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Analysis: Census May Change How Race Is Measured

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The U.S. Census Bureau is exploring making changes to its surveys that would categorize “Hispanic” as a distinct group and could change the way some Middle Easterners could be identified.

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Friendship Inspires Art Project About Daily Life in Iraq

Thursday, January 05, 2012

This fall, WNYC asked listeners for their stories about active service men and women returning home from Iraq. David Pierce wrote in with his story about an art project documenting the daily life of an army squad in Iraq. Pierce did the project with his friend Justin Wilkens, who served two deployments in Iraq. We caught up with the high school buddies in Brooklyn.

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Public Insight Network Blog

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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Possible Post Office Closures in the Bronx Would Threaten a Way of Life

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The US Postal Service may close thousands of brick and mortar post offices by the end of the year as mail volume falls and an increasing number of people pay bills online.

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WNYC News

NYPD on Alert as New Yorkers Appear Undaunted by Terror Threat

Saturday, September 10, 2011

New Yorkers remained largely unfazed by the news that a credible, but uncorroborated terrorism threat had been made against the city to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks — prompting heightened security around the five boroughs.

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Without Money for School Supplies, Teachers Dig Into Their Own Pockets

Monday, September 05, 2011

New York City public school teachers report back to work on Tuesday to prepare for the start of the academic year — but this year they will be without the annual stipend they received for school supplies.

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Photo Essay | Leaving the City Behind, Blacks Find a Life in the South

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Much of the city's black population has moved south, including one group of former New Yorkers who now make their home in what's sometimes called the New South.

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Public Insight Network Blog

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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Radio Rookies

What's Your 9/11 Story?

Friday, March 18, 2011

The 9/11 Generation Speaks: This spring and summer, WNYC’s Radio Rookies, is holding a workshop to help young people tell stories about growing up in the New York area since 9/11. We are looking for people for whom 9/11 was, in some way, a pivotal moment in their growth. Ideally, participants will range from kids who lost family members to those impacted less directly by 9/11 and its aftermath: maybe they lived near the World Trade Center; perhaps the attacks changed their lives because of their parents' line of work or their family's religion; maybe their own convictions have been challenged or led them to take some action. We know that 9/11 affected different people in many different ways, and we hope to be surprised by some of the stories young people have to tell.

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Sticking to Curriculum, Teachers Struggle to Keep Up With Mid-East Events

Monday, March 14, 2011

When the demonstrations started in Egypt in January, teacher David Bally got excited. His mother is from Syria and he chairs the social studies department at the Lyons Community School in Brooklyn.

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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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WNYC News

Mixed Signals for City Pedestrians

Monday, December 20, 2010

New Yorkers are famous for crossing streets whenever they feel like it, taking a blasé attitude toward crosswalk signals. But the signs tend to capture the attention of pedestrians when the "walk" and "don't walk" icons are lit up at the same time, which is the case at intersections all over the city.

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WNYC News

Mr. Incredible Goes to Washington: NYC's Michael Grimm

Friday, December 10, 2010

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When Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in January, it'll put New York City's delegation back into the minority and largely out of power. Except for Michael Grimm.

The 40 year-old former Marine and FBI agent will be the only Republican in the New York City delegation, making the freshman lawmaker the go-to guy for New York City's federal needs.

So who exactly is he?

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WNYC News

Remember Me to Herald Square: Share Your Department Store Memories

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

When they came into style in the early 20th century, department stores put the good life on display and served as social destinations. Share your stories and memories of going to department stores.

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