Being a Virginia onAir Member

All that is required to be a Virginia onAir member is your first and last name, an email address, and your zip code.

  • Your real name and any other profile information will NOT be displayed unless you choose to do so.
  • Your personal information is NOT shared with any other website or organization.

Hub membership will enable you to:

  • Comment on any Hub post,
  • Interact directly with Post Authors and Curators giving them feedback, content suggestions, and asking questions,
  • Participate in forums, research studies, and polls,
  • Give recommendations in representative and candidate posts,

At the current time, Hub membership is by invitation only. Contact Nader Momtaz at to request membership. Membership will be available to all Virginia residents on Oct. 25, 2019.

To learn more about this Hub’s features and the organizations supporting this Hub, go to this About Virginia onAir post.

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 –

Tips for Hub Managers

Hub Managers like Post Curators require no programming skills to manage a Hub. Every Hub has a lead manager with 1 or more associate managers.

The initial focus of every new Hub is to come up with the top level and 2nd level categories. Top level categories are displayed as tabs on the home page and 2nd level categories as drop downs. Hubs can also have 3rd and 4th level categories. Categories can be arranged in whatever order the Hub manager(s) prefer.

Other key functions are:

  • Monitoring the quality and appropriateness of post content and the civility of post forums and onAircasts
  • Reviewing new submitted posts and selecting categories for them and their order
  • Overseeing a Hub's YouTube channel and social media accounts such as Twitter, Facebook, and Twitter
  • Managing Hub members and responding to their feedback and questions as well as inappropriate behavior
  • Finding and interacting with Hub sponsors

Each Hub has a number of Google Docs to assist managers in collaborating with other managers online.

Future: Turn on contextual help (?) to see pop-up boxes that explain how to do a a particular task.

Using this Hub

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

“Select teal circles, rectangles, text, and icons”

When most teal circles and teal rectangles are selected, they open multiple possible actions. When blue text and blue icons, they usually do one action.

Most color blind people can distinguish the teal and blue colors from the level of shading. For those with more severe blindness issues, an audio-based user experience is coming next year.

Feedback and Questions for Hub Directors

If you have any feedback or questions about the Hub content, email Virginia onAir Hub Content Director Yasmin Jaramillo at

If you have any outreach feedback or questions about the Virginia onAir Hub, email Virginia onAir Outreach Director Katlyn Weiser at

If you have any general feedback or questions about the Virginia onAir Hub, email Virginia onAir Director: Nader Momtax at


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About Virginia onAir

Virginia onAir is focused on Virginia state and federal elections and governance.

The Virginia onAir Hub is a website where Virginia voters can LEARN about and DISCUSS with their elected officials and candidates for office and ENGAGE  in supporting a more civil and vibrant democracy in Virginia. Virginia onAir is focused on elections and governance – “Governance” being how laws are made and how we as Virginia students and residents can influence legislation.

Democracy onAir, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization run by Gen Z students, oversees the development and curation of state Hubs like Virginia onAir and the onAir chapters based in public universities throughout a state. Virginia onAir is a pilot for other state Hubs and chapters which we plan on establishing in 2020.

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