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Wednesday 12-1PM ET: Tweet-Up With The Lucy Burns Institute!

We could call it a “lunch and learn,” but we’re more fun than that…

Join the staff of Watchdog Wire, a project of The Franklin Center, for a tweet-up with Geoff Pallay and Lauren Rodgers of the Lucy Burns Institute, a leading advocate for transparancy in government and elections at the state and local level. Founded on the belief that government can be more open, today the LBI oversees Ballotpedia and Judgepedia, a pair of invaluable online tools that allow citizens to track elections, candidates, campaign finance, and the judiciary at the state and local levels. On Wednesday, they’ll be chatting with us about FOIA laws, local ballot measures, and other election and transparency issues.

  • WHEN: Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 12-1pm ET
  • WHERE: Twitter.com or your Twitter app, using the hashtag #WDWTU
  • WHO: You, Watchdog Wire, and the Lucy Burns Institute (@Ballotpedia)
  • WHAT: Learning to use LBI’s tools to learn more about local government
  • WHY: Knowledge is power, and government transparency is an issue that can bring people of all political viewpoints together. The more you know about the tools you have available, the more you can do to hold government accountable.

Now to the HOW part… During a tweet-up, an organization or a person (in this case, @WatchdogWire ) promotes a specific Twitter hashtag (ours will be #WDWTU for “Watchdog Wire tweet-up”), and schedules a time to meet on Twitter. Typically, there is a moderator and a guest who engage in a Q&A session for everyone to see. You can simply observe the conversation or choose to join in and ask a question. Think of this as a virtual town hall to learn more about a specific issue.

Just make sure you include #WDWTU in each of your tweets during the conversation so that we will see them. We don’t want to miss you! Also, you may want to take a moment and follow us at @WatchdogWire and your fellow watchdogs tweeting with #WDWTU — it’s always great to grow your network with like-minded individuals.

All you need to know are three simple steps:
1. Go to www.Twitter.com.

2. Log in to your Twitter account (or sign up for an account if it’s your first time)

3. Type #WDWTU in the search bar at the top.

If you need assistance setting up a Twitter account before our first tweet-up, please email info@watchdogwire.com by 9am ET Wednesday. Be sure to include your phone number with area code, and someone will contact you to help.

We look forward to seeing you on Twitter on Wednesday at 12pm ET!!!

Kevin Palmer

Staff writer at Franklin Center. Contact me at kevin@watchdogwire.com

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