Public Insight Network
Help us create the great stories that make you value the news.
The Public Insight Network relies on everyday people — our public sources.
You have knowledge and insights that can help us cover the news in greater depth and uncover stories we might not otherwise find. You’ll help editors, reporters and producers find and learn with your experience and knowledge.
Some of our public sources end up in stories on air, in print or online. Others prefer to just help us get at the heart of a story. Nothing you share with us is ever published without your explicit permission.
What you can expect by becoming a public source
•E-mails asking for your insight on issues we plan to cover — you respond only if you have knowledge, or forward to a friend with relevant experience in the topic.
•An occasional follow-up call or e-mail to get more information, if we follow a lead you provide.
•Confidentiality: We won’t quote you without your permission.
•An open line for you to tell our newsrooms and programs what stories are important to you, your family and your community and help us set our coverage priorities.
•No spam, marketing calls, or requests for money — your information is private and is not shared outside of a small circle of trusted journalists.
•You may be called on to help with national stories through American Public Media programs, such as Marketplace, local newsrooms such as MPR News or partner newsrooms around the country.
Your help will make the news better…
By giving our journalists 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.
By broadening our network of sources and strengthening our connections with diverse people nationally and regionally.
By helping us create deeper and more relevant reporting based on a diverse range of sources.