After working on Dan Bongino‘s U.S. Senate campaign, I met so many wonderful people from all over the entire state of Maryland. At the MDCAN conference this past Saturday, it was so wonderful to reconnect with many of those people. I continue to be amazed at the large network of conservative activists in Maryland who are very involved and engaged in the political environment in their communities. I’d like to tell you all about an opportunity to further extend your voice and your advocacy for our state and your community as a whole.
For those of you that were at the conference, you may have noticed one of the tables was for The Franklin Center. They also helped sponsor the blogger’s table, at which I was very proud to have a seat. The Franklin Center now has a new arm called Watchdog Wire. My fellow campaign volunteers that also worked on the Bongino campaign may have noticed Dan has started contributing articles there, one written on property rights and one about ending targeted school violence. We would like to build a team of Maryland citizen journalists, and once we do so, host a citizen journalist training!
I know many of you have your finger on the pulse of your community, your county and local governments, and the state overall. Now is the time to use our voice, to help hold our elected officials accountable. I would like to encourage you to go here and sign up and start contributing now to The Watchdog Wire.
Here are just a few of the advantages of contributing to the WDW and what sets them apart from other blogs:
- Their aim is to cover stories that aren’t being covered by the mainstream media.
- They don’t believe you need a degree in journalism to affect change through writing. Unlike many other citizen blog sites, they provide journalism coaching and editing to citizen journalists.
- Their goal is to increase the next wave informed citizenry, reminding public officials that “We The People” is more than just rhetoric.
- If you have a blog or website already, WDW links back to your blog to drive traffic back to your page, extending the reach of your local content to your readership base.
- Watchdog Wire is a go-to site for citizen watchdog resources, including writing and investigative tools, open record laws, non-profit groups and state auditors.
- WDW creates a close-knit network of dedicated information activists who are like-minded across the nation.
- I really love this one: You have the chance to be read by Franklin Center’s weekly newsletter which gets sent out to over 9,000 contacts.
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