It's early in the '08 election cycle, and candidates and campaign operatives are still feeling their way around the other contenders and experimenting with new online media. That means there are plenty of instances of unintended hilarity, not to mention significant campaign slip-ups. And when these happen, our OffTheBus Roadkill crew is there to scrape the mess off the pavement and publish it daily
on HuffPost's OffTheBus for all to read.
"Roadkill: OffTheBus's Ongoing RoundUp of the Ugly, the Weird, and the Just Plain Awkward" is our daily compilation of the day's uncovered mistakes. Edited by Richard Riehl and Denise Wheeler, and reported by Kirsten Anderson, River Curtis-Stanley, Jodi Lampert, Julie Pierce, and Debbi Plummer, our small team of seven does the hard work of combing through emails, press releases, blogposts, videos, and more for their material.
Now that campaign activity is increasing, they need your help. When you discover campaign slip-ups and gaffes, would you share them with our Roadkill team? Just send the offending material to email@example.com with Roadkill in the subject line.
Even if you live in a battleground state, the odds are that you receive only a small percentage of the email and direct mail sent by campaigns. You probably see only a small percentage of the ads they play. Our Roadkill team is in the same position, and that's why they need you to share your findings with them.
What is Roadkill material? Our Roadkill team pulled together their guidelines:
* Be original. Anything that has already been noted by major news sources (Washington Post, NYT, Political Humor, Wonkette, Slate, etc.) is out of bounds. Most of our Roadkill material comes from local news media, candidate websites, campaign emails and blogposts, and video. We don't want to be the Reader's Digiest of humor blogs.
* Focus on campaign follies and gaffes. We use material from the candidates, their campaign staffers, and spokespeople. We do not, though, go after the wacky things their supporters may do.
* Be timely. Roadkill is a daily publication, and we focus on recent events. Anything more than a week old is definitely out of bounds and the best material comes from yesterday/today.
To get a sense of what our Roadkill editors are looking for, we've listed some team favorites from the last month at the end of this email. For more, check out yesterday's Roadkill on OffTheBus (just look for the same graphic you see in the top right-hand corner of this email). Roadkill is published daily. You can subscribe to it through its RSS feed: http://feeds.huffingtonpost.com/HP/OffTheBus
And if you've got more time on your hands and like to laugh, then join our Roadkill team. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you started. Just remember... Bring your own fork!