Not a big surprise here but the Huffington Post is recruiting "citizen journalists" to infiltrate and report on the Tax Day Tea Party Protests. They are even issuing "guidelines" about what to report on. Here's some of their tips...
1) Pen and Pad Reporting: Each protest presents a unique story. We definitely want to know the basics: how many people were in attendance? Where there any prominent speakers, and what did they say? Which slogans did the crowds chant, and what did they paint on their signs? We're also interested in understanding what kind of people showed up and why--so feel free to ask them if you feel comfortable doing so. We are asking for dispatches of no more than 600 words. Email your report to email@example.com by noon on April 16th. (Check out our reporting standards for further guidance.)
2) Picture the Protest: Take your camera and capture the best images from the gathering. Protest signs and banners make for good photographs, as do families and establishing shots of the entire crowd. Email your pics to firstname.lastname@example.org. Incude your name, city, and state in the subject line and a brief description of each photo in the body of your email. For inspiration check out the slide show from the G-20 Protest in London.
3) Film the Show: Some HuffPosters have already shown interest in filming their local Tea Party. We don't have specific guidelines on video production, however we suggest that you edit your footage to less than five minutes in length and that you identify all interviewees. You can publish your video to YouTube and email us the link, or send your mpeg file to email@example.com usingYouSentIt.
4) Twitter the Facts: It's impossible to give an exhaustive report in 140 characters, but Twitter's short form is great for quickly getting across basic facts and observations. Using your cell phone or mobile device, you can "tweet" the approximate attendance or a choice quote. IMPORTANT: We'll only see your tweets if you include #huff in ALL of your messages. Also, remember to include your city and state so that we know where you are. (Sign up for an account with Twitter here.)
Also be on the lookout for bogus participants with vile messages on their signs or hurling disgusting comments during speeches, etc. Confront these people - don't let a butthead dilute and distort the message we are sending. Remember all the claims of "racist statements" yelled at McCain/Palin rallies that ended up being debunked.
Take lots of pictures and video - post them and spread them. This is not about political parties - it's about the Constitution and our Country. Show the truth - not the distorted crap from the Left that wants to keep sucking off the government tit.
With special chickenhawk express kudos to Erica...