Our PIN effort looked at how one community, Beaverton, planned to vote last November on whether to raise revenue for schools. A few months later we held a listening session in Beaverton, inviting residents (including many PIN sources) to hear our education series and share what more they know about paying for education. We came away with other story options for our newsroom.
All in all, PIN was invaluable in leading us in new directions and finding real people for this long-tail series. We followed two families, two teachers and a principal over the course of the school year, featuring them in stories, and we found two of the five through PIN. Our reporter found it great to have all of the query responses and sources to cull from. He also really liked being able to help me craft the queries to see if his hunches were in fact right. This series was important for our audience and we feel we reported it well.