Utah Public Insight Network | UPIN

Utah Public Radio has partnered with The Salt Lake Tribune and American Public Media to create the Utah Public Insight Network (UPIN) -- a database of people whose one-of-a-kind experiences, ideas and expertise can help us better report and tell stories that matter.

UPR listeners can add their voices to future stories and drive news coverage by becoming part of our UPIN source network and answering questions -- via email or here on upr.org -- about topics that affect Utahns. Your information will never be used for marketing or fundraising purposes, and we will never quote you without first getting your explicit permission.

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UPIN Asks: What is Utah culture?

May 24, 2016

What is Utah culture? Is it still primarily associated with our religious beginnings? Or has our culture evolved to include diverse outdoor recreation - snow-capped mountains and red rock canyons? Or is it defined by an entirely different variable? We want to hear from all past, present or future Utahns (or is it Utahans? Tell us!) within the sight or sound of our words - what is contemporary Utah to you?

Click here to tell UPR about your Utah culture.

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How aware are you about your house and property's water intake? Do you know where your water comes from? Do you have safety concerns about your water? Do you have a water-treatment routine? 

If you can answer any of these questions, consider becoming a *UPIN source.

Click here to become a source for Utah Public Radio.

UPIN Asks: What are the experiences of sexual assault victims at BYU?

Apr 18, 2016

Current and former students of Brigham Young University have accused the school’s Honor Code Office for investigating and even penalizing alleged victims who report sexual crimes. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Utah Public Radio want to hear from any person, statewide, who has experienced an assault while attending BYU or know of someone who has.

Share your story here.

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Recycling is becoming a daily practice many do in their homes. Solar panel sales are on the rise. But what else do you do in your home to improve its energy efficiency?

Whether you’re a renter or an owner, Utah Public Radio wants to know your tips & tricks on how you keep your utility bill low year round. We’ll use your insights for news stories, in-depth features or on Access Utah.

Click here to tell your story.

Why does it take a murder/suicide to force people into conversations that used to be taboo? Given recent tragedies in Cache Valley - the loss of two integral members of the Cache Valley community to a murder/suicide - Utah Public Radio wants to hear from you: how do we talk about these things and when? Use the UPIN query to help answer a few of our questions, and assist our team in coping with and reporting on loss, death and tragedy.

Tell us your thoughts here.

What do we know about ways to keep our watershed safe and improve the quality of this important resource? 

Utah Public Radio joins Logan City during the Green Futures Learning Series, Wednesday, March. 16th at Logan City Hall. Listen and learn about water conservation, then let UPR know what you plan to do to keep our water clean by becoming a source for the Utah Public Insight Network.

Tell us, how do we keep Utah's watershed clean?

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Renewable energy is gaining momentum across the country. But in rural Utah, with limited resources, what are your options? We’ve read about windmills, we’ve heard about solar panels, but we might not know how to utilize them ourselves. Utah Public Radio wants to know - do you have questions? Are you interested in converting to renewable energy, but need direction? Do you have questions so specific to your situation that you can’t find answers on Google?  

UPIN Asks: Have you experienced a faith crisis in the LDS Church?

Feb 5, 2016
Lennie Mahler | The Salt Lake Tribune

  As the Internet has made LDS Church history more accessible and controversial policy changes have ignited international discussion, some members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have seen their beliefs shaken. The church has responded by releasing essays explaining sometimes-controversial topics, and recent books, such as "The Crucible of Doubt" and "Planted," have offered suggestions for how struggling members can overcome their doubts to stay in the faith.

Tell us what you think.

How do you live with the bad air? As part of the Utah Public Radio and Salt Lake Tribune UPIN project we will be giving you a chance to answer these questions during Logan City’s Green Futures Learning Series Wednesday evening- where a panel of speakers will discuss air quality. 

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In response to the San Bernardino shootings, President Obama said, "We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world." And Utah Public Radio wants to know: Why? And what can be done about it?

Tell us what can be done

UPIN Asks: Are You Stressed About The Holidays?

Nov 19, 2015

The Holiday season is supposed to bring us joy, as a time for celebration and being together with family. But for some, as the holiday season approaches, the stress outweighs the joy. We want to hear from you, tell us how you're feeling about the upcoming holiday season.

Tell Us How You Feel About Holiday Stress

UPIN Asks: Do you Christmas before Thanksgiving?

Nov 17, 2015

Even though we're a week from Thanksgiving, "it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas." And it seems the Christmas season infiltrates our communities, shopping malls and neighborhoods earlier every year and we want to know - do you hate it? Or love it?  

Tell us how you feel about Christmas before Thanksgiving.

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Under a new LDS Church policy, Mormons who enter into same-sex unions will be considered apostates, and their children will be barred from blessing and baptism rituals without the permission of the faith's highest leaders.

We want to know what members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints think about the change.

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The Cache Valley Transit District is discussing ways to fund public transportation.  After bussing passengers for free managers of the 19 year old service say it may require a fare to sustain a system that seats riders from Hyrum to Lewiston. 

Tell us how you feel about paying to ride public transportation in Cache Valley.

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We are asking you to share your thoughts about fee increases at some of Utah’s National Parks, monuments and historical sites. Will paying more make you want to visit less? Or, do you feel a fee increase is necessary? How much are you willing to pay to party in our parks?

Tell us how you feel about the NP fee increase

UPIN Asks: How were you raised?

Sep 9, 2015
Dave Gelinas

What parenting techniques did your parents use on you? Were they into "helicopter parenting" or more "free range parenting"? Do you feel like you were too sheltered or maybe had too much freedom?

Tell Us How You Were Raised

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The lake level in the Great Salt Lake got so low last month that the sailboats in the marina all had to be removed until there’s enough water to sail again. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has already qualified two Utah counties as disaster areas due to drought. It seems like Utah is on the fringe of the worst of the Western drought, but we are not immune.Utah Public Radio is partnering with newsrooms across the country to see how everyday people are feeling the effect—or not—of the drought.

We'll use your insights for news coverage of the drought this summer and programs like Access Utah and The Source.

Share Your Drought Insights