Vibewire and YouTube team up on electionWIRE to bring fresh video reporting to the Australian federal election
electionWIRE on YouTube is calling citizen reporters to report the election their way.
It’s Election Time! The airwaves are buzzing with politics. Who will win? What do the parties and candidates represent? Who cares?
Today, Vibewire Youth Inc announces the launch of electionWIRE on YouTube, a dedicated channel for young Australians to have their say and to report the news of the Federal election their way.
electionWIRE will feature video news, interviews, opinions and debate from a team of newly recruited and trained Vibewire Youthscape reporters, alongside citizen contributors from the YouTube community. The new recruits are stationed across Australia, armed with cameras, guided by questions and ideas posted to the electionWIRE YouTube channel, and supported by a senior editorial team. Whether they’re talking about youth unemployment, immigration, the ETS, homelessness or health, electionWIRE reporters will be asking the hard questions and getting unpredictable answers.
“Young people can shape their world when given the opportunity. electionWIRE is an opportunity to showcase the voices of a new generation of reporters. We want young people to report the election their way, to tell the stories that matter to them and to join in the debate on YouTube,” said Annie Le Cavalier, Director Vibewire Youth Inc.
“Video is a powerful tool for democracy. These days anyone with a camera, an Internet connection and a YouTube channel can be a reporter. We’re thrilled to partner with Vibewire and provide the platform for electionWIRE news and perspectives from young Australians,” said Karen Stocks, Head of YouTube, Australia
To help get the nation involved, Vibewire is working with youth and policy networks including the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition and Left-Right Think Tank to provide assistance for any young person who wants to upload a video to electionWIRE. Content partners include The Centre for Policy Development and Express Media, who will complement the electionWIRE video coverage with articles and political analysis. The Vibewire team will also be on hand to provide budding citizen journalists with resources to develop their stories, including training videos and fact-sheets on everything from video techniques to the political system.
Australians are wired for a digital election. Through electionWIRE, user generated video will shape the game this time around. This is a new era in political debate and this time, young people are not just watching election coverage, they are creating it.
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