About Public Insight Network

Become part of our Public Insight Network and join more than 100,000 people like you who help make Minnesota Public Radio News even stronger.

We'll ask you to share your observations, insights and experience. We then pass on your information to our reporters and editors who may follow up with a request for more information, or perhaps an interview.  Or they may post your insights directly to the Web.

It's a great way to share what you know. So open up. And add your insight to the news coverage that half a million people count on every day.

Thanks to digital technology, our radio producers and reporters can quickly find and learn from thousands of people who have experience or knowledge on a story we are covering. We call this the Public Insight Network, and it relies on people like you — 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.

Some of our public sources end up in our radio programs and Web sites. Others prefer to just help us get at the heart of a story. Nothing you share with us goes onto the radio or the Web without your clear permission. So please help us create the great stories that have made you a public radio listener.

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 on the radio or the Web without your permission  See privacy policy.

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

  • • An occasional invitation to public insight meetings we hold in your area.

  • • 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. Your participation will inform well-known programs such as Marketplace, Marketplace Money, Speaking of Faith, and American RadioWorks.


Your help will make public radio coverage stronger


• By giving our shows 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 around the region.

• By helping us create deeper and more relevant reporting based on a diverse range of sources.



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