We're looking for volunteers to help distribute valuable content from our companion website OpenHouseNS.ca.
What is OpenHouseNS.ca?
OpenHouseNS makes it easy for Nova Scotians to keep track of their MLA and the issues they care about. We know OpenHouse is used regularly by politicians, staffers, lobbyists, journalists, people whose job it is to pay attention to politics, and democra-geeks like ourselves. Yet, everyday Nova Scotians, likely aren't going to OpenHouseNS.ca everyday to see whats new, but what happens on the floor of the legislature has a real impact on their lives.
Where volunteers come in
If you're searching for something specific, and willing to visit to the website regularly, OpenHouse works great. We want to make it even easier to share exactly what's happening in the legislature with everyday Nova Scotians, through social media. Some computer science students helped us make a bot that auto-tweets certain things that happen (like when a bill becomes a law), but we're still some ways away from building a bot that can automatically identify the interesting exchanges that happen on the floor of the legislature, and share them on social media (there's a lot of boring stuff that happens in the house). Finding and sharing the interesting stuff is where you - the human - comes in!
We're looking for people who are interested in reviewing the business of the legislature from the previous day on OpenHouseNS.ca and then writing social media content about what happened and scheduling it through our social media channels.
That way, it will be easier for Nova Scotians to see exactly what's happened in their legislature. Currently, the only ones sharing what happens in the legislature are parties and politicians, who (unsurprisingly) only share their side of the story. Journalists capture things related to the hot-news items, but there's more happening in our legislature than what makes the headlines.
We're looking for a small group of people who can volunteer a couple of hours one morning (or late evening) a week between November 12th - December 15th (when we expect the legislature to be sitting) to review the previous days business and craft social media content from it.
We're looking for people who
- have a general sense of how politics works in Nova Scotia,
- understand the basics of social media (Facebook and Twitter),
- have strong writing skills; and
- know their way around a computer.
You'll get a first-hand sense of what's happening in politics in Nova Scotia. You'll join the growing community of Springtide volunteers, get valuable career experience, and be a part of the movement to Make Democracy Better in Nova Scotia.
Will you volunteer?
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