What You Can Expect by Becoming a Public Source

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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.

I moved to New York from my hometown of Miami, Fla. right before the winter season. But don't feel bad for me: I can brave snowstorms so long as I get to do what I love -- connect with people to make the news richer, more diverse and more relevant. To help make that happen, it would be an honor to have you join the Public Insight Network.  This is what you can expect:

1. One to two e-mails a month asking for your experience on issues we plan to cover - you respond only if you have knowledge; otherwise ignore the request. 

2. An occasional follow-up call or e-mail to get more information if we follow a lead you provide.

3. An open line for you to tell our newsroom what stories are important to you, your family and your community and help us set our coverage priorities.

4. Your help will make public radio coverage stronger by giving access to first person information and sources, new story ideas, a wider range of perspectives and information that helps us identify under-covered or emerging issues around New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

5. Confidentiality: We won't quote you on the radio or the Web without your permission.

6. No spam, marketing calls or requests for money - your information is private and is not shared outside a group of journalists at WNYC and at Public Insight partner newsrooms.

7. You may also be called on to help with national stories through American Public Media -- your participation will inform well-known programs such as Marketplace, Marketplace Money, Speaking of Faith and American RadioWorks.

As we look into various subjects, I'll e-mail you and ask you to tell us about your experiences. If we're looking into a medical issue, we'll seek insight from doctors, nurses and patients who have direct experience with that issue. If we're looking into 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.

As the Public Insight Analyst and someone who has access to the decision-makers in the WNYC newsroom, I'll pass on this knowledge to our reporters and editors. Public Insight Network sources may reveal new angles on the stories we're covering or may provide us with entirely new ideas. Reporters may follow up with you for quotes and comments for broadcast, online discussions or live discussions at special events.

As a Public Insight Network source, you can expect to receive an e-mail once or twice 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. To avoid irrelevant e-mails, you should be as specific and elaborate as possible in describing your expertise and interests. You can start right here: Tell me about yourself.

We promise that access to personal information shared with us will be restricted to a small group of journalists. The journalists may work for WNYC or for national programs like Marketplace and American RadioWorks. That means no spam, no marketing and no requests for donations as a result of signing up.