Purple States on the Campaign Trail

Purple States citizen journalists join forces with washingtonpost.com to cover the issues that matter most to Americans leading up to election day.

National Security: A Military Perspective

Oct. 23 | Citizen journalists Tanya Daigle and Alex Ritchie talk to veterans in the battleground state of North Carolina about the war in Iraq and the question of when a president should commit troops to battle. Watch »

Eroding Neighborhoods

Oct. 16 | Alex Ritchie, a worried homeowner and citizen journalist from California, and real estate agent Tanya Amador-Daigle visit North Carolina to assess how foreclosures and the housing crisis have devastated families, destroyed neighborhoods and eroded public confidence in the government. Watch »

Drill (Maybe) Drill

Oct. 9 | Lizz is young and Green, and she worries about offshore drilling -- which both candidates support. Will it ease the pain at the pump? make the US more energy independent? Watch »
Preventing (Teacher) Dropout
Oct. 2 -- Purple States citizen journalists Tamara Briggman and Bert Sobanik investigate campaign rhetoric about "keeping good teachers and getting rid of bad ones." They find that schools are not doing nearly enough to retain good teachers, which is having a detrimental effect on student dropouts.
The (Post) Racial Election
Sept. 25 -- Purple states citizen journalist Tamara Briggman finds that African Americans have differing views on racial equality, job opportunities and affirmative action as they look to the possibility of the first black president.
Job (In)security
Sept. 18 -- Team members travel to Michigan to hear Barack Obama and John McCain speak to voters in a state facing extraordinary job losses. Is the American Dream disappearing? Will the "green" economic revolution provide security and pensions?
Introduction: Citizen Journalists Hit the Campaign Trail
Sept. 12 -- Meet the five "Citizen Journalists" from around the country who will provide a unique perspective in examining the economy, education, national security, race and the other top issues in the 2008 presidential campaign.
Meet The Citizens

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Talk to the Purple States citizens and watch the Daily Citizen webshow at www.purplestates.tv.

About Purple States

Purple States is political coverage that gives the public a chance to experience and interpret politics through the eyes of their fellow citizens — people they can identify with and connect to. Purple States TV produces videos that tell the story of a small group of ordinary and passionate citizens as they cover politics their way. They challenge politicians and each other on the issues that matter to them. Purple States fields a bipartisan team of randomly-selected citizens who together look like America, and gives them a chance to report from the frontlines of the presidential election and the policy-making process. The professionally-shot and edited narratives of their journey are produced in close-to-real-time, and backstory on the individual team members vividly grounds political issues in personal experience.

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