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inewsource partners on research project: Plotting where news happens

inewsource is working with a researcher at San Diego State University on an innovative news project that gives you a chance to win a $20 gift card or check in exchange for your participation! Amy Schmitz Weiss, associate professor of journalism at SDSU, is seeking your feedback on a web prototype she’s building that plots news to a specific location. It’s called geo-location.

To participate, just complete these two simple steps:

1. Please visit the following website and explore the main story in the middle of the page:

2. After you have done so, please complete a brief survey here:

You then will be entered into a random drawing for the chance to receive an Apple gift card to purchase iTunes music or a mobile app of your choice worth $20 or a $20 check. Ten people will be selected.

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary, and your responses will remain confidential, meaning that no one will be able to connect your answers with your identity. You can opt out at any time. If you have questions about this study, you can contact Amy Schmitz Weiss at 619-594-3504 or If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact the Institutional Review Board at San Diego State University, at 619-594-6222 or To review your rights in this study and see details about it, use this link:

Thank you for your time and for considering becoming part of this important research project.

——Lorie Hearn, executive director of inewsource and

——Amy Schmitz Weiss, associate professor of journalism,

Lorie Hearn is the chief executive officer and editor of inewsource. She is a lifelong news-aholic who started her reporting career writing her Girl Scout newsletter at age 12. High school and college were filled with school newspaper work, and after graduation, she worked as a reporter for newspapers...