PublicSource is growing

PublicSource is growing.

We are extending our reach with new newspaper partners, including the Harrisburg Patriot-News, the Lancaster County Intelligencer Journal and New Era, The Erie Times-News and The York Daily Record. These new partners have hundreds of thousands of readers online and in print.

With our latest story about labor violations at hotels in the state, partners were able to take our reporting and add more information for the readers in their areas.

We also continue our collaborations with Pittsburgh partners, particularly with WESA.fm, our public radio partner. Public radio and public television stations across the country are joining forces with websites such as ours to provide more in-depth reporting.

Events

About 100 people attended a PublicSource and Pittsburgh Filmmakers event at the Harris Theater recently, where four experts talked about Internet security, government transparency and stealing secrets. There were so many questions and comments from the audience that we didn’t have time for all of them before we showed the film "We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks.”

We’ll continue that discussion on the PublicSource Facebook page. Like us there and join in the conversation!

We hope to have more of these events in the future. Watch for information about a series of special films coming up in September at the Regent Square Theater. We’ll be showing films about journalism the old-fashioned way -- before the Internet. 

Recognition

At a recent meeting of the Investigative News Network and Investigative Reporters and Editors, two PublicSource reporters were recognized for their work.

Natasha Khan, our energy and environment reporter, was awarded a fellowship to attend the conference through a grant from the McCormick and the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundations.

At the same conference in San Antonio, transportation and infrastructure reporter Emily DeMarco was a featured panelist talking about using complaint data for in-depth investigations.

DeMarco used 311 Response Call data from Pittsburgh to determine how long it took the city to fill potholes in different neighborhoods and found that residents were waiting longer to have complaints resolved. That, in turn, was contributing to the degradation to Pittsburgh’s 1,000 miles of streets.

PublicSource will continue to pursue stories that inform and engage you. Contact us with story ideas, ask us questions on Facebook and donate if you’d like to see our nonprofit work continue.