Moderate a VA onAir aircast

You can coordinate and moderate aircasts with your VA representatives and their staffs and with their constituents particularly on issues important to you or your community.

Project:

Organize aircasts between with your federal and state representatives and their constituents. Consider inviting community leaders, subject matter experts, and your representatives.

Description:

Aircasts are Zoom meetings with featured guests and audience participation that are livestreamed to the public. Aircasts are  recorded and archived in onAir Hubs and YouTube channels and shareable on social media and websites.

You will be supported  by onAir Producers. who will be responsible for all technical issues related to the aircast.  If appropriate, you can also interview the aircast’s featured guests as well as include slide presentations, invited panelists, and audience polls.

Contact:
Mackenzie Gross at mackenzie.gross@onair.cc

Become an onAir Member

All that is required to be a Democracy 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.

Curate a politician and issue post

You can learn more about your Virginia representatives by assisting in the curation of the relevant posts on Virginia onAir.

You can learn more about issues important to you by assisting in the curation of the relevant posts on Virginia onAir.

Intern with Virginia onAir

Democracy onAir welcomes any US citizen to apply for an internship. We require a minimum commitment of 6 hours per week.

We have a special interest in working with undergraduate students majoring in government, communications, media, or a related field with a passion to improve democracy in the US.  Students (and other US citizens) who want to intern with Democracy onAir this fall can submit their resume with an introductory email articulating why you are interested in being a Democracy onAir intern and include a link, if appropriate, to your relevant academic program (internship, capstone project, research project etc.) to: internships@onair.cc. 

Become an Advocate

Advocates of various issues important to US residents 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
  • co-author existing posts on issues
  • contribute to curated overview posts on issues

Advocates can sign up through an existing organization or individually. Until our beta testing is completed, advocate memberships are currently only available upon request without charge.

Send requests to: Jessler Elvira at jessler.elvira@onair.cc

 

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    OneVirginia2021 is a leader in advocating for fair redistricting in the Commonwealth of Virginia. They are organizing through local, regional, and statewide efforts and rely on residents for support and participation.

    OneVirginia2021 partners with individuals and organizations to raise awareness, provide information, and work with legislators to implement meaningful reformEvery decade, with recent results of the census in hand, legislative districts are drawn. Redrawing political lines is a powerful tool that determines who wins an election, controls the legislature, and ultimately which laws pass.

    In Virginia, legislators create the criteria and draw their own districts. This is a manipulative process known as gerrymandering, and we must create a system that more fairly draws political lines.

Moderate a VA onAir aircastsModerate a VA onAir aircast

Summary

You can coordinate and moderate aircasts with your VA representatives and their staffs and with their constituents particularly on issues important to you or your community.

Project:

Organize aircasts between with your federal and state representatives and their constituents. Consider inviting community leaders, subject matter experts, and your representatives.

Description:

Aircasts are Zoom meetings with featured guests and audience participation that are livestreamed to the public. Aircasts are  recorded and archived in onAir Hubs and YouTube channels and shareable on social media and websites.

You will be supported  by onAir Producers. who will be responsible for all technical issues related to the aircast.  If appropriate, you can also interview the aircast’s featured guests as well as include slide presentations, invited panelists, and audience polls.

Contact:
Mackenzie Gross at mackenzie.gross@onair.cc

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Become a Hub MemberBecome an onAir Member

Summary

All that is required to be a Democracy 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.

Membership form

Register with us by filling out the form below.
Password must be at least 7 characters long.
Password must be at least 7 characters long.

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More about onAir membership

OnAir membership will enable you to:

  • Give feedback to your representatives and their staffs, other politicians, and onAir Curators. You can ask questions, make suggestions, and give endorsements;
  • Host and coordinate onAir livestreamed Zoom events (aircasts) with Virginia onAir Producers:
  • Participate in aircasts as part of a Zoom audience;
  • Co-curate politician and issue posts;
  • Start and publicize your own VA onAir civic engagement projects

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

Your Hub activity is NOT tracked or shared. Simply visiting any US onAir network Hub also does not expose your identity publicly.

When you submit personal information to Virginia onAir for any purpose, your information will not be sold or shared with any third parties unless you give consent.

You also can, at any time, request that your information be deleted. Such requests will be honored within one business day.

Hub members must be a US resident and/or US Citizen and be 13 years or older.

Learn more about Democracy onAir’s “Privacy Policy”.

Privacy Policy

Your Hub activity is NOT tracked or shared. Simply visiting the Virginia onAir Hub also does not expose your identity publicly.

When you submit personal information to Virginia onAir for any purpose, your information will not be sold or shared with any third parties unless you give consent.

You also can, at any time, request that your information be deleted. Such requests will be honored within one business day.

To learn more about Virginia Elections Hub “Privacy Policy”, go to this post.

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Become a CuratorCurate a politician and issue post

Summary

You can learn more about your Virginia representatives by assisting in the curation of the relevant posts on Virginia onAir.

You can learn more about issues important to you by assisting in the curation of the relevant posts on Virginia onAir.

Curate a politician post

You can learn more about your Virginia representatives by assisting in the curation of the relevant posts on Virginia onAir.

Project:

Curate new information on a politician, especially ones who represents you.

Description:

Learn how to c curate information and news items regarding one of your state representatives (delegate or senator). Information that might be curated:

  • Bio
  • Any updates to staff, contact information
  • Record (voting, elections, fundraising)
  • Committees
  • Positions on issues
  • Sponsored legislation
  • Events
  • Media coverage

Use the Who Represents Me? tool to determine your representatives.

Example politician post: David Bulova

Contact:
Jessler Elvira at jessler.elvira@onair.cc

Curate an issue post

You can learn more about issues important to you by assisting in the curation of the relevant posts on Virginia onAir.

Project:

Write about and compile information on an issue of interest to you that has been started by Virginia onAir.

Description:

Learn how to create a post and curate information and news items regarding a chosen issue that will be addressed by the 2021 Virginia General Assembly. 

You can provide background on the issue, associated organizations and corporations, major perspectives, and current legislative efforts. You can cover a new aspect to the issue, such as public opinion, related events (e.g. hearings, town halls, etc), or details on a piece of legislation.

Reaching out to representatives interested in the issue is recommended.

Content should be unbiased, though common perspectives should be represented. Separate opinion/advocacy pieces will be available later.

Example issue post: Climate Change

Contact:
Kerrie Thompson at kerrie.thompson@onair.cc

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Student Curation Opportunities 1Intern with Virginia onAir

Summary

Democracy onAir welcomes any US citizen to apply for an internship. We require a minimum commitment of 6 hours per week.

We have a special interest in working with undergraduate students majoring in government, communications, media, or a related field with a passion to improve democracy in the US.  Students (and other US citizens) who want to intern with Democracy onAir this fall can submit their resume with an introductory email articulating why you are interested in being a Democracy onAir intern and include a link, if appropriate, to your relevant academic program (internship, capstone project, research project etc.) to: internships@onair.cc. 

ABOUT US ONAIR

To reinvigorate our imperiled democracy, US onAir is developing 50 curated, media rich online state governance and election Hubs and a central US Hub. We are supporting the US public to become more informed about and engaged in federal, state, and local politics while facilitating more civil and positive collaboration.

US onAir is a growing coalition of individuals and organizations creating a new kind of digital democracy network. Participation in US onAir is open to all US citizens and qualifying organizations. Democracy onAir, a nonpartisan 501c3 nonprofit, is providing the technology, curation, and organizational support needed to establish a dynamic, evolving network.

To learn more about the US onAir network, go to this post with 2 minute introductory video.

WHY BECOME AN INTERN?

The primary internship benefits beyond helping to reinvigorate democracy are intended to be career-enhancing:

  • Visibility in your field; potential contact with thought leaders, organizations, and potential employers
  • Skill development in political communication, media, and other position-specific opportunities such as grant-writing, video editing, and team management
  • Interaction and networking with politicians and other nonprofit organizations
  • Career opportunities with Democracy onAir and US onAir coalition organizations
  • Potential for individualized projects and skill development

Internships are mostly self-directed with weekly online meetings. Since much of the internship work is done remotely, students are on an honor system as to the hours they report to us. Part-time interns do not receive any monetary compensation.

Opportunities

OnAir Content Curators

Key Responsibilities:

Content Curators are tasked with helping turn the Hub into a centralized source of information on local, state, and federal politics. Tasks could include one or more of the following:

  • Coordinating the curation of politician profiles, including their background, policy positions, and campaign finances
  • Moderate and contribute to online discussions regarding campaigns and politicians
  • Interview, video, and post interviews with candidates and politicians
  • Supporting the development of Democracy Squads in colleges and universities throughout Virginia

OnAir Media Producers & Moderators

Key Responsibilities:

Media interns are tasked with helping each Hub to become a rich source of video interviews, and livestreamed and recorded town halls, debates, and forums. Tasks could include one or more of the following:

  • Recording video interviews with politicians and other relevant events
  • Editing all video content and posting to our Vimeo channel and relevant posts on the hub.
  • Assist in creating and managing the OnAir streaming service
  • Assist in recruiting media interns
  • Make sure all team members have high quality featured images

Outreach Internship

None at the present time.

Business/Revenue Internship

None at the present time.

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Become a Premium MemberBecome an Advocate

Summary

Advocates of various issues important to US residents 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
  • co-author existing posts on issues
  • contribute to curated overview posts on issues

Advocates can sign up through an existing organization or individually. Until our beta testing is completed, advocate memberships are currently only available upon request without charge.

Send requests to: Jessler Elvira at jessler.elvira@onair.cc

 

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