• Questions come from the community

  • You vote for your favorites

  • WFYI investigates, posting updates in real time

  • Followers help shape the investigation

  • We discover the answers together!

Your curiosity drives WFYI’s Curious Indy series!

WFYI’s Curious Indy series is a news experiment that seeks to include you in our editorial decision-making, make journalism more transparent and strengthen multimedia coverage of our state. The project is modeled after the Curious City series at WBEZ in Chicago.

All Curious Indy stories originate with questions submitted by the public. WFYI producers and editors sift through those questions and work together with the public to find the best answers. Each month, we put questions into voting rounds so you can help make the final decision about what we investigate together.

We know you’re curious, so drop your question into the box above and help us track down answers. You could help us conduct interviews, conduct research, find photos and documents, and appear on 90.1 WFYI.

We hope you will participate with us in this news experiment. Your comments, leads, and insights can make all the difference in our stories.

FAQ

How do you collect questions?

We collect questions through this website (top of the page!)

Are there questions you do not accept?

All questions asked make it to the question archive unless they don’t meet the website’s guidelines for decorum, fairness or obvious conflicts of interest. We do not investigate questions about WFYI or posed by staff at WFYI.

How do you pick the questions for voting rounds?

WFYI producers and editors identify questions that have potential to be answered by staff, freelancers, or volunteers. Often, WFYI staff will look for a theme (e.g., “history”) and fill the voting round with questions related to the theme. Editors and producers also consider regional diversity, tone, or timeliness. Sometimes we will deliberately create voting rounds with no obvious theme, so we can gauge the public’s interest in novel topics.

What happens if my question is in a voting round?

Well first off, congratulations! We typically keep votes open for anywhere from one to several weeks, a range that allows us to juggle schedules for reporters, producers and show hosts. We notify question submitters of how long the round will last so they can ask friends, family and social networks for their support.

If your question does win a vote you’re in for double congratulations! WFYI staff will discuss options of how you might participate in the investigation, depending on your interest and schedule, as well as the schedule of reporters or producers. The public at large will also be able to follow the investigation as it unfolds via our Website.

What happens if my question is in a voting round and doesn’t win? Will it still get answered?

There is hope for your question! WFYI editors and producers regularly scan the question archive. Often, they’ll investigate questions that never made to a voting round. Or, they’ll find that a question has already been answered in some way — either through a previous WFYI investigation or story, show segment, interview or Web story. There’s another way your question may be answered: The public weighs in! Anyone can comment on questions. If you know the answer to someone else’s question or even have leads or points others should consider, don’t be shy! Let them know the information you have and whenever possible, cite your sources.

Why do you change the wording of some questions when they enter a voting round?

WFYI staff edit some questions for clarity and brevity. Editors and producers attempt to recast otherwise relevant or provocative questions that mischaracterize small details or remain too broad. The goal is to indicate what lines of investigation WFYI is likely to pursue, so the public can clearly understand the choices and vote deliberately.

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