KJZZ invites listeners to serve as expert sources

Fronteras - The Changing Americas Desk

The Public Insight Network, a nationwide initiative to connect journalists with more of the knowledgeable individuals they most prize as sources, has come to Arizona, giving the state’s leaders and residents a new opportunity to share their expertise.

Fronteras: The Changing Americas Desk, based at public-radio station KJZZ, now has a reporter whose primary responsibility is gathering “tips, resources, expert analysis, and personal stories” from the public and delivering them to journalists at KJZZ and to the broader Public Insight Network (PIN). Nick Blumberg serves as manager of PIN’s southwest resources; nationwide, PIN’s 100,000 resources are being accessed by dozens of news outlets, including top public-radio stations, newspapers like the Charlotte Observer and the Miami Herald, and such organizations as the Media Consortium and ProPublica.

“This new project provides KJZZ listeners and reporters an opportunity to connect in new ways,” said Blumberg in a news release. “This gives listeners a chance to lead reporters to stories and sources that have been overlooked or out of reach.”

Individuals interested in becoming sources for PIN fill out a brief online form explaining their expertise and identifying potential topics for coverage. PIN especially wants to know:

  • What are some exciting (or troubling) new developments in the topics or areas you know a fair bit about?
  • What are the most difficult or intriguing questions in the areas you follow most closely? (In other words: What questions aren’t people asking, but should be?)

“We’re living in an age where people are clamoring to be heard,” explained Mark Moran, KJZZ’s associate general manager of news and editorial strategy. “This new initiative gives our community a voice, a means of sharing information and news about issues that are important to them.”

Blumberg can also be reached directly at nblumberg@rioradio.org or (480) 774-8231.

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