We are happy to formally announce the brand new PIN Bureau, based at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. By providing outsourced PIN services, the Bureau will make it possible for newsrooms to tap the power of PIN even if they don’t have the staff to do so.
The Bureau is operating in pilot mode during the spring 2014 semester, with a handful of current and former PIN newsrooms. This short list of clients will help us determine what services are needed and the capacity of the student-staffed Bureau to provide them. The goal of the Bureau is not to replace what’s already working for our partners, but to complement it, expand PIN to a wider clientele, help diversify the source network, develop new applications and products for PIN, and create a job pipeline for PIN-trained journalists educated in the best practices of engagement and collaborative journalism.
We are also very excited that Rebecca Blatt has signed on as the new bureau chief. Blatt comes to the Bureau from WAMU, where she was senior news editor for special projects since 2011. She led WAMU’s implementation of PIN and was responsible for significant audience-driven coverage, including The Big Fix and a series of reports on the human effects of the 2013 government shutdown. Blatt will lead the Bureau’s client services, coach student workers, and innovate around the PIN business model. We are thrilled to be working with Rebecca in her new role, and look forward to her leadership. She begins March 17.