Public Insight Network
Share What You Know: Become a News Source for OPB
Be a part of a network of people who help shape OPB's coverage. Sign up as a Public Insight Network source, and join thousands of people from around the state and beyond who bring their expertise and experience to our stories.
We'll ask you to share your observations and experience, and we'll be in touch about once a month about the current stories we're covering. Our public insight journalists read every story idea or email response that comes in through the network. Your insights help shape OPB's coverage. Our reporters may follow up to ask for more information, and perhaps even call you for an interview.
It's a great way to share what you know. You have knowledge and insights that can help us cover the news with more depth, and unearth stories that we might not otherwise hear about. You might provide new angles on stories we're covering, or provide us with entirely new ideas. So sign up for the Public Insight Network, and help make OPB's coverage even stronger.
What We're Asking
Or tell us: What issues are on your mind?
How It Works
As we look into various subjects, we will e-mail you and ask you to tell us about your experiences. If we're looking into the state of hospitals, for example, we'll seek insight from doctors, nurses and patients who have direct experience with medical issues. If we're covering education, we'll talk to teachers and administrators as well as parents with school-age children. Your work, education and life experience--even your hobbies--give you knowledge and insight, and we want to hear from you.
As a Public Insight Network source, you can expect to receive an e-mail no more than once a month. If you don't have knowledge about a particular topic, we'll ask you to forward the message on to someone who does or simply delete it. We promise that access to personal information shared with us will be restricted to a small group of journalists. The journalists may work for OPB or for national programs like Marketplace or Splendid Table. That means no spam, no marketing and no requests for donations as a result of signing up.
What You Can Expect
Emails: You'll receive emails asking for your insight on issues we plan to cover — you respond only if you have knowledge; or forward to someone you know with relevant experience on the topic.
An occasional follow-up call: We'll give you a call or email to get more information.
Confidentiality: We won't quote you on the radio or the Web without your permission.
An open line: You'll have an "open line" for you to tell the newsroom what stories are important to you.
No spam: You won't receive spam, marketing calls or requests for money as a result of signing up -- your information is private and is not shared outside of a small circle of public radio journalists.
National impact: Through our partnership with American Public Media, you may be called on to help with national stories on programs such as Marketplace, On Being and Prairie Home Companion.
You can opt out: You can leave the network any time you want.