Announcing Public Insight Network engagement funding recipients

Meg Cramer
PIN analyst

The Public Insight Network is pleased to announce that we will be funding community engagement efforts in 17 public media newsrooms. The funding is intended to help stations generate content, organize events and meet the information needs of their communities through engagement.

We are providing these funds in an effort to encourage stations to involve their communities more directly in content and discussion around important local and national issues as well as to encourage more newsrooms to adopt the PIN model of engaging communities in journalistically relevant ways throughout the editorial process.

We received many worthwhile proposals and are excited to announce the following recipients of Public Insight Network engagement funding:

Center for Collaborative Journalism (Macon, Ga.)
Will conduct community engagement and outreach with individuals from communities that are underrepresented in the media. Their stories, frustrations with and praise of their community will inform on-air and online segments.

KPCC (Pasadena, Calif.)
Will facilitate a series of listening sessions and outreach efforts to engage with Southern Californians around the topic of mental illness. The station plans a capstone event at the Crawford Family Forum to present findings and insights into the worlds of those living with mental illness.

KRZA (Alamosa, Colo.)
Plans to host a series of women’s luncheons geared toward gathering insights from Hispanic women, with a goal of learning from these women what topics and points of view are of interest to them.

KUED (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Will engage with communities to learn about their levels of emergency preparedness, producing a booklet with information about national and state resources on preparing for emergencies.

KUHF (Houston, Texas)
Plans outreach and a community meeting around the topics of immigration and in-migration to Houston. Through its public affairs unit, KUHF will engage with its audience to create multimedia and on-air content about these topics.

KUSP (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
Will facilitate events in communities facing contentious water decisions. KUSP hopes to learn where the gaps are in its listeners' and community's understanding of water supply and consumption, and where its coverage can be most valuable.

KWMR (Point Reyes Station, Calif.)
Will facilitate public meetings and station events to develop more opportunities for young people in West Marin County to express themselves on topics of local, regional, national and global importance.

Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Plans to outfit a mobile storytelling booth, similar to a voting booth, that will be dispatched across the state to gather insights for Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project. Storytellers will be able to participate through a PIN query and record their insights via SoundCloud.

Oregon Public Broadcasting (Portland, Ore.)
Plans a multimedia project -- including maps, text stories, photos and radio features -- exploring the neighborhood of East Portland. OPB will reach out to East Portland residents through neighborhood association meetings and directed outreach.

Prairie Public Broadcasting (Fargo, N.D.)
Plans a series of meetings in different schools where it hopes to identify themes, issues and individuals who will be featured in a series of segments on bullying and harassment. There will be a special focus on engaging with students in rural areas and at reservation schools.

St. Louis Beacon and Nine Network of Public Media (St. Louis, Mo.)
Will examine the problem of obesity in the St. Louis area by planning events -- including cooking lessons and healthy eating education -- that serve communities and are designed to gather insight into health problems that communities face.

Utah Public Radio (Logan, Utah)
Will engage the community of Cache County for an investigative report into the region's air pollution problem. UPR aims to shift the conversation from partisan politics to human health issues.

WLRN (Miami, Fla.)
Will engage communities to create a Poetry Travel Guide to South Florida. WLRN will ask its audience members for original poems that describe places in their communities -- anything from street corners to papaya trees to a treasured highway overpass -- that are important to them.

WMMT (Whitesburg, Ky.)
Plans to develop engagement projects to give people in Appalachia a voice in the conversation about unemployment and healthcare resources, which are the topics the community thinks are the two most pressing problems in the region.

WSHU (Fairfield, Conn.)
Will ask the community about gun regulation, school safety and mental illness, especially the "divide" between urban and suburban communities. Will also host a community event ahead of the six-month anniversary of the Newtown school shooting that's informed by the insights gathered.

WTUL (New Orleans, La.)
Will facilitate a series of quarterly round-table conversations, where community leaders and members will meet to discuss issues like tourism, prisons and other topics that are important to New Orleans residents. Insights gathered at these events will inform coverage that's important to WTUL's audience.

WWOZ (New Orleans, La.)
Plans to produce a series of on-air and multimedia segments about music education and the survival of New Orleans performance traditions, with public meetings designed to gather insights from students and professionals. There will be a special focus on middle school and high school marching bands and brass bands, and their intersection with professional brass bands.



Meg Cramer PIN analyst

Before joining the Public Insight Network as an analyst, Meg Cramer was a public insight journalist for Changing Gears at Michigan Radio. There, she engaged with sources around issues of economic change throughout the Midwest.

Over the last year, Meg has been focused on helping people participate in the news-making process. Her reporting has aired on Marketplace, WBEZ and Michigan Radio.