Welcome to the MinnPost Intelligencer, a new blog for investigative reporting and data-driven projects with a crucial twist: We’re expanding our network of sources to include you and your network of trusted colleagues and friends. We want you for reporting efforts, as idea generators, sources and content contributors.
The response to our first crowdsourcing experiment was encouraging. I asked for stories from inside Minnesota’s underfunded court system and close to 100 judges, prosecutors, public defenders, clerks and other critical court staff responded. The connections we made and the things they shared are driving my investigation into the court system and will be helpful in guiding MinnPost’s future courts coverage.
We want every issue we cover to be informed by the people in the trenches. Forget the talking heads; bring on the real experts.
How can you help?
You tell me. There’s a simple and secure tip form at the bottom of this post. What you share will not be published, it will be confidential and will help to inform and guide our reporting.
Is something not quite right in your workplace? Are you concerned about a memo or some other correspondence that’s fallen into your lap? Are you working with information in a database that you think ought to be shared?
Maybe you work with a government agency or nonprofit that works with the public. What trends are you seeing? Are the problems you encounter changing before your eyes? Tell me about it.
Or maybe you’ve had a troublesome encounter with a government agency, a nonprofit, or law enforcement. It’s just one person’s story, sure, but you may not be alone.
No information is too small; no database or document is too obscure; no single experience is insignificant. I can’t use everything, but I’m eager to hear anything.
You don’t have to use the tip sheet. You can contact me via Twitter direct message at @jsguntzel. We can do this the old-fashioned way too: call me at 612-455-6964 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail the material to MinnPost’s offices at 900 6th Ave. SE. #220, Minneapolis, 55414. You can even send a fax to 612-455-6960.