Regular Joes (and Janes) take over CNN

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Monday night’s CNN/YouTube debate was a step in the right direction in involving the public in the democratic process. People from all over the country were invited to submit videos on YouTube of questions to be posed to the Democratic candidates. Although the questions were filtered, they were less rigid and staid than previous debates (especially “What don’t you like about the candidate to your left?”, see the answer here.) Read a recap of the debate at Slate.

The YouTube aspect seemed like sort of a novelty to the CNN reporters who advertised the debate in the days leading up to the event (one reporter asked whether she should be concerned about her job), but hopefully this widely televised interpretation of citizen journalism will inspire similar ventures by other news organizations. Be sure to catch the Republican candidates’ debate Sept 17 on CNN.