Across the country, PIN sources are sharing personal stories and expertise to help journalists deepen reporting on a range of topics. This is a collection of stories by PIN Bureau partner newsrooms and informed by PIN sources.
The PIN Bureau distributed a query to hear from Arizonans with experience handling the social media of someone who has passed. Additional insight was provided on how social media impacts the mourning process. Sources mentioned using the deceased’s social media accounts as a means of remembrance and funeral information distribution. Another source used described the maintenance of accounts for the deceased as “dehumanizing.”
PIN sources shared their experience with autism in Arizona, resulting in a featured story on the Cronkite News podcast, In Focus. Yuma resident Elizabeth Gullikson spoke about her four-year-old son, Gavin, who has autism and their family’s experience accessing “hidden resources” in small towns.
The PIN Bureau reached out to its network in Arizona to find voices that have had personal experiences relating to credit. Some voiced that credit was not a fully understood topic and the news team was able to use real experiences to inform their reporting.
Could Arizona become a foodie destination? Cronkite News asked PIN sources for their thoughts on the state becoming a top destination for culinary experiences. PIN sources recommended their favorite Arizona restaurants, traditional Arizona dishes and shared their favorite foodie photographs.
Low salaries for teachers in Arizona leads to a low morale. Two PIN sources helped explain what the classroom environment is like, how hard it is, but that they are going to try and do their best.
Hooked Rx: From Prescription to Addiction is a 30-minute investigative report that examines the impact of prescription painkiller addiction. PIN sources shared what it’s like to struggle with opioid addiction and recovery, insight on how their families were effected by opioid use, and their medical expertise.
For the 2016 national political conventions, the PIN Bureau reached out to Arizona delegates who opted in to receive text messages. The delegates shared their reactions, feelings and photos while at the conventions.
In order to avoid potentially addictive opioids, some chronic pain sufferers are turning to alternative forms of treatment. A PIN source shared how he uses medical marijuana to manage his pain.
A proposed U.S. Senate bill would have prohibited airline fees on things like baggage and reservation cancellations. PIN sources told Cronkite News whether they believed government regulation was needed.
Colorado Public Radio
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, home ownership for people under 35 is at a historic low. A PIN source shared how her student debt has kept her out of the housing market.
During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump called for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States. PIN sources told Colorado Public Radio what they want others to know about Islam and how the media portrays their religion.
A PIN source shares why her fear of leaked voting information is keeping her away from the polls.
A PIN source shared her most memorable voting experience, which coincided with one of the most tragic events in U.S. history.
The Wichita Eagle
In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to make gay marriage legal. A PIN source told The Wichita Eagle her experience as a gay teenager in 1960’s Kansas.
PIN sources told The Wichita Eagle how they felt about the addition of bike lanes downtown.