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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Watchdog Wire?
A: Watchdog Wire, a project of the Franklin Center’s Citizen Watchdog Program, is the go-to site for citizens dedicated to holding their local, state and federal officials accountable. We empower citizen journalists in states and across the nation by providing a platform where they can post original content covering the issues that are ignored by the mainstream media.
Q: What’s the difference between WatchdogWire.com, and the Watchdog Wire state sites?
A: WatchdogWire.com is the primary site for the Citizen Watchdog program, and is a place where citizens can post stories of national concern, or related to any state or locality. Watchdog Wire also has many state-level pages, which focus specifically on stories relating to waste, fraud, and abuse in individual states. WatchdogWire currently has 12 state-level pages in its growing network.
Q: Do I need a journalism degree to post to Watchdog Wire?
A: Of course not! Some of the most brilliant minds are self-educated, and sharing facts does not require a degree in anything except common sense. That’s learned, not taught.
Q: Do I need to be a good writer?
A: Well, basic grammar skills are important. We share tips and techniques often. If you are unsure, have a friend proofread your work, or send it to us and we will help. You can reach our staff writer, Kevin Palmer, at firstname.lastname@example.org. He’s happy to help you out with any story you’re working on.
Q: How can I connect with the Citizen Watchdog team on social media?
Q: Who do I talk to about a news tip in my community?
A: Send it by email to email@example.com, or let us know on Facebook or Twitter! Of course, you are always the best reporter for a story that’s happening in your own community, so feel free to write it up yourself and post it to Watchdog Wire!
Q: What help can the Franklin Center staff offer me?
A: In addition to helping you with all stages of your story (from brainstorming to editing), Franklin Center staff will promote your work on social media, send it to like-minded citizens, grassroots organizations, and network you with professional journalists in your state who can help you take the next step.
Q: Great! Where do I get started?
Click the “Get Involved” button at the top of the page on WatchdogWire.com. Fill in your information and we’ll be in touch with you shortly!