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VIDEO: Using Your Smartphone for Citizen Journalism

In this excerpt from WichitaLiberty.TV, learn how your smartphone is a valuable tool for citizen journalism. Here are two ways to get involved. View below, or click here to view at YouTube.

For more on this topic, see this previous Watchdog Wire report by Bob Weeks, excerpted below:

Many people wonder how they can be involved in helping to improve government as a citizen journalist. It may be that you have a valuable tool that’s in your pocket and that you take everywhere you go: your smartphone.

You may have seen me showing photographs of street lights burning in downtown Wichita during the middle of sunny afternoons. Have you ever spotted government waste like that? I’m sure that you have.

Take photos or video

I think people forget they have a fairly high-quality camera with them at all times in their smartphones.

So here’s something that you can do: Take a photograph or shoot some video. If you are in Kansas, send it to me. Elsewhere, email your news tip to Watchdog Wire. People like me need information. I need tips. Put your smartphone to work for something beside selfies.

Watchdog Wire has some useful video tips to help you get started.

Scan documents

Another thing you can do with your smartphone that is very helpful is to capture documents. Here’s an example. At election time, campaigns and political groups send a lot of mail pieces to voters. Some of these will contain falsehoods or distortions that need to be exposed so that the guilty parties can be held accountable.

But much of the time, these political mailings go unnoticed. That’s because a Kansas House of Representatives campaign, for example, covers a relatively small population. Then, campaigns may send mail to only the people they consider active voters, and may narrow down the list using other criteria like political party. Or campaigns may send certain mail pieces to small subsets of voters. So any single campaign mail piece may go to a relatively small number of households.

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Josh Kaib

Josh Kaib is the Assistant Editor of Watchdog Wire. Twitter: @joshkaib

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