Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the Public Insight Network?
Q. How do I join the Network?
Q. How is the Public Insight Network different from how journalists have worked in the past?
Q. How will you use the information people give you?
Q. Who will have access to the information I give you?
Q. Why do you ask for information about me?
Q. I have more questions. Who do I ask?
The Public Insight Network is a better way for KCFR journalists to find more diverse sources and a broader range of information. The heart of this effort is a Network of people who have agreed to help us cover the news.
Our public sources tell us about their work, education, passions and expertise. We ask people in the Network to share knowledge on specific stories. Those are posted on the KCFR web site and mentioned during our broadcasts. We also email some members of the Network asking for expertise on topics we’re researching. We take that information, distill it, and pass it on to our reporters and editors. We might follow up with a request for more information, or perhaps an interview.
We also ask public sources to tell us about stories we should be covering – stories that matter to them but are not on our radar.
These public insights help us set the agenda for KCFR News coverage and inform our reporting. We believe this partnership creates more diverse and in-depth news. It also makes KCFR an even more trusted, credible source of news and information.
1. Respond to our queries on current topics.
2. Or use our online Sign-Up Form to share your expertise.
We may seek help on a specific topic by sending an email with a link to a brief survey.
You decide whether or not to respond. You might want to forward the question to someone you think might have something important to share.
We hope you will suggest stories for KCFR News to cover. We will consider every idea that comes in, especially if you provide specific information to help us pursue the story. Of course, we can't cover every story people suggest.
You can e-mail us anytime at email@example.com with questions, ideas, criticism or suggestions.
KCFR News has always done its best to find great sources and stories. Now, email and the Internet make it possible to ask even more people to share what they know. With the help of Network members, we can better tune in to trends and react to breaking news.
We will use the knowledge, observations and expertise people provide to inform our reporting. KCFR’s public insight analysts maintain relationships with public sources, distill the information we receive, check it and pass the best information and sources to our reporters. From there, reporters do what they have always done – research and interview to produce balanced stories, and put the information in context.
We are committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of our public sources:
Sources will not be quoted on air or online without their permission.
Access to information from Network members is tightly restricted. Only our public insight analysts and the journalists they work with will have access. No one else will use this information to contact our sources.
Information provided by Network members is securely stored, using proprietary software created by American Public Media, KCFR's Public Insight Network partner.
The information you give us allows us to target our requests better and focus on topics where you are likely to have experience and insight. The information is secure and is never used for any other purpose than Public Insight journalism.
If you have questions that this FAQ didn't answer, please email the Public Insight Network editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.