A look back at PIN Camp 2

Joellen Easton
Business Development Manager
Public Insight Network

Today, I’m back in Long Beach, CA after an intensive week in St. Paul, where the PIN team hosted the second annual PINCamp for Public Insight Network partners.  Bringing partners together is always invigorating and illuminating — and the best part is that 9 years in, on any given topic, not only is APM not the expert on all things PIN, but we can tee up a question or frame a conversation and let the conversation take its course.  The leadership and innovation coming from partner newsrooms often outstrips our own.  What a best-case scenario!  This community never ceases to impress me, and it’s an honor to be a part of it.

Just a few moments:

Ashley Alvarado of California Watch and The Bay Citizen (Bay Watch?) agitated for a collective of newsrooms covering immigration and border issues to put together a Mexican source recruitment campaign.

Jeff Severns Guntzel of APM teed up an inspiring and hilarious session on the “non-article,” with Peggy Lowe of Harvest Public Media, Sarah Alvarez of Changing Gears/Michigan Radio, and Joy Mayer of RJI.

Amanda Stupi of KQED discovered that floating hotels are prone to spiders.

Journalists swarmed Manolo Espinosa and Evan Tennenbaum of SoundCloud with questions and ideas for integrating the SoundCloud platform.

Jeff Jones of APM teed up an informative conversation about collaboration, during which we collaborated on a list of best practices – in real time – on Google Docs (at right).

Lee Hill from Colorado Public Radio and Molly Bloom of MPR News shared their experiences designing political reporting from the sources up.

Jacqui Banaszynski of RJI and APM led three workshops in finding story ideas, verification and turning story subjects into storytellers.

And we learned that s’mores are messy to eat indoors.

My colleague Annie Anderson used Storify to gather tweets and pictures throughout the three-day PINCamp.  Here’s her recap:

Joellen Easton Business Development Manager
Public Insight Network
Joellen Easton gets to chart the next mission for PIN: New ways to use the network for meeting information needs, with new partners and new technologies. All shiny objects cross her desk.

Her background is in anthropology, and she has produced for WGBH, PRI’s The World, and as a freelancer. She first worked with PIN at Marketplace as a PIN analyst for four years, and after that as partners manager for three years, leading the training and support team. She is degreed from Tufts and MIT.