"Help a Reporter Out" spreads virally, grows exponentially Peter Shankman’s free service that connects journalists with credible sources grew from 3,000 members to nearly 40,000 in just one year. By Ragan StaffDec. 12, 2008 SHARE To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.