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8 WAYS TO FORCE A RESPONSE FROM PUBLIC OFFICIALS

Frustrated with your elected representatives? Tired of getting generic responses to your inquiries? Want to get answers?

As a citizen, you have a right to be heard. But sometimes it seems the government isn’t listening. When writing for Watchdog Wire or just demanding an answer to a question, here are some ways to force public officials to respond:

1. Call out public officials
2. Contact public officials through email and phone
3. Tweet at public officials
4. Start using a special hashtag
5. Show up at a rally, fundraiser or other public event
6. When all else fails, build a Wall of Shame
7. Be persistent
8. Contact us!

1. Call out public officials (and staffers) by name

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When writing for Watchdog Wire or your own blog, don’t hesitate to name names. If someone or their office is uncooperative, write about it!

Be sure to link to their home page in your post. They may receive automatic notifications, known as “pingbacks,” that alert them to your link. It also can affect their SEO (Search Engine Optimization) results.

2. Contact public officials through email and phone

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Sending public officials an email is not always going to get you a response. If you do email them, be sure to be detailed (but not too wordy) so they have a specific inquiry to respond to.

Also call their office and talk to a staff member. It is unlikely that a politician will be available to talk with you, but staff can be helpful. Be sure to remain polite at all times, take down the staff member’s name and get accurate quotes if using them for a story. If you are going to write something about the exchange, be sure to let them know.

3. Tweet at public officials

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Many politicians have Twitter accounts. In addition to email and phone, social media is a great way to hold leaders accountable.

To “tweet at” someone (so the tweet shows up directly in their feed) just start your tweet with their twitter handle. The image above is a good example. For information on Twitter terminology, check out the social media platform’s official glossary.

4. Start using a special hashtag

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Hashtags are a way to get your tweets and Facebook posts noticed by other people. Check out this guide for helpful tips to using hashtags.

Here’s an example: Let’s say Sen. Joe Shmoe refuses to talk to you or any other media. You could start using the hashtag #SilentJoe to drive home the point that he isn’t responding to his own constituents (see the image above).

5. Show up at a rally, fundraiser or other public event

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This is a great way to get comment from public officials, assuming they actually hold public events. Some politicians think it is okay to duck and cover instead of facing the electorate.

Bring a video camera and film them answering questions. If they aren’t taking questions, you have the right to speak up and demand an answer to a question. For some examples of this technique, check out this story from Watchdog Wire Michigan.

6. When all else fails, build a Wall of Shame

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Sometimes nothing seems to be working. That’s okay, because there is another technique that really gets under their skin. Put them on a Wall of Shame.

Don’t actually erect a wall to put their picture on. Instead, write a post for Watchdog Wire like this one by Citizen Watchdog Gena Rinckey.

7. Be persistent

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Don’t give up. If you keep up the pressure, you’ll eventually get a response.

And if all else fails…

8. Contact us!

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Still not getting a response? Let us know and we’ll put in a request for comment with the public official’s office. Just send an email to info@watchdogwire.com!

If you’re planning to write a story and want some help, let us know in the email. We can help you at every stage of the process.

Josh Kaib

Josh Kaib is a Citizen Watchdog Intern at The Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.

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8種方式來強迫公務員回應

沮喪你選出的代表? 厭倦了 越來越粗俗的查詢答覆?想要得到答案?
作為一個公民,你有被聽到的權利。但有時它似乎政府是不聽。當編寫的看門狗線或只是想要一個答案的一個問題,這裡有一些方法可以強制公職人員回應:
1 。咻公職人員
2 。通過電子郵件和電話聯繫公職人員
3 。在鳴叫公職人員
4 。開始使用一個特殊的主題標籤
5 。出現在一個集會,募捐或其他公共事件
6 。當一切都失敗了,建立一個恥辱的牆
7 。一定要堅持,
8 。聯繫我們!
1 。召喚出公職人員(員工和)的名字
當編寫的看門狗線或自己的博客,請不要猶豫,指名道姓。如果有人或他們的辦公室是不合作,寫一下吧!
請務必在您的文章鏈接到他們的主頁。他們可能會收到自動通知,被稱為“包括引用, ”這提醒他們你的鏈接。它也可以影響他們的SEO (搜索引擎優化)的結果。
2 。通過電子郵件和電話聯繫公職人員
派遣政府官員的電子郵件並不總是會得到你的回應。如果你這樣做給他們發電子郵件,請務必要詳細(但不要太羅嗦了),所以他們有一個特定查詢作出回應。
還要求他們的辦公室,跟我們的工作人員。這是不可能的政治家將可跟你們交談,但工作人員能有所幫助。請務必在任何時候都保持禮貌,取下來的工作人員的姓名,如果使用他們的故事得到準確的報價。如果你打算寫一些關於交流,一定要讓他們知道。
3 。在鳴叫公職人員
許多政治家有Twitter賬戶。除了電子郵件和電話,社交媒體是一個偉大的方式來保持領導者的責任。
要“在鳴叫”有人(所以在他們的飼料鳴叫顯示了直接)剛開始你的鳴叫與他們的Twitter手柄。上面的圖片是一個很好的例子。有關Twitter的術語的信息,請查看社交媒體平台的官方詞彙。
4 。開始使用一個特殊的主題標籤
主題標籤是一個辦法讓你的tweets和其他人注意到Facebook的職位。看看這個指南有用的技巧來使用主題標籤。
下面是一個例子:比方說,參議員喬Shmoe再也不提對您或任何其他媒體。你可以開始使用包括hashtag # SilentJoe開車回家,他沒有回應自己的選民(見上圖)的點。
5 。出現在一個集會,募捐或其他公共事件
這是一個偉大的方式,從政府官員得到的評論,假設他們實際持有的公共事件。一些政治家認為它是好的鴨子,而不是面對選民和覆蓋。
帶上一台攝像機和拍攝他們回答問題。如果他們不回答在座的問題,你也要說出來,並要求回答一個問題的權利。對於這種技術的一些例子,看看這個故事,從看門狗線密歇根。
6 。當一切都失敗了,建立一個恥辱的牆
有時,似乎沒有任何工作。這沒關係,因為有另一種技術,根據自己的皮膚真的變得。把它們放在一個恥辱的牆。
實際上並不砌一面牆把自己的照片上。相反,寫一個職位看門狗電線像這樣的由公民看門狗吉納Rinckey 。
7 。一定要堅持,
不要放棄。如果保持壓力,你最終會得到回應。
如果一切都失敗了......

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