Thank you so much for taking the time to browse the DemCast proposal and respond to a few questions here. These prompts will ask you about your opinion on the model, about its viability, and about how you might see yourself participating. All responses will be kept confidential. I do ask for a working email address so that I can respond back with questions and/or follow up, but this address will only be used by me to follow up on your responses and will be kept completely confidential.
Your Twitter @ handle if you have one (example: @DemWrite)
Your Facebook @ handle if you have one
On a scale of 1 to 10, how helpful do you think DemCast would be for Democratic activists (and the party as a whole) in the run-up to 2020?
Not at all helpful
What aspects of the model appeal to you most?
What are some ways the model could be improved, or what specifically would you like to see included that was not mentioned in the proposal?
Could you see yourself becoming a DemCast volunteer in any of these categories? (You can select more than one.)
DemCast Correspondent: Producing articles on 1) local, state or national races, 2) actions taken/legislation passed by Democratic lawmakers, 3) committee/subcommittee work in state or federal governments, 4) GOP corruption, etc.
DemCast Columnist: Making the case for Democratic policies and/or politicians through persuasive opinion writing.
DemCast Content Editor: Helping to review drafts and provide feedback to grassroots writers.
DemCast State Captain (Content): Finding potential writers in your state, prompting participation, and identifying stories that need to be told.
DemCast Curator: Patrolling the internet and looking for high-quality, pro-blue digital content/contributors that would be a good fit for DemCast. Also: identifying potential topics that need more attention in the public discourse.
DemCast Graphic Artist: Producing pro-Democratic memes & graphics to be housed at DemCast.com, and spread across social media.
DemCast Social Media Amplifier: Sharing assets from DemCast (and from other sources that align with the DemCast vision) across social media, using a special set of common protocols to maximize reach (and grow your own following in the process).
DemCast State Captain (Social): Finding amplifiers in your state, introducing them to the model, and identifying what state-specific messages need to be amplified.
DemCast Site Designer: Using your design or programming skills to help build & maintain the site.
I don't see an option that fits me.
Would you be willing to be part of a design advisory team to provide feedback as the website & features are being put together in winter/spring 2019? (The goal is for DemCast to be a valuable resource for Democratic activists & candidates, so we want to build it based on your needs.)
I don't want this site/app to be covered in corporate pop-up ads. Nor do I want to have a single major donor who expects to exercise editorial control. This should be ours - it should belong to the grassroots. So ideally, the site's infrastructure costs could be supported through donations from users who see value in the resource. To be clear, though - this will not be a subscription site - all content will be available to the public.
Below, I ask you to indicate whether you could see yourself *realistically* contributing to DemCast's infrastructure, which would include: the build for the site & the app, domain costs, some technology and core (but minimal) staffing. There will be some up-front costs that require an initial infusion, and then pretty flat ongoing costs to keep the infrastructure intact. For reference: Washington Post is $15/month.
**Note: I ask for a *realistic* assessment because we need to understand if there is real appetite for this type of grassroots infrastructure. Thanks for your honesty. We're not asking for money now - this is just a survey for viability.**
How might you see yourself contributing to the site?
DemCast Co-Founder: An initial donation in the startup phase means you're forever a co-founder, including a spot on the website. It literally can't happen without you.
DemCast Sustainer: An ongoing monthly contribution of any amount helps ensure solvency over time.
Though I can't afford to contribute, I hope this gets off the ground!
If you indicated interest in being a Co-Founder, please indicate what you might be able to contribute (probably sometime in late winter 2019).
If you are willing to potentially be a Sustainer, please indicate how much per month you would be willing to pledge ($10 is our goal).
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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