Thanks to lots of hard work and collaboration over the past several weeks, the Dispatch alpha release is almost ready. We’re teaming up with Tumblr for our first field test: using Dispatch to cover election day, especially in the New York City area. The objective is simple: to use Dispatch to report on the experiences of real people in the New York City area as they engage with the election process on November 6. Participants in the field test will have their contributions posted to a designated Tumblog that will be monitored throughout the day (and into the evening) by the politics folks at Tumblr, who will be on the lookout for especially high-quality content to promote and/or reblog.
Anyone is welcome to participate, though we are especially interested in working with citizen and professional journalists, as well as journalism students. Participation is not an all day commitment; we are interested in hearing your coverage ideas, which can focus on a particular time of day or area of the city. We will require attendance at a short, 1-hour orientation session where we will help you install and setup the app, and troubleshoot any immediate technical issues. After that, we’ll look forward to seeing your coverage and hearing your feedback!
To register, fill out the form at the following link:
Please feel free to contact us with any questions; we look forward to working with you.