President Trump seems to be presenting a unique opportunity for citizen journalists. Yes, I’m digging up that dusty term to remind you that you have the power of the pen.
The unique opportunity appears to be that he plans to bypass traditional media and go direct to the people via Twitter and YouTube.
When he announced his first 100 day plan, it came as an upload to YouTube, not a press conference. Professional reporters were forced to write stories about an online video.
That’s the opportunity. You have the same access to Trump as they do at the moment. You can get his video and tweet feeds, and you can “cover” the Trump administration.
You know as much or more than most reporters standing outside Trump Tower. You also have a view from outside the bubble of NY and DC.
Do we have any takers? One or two of you that will be following this anyway could do a great service by keeping others informed. It’s a small thing, not hard to do, that would make a difference.
It’s also an answer to “but what can I do?” about a Trump presidency.
A tiny regular effort will add up over time into something that could probably be assembled into a book, too.
I know at least one and probably many of you reading this will be typing furiously and feeding Mark Zuckerberg’s empire with Trump thoughts for the next four years. You could also break out of the Walmart-of-the-internet and do something positive and local for your neighbors.
I’m looking forward to someone starting the Trump Files here.