STATE OF OPPORTUNITY. Can Kids in Michigan Get Ahead?
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Are you interested in telling your story or reporting on your community?

As part of State of Opportunity, we are featuring stories on what it is like to grow up or raise kids in Michigan while struggling to pay the bills. There will be more of these stories to tell than we can find on our own. If you have a story you think needs telling, here are some resources to help you on your way.

The Public Insight Network is a way to inform news stories with experiences from your life. A reporter will follow up with you.

There's an introduction to how to tell a story for the radio from Radio Diaries. This guide is geared toward young people but great for anybody. There is also a quick resource for how to get a great interview for radio from Sound Portraits.

If you're interested in listening to and figuring out how to make a short story about your life interesting, try the moth. You can even submit a story.

If you want somebody to talk you through it, there's a YouTube Reporters Center with lots of tips on what makes a story compelling.

Once you're ready, submit your story ideas, news tips or feedback here. And, thanks.