At the Advocate, we routinely have people share news tips, complaints and concerns on our website or on our Facebook page.

In days gone by, people would call in or stop by with these unverified tips, and we'd have time to fully check them out before they were shared with the public. With the advent of social media, though, the public might know about a tip before we've even started any reporting.

For the Advocate's part of the Associated Press Managing Editors project, we propose using this survey to ask our readers how they would like us to handle these situations.

After the survey, we plan to have a training session for interested community members on the best ways to share their letters to the editor, community news, photos, blogs, comments, etc., with the Advocate.

We'll provide soon more details about this community session. The working title for it: Be your own Advocate. Even -- or perhaps more than ever -- in the digital age, we continue to work hand in hand with you.

Thank you for taking the time to give us your input.