Sharon McNary, Public Insight Analyst for KPCC, explains how you can create a DIY version of a Public Insight Network. Read more at http://www.reportingonhealth.org/blogs/2011/08/26/power-public-insight-network-and-do-it-yourself-way-crowdsource
1. Lightning-fast Guerilla tactics in crowdsourcing Sharon McNary Public Insight Journalist KPCC So Calif. Public Radio
2. Start with a Google Form
Search Google Forms for the how-to
3. Google Docs=>Create new=>Form 4. Write your questions
Always include sortable base questions: First name, Last name, e-mail address, city, zip, state, phone
Topic questions take various formats, multi-choice, radio button, checkbox, short or long text, etc.
Heres a stripped-down sample:
5. 6. Heres the real one on KPCC.org 7. Ask different types of non-leading questions, bias-free, seeking experiences. 8. Click submit, you get thanked, and the responses show up on a Google spreadsheet in your Google Docs. 9. Grab the link and shorten it(bit.ly shown below) 10. Get your link out there
On your website in many places
Hyperlinked within related stories
In e-mails to relevant sources
Call-outs on radio, TV
To bloggers and gatekeepers who know the sources you want to know.
11. Whats next?
Ask follow-up questions
Sift the material, store it, search it.
Identify your story
Report it out remember these are just anecdotal tips.
12. 13. 14. And on to the next story: 15. For more info: