Becoming A Bite-Sized Subscriber To Doodle The News, A Civic Multiplatform Hub

Becoming A Bite-Sized Subscriber To Doodle The News, A Civic Multiplatform Hub

Although we provided a very extensive guide on how you can make a huge impact on Doodle the News immediately, we realize not everyone has time to be fully on board. With that in mind, here are four easy ways you can still have your voice heard, and we hope these simplified methods will encourage you to connect, collaborate and integrate with today’s global society.

The best and most well thought out contributions will be featured in the Doodle the News show, a growing program on the #1 college TV station in 2017 (New York Festivals).

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  • 1) Writing (comments & tweets):

Since we originated as a journalism platform, let’s go ahead and go over how you can join the conversation with your own written contributions.

You can comment directly on doodlethenews.com by becoming a bite-sized subscriber (Level 1) to our network. After requesting an account from our Join page, login to provide insightful commentary on the website’s posts. These comments typically gain the most views because we highlight user comments on the homepage, so get your Doodle the News account and have fun!

Don’t have time to sign up?

Start by replying to our Twitter posts (@doodlethenews), tagging us so we can see! You can also reply to our Facebook/Linkedin posts (DOodle the NEWS), and these comments are all still eligible to win exposure on the Doodle the News show.

Tip: If you have trouble deciding what to say, you can just answer the question the doodled character usually asks in the newdle.

For more extensive ways to become a journalist intern (Level 2) for Doodle the News, refer to steps 5 & 6 in our guide. Onboarded users will be given access to our DoodleBoard, a place where we organize newdles that need written articles referring back to the topic’s original reporting.

  • 2) Video (blurbs & selfie stories):

Are you an aspiring multimedia content creator looking into potential colleges/careers? Many opportunities in journalism (arts, digital, broadcast), education, and public diplomacy would love to see you flex your media muscles with Doodle the News.

Do you have a creative video segment you want to showcase? Send it to us via email or Google Drive to idoodlenews@gmail.com.

The subject section in the email should indicate your name, school/region, the type of content, and topic (Ex: Rasheed, Southern Regional High School, Video about Volatile chemicals in atmosphere). Attach your video and provide the source(s) you received your information from in the body section of the email.

Typically, you can record your thoughts with your front-facing camera on your phone. Make sure you are in a place with good lighting and quietness, as we need to make sure we can see/hear you.

If you are using your smartphone’s camera to record, ensure you are holding your device horizontally, as it preserves the aspect ratio of your content… But if you forget, it’s totally cool… It happens.

Here’s an excellent example that was featured on the Doodle the News show. This user even went out of her way to create helpful images and simple animations! This shows the true art of the selfie story.

Tip: If you have trouble deciding what to say, you can give a blurb answer to the question the doodled character usually asks in the newdle.

  • 3) Audio (blurbs & podcasts):

Are you camera shy? Feel free to use your smartphone to record an audio response about any global issue you want to talk about. Download apps like SoundCloud, PodBean, Anchor, Playapod, or use your smartphone’s built-in audio recorder to create a .mp3 file.

Make sure your response is clear and succinct, limiting your thoughts to 25 seconds or less. Responses exceeding this limit are appreciated, but will not be able to be featured on the Doodle the News show.

Since we are unable to have audio clips play in our comments section, send your audio responses to idoodlenews@gmail.com to have a chance to be featured in a newdle article/ Doodle the News video.

The subject section in the email should indicate your name, school/region, the type of content, and topic (Ex: Bruno, Jim K. Folk Middle School, Audio about Media companies in healthcare). Attach your video and provide the source(s) you received your information from in the body section of the email.

Always make sure to quickly introduce yourself by saying your first name and school – that way we know you’re legit.

For more experienced users into audio arts, we happily provide a space for podcasters to discuss and dissect news, creating a more informed global society of listeners. Check out this perfect example of young ambitious podcasters working in the healthcare space.

Tip: If you have trouble deciding what to say, you can give a blurb answer to the question the doodled character usually asks in the newdle.

  • 4) Doodles (Full Doodle the News experience w/ newdles):

Becoming a newdler (level 3) is the most advance level of contributor at Doodle the News.

See steps 1-3 in our depth guide here, but we can work leanly with talented prospects ready to make an immediate impact. Here are a few points to help you see our vision for the Doodle the News community.

Much like a daily comic you would see in the back of the newspaper, use Doodle the News as a platform to craft a unique and clever message through art and bite-sized narratives.

What separates Doodle the News from other editorial cartoons is our ability to inform our audience, offering various educational opportunities that emphasize effective, efficient and ethical global leadership skills. So always try to bring added value to the reader’s insight.

To avoid having the characters in your newdle lean too far on either side of the political spectrum, try to simply have them ask a question about the topic at hand. However, we do accept exceptional editorial-style cartoons, as we have a laugh section dedicated for those types of comics.

Some rules of thumb across the board on Doodle the News:

  • No stolen content/plagiarism.
  • No bigotry, racism, sexism, or egregious commentary.
  • No NSFW content like pornography or intense gore.
  • Try not to make satirical/sarcastic contributions too malicious.
  • No personal attacks on users or anyone being covered. Rather than comment on a person’s character, comment on their content/message.
  • No editorialized titles/articles that neglect factual reporting for opinions and analyses.
  • All written submissions must be written in English.

Keep in mind, we always try to assume positive intent, but trolling will not be tolerated. We want our participants to have a safe space to discuss diverse opportunities, developing their visions and goals from a global overview of current events.

Encouraging others to engage more with global issues in turn creates a more informed society. With our social media landscape riddled with fake news and unreliable biases, we hope to provide an outlet of coverage that educates our audiences through edutainment, complimented with original reporting. As we continue to grow, we are focused on providing more ways for people to get involved, so stay tooned to what’s happening with DOodle the NEWS!

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Tobenna Attah
Transmedia Entrepreneur
Tobe V. Attah is a multimedia entrepreneur with a mission to innovate in today’s new media landscape while making a meaningful impact in the world. He founded Doodle the News in October 2017, a mutliplatform hub for people to have their voices heard and help them become more civic minded through bite-sized journalism.
He has been published across a wide variety of media outlets, including Sports Illustrated, the Cornell Daily Sun, SportTechie, Clutchpoints, Cavs Nation, the Cornell Chronicle, and many more.
Tobe has a plethora of hobbies, including writing, athletics, drawing, acting, and collaborating with others about ideas and startups working in the multimedia space.

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