Harvest Public Media's Public Insight Network

Become a part of Harvest Public Media’s Public Insight Network and join 90,000 people like you who help improve, deepen and diversify reporting at Harvest Public Media and other newsrooms around the country.

We'll ask you to share your observations, insights and experience. We then pass on your information to reporters and editors who may follow up with a request for more information, or perhaps an interview. With your permission, 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 millions of people count on every day.

Thanks to digital technology, our editors, reporters and producers 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 food and fuel issues in greater depth and uncover stories we might not otherwise find. 

Some public sources end up in stories on air, in print or online. Others prefer to just help us get at the heart of a story. Nothing you share with us is ever published without your explicit permission. So, please help us create the great stories that make you value the news.

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 without your permission
  • An open line for you to tell Harvest Public Media or our newsrooms and 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 Network meetings 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 programs, such as Marketplace, or other partner newsrooms around the country.

Your help will make the news better

  • By giving our journalists 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 nationally and regionally.
  • By helping us create deeper and more relevant reporting based on a diverse range of sources.

 Join the Public Insight Network

Questions? Contact us or see these FAQs.