Join witf's Public Insight Network

Written by Colette Clarke, Interactive Producer | Aug 16, 2012 2:08 PM

PIN_APM logo_vert 4C.jpgGreat journalism needs great sources, and we want you to be one of them.

Commenting on witf stories through our website and social networks is a great way to share what you think. To share what you know, become a news source for our reporters through the Public Insight Network at witf.

You can inform witf's coverage by adding your expertise to American Public Media’s Public Insight Network (PIN). Join the more than 150,000 people around the country who are sharing their knowledge with award-winning journalists at witf and other partner newsrooms, adding depth, diversity, and relevance to the work that we do. When you offer your experience and observations to journalists in the Public Insight Network, you help us test hunches, identify emerging trends, and cover under-the-radar stories.

Learn more:

Want to help witf reporters? Take a few minutes to create an account in Source.

You'll be able to tell us what we should know about you, update your contact information, and help us ask you more relevant questions. It’s not a social network. It's not a poll. You'll get no spam, only focused emails asking for your help covering the news. And the information you share will remain confidential to our newsroom, American Public Media and our trusted partners. As a source, we take your privacy and confidentiality very seriously.

As a source for the Public Insight Network, you can expect:

  • A quick, easy, and confidential sign up process. Just click here.
  • About one email a month. We'll regularly send out short questionnaires looking for background information, quotes, and sources for stories tied to specific issues or events. If you don't have personal experience or insights to share, please pass on the request to friends or colleagues who do.
  • An occasional follow-up call or email. Our editors and reporters may be in touch to get more information on a lead you provide.
  • The satisfaction of having an impact on news coverage across the country. You'll not only inform witf reporters and editors, but other newsrooms in the Public Insight Network, as well. [Click here for a list of news organizations participating in the Public Insight Network.
  • Confidentiality: We will not quote you without your permission. See our privacy policy.

Tell us your story. Join the Public Insight Network.

Founded in 2003, American Public Media’s Public Insight Network (PIN) is a platform for connecting trusted journalists with knowledgeable sources and for fostering journalistic excellence, innovation and collaboration. Through PIN, more than 150,000 sources inform reporting at 60 news organizations, through websites, social networks, blogs, surveys, virtual forums, serious games and face-to-face interactions. Sources’ demographic information and insights are stored in a secure, searchable database, allowing journalists to do smart, targeted crowd-sourcing; test hunches; identify trends; and support productions of major projects. PIN is funded, in part, by the Knight Foundation and a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

To learn more about American Public Media’s Public Insight Network, visit

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