A space to explore Local Journalism Centers’ work with PIN

Joellen Easton
Business Development Manager
Public Insight Network

This year the Public Insight Network started working with three Local Journalism Centers, collaboratives between several public radio stations that are organized around a topic.

The centers get their funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

FronterasFronteras: The Changing America Desk covers the many ways immigration is changing the United States.  The center’s home station is KJZZ in Phoenix and the collaboration has reporters based throughout the Southwest.

Changing GearsChanging Gears reports on the reinvention of the rust belt economy.  Michigan Public Radio in Ann Arbor is the Changing Gears lead station, with reporters also at WBEZ in Chicago and ideastream/WCPN in Cleveland.

Harvest Public MediaHarvest Public Media is based at KCUR in Kansas City, Mo., and has reporters at six stations spanning Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma.  Harvest covers the changing agricultural economy in the United States.

Thanks to additional funding by the CPB, all three centers hired a public insight journalist and, as of this summer, have launched local networks and started engaging community sources to inform their reporting.

As the PIN partners manager, I’m going to use this space to share what we’re learning from them about collaboration, focusing community engagement work in a single beat, the challenges they face and where they’re innovating and succeeding.

My PIN colleague, Mike Caputo, consults with staff at the Local Journalism Centers to help them get the most out of their local networks and the national PIN.  On this blog you’ll hear from me, Mike, others on the PIN team, and the good people at each center.

Next post: Introductions!

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.