Four USA TODAY sections are currently looking for your input. Can you help?
--The Money section is working a story about high down payments. "Home prices may have fallen. But some first-time buyers still need to put down $10,000, $20,000 or $30,000. How many people have that kind of cash lying around?" If you're a first-time home buyer with those issues, e-mail the reporter.
--The Sports section wants your opinions. "Do you perceive that the Surry County, Va., prosecutors are dragging their feet and/or protecting Michael Vick in the investigation of dogfighting allegations involving the Falcons quarterback?" Leave your comments in the Sports Scope blog, and they may be used in a future story about the case.
--The Travel is looking to hear from people with experience in the airline industry. "Have you looked for a job with the major airlines since they restructured in the past few years? What prompted you to look for an airline job? If you applied or attended orientation, please tell us what's happened since. Or, if you overlooked airlines, tell us why. Did you find better offers elsewhere?" Your stories could end up in a story the section is writing. You can e-mail the reporter or leave comments here.
--The Life section seeks Harry Potter fans -- big, big fans. Fanatics, if you will. "It's a big, bittersweet summer for Potter fans. Are you the most passionate Potter fan in your school or neighborhood?" If you fit the bill, e-mail the section.
Don't think your responses go anywhere?
Think again. In today's USA TODAY, there were readers weighing in on how they think The Sopranos will end. Their comments came in response to a call on the front of the online Life section, just where the Harry Potter call is now. Earlier this week in the section, editors ran the best reader memories of Bob Barker. If you're just reading those pieces now, be sure to check out the comments on both pages. After we published the reader responses, new readers brought even more ideas and stories on the subjects.
In some cases, even your online votes can have an effect. Your votes on summer swimsuit trouble areas led the direction of a story this week. After you identified the top issues, editors asked experts to give you answers.