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PINcast Epsiode 11: Underwater robotics on a shoestring budget

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We talk to Michigan Radio’s Sarah Alvarez. She just finished working on a five-part series about the education system in Stockbrige, Mich., a small town about an hour away from Ann Arbor, where the schools are operating on a shoestring budget and the students are getting creative with their learning.

Announcing Public Insight Network engagement funding recipients

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Click here for the full map with more information about each funding recipient.

The Public Insight Network is pleased to announce that we will be funding community engagement efforts in 18 public media newsrooms. The funding is intended to help stations generate content, organize events and meet the information needs of their communities through engagement.

Using PIN to talk about race gaps and ‘Losing Ground’ in Colorado

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A forum of community activists, political leaders, and journalists on race and economic disparities hosted by Colorado Public Radio and The I-News Network on April 25, 2012 at Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver. 
(Joe Mahoney/The iNews Network)

Colorado Public Radio has been reporting on race gaps in Colorado in partnership with I-News Network, a nonprofit investigative news service. I-News studied census data from 1960 to 2010 and found that blacks and Latinos are falling behind whites in education, income and homeownership. It’s an important story because Colorado was once a national model for minority progress.

The Koch Principle and the PIN philosophy

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Former New York mayor Ed Koch celebrated his 85th birthday in November 2009. (Photo by Getty Images)

Former New York mayor Ed Koch became famous during his time leading the city for bringing New Yorkers into the governing process by asking, simply: “How am I doing?” Newsrooms can use PIN to do just that: Signal you are willing to listen, to ask about what you’re missing, and to invite your community into your coverage.