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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Another low for the media: Washington Post asks readers to 'help investigate the Palin e-mails'

The media’s hatred and obsession with destroying Sarah Palin is blatantly obvious in their coverage but this takes the cake!

Help investigate the Palin e-mails

By Ryan Kellett, Thursday, June 9, 12:18 PM

More than 24,000 e-mail messages sent to and from Sarah Palin during her tenure as Alaska's governor will be released Friday. Join The Post in digging through them. We are looking for 100 organized and diligent readers who will work alongside Post reporters to analyze, contextualize, and research the e-mails. Think of it as spending some time in our newsroom.

Our hope is that working together, we can efficiently find interesting information and extract new stories that will lead to further investigation. We don’t know what we’ll find, but we want you to be ready and open for the challenge.

You will communicate with us virtually and work in small teams to make light work of reviewing the e-mail threads. Notice the patterns. Identify recipients and senders. Connect specific e-mails to larger themes and events. We’ll give you a sense of what to look out for, but the hope is that your team can tackle the challenge together in a collaborative way that our journalists alone cannot. And in fact, we are selecting just 100 people because we want to make real use of your talents and trust you to use teamwork to your advantage.

To get involved, we ask that you fill out this form that asks you state your case for why you’d be the right person to help report this story in the days following the e-mail release (Friday, June 10 onward). There are no specific requirements other than the time availability to help and access to an Internet-connected computer. We will select people who we think will work well on a team and have a good sense for details that might be important. Sign-up by Friday morning to be considered. Be sure to note in your submission if you’re applying with others who you want to work with (but each person must submit their own form). If you are selected, you’ll receive further instructions about how we will approach our reporting.

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