About us

The Public Insight Network

AboutusThe Public Insight Network, created and managed by American Public Media, is a community engagement platform that increases public participation in news gathering and encourages journalistic collaboration. More than 215,000 people across the country have signed up through PIN to share their knowledge and insights with newsrooms. Journalists reach out to those sources to ask questions, test hunches, unearth angles and find sources for stories.

Unlike other source databases for journalists, PIN is not exclusively for people with advanced degrees in specific subjects or people often featured in news coverage. The idea is that everyone is an expert in his or her own experience, and everyone has insights to share. Tapping into this range of experiences and insights allows journalists to produce news coverage that is more relevant, inclusive and meaningful. It also gives members of communities a stronger voice in the media and the democratic process.

The Bureau

The PIN Bureau works with print, digital, radio and television journalists across the country who want to deepen reporting and engage diverse audiences in new ways. Our staff helps newsrooms develop deeper relationships with communities using PIN and other engagement tools.

We’re based at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and we’re the only organization in the country to offer PIN services to client newsrooms. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students specifically trained in journalistic engagement staff the PIN Bureau under the direction of PIN Bureau Chief/Professor of Practice Theresa Poulson.

Staff

elliott Elliott Adams
Elliott is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus in print and digital publications. She previously worked as the news editor for the Mesa Legend at Mesa Community College and interned with the school’s public relations department.
megan Megan Amandio
Megan is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus in public relations. She currently works as a marketing and communications intern at Duet: Partners in Health & Aging.
madelaine Madelaine Braggs
Madelaine is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus in public relations. She currently works at iHeartMedia in Phoenix. She previously interned at Evolve Public Relations and Marketing and worked as Editor in Chief of The Pegasus, a monthly paper. Madelaine is originally from Panama and fell in love with storytelling as she experienced contrasting cultures and unique individuals while traveling with her military family.
amber Amber Franklin
Amber is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus in public relations. She previously spent three semesters reporting for State Press Magazine at ASU and held a social media internship at AdMix Social.
lori Lori Fusak
Lori is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus in public relations. She serves as the secretary of ASU’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. She previously wrote for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. Lori is passionate about networking and learning about others.
emma Emma Green
Emma is pursuing dual bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science with a focus in local politics. She previously interned with Catalyst Media Design and freelanced throughout the Valley. Emma was born and raised in Arizona.
emily Emily Houck
Emily is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus in public relations. She previously interned with The Arc, Oneida Lewis Chapter, a human service organization for those with disabilities.
daja DaJa Maxwell
DaJa is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus in photo journalism. She previously worked as a marketing assistant for West 54th Media Group. Her career goal is to work as a photojournalist for a major news organization. DaJa was born and raised in California.
kaly Kaly Nasiff
Kaly is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus in broadcast. She currently works as a broadcast education reporter for Cronkite News, the news division of Arizona PBS. She previously interned with CW6 Your Phx, ASU Video Production and ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation.
elisabeth Elisabeth Niman
Elisabeth is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism with focuses in public relations and print journalism. She previously interned at Spectrum Experience, a strategic communications firm. In the future, she hopes to work in consumer engagement or with a nonprofit organization.
brooke Brooke Pettet
Brooke is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus in broadcast and a certificate in special events management. She currently works as a digital media intern for Fox Sports Arizona. She previously worked for the Arizona Diamondbacks and as a media relations intern for the Chicago White Sox during spring training. Brooke also studied abroad, focusing on social media across cultures.
marissa Marissa Sanchez
Marissa is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus in broadcast. She believes in community engagement, having previously volunteered with nonprofit organizations in her community.
alex Alexandria Walters
Alexandria is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus in women’s studies and production. She currently works as a social media and public relations intern for Fischer Sports and the Fischer Institute of Physical Therapy and Performance. Alexandria is originally from Los Angeles, California.
melanie Melanie Whyte
Melanie is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus in public relations and a certificate in writing. She currently works as a publicity intern at SparkPoint Studio and as a writing fellow for ASU’s Writers’ Studio. She serves as the vice president of ASU’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and volunteers with the Animal Welfare League. She previously worked as the community section editor for Downtown Devil and a corporate communications intern for Arizona Public Service.