight Network and comment on previous discussions at and select Community Conversations.

A 71-year-old Wichita lesbian happy for new generation June 27, 2015

With the Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, a PIN source shares her experience of being gay in Kansas in the 1960s and 1970s, and what the ruling means to her now.

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PIN Blog

  • 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 »
  • is going away, but its legacy inspires new chapters of crowdfunding playbookFebruary 11, 2015 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 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 »
  • Using PIN to track social impact – a Minnesota exampleSeptember 23, 2014

    There is no dearth of evidence that Minnesotans are civic-minded. The state’s volunteerism rates are second in the nation, more than 60 percent of Minnesotans donate money to charity, and we lead the country in voter turnout. While such statistics are great, they don’t capture what it’s like to live in a social-minded state full... Read more »