PINcast Episode 5: What to do about liars

Anna Weggel
Public Insight Network

In today’s episode of PINcast, we discuss what happens when a person answers a newsroom’s questions with false information.

Linda Lockhart, from the St. Louis Beacon, tells us about a near miss with a source who was pretending to be a local journalist  – he even went as far as submitting false photos of himself.

Then Joellen Easton, from our own PIN team, tells us how PIN tools can help prevent and reveal liars — and just how often this type of thing happens.

Thanks for giving Episode 5 a listen! Stay tuned for more episodes in the coming weeks.

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Anna Weggel Analyst
Public Insight Network

Anna Weggel is a Public Insight Analyst, which means she spends her time crafting questions about upcoming story topics to send to sources in the Public Insight Network and then produces web, audio and video content featuring those sources.

Before finding her home at APM in 2008, Anna received her B.A. in journalism, was the editor in chief of The Minnesota Daily, and internship hopped through Mother Jones, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Pioneer Press, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, and the Downtown Journal. Anna's non-work life is held hostage by the stage -- where she performs improv comedy and shows with her lady bluegrass band.