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‘Undocumented’ or ‘illegal’? A collaborative PIN mapping project

Filed by KOSU News in Public Insight Network.
April 26, 2013

When the Associated Press updated its stylebook to remove the term “illegal immigrant,” John Rosman from the Fronteras Desk wondered how others describe people who live in the U.S. illegally, so he sent out a query and started mapping responses.

KPCC’s Ashley Alvarado took notice. “As soon as I saw the Fronteras Desk map, I had idea and source envy,” she says. “We had done a similar query early this year, which fed on-air segments and some online content. But we hadn’t mapped anything. And, as I looked at what John at Fronteras put together, I was struck by the notion of how powerful it would be to see this represented on a national level. They already have responses from several states, but there are many holes, too. I thought we could work together to fill that space.”

Ashley reached out to John about collaborating, and they decided to open the project to everyone in the network.

If you’d like to share the query with your sources and contribute to the map, we’d love for you to join the project! Get started by contacting Ashley Alvarado at She’ll add your organization to the AIR project and you’ll be able to send the query to sources in your network.



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One Response to “‘Undocumented’ or ‘illegal’? A collaborative PIN mapping project”

  1. Guest says:

    How about, "Criminals". It's not racist or discriminating.

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