Cross-posted to my EchoDitto blog.
Joe Trippi's blog is has been one of my regular reads since I read his book. He's got a post up today that I hope lots of people see, encouraging them to take to the blogosphere, and become citizen journalists in this election. Check out his post, and then check out the MSNBC link on how to be a citizen journalist.
Here's how you can be a Citizen Reporter:
- Take pictures of ballots and the voting process. As you vote, take pictures of what you go through and the ballots and send them to us. We’d like to have snapshots of every ballot and electronic screen in the country. E-mail them to CJ@MSNBC.com and let us know who took the picture. (We can't publish or broadcast photos from other news sites or newspapers.)
- Write about the flavor of your local polling places. Go to three or four local polling places and ask around to see what is going on. Are there lines? Are people passionate? Why are they voting, and for whom? Have they voted before? Check out a number of voting places, drive around and look for these things: lines, visibility, voting challenges. Don’t go in assuming there are going to be problems. We’re not trying to anticipate something that’s not there. But we want to know the following: How long are the lines, what’s the atmosphere like, who is voting and why? Keep your eyes and ears open. Use common sense. Go to four places and tell us what you found. And if you can go to ten, so much the better.
- Consider the MSNBC blogs and MSNBC broadcasts your "assignment." If it's reported that there are long lines in Northeast Ohio, and you can check it out, do it. Don’t wait for instructions.
Not being an undecided voter, and not living in a swing state (D.C. is 75% Democratic) I suffer no illusions about just how imporatant my vote is in this election, nor do I think I'll have anything earthshaking to report. Given that D.C. only has 3 electoral votes, and those are all but guaranteed to go to John Kerry, I don't think we'll be the focus of anyone attention. So, the next best thing I can do is blog about Trippi's post, in hopes that some of the readers here do live in states that are crucial in this election and they will take to the blogosphere and report what they find.
And just for fun, I might report on my voting experience as well. Just don't expect anything terribly exciting.