We're planning a new feature for McClatchy's national website, called alt.campaign: politics for the rest of us. The premise is that we can assemble a collection of non-traditional, non-journalistic voices to augment and amplify the outstanding traditional journalistic coverage our bureau folks are providing on politics and the presidential campaign.
We offered a small sneak preview when one of the contributors (the 2004 National Slam Poetry Competition champ) posted his first video commentary on the site. He's the guy called Rives talking about the Democratic debate at Howard University. We've also signed up a screenwriter who will take real campaign events and spin them into a sitcom format with new endings every two weeks; a sassy pop-culture diva (she also blogs as Citizen Mom) to write essays and posts combining campaigning, celebrity and culture; and an especially cyberliterate pundit who will explore the extremes of the blogosphere and report on what he finds there.
Here's the promotion pitch planned for each:
Fade in: a campaign sitcom by Joe Acton
Sometimes it takes a little fiction to get you closer to the truth.
Moonbats & Wingnuts: Mark Paul surveys online commentary
We read all the rants so you don't have to.
Confetti Betty: politics & pop culture by Amy Z. Quinn
When rock meets righteousness, somebody ought to be watching.
Rives: on the scene but off the bus for Election 2008
America's 2.0 poet tracks the candidates with a fresh eye and uncensored voice.
Rant-O-Rama: your video soapbox
We provide a national platform for the campaign's most important voices: yours.