How can I impact politics?

How can I impact politics?

From your home, office, or library’s computer and from your phone, Virginia onAir and its Hub website will enable you to more quickly, easily, and effectively LEARN more about your representatives, candidates, and issues important to Virginians; DISCUSS your interests, concerns, opinions, and suggestions; and ENGAGE in supporting a more civil, and vibrant democracy in Virginia.

This post will provide you with an overview of how you can greatly increase your impact on politics through participating in Virginia onAir’s Hub, university chapters, and events … becoming a better informed voter and engaging more with governance at both the state and federal levels.

August 27, 2019 VA onAir Update

August 27, 2019 VA onAir Update

This post, my initial update post as Democracy onAir Executive Director, focuses on Virginia onAir – our model state elections and governance Hub created and managed by GMU alumni and students and curated by Virginia students throughout the state.

We welcome your feedback, suggestions, and donations to assist us in establishing the Virginia onAir Hub as the first of many go-to elections and governance Hubs.

Thank you in advance for your contributions.

Tim O’Shea – tim.oshea@onair.cc

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How can I impact politics?

From your home, office, or library’s computer and from your phone, Virginia onAir and its Hub website will enable you to more quickly, easily, and effectively LEARN more about your representatives, candidates, and issues important to Virginians; DISCUSS your interests, concerns, opinions, and suggestions; and ENGAGE in supporting a more civil, and vibrant democracy in Virginia.

This post will provide you with an overview of how you can greatly increase your impact on politics through participating in Virginia onAir’s Hub, university chapters, and events … becoming a better informed voter and engaging more with governance at both the state and federal levels.

Summary

From your home, office, or library’s computer and from your phone, Virginia onAir and its Hub website will enable you to more quickly, easily, and effectively LEARN more about your representatives, candidates, and issues important to Virginians; DISCUSS your interests, concerns, opinions, and suggestions; and ENGAGE in supporting a more civil, and vibrant democracy in Virginia.

This post will provide you with an overview of how you can greatly increase your impact on politics through participating in Virginia onAir’s Hub, university chapters, and events … becoming a better informed voter and engaging more with governance at both the state and federal levels.

About

To learn more about the organizers behind Virginia onAir and its other state hubs, go this “About Us”post.

If you have any general feedback or questions about the Virginia onAir Hub, email our Operations Director: Nader Momtaz at nader.momtaz@onair.cc.

If you are a member of the press or other media organization,email your questions about the Virginia onAir Hub to our Outreach Director: Katlyn Weiser at katlyn.weiser@onair.cc.

For Virginia Students

Young people represent the motivated, savvy population that helps Democracy onAir maintain our Hub. Students have the opportunity to be Curators on our Hub and help develop the Hub’s information and contacts with politicians.

Interested students should refer to our Curator listing to explore getting involved. You can also explore our University Chapters. Any and all level of involvement is invited.

For Virginia Politicians

Our site offers you the ability to engage and keep constituents performed with a much more agile and engaging experience than ever before.

Our network of Curators will help maintain content and online discussions for each politician and provide an all-in-one platform for constituent engagement.

For Virginia Advocates

Advocates of various issues important to Virginians will have an opportunity to contribute position papers, reviews, videos, and other types of content related to an issue. As premium members, they will be able to author new posts on issues and co-author existing posts on issues.

Advocates can sign up through an existing organization or individually.

For Virginia Residents

Virginia onAir offers the easiest, most centralized access point of nonpartisan information on your candidates and politicians. You can explore this resource through our “Who Represents You?” function on our home page, or by browsing by your district or region.

These profiles will give you everything you need to know about their contact information, backgrounds, issue stances, social media, and even exclusive video interviews. We also publish profiles of state policy Issues, with overviews, recent publications, and relevant government committees, agencies, and task forces.

LEARN

The Virginia onAir Hub has posts on all current federal and state representatives and candidates for election in 2018 and 2019. The posts on politicians aggregate information from a variety of sources including, where applicable, their campaign and government websites, wikipedia entry, Vote Smart, BillTrack50, and YouTube.

The politician and most other Virginia onAir content is curated by college students who are members of their universities onAir chapter. All content in these posts is under a Creative Commons non-commercial license. All other posts are copyrighted by Virginia onAir or by the authors of posts on issues.

We have designed this Hub to be easy and intuitive as possible to use.  All viewers need to remember is to:

  1. Select the buttons or menu items that have a dark turquoise background with white text or icons to view a drop down selection or a specific post.
  2. Select text that is bolded and blue to go to a post within the Hub
  3. Select text that is bolded, blue, and underlined to go to another website’s content

Curation Guidelines

These guidelines developed by Democracy onAir determine the permissibility and impermissibility of speech and content on the Virginia Elections & Governance Hub and future hubs. These principles are meant to encourage civil and honest discourse without allowing for harassment or threats to personal safety. The full explanation of these principles can be found on out Curation Principles post. In case of any questions or concerns, please contact Executive Director Tim O’Shea at tim.oshea@onair.cc .

  • Research-driven content: Our choice and priorities of content will be formed by research on current topics, interviews and polling on information relevant to our target audience, and internal discussion.
  • Full citation and credit: All included information will include source information and hyperlinks.
  • Respect and inclusivity. Our platform is meant to promote an open discourse about current politics that is open for all users with that common goal. Any user or content that infringes on that goal will be removed from the platform and disciplined.
  • Our takedown rules and guidelines will evolve as political discourse evolves. Our Curation Principles will undergo an annual review to ensure that they match the evolving nature of political discussion. All users will be fully notified of changes to the platform’s guidelines. Ad hoc reviews of rules and guidelines will also occur if needed, and Democracy onAir reserves the right to make case-by-case decisions if content does not fit cleanly into a category but nonetheless runs counter to our general principles.

Privacy Policy

Simply visiting the Virginia onAir (VAO) Hub does not expose your identity publicly. This privacy policy was significantly helped by consulting the Wikimedia Foundation Privacy Policy.

Sharing information with third parties

Except where otherwise specified, all text added to the Hub is available for reuse under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution- NonCommercial license.

When you submit to the VAO your email addresses, phone numbers, and addresses for any purpose, that data will only be used byVAO. VAO will not sell your information.

You also can, at any time, request that your information be removed from the VAO system. Such requests will be honored within one business day.

For more information on our privacy policy, go to this post.

Terms of Service

All content in this site is under the Creative Commons Attribution- NonCommercial license which permits content sharing and adaptation as long as proper attribution is given to its author(s) and is used for non-commercial purposes. To learn more, go to Creative Commons Attribution- NonCommercial license.

DISCUSS

Every post has a feedback section where registered Hub members can, depending on the type of post:

  • Ask a post’s Curator questions about the post
  • Recommend edits and new content
  • Ask questions and make suggestions to politicians communicated by the post’s curator
  • Give endorsements for their favorite politician
  • Participate in forum discussions

Moderation Guidelines

All moderation on onAir Hub forums will use our Civility Standards, which create scaled tiers of problematic speech and enforcement in order to maintain an inclusive and meaningful platform. Virginia onAir reserves the right to modify our Civility Standards in accordance with changing political atmospheres or newfound information.

ENGAGE

As a Chapter Member

Any Virginia resident can be a member of an onAir chapter, especially the public university nearest their residence within one of our five regions in Virginia.  Chapters will be led by undergraduate students from a variety of backgrounds and academic disciplines. Students can participate via internships, experiential courses, research projects, student clubs, and their student governments. Virginia onAir is committed to ensuring that all interested students and residents have the opportunity to engage in politics regardless of their time constraints or location.

Other residents within a university community such as graduate students and adult learners, tenured and affiliate faculty, university administration and staff, alumni, and friends of the university can also be chapter members. Each onAir chapter will reach out to collaborate with other public universities, private colleges, and high schools in their larger communities.

Chapter members can:

  • Curate and maintain posts on politicians and political issues
  • Moderate discussions on posts about politicians or issues
  • Aircast town hall shows
  • Meet with politicians to discuss the Hub and it’s features, as well as record and post interviews
  • Intern with Democracy onAir

As an Advocacy Member

Any Virginia onAir member can also become an Advocacy member.  Advocacy membership costs $8 per month, and enables you to:

  • Have a full member profile post
  • Have the ability to author new posts on issues and co-author existing posts
  • Receive preferential treatment at Chapter events

ENGAGE as a Contributor

There are three primary ways of supporting Virginia onAir if you are not a Chapter, Hub, or premium member:

  1. Donate to Democracy onAir, the 501c3 organizing the Virginia onAir pilot Hub and other state Hubs in the US and abroad.
  2. Have your organization become a Hub Sponsor
  3. Volunteer to assist your closest university onAir Chapter

Donate to Democracy onAir

Donors can be any named individual or foundation (no anonymous donations permitted).  Donors can support the entire Hub, a District and all the posts within it, an individual Post, and/or Curator profile. Donors can help support student managers and directors through Democracy onAir’s Crowdrise campaign or by contacting Nader Momtaz at nader.momtaz@onair.cc.

Checks or wire transfers are made to Democracy onAir.   Democracy onAir has 501C3 status so donations are tax deductible.

Become a Hub Sponsor

Any individual and organization such as a government agency, university, NGOs or company can become a sponsor of this Hub. Sponsors can support the entire Hub, any Hub category and all the posts within it, and any individual post.

To become a sponsor, contact Nader Momtaz at nader.momtaz@onair.cc.

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August 27, 2019 VA onAir Update

This post, my initial update post as Democracy onAir Executive Director, focuses on Virginia onAir – our model state elections and governance Hub created and managed by GMU alumni and students and curated by Virginia students throughout the state.

We welcome your feedback, suggestions, and donations to assist us in establishing the Virginia onAir Hub as the first of many go-to elections and governance Hubs.

Thank you in advance for your contributions.

Tim O’Shea – tim.oshea@onair.cc

Summary

This post, my initial update post as Democracy onAir Executive Director, focuses on Virginia onAir – our model state elections and governance Hub created and managed by GMU alumni and students and curated by Virginia students throughout the state.

We welcome your feedback, suggestions, and donations to assist us in establishing the Virginia onAir Hub as the first of many go-to elections and governance Hubs.

Thank you in advance for your contributions.

Tim O’Shea – tim.oshea@onair.cc

Recent Developments

In anticipation of our official soft launch on September 19th, Democracy onAir has made important strides forward to make sure that Virginia onAir is the best elections and governance information resource in the state come election time.

  • We have formed our founding team of student Directors including: Adia McLaughlin, Chapter Director; Ny-Jhee Jones, Media Director; Katlyn Weiser, Outreach Director; and Yasmin Jaramillo, Curation Director.  Our Directors are supported by my Chief of Staff, Nader Momtaz and interns to help bolster our efforts in business development, outreach, and content generation, including 3 interns from the Schar School’s prestigious Global Politics Fellows program.
  • We have completed assembling the most comprehensive, publicly available information on candidates running for office on November 5, 2019 – Virginia State Senate (68) and Virginia State House (173) .  On the Virginia onAir Hub, we have also organized posts on all current senate and house representatives within one of five regions- Northern Virginia, Central Virginia, Southwestern Virginia, South Central Virginia, and Southeastern Virginia.
  • We have started curating numerous Northern Virginia candidate and politician posts and plan to conduct video interviews with as many of them as we can.

Advisory Board

Democracy onAir has expanded its Advisory Board to include 3 new members:

  • Jeff Wilklow, Vice President of Campbell & Company and member and former President of the Metro Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Jeff South, Associate Professor of Journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University, Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Capital News Service at the Robertson School of Media and Culture
  • Jennifer Victor, Associate Professor at GMU’s Schar School Policy and Government and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Political Networks

Partnerships

Our GMU chapter is partnering with the Honors College to help freshmen Honors College students get fast-tracked into Curation roles through an event on October 25th called “Democracy onAir: Bringing state politics into the 21st century.”

OnAir Networks, led by GMU alumnus Todd Gillette, is providing the software, support, and technical development in order to build the Hub in anticipation of our launch. OnAir Networks is creating a framework with the Volgenau School of Engineering to provide students access to OSCAR projects, internships, and capstone projects through assistance in developing more comprehensive features for the Hub.

We’ve also reached an arrangement with LegiNation in order to integrate their BillTrack50 data feeds into our politician profiles.

September-October Plans

This Fall, we will be taking on a number of important projects to serve the mission of Virginia onAir and Democracy onAir.

  • We are supporting GMU’s student government’s Candidate Day at the GMU Fairfax campus for the Mason community and the general public to engage with Northern Virginia candidates running for local and state offices ;
  • We are recruiting more Hub Curators and establishing new onAir chapters at VCU, UVA, Virginia Tech, and William & Mary in addition to our founding GMU onAir Chapter;
  • We are developing with OnAir Networks and interns from the GGS Department at the GMU College of Science, interactive maps of Virginia state legislative districts to better allow voters to visualize and understand our state’s politics. These maps will be similar to the US House interactive district maps on the Hub home page; and
  • We are developing our 2020 rollout strategy for deploying Election and Governance Hubs for other key states throughout the country
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