Joellen Easton builds partnerships with newsrooms, grows the source base, leads collaboration, innovates around the toolset, embeds empathy in PIN technology and newsrooms, and spreads the gospel.
As partners manager she leads our training and support team. This means she ensures that partner journalists learn best practices and deploy PIN effectively, recruits and brings on new news organizations, represents users in the PIN tools development process, leads evaluation efforts, and develops academic partnerships and course modules.
Her background is in anthropology, and she has produced for WGBH, PRI's The World, and freelance. She first worked with PIN at Marketplace as a PIN analyst for four years. She is degreed from Tufts and MIT.
Finding sources who represent multiple sides of an issue and are willing to talk with a reporter can be challenging at times. Beacon reporter Robert Joiner worked with PIN sources to put a personal face on his article about polls and perceptions related to the health care law. More at stlbeacon.org.
Rosemount, MN students from the PIN shared their experience with U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills as a teacher. They all told MPR News that Bills is friendly, funny and accessible, and has a knack for making a dense subject understandable. More at mpr.org.
In this conversation on AirTalk, a sports psychologist gets into the heads of athletes, and an African-American water polo star from the 2004 games talks about the social barriers to participation by athletes of color. More at scpr.org.
The sudden ouster of University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan took faculty, alumni and the public by surprise. Some are blaming partisan politics, while others see a culture clash between corporate-world board members and academics. WAMU's PIN sources weigh in on the latest. More at wamu.org.
MPR's Art Hounds segment is powered by the PIN. In this segment, the hounds unearthed an intergenerational hip hop choreographer's evening, a St. Paul poet encouraging African-American artists to take control of their image and a Minneapolis indie folk band. More at mpr.org.
When the U.S. Supreme Court handed out its ruling the Arizona immigration law, Evren Senol, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Cyprus, said that laws like the one Arizona and other states have enacted are shortsighted. More at stlbeacon.org
WAMU in Washington, D.C. joined PIN only about six months ago. In those six months, WAMU’s senior news editor Rebecca Blatt and online managing editor Seth Liss have experimented with using PIN as a resource for a wide variety of programming — from feature reporting to talk shows, to a pet segment. What’s struck me about their work, beyond the variety,... Read more »
This 25-minute radio documentary was the culmination of a 9-month reporting project following teachers, students and administrators to learn how budget cuts are affecting public schools. Both families in the series came either directly or indirectly from OPB's Public Insight Network. More at opb.org.