MGP2006 alum Conor Kenny (202-742-1520 / firstname.lastname@example.org) writes to describe the "wiki the vote" effort of his Center for Media & Democracy, which co-produces the Congresspedia.org website. "Congresspedia is a great place to both find information and put up your own research on Congress, but we also see fostering citizen journalism on other sites as a large part of what we and our friends at the Sunlight Foundation are trying to do," says Kenny. He says Congresspedia, launched earlier this year, handling 60,000 to 80,000 visitors a day pre-mid-term election -- folks trying to find information about candidates and incmbents. Now they want the public to help flesh out profiles and create new ones.
Kenny says the affiliated Sunlight Network, which organizes for greater transparency in government, also has several programs that may be of interest. Follow the links:
-- Sunlight Labs ( http://www.sunlightlabs.org/ ): Free web-based tools, including the popular "Popup Politicians" and "Earmark Map," which mashes up Google Maps with congressional appropriations.
-- Sunlight Foundation ( http://www.sunlightfoundation.com/ ): Original muckraking by professional and citizen journalists. References and guides for online journalism. Free PR services for citizen journalists with scoops.
-- Sunlight Network ( http://www.sunlightnetwork.com/ ): Advocates for greater transparency in government.