February 19, 2008

Native reports for MTV

Reporting from Indian country

Begay gives Native youth perspective for MTV projectArmed with a mobile video camera on Super Tuesday, Christine Begay was out and about, interviewing students at the University of New Mexico and voters at polling places, and posting the live videos almost instantly to MTV's "Choose or Lose '08" Web site.

Begay, 23, is a member of MTV's "Street Team '08," a group of 51 citizen journalists--one from every state and the District of Columbia--who were specially recruited through an extensive nationwide search to cover the 2008 elections from a youth perspective, utilizing mobile technology.

The Street Team members were plied with the latest equipment--mobile video cameras, laptops, editing software and cell phones--and charged with uncovering the untold political stories that matter most to young people in their respective states. Each member is to file weekly multi-media reports--short form videos, blogs, animation, photos and podcasts--that are distributed via www.Think.MTV.com and to more than 1,800 sites in the Associated Press Online Video Network.

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