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Say a story in 6 words

The 2014 Miami Book Fair, in collaboration with WLRN - Miami Herald News, encourages you to share a story about South Florida in six words.
asked on July 24, 2014

On the move: What are you looking for in a place to live?

For an upcoming edition of "St. Louis on the Air," we're looking for people who have moved recently, or are planning to relocate soon. We especially want to talk with folks who've moved into the city of St. Louis or an inner suburb from someplace "farther out."
asked on July 23, 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

NPR | All About Viagra

This summer, NPR is examining manhood. What it means, how it's represented, and how it's changing. One angle we're looking into is how erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra have changed the lives of older men: their sex lives, their relationships, their self-image. Have you or a loved one used these drugs? Whether your experiences were good or bad, we’d like to hear from you. Fill out this short survey and inform our reporting. And don't worry, we won't cite you or contact you unless you give us permission!
asked on July 10, 2014

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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.

Why Doesn't Florida, The Sunshine State, Use More Solar Energy? July 22, 2014

As far as solar energy goes, the Sunshine State is third in the country for potential -- and 18th in actual installation. In Florida, there’s no financial assistance for installing solar panels on your roof. Solar energy users can only take a federal tax credit.

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.

Tracking the arts in Vermont June 26, 2014

Art Hounds are dancers, writers, sculptors, painters - all recommending work that their colleagues are doing. This weekly program brings the voices of the arts community to our listeners and lets them know about events, galleries and performances throughout the region.

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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 »