Tri States Public Radio Staff
Tue October 11, 2011
Shop Talk - October 11
Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss a $4.1 million Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant to American Public Media for expanding its network of "citizen sources."
The Associated Press reports the grant will be funded over two years. The money will be used to add 100,000 more people to APM to share information with more than 50 newsrooms. The "citizen sources" will help beef up coverage from courthouse and statehouses.
The AP says APM's Public Insight Network already uses 120,000 "citizen sources" who share information with 45 newsrooms across the nation.
In some cases, the "citizen sources" will provide tips. In other instances they might write stories. Journalists will fact-check their information.