Homebound Troops

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

More than half of the 14,000 active service members from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have been deployed to Iraq in the last ten years. Due to President Obama declaring the end of the Iraqi war, some of those service men and women will return home around the new year. WNYC is collecting stories about their experiences during the war and expectations for the months ahead, as well as from their loved ones.

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Keeping the Public Insight Network relevant (more than job fairs)

Friday, April 08, 2011

Sometimes brutal honesty is the best medicine.

After sending a thank-you note to the respondents of a Public Insight Network question about job fairs, one of them emailed me. Richard Williams stated he felt the Public Insight Network is "very distant and not rewarding."

Reading those words broke my heart. But after corresponding with Richard, I have some new ideas to ensure a positive experience for Public Insight Network participants. I think our system works best ...

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Bloomberg by the Numbers: Keeping the mayor accountable

Friday, April 01, 2011

WNYC Radio is putting together a series called "Bloomberg by the Numbers," which will focus on different New York City services Mayor Michael Bloomberg has invested in. We're relying on the Public Insight Network sources to provide anecdotal evidence of how successful these services are.

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Does the 2010 census data reflect what you know?

Friday, March 25, 2011

You may have already heard that the census data for the last decade came out this week. WNYC Radio has been anticipating this and planning our news coverage despite not knowing what the data would show.

In preparation, John Keefe, WNYC's Senior Executive Producer of News, built an interactive map that would allow people to easily understand the data in a visual way. If I were you, I would play around with the map for a little bit.

As soon as the data came in, we populated the map and explored the figures to identify newsworthy stories. A few things stood out to us and we reported on those right away. Below you'll see our top three census stories and the interactive map.

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Revolution in Egypt - a teachable moment for NYC teachers and the Public Insight Network

Friday, March 18, 2011

WNYC Radio's Public Insight Network has about 80 educators across New York City and New Jersey. I lovingly call them our army of parents and teachers because we often need to summon them to provide insights on a variety of education-related stories.

A few days ago, Beth Fertig, our education reporter asked me to find in our Network a social studies teacher who was adapting his or her classroom lessons to the revolution in Egypt and the events occurring across the mid-east as well as Libya and Tunisia.

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Public Insight Network's Army of Parents, Educators Evaluate the Current School System

Friday, March 11, 2011

Cathie Black, school closures, teacher layoffs, PCB's...

Lately, there has been one event after the next in the education world that could have a big impact on students, parents and educators. WNYC Radio wanted to capture the consequences of such events, understand the current state of New York City schools, and discover new aspects of the story we may have overlooked.

While I feel bad taking advantage of the challenges in education, it was the perfect way to begin engaging people in the Public Insight Network and to convince new people to join. Education affects everyone one way or another.

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Celebrating MLK Day While Finding New Sources

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

There are different ways to get people to join our Public Insight Network. My favorite way is meeting people face to face at one of WNYC's special events.

For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, WNYC and WQXR hosted Made in America: King's Dream in Today's Economy. The speakers at the event really dove into King's ideas on labor rights and how all kinds of people should be given the opportunity to achieve the "American Dream."

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What You Can Expect by Becoming a Public Source

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Hello! I recently joined the WNYC family as the Public Insight Analyst, or as some of my co-workers like to say, the bridge between you and our newsroom. My job is to listen to your personal experiences and knowledge and relay it to WNYC's journalists. With your permission, they will use your insights to report on what's really going in your world and your neighborhood.

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