Palm Readers

At WLRN, we’re starting a new project: Palm Readers. No, we’re not psychics, but our team of reporters does want to help you answer questions you’ve been wondering about in Miami, Palm Beach, Broward or the Florida Keys.

Because great journalism begins with a question. 

So what is it that you want to know about South Florida? Whether it’s something like “How does the Florida legislature work” or “why are there are all those scales to weigh yourself on in Publix?”

The WLRN News team is curious and we know you are too. That’s why we’re asking you to participate in Palm Readers, our new public-powered journalism project. Help shape the stories you hear on the radio.  

Ready? Ask away. 

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South Floridians drive, a lot. And for people who didn’t grow up here, are new to the area or just directionally challenged, navigating roads in South Florida can be difficult.

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We have a winner! (Did you know we held a voting round?)

It was a chance for you to help decide what Palm Readers question we'll dig into next.

WLRN's engagement producer worked with reporters and editors to narrow down a long list of questions to three that we were most interested in answering. Then we invited you, our listeners, to help us decide on a favorite.

The voting round lasted two weeks. And while it was neck-and-neck between two of the questions, one did emerge victorious. 

The question that received the most votes is (drum roll, please!): 

Tom Hudson

Driving around Molly Curry’s condominium complex in Ft. Lauderdale, it’s obvious she is proud of her neighborhood. She lives in the Bay Colony Club Condominiums, in a condo she owns since 2000, when she moved in with her two school-aged daughters. They are adults now and no longer live with Molly, but she’s stuck around and hopes to start a new career from her home.

 

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Henry Flagler’s railroad and Napoleon Broward’s pledge to drain the Everglades forged the beginnings of today’s modern South Florida. No two forces have been as influential on the economy as immigration and real estate. The two are intertwined with Flagler and Gov. Broward. Immigrants provided the labor, while the railroad and draining of the Everglades opened up real estate.

We asked for listener questions about the economy and several of them were focused on these two issues.

WHAT'S YOUR QUESTION? SUBMIT IT HERE.

A couple of weeks ago, WLRN launched a project called Palm Readers asking you to submit questions about South Florida that you'd like our newsroom to dig into.

We asked you for questions and you answered our call. Dozens of questions about South Florida's people, culture and landmarks were sent in and a handful of them are now under consideration. 

RELATED: Have a burning question to ask? Here's how to submit

Tom Hudson

The South Florida economy is more than a $300 billion  engine with close to 3 million workers and 6 million people. Tourism, real estate, trade and agriculture are key industries driving the ups and downs.

 

Housing costs are high and pay is relatively low.

 

These were common themes to questions submitted to WLRN's new public-powered journalism project Palm Readers. We tried to answer some of these questions.

 

WLRN News is launching a new project. It’s called Palm Readers. No, we're not becoming psychics, but our newsroom does want to help answer some questions you might have about life here in South Florida.

Luis Hernandez sat down with Engagement producer Katie Lepri recently to discuss  how the project works and how you can get involved. 

H: What is Palm Readers

L: It's a community-driven journalism project. Basically, we want to know what you want to know. Really.