How to moderate a post

How to moderate an aircast

1- To become a post moderator, you will need to be an onAir member (and a member of the Hub your posts are located).

2- Send an email to the post’s curator listed in the “Discuss” section of the post and request permission to become the post’s moderator. You will then be able to moderate feedback and forums as well as add recent significant news items and content to the post.

3- To moderate a post, select “Moderate my posts” under the “Moderate ” button in the site header or go to a specific post they are co-authoring and select the pencil icon located at the top of the post sidebar above the table of contents

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How to moderate an aircast

US onAir supports US citizens to become more informed about and engaged in federal and state governance and elections while facilitating more civil and positive discussions with their representatives, candidates, and fellow Americans.

Any web user, on a laptop, desktop computer or smartphone connected to the internet, can freely and easily access content on any Hub in the US onAir network of 5o state governance and election Hubs and this US onAir central Hub.

LEARN.
The US onAir curators aggregate and organize the best publicly available information on federal and state governance and elections. You can learn about YOUR federal and state representatives as well as other federal and state candidates and representatives. You can also learn about the legislative committees and issues you are interested in and the nonprofit organizations promoting democracy and citizen engagement.

DISCUSS.
As an onAir member, you can participate in forum discussions in posts on Hubs that have student onAir Curators moderating the discussions to keep them civil and positive. You can also discuss your concerns and ideas as part of a live zoom meeting with representatives and candidates.

ENGAGE.
Engage with US onAir and and the democratic process through curating posts, moderating forums, producing online interviews and discussions as well as donating to and sponsoring the US onAir network of state Hubs.

All Hub content is under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license which permits content sharing and adaptation by nonprofit organizations as long as proper attribution is given to its author(s) and is used for non-commercial purposes. Content and moderation guidelines reinforce our commitment to fact-based, comprehensive content and civil and honest discourse.  See Terms of Service for more information.

Simply visiting a Hub does not expose your identity publicly. When you submit your email address to become a Hub member, it is your option to have your address displayed.  All post curators are encouraged to use a free @onair.cc email address. The US onAir coalition will not sell your information. See our Privacy Policy for more information.

The Virginia onAir Hub has been the pilot and model for how to curate a state Hub. The George Mason University onAir Chapter has lead this effort. In collaboration with Virginia university faculty and students, we will be completing our beta testing in the next four months by focusing on the 2021 Virginia Elections, 

Become a Partner

How to moderate an aircast

If your organization would like to partner with Virginia onAir, contact Todd.Gillette@onair.cc.

There are a number of ways to partner with Virginia onAir. The most significant way is to become a Curation Affiliate. Curation affiliates can give their members an opportunity to curate posts by aggregating content, moderating discussions, and conducting aircasts (livestream interviews, town halls, debates, and other events with the ability of Hub members to participate in the livestream directly or indirectly via chat questions and comments.

4- Become a CuratorHow to moderate an aircast

Summary

Curate an Interview

Curators can conduct online video interviews of politicians and include the videos as Top News items as well as insert into other sections of a post. Politicians will have approx. one minute or less to answer questions.

US onAir Editors will assist curators with these interviews by:

  1. Supporting the scheduling and recording of an interview through our Google Meet enterprise account (no limit on time and ability to livestream to 100,000 viewers)
  2. Providing a list of standard general and issue focused questions that all candidates and representatives will be asked
  3. Editing interviews into one minute segments for insertion into their About and Issues sections of the post

Below are some standard questions we like to ask all interviewees in addition to issue-related questions

  1. Why did you get involved in politics?
  2. What is your most significant accomplishment?
  3. What is the most important new legislation you want to support?
  4. How can the public get more engaged in and impact our democracy?

Model Interview

How to curate an Aircast

How to curate an Aircast

How to Conduct an Online Interview
Overview
Model email
Production

Re: Online interview with Virginia onAir

To: Candidates  cc: Chief of Staff and PR person

Dear Honorable __________ (Ms. or Mr. for challengers),

My name is ___________. I live in US House District ___. I am a member of _______. I am also curating posts on the 2020 Election for US House District ? put link here (each slide leads to a full post). We would appreciate your review of our posts on you and your election, with any additions or edits you may have.

I would like to conduct an online interview with you which I will record and insert into these posts. Our standard questions to all interviewees are:

  • Why did you get involved in politics?
  • What is your most significant accomplishment?
  • What is the most important new legislation you want to support?
  • How can the public get more engaged in and impact our democracy?

We request you keep your answers to one minute or less. If you have more than 5 minutes, I would like to record your positions (up to two minutes each) on any of these issues: Civil Rights, Governance, Economy, Environment, Education, Health Care, Immigration, and International, and any other iissues of your choice.

To learn more about Virginia onAir and the US onAir Network, see our two minute video and accompanying informationput link here

I appreciate your attention to my request.

All the best,

Kerrie

First Name  Last Name
Curator, Virginia onAir

Curated state Hub: va.onair.cc
Network of 50 state Hubs: us.onair.cc

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Intro

Video intro script:

Hi… My name is _____ . I am the lead curator for this post on _______________ in the _______ onAir governance and elections Hub.

Today I am interviewing ______________

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How to moderate a postHow to moderate a post

1- To become a post moderator, you will need to be an onAir member (and a member of the Hub your posts are located).

2- Send an email to the post’s curator listed in the “Discuss” section of the post and request permission to become the post’s moderator. You will then be able to moderate feedback and forums as well as add recent significant news items and content to the post.

3- To moderate a post, select “Moderate my posts” under the “Moderate ” button in the site header or go to a specific post they are co-authoring and select the pencil icon located at the top of the post sidebar above the table of contents

Summary

1- To become a post moderator, you will need to be an onAir member (and a member of the Hub your posts are located).

2- Send an email to the post’s curator listed in the “Discuss” section of the post and request permission to become the post’s moderator. You will then be able to moderate feedback and forums as well as add recent significant news items and content to the post.

3- To moderate a post, select “Moderate my posts” under the “Moderate ” button in the site header or go to a specific post they are co-authoring and select the pencil icon located at the top of the post sidebar above the table of contents

Guidelines

Post Discussions

1- We encourage civil and honest discourse without allowing for harassment or threats to personal safety.  Any user or content that infringes on this goal will be removed from the platform.

Our takedown rules and guidelines will evolve as political discourse evolves. Our Curation Principles will undergo an annual review to ensure that they match the evolving nature of political discussion. All users will be fully notified of changes to the platform’s guidelines. Ad hoc reviews of rules and guidelines will also occur if needed, and Democracy onAir reserves the right to make case-by-case decisions if content does not fit cleanly into a category but nonetheless runs counter to our general principles. See Terms of Service for more detail.

2- Ad hominem comments are discouraged

Post Content

Below are the guidelines for editing and adding post content:

1- Close coordination with person or persons associated with post e.g. interface with candidate or committee chair and their staff for accuracy and comprehensiveness of content

2- Full citation and credit: All included information will include source information and hyperlinks.

3- Post viewers can suggest edits and new content

Moderating Discussions

Forums

Moderating Feedback

Any Hub member can submit to the post curator a question (and suggest additions and edits to the post).  The curator, if he or she deems that the content of the feedback meets the onAir curation guidelines, can insert the question into a post as well as convey questions to the politician or subject matter expert referenced in a post.

For politician posts, Hub members can also, if appropriate, send the curator an “endorsement” to be placed in the post.

To add an endorsement, select the “Add Q&A” button in the lower right corner then fill in the fields.

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Adding News items

1. To add a Top News item to a post, authors (after logging in), click on the “Top News” button in the left column.

2. To determine where to place the item, hover over the far right area of the post until you see the plus icon that says “Add item”.

Curator tutorials

3. After selecting “Add items”, a set of entry fields will appear

Curator tutorials 2

4. Select the item type (e.g. video or article) you want to add from the drop down….

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Curators can also add OnAir videos of recorded online events such as debates, town halls and forums. Your Hub editor will assist you and other US onAir members with the scheduling, promotion, production and editing of these events.

4. All item types require at minimum a “Title” and a “Source URL” (web link) to the item.

5. For videos that use a YouTube or Vimeo player, insert the link (source URL) at the top of the video. For other “shareable” videos, have the post’s editor add the video. When adding a video, it is recommended that curators add the source date and length of video.

6. When adding an article, in addition to the above actions, you must add some content e.g. a subtitle and two to three paragraphs from the article.

Editing Content

To make minor edits to a post, select the heading with the content you want to edit. Editing is very similar to editing a word document. To add formatted text, select the Paste unformatted icon icon and paste in your content.

To add a YouTube or Vimeo video, copy the url for the video and Insert into post.

If you have any questions or want to make edits not discussed above,  please contact your post’s curator.

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Learn. Discuss. Engage. 3Learn. Discuss. Engage.

US onAir supports US citizens to become more informed about and engaged in federal and state governance and elections while facilitating more civil and positive discussions with their representatives, candidates, and fellow Americans.

Any web user, on a laptop, desktop computer or smartphone connected to the internet, can freely and easily access content on any Hub in the US onAir network of 5o state governance and election Hubs and this US onAir central Hub.

LEARN.
The US onAir curators aggregate and organize the best publicly available information on federal and state governance and elections. You can learn about YOUR federal and state representatives as well as other federal and state candidates and representatives. You can also learn about the legislative committees and issues you are interested in and the nonprofit organizations promoting democracy and citizen engagement.

DISCUSS.
As an onAir member, you can participate in forum discussions in posts on Hubs that have student onAir Curators moderating the discussions to keep them civil and positive. You can also discuss your concerns and ideas as part of a live zoom meeting with representatives and candidates.

ENGAGE.
Engage with US onAir and and the democratic process through curating posts, moderating forums, producing online interviews and discussions as well as donating to and sponsoring the US onAir network of state Hubs.

All Hub content is under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license which permits content sharing and adaptation by nonprofit organizations as long as proper attribution is given to its author(s) and is used for non-commercial purposes. Content and moderation guidelines reinforce our commitment to fact-based, comprehensive content and civil and honest discourse.  See Terms of Service for more information.

Simply visiting a Hub does not expose your identity publicly. When you submit your email address to become a Hub member, it is your option to have your address displayed.  All post curators are encouraged to use a free @onair.cc email address. The US onAir coalition will not sell your information. See our Privacy Policy for more information.

The Virginia onAir Hub has been the pilot and model for how to curate a state Hub. The George Mason University onAir Chapter has lead this effort. In collaboration with Virginia university faculty and students, we will be completing our beta testing in the next four months by focusing on the 2021 Virginia Elections, 

Summary

US onAir supports US citizens to become more informed about and engaged in federal and state governance and elections while facilitating more civil and positive discussions with their representatives, candidates, and fellow Americans.

Any web user, on a laptop, desktop computer or smartphone connected to the internet, can freely and easily access content on any Hub in the US onAir network of 5o state governance and election Hubs and this US onAir central Hub.

LEARN.
The US onAir curators aggregate and organize the best publicly available information on federal and state governance and elections. You can learn about YOUR federal and state representatives as well as other federal and state candidates and representatives. You can also learn about the legislative committees and issues you are interested in and the nonprofit organizations promoting democracy and citizen engagement.

DISCUSS.
As an onAir member, you can participate in forum discussions in posts on Hubs that have student onAir Curators moderating the discussions to keep them civil and positive. You can also discuss your concerns and ideas as part of a live zoom meeting with representatives and candidates.

ENGAGE.
Engage with US onAir and and the democratic process through curating posts, moderating forums, producing online interviews and discussions as well as donating to and sponsoring the US onAir network of state Hubs.

All Hub content is under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license which permits content sharing and adaptation by nonprofit organizations as long as proper attribution is given to its author(s) and is used for non-commercial purposes. Content and moderation guidelines reinforce our commitment to fact-based, comprehensive content and civil and honest discourse.  See Terms of Service for more information.

Simply visiting a Hub does not expose your identity publicly. When you submit your email address to become a Hub member, it is your option to have your address displayed.  All post curators are encouraged to use a free @onair.cc email address. The US onAir coalition will not sell your information. See our Privacy Policy for more information.

The Virginia onAir Hub has been the pilot and model for how to curate a state Hub. The George Mason University onAir Chapter has lead this effort. In collaboration with Virginia university faculty and students, we will be completing our beta testing in the next four months by focusing on the 2021 Virginia Elections, 

Learn

All US onAir Hubs US have posts on each state’s Governor, US Senators, and US House members as well as posts on how to register and vote in the upcoming elections. Curated stated Hubs like Virginia onAir also have posts on US House races, other state executives, state senators, and state House members and posts on issues. As a state enlists more curators, posts on city and county representatives and elections will also be started. Some special features of the US onAir network are outlined in the video below.  For more information on these features, go to this  “How to use US onAir” post.

Open to all Residents

Any resident of a state can participate in a US onAir Hub. We are particularly interested n educating and engaging college and high school students as well as disenfranchised and non-participating citizens.

Each state Hub’s governance and elections content will be curated by university students, members of democracy supporting organizations, and concerned citizens affiliated with an onAir Chapter.  The US onAir coalition with the support of Democracy onAir will be establishing onAir chapters at public colleges and universities in each state. Any state resident can participate in a university onAir chapter. Students can be majoring in any academic discipline although government, political science, communication, and multi-media/broadcasting are the most relevant areas of study. Students can participate via internships, experiential courses, research projects, student clubs, and their student governments. US onAir is committed to ensuring that all interested students and residents have the opportunity to engage in politics regardless of their time constraints or location.

Benefits for Curators

Young people will represent one of the major group of curators that help the US onAir coalition develop and enhance each state Hub. Curators will have the opportunity to update information about the politicians who represent them as well as other politicians they are interested in learning about and networking with. One key benefit is having the opportunity to conduct online and in person video interviews with these politicians.

While moderating discussions, curators will be able to learn about issues and communicate with the leading advocates of issues they are interested in.  US onAir interns will receive a Hub post where they can include their resume, projects, video interviews, and other information about their interests, skills, and experience helpful to gaining employment and networking opportunities.

Benefits to Politicians

Twitter, Facebook, and other social media and online platforms provide an interface between candidates/representatives and voters/residents, though often those interactions are polarized and do little to promote quality communication. Voters and residents are not interest groups, are rarely concerned only about a single issue, and are not well represented by the brief and often detached interactions of social media. Politicians rarely have an opportunity to fully engage outside of in person events that tend to draw only the most engaged individuals.

USA onAir hubs will encourage and enable a wider range of participation and offer politicians an opportunity to listen to those constituents and talk about how their proposals and votes relate to their principles and needs of constituents. These interactions are mediated by curated forums and moderated live Q&A sessions.

This will clearly benefit politicians with limited resources and/or limited knowledge regarding social media, but it also benefits politicians and constituents who already have social media presence but are looking for a higher quality of discourse and engagement to understand their constituents and express their positions.

Benefits for Organizations

US onAir is a network for all US-based organizations who are nonpartisan nonprofits promoting democracy. These organizations will also have the opportunity to share their missions and activities with each other and the public as well as be sponsors of the posts they are most committed to advancing.

Qualifying organizations will be able to provide their members with the opportunity to be curators of posts at a federal, state, and/or local level.

Benefits for Advocates

Advocates can sign up through an existing organization or individually.  Advocate membership will be available by the end of this year.

Discuss

Feedback & Forums

Every post has a feedback section where registered Hub members can, depending on the type of post:

  • Ask a post’s Curator questions about the post
  • Recommend edits and new content
  • Ask questions and make suggestions to politicians communicated by the post’s curator
  • Give endorsements for their favorite politician
  • Participate in forum discussions

See Terms of  Service for more information about our discussion guidelines.

Participate in Aircasts

“OnAir” Hubs have a special emphasis on facilitating “aircasts”

Aircasts are Zoom meetings livestreamed and recorded as YouTube videos and embedded in Hub posts and social media. All aircasts are open to the participation of OnAir members as audience members or panelists with a aircast host’s invitation.

To learn more about aircasting, go to the “Streaming on Air” post.

Become a Member

All that is required to be a US 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:

  • Ask questions, make suggestions, and give endorsements to your representatives and other politicians;
  • Interact directly with Post Authors and Curators giving them feedback, content suggestions, and asking questions,
  • Participate in aircast forums, research studies, and surveys,
  • Be able to ask questions during onAir livestreaming broadcasts via chat

Join here. It’s free!

Moderate

How can students moderate posts?

GMU was the first university onAir chapter established in the fall of 2018. The GMU onAir chapter is the lead chapter for the state of Virginia and a model of how students in onAir chapters at universities in other states can manage and curate their states Hub.

To oversee the interviewing of US Senate and House members as well as organizing debates, town halls, and debates, US onAir will be organizing a teams of students from universities in and near the District of Columbia.DC onAir university chapters.

Go to this post, to learn about how to become a moderator of Hub posts.

 

Curate post content

Add Top News articles, events, and videos to a post you are interested in being the lead author.

Update content in the post’s sections working with representatives and their staff.

Moderate discussions

Help insure that Virginia onAir comments on committee posts meet our moderation guidelines.

Moderators will become co-authors of a committee post and will have reserved seats to any aircast related to the post(s) they are moderating.

Moderators can also assist with curation of a post’s content collaborating with other their co-authors and interested viewers.

Curate aircasts

Curate aircasts w/ your representatives.

As an onAir Curator, you coordinate and introduce aircasts on representatives you want to support.

You will curate aircasts that feature   Virginia representatives. Slide presentations and short videos can be part of an aircast to introduce the representatives. The representatives will decide on who can participate in the aircast’s Zoom audience.

You may consider using slides or a short video to share information with attendees.

Aircasts are also conducted with the support of aircast producers who manage all the technical aspects of the aircast. Contact Shuaib.Ahmed@onair.cc to become an aircast producer.

Intern

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. 

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 Internship

None at the present time.

Support

Become a Donor

How can individuals and  help defray the costs of the US onAir network?

Donations can made by any individual or foundation that wishes to support the mission of US onAir. Donors can choose to support the entire organization or state Hub, as well as specific operations, such as a District and all the posts within it, an individual politician Post, or a specific Issue Post. Donations, at the donor’s request, can be displayed on a Hub with links to social networks and/or websites.. Anonymous donations are accepted as long as they are verified as US residents or US-based foundations with no foreign affiliations.

Go to this post, to learn about how to become a US onAir donor of the US onAir network and/or a specific state Hub.

Become a Sponsor

What are the ways your group can sponsor the US onAir network?

Any organization or business can become a sponsor of this Hub and/or any state Hub. Each Hub’s administrator has the option to deny and cancel any sponsor especially if they are not related in any way to a Hub’s focus. Sponsors can choose to support the entire organization or state Hub, as well as specific operations, such as a District and all the posts within it, an individual politician Post, or a specific Issue Post. We are particularly interested in sponsoring organizations that seek to support civic engagement, democratic and civil discourse, and the intersection of technology and government. Foreign owned or affiliated organizations are not permitted to be sponsors of any US onAir Hub.

Go to this post to learn more about becoming a sponsor.

Become an Advocate

How can US citizens advocate for issues on a Hub?

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 and co-author existing posts on issues.

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

Send requests to: Todd Gillette at todd.gillette@onair.cc

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Become a PartnerBecome a Partner

If your organization would like to partner with Virginia onAir, contact Todd.Gillette@onair.cc.

There are a number of ways to partner with Virginia onAir. The most significant way is to become a Curation Affiliate. Curation affiliates can give their members an opportunity to curate posts by aggregating content, moderating discussions, and conducting aircasts (livestream interviews, town halls, debates, and other events with the ability of Hub members to participate in the livestream directly or indirectly via chat questions and comments.

Summary

If your organization would like to partner with Virginia onAir, contact Todd.Gillette@onair.cc.

There are a number of ways to partner with Virginia onAir. The most significant way is to become a Curation Affiliate. Curation affiliates can give their members an opportunity to curate posts by aggregating content, moderating discussions, and conducting aircasts (livestream interviews, town halls, debates, and other events with the ability of Hub members to participate in the livestream directly or indirectly via chat questions and comments.

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