Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New video: Expand VoterMedia to Municipal Politics #bcmuni

We just released a video: Expand VoterMedia to Municipal Politics

In it, UBC students (and a poli sci professor) discuss the idea of VoterMedia blog competitions that cover municipal governments. They have already had a positive effect on UBC student union politics -- see video How VoterMedia Affects Election Campaigns. A quote from Andrew Carne (Blogger, UBC Insiders):
You get these smaller media outlets, that actually do their own investigative work, they are able to present a different outlook on a story than the mainstream media does. So you get different opinions out there, and you may even get more facts, and information, than you do from the CBC or whoever's reporting.
We are pursuing two promising avenues for funding municipal blog contests:
  • Participatory Budgeting -- a global reform movement that lets voters allocate part of municipal budgets.
  • Sponsorship by newspaper publishers.
Here's a current muni contest ballot: votermedia.org/burnaby

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