YouTube Calling on Citizen Journalists to Document Their Vote

    November 5, 2012
    Josh Wolford

During the 2012 campaign season, Youtube has been involved in providing people access to the videos that they need to be better-informed voters. They streamed both political conventions in their entirety, as well as all four Presidential and Vice Presidential debates. Along with the live streams, their Elections Hub has has also provided election reporting from ABC News, Al Jazeera, Univision, the New York Times, and many more.

Now, they want to turn it over to you.

Today, YouTube has (once again) asked the electorate to participate in documenting the 2012 election. Here’s what they had to say in a blog post:

“We want to see and hear from you tomorrow. Whether you’re vlogging about which candidate you support, capturing footage of the long line at your polling place, or encouraging your friends to get out of the house and go vote, we’re inviting you to send us your Election Day videos.”

Basically, YouTube wants your citizen journalism on election day. After you make your video documenting some aspect of the vote, you can tweet it at @YouTubePolitics and/or upload it with the #YouTubePolitics hashtag. YouTube says that some of the videos will be featured on the Elections Hub.

Of course, before you pull out your smartphone or drag a camera into a polling place, check on the laws in your area surrounding voting locations and filming.

The election is tomorrow. Make sure you vote. And if you can, why not document your experience as well?


Josh Wolford
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