Opportunity for Young Conservatives and Libertarians

MTV is gearing up for its 2008 presidential coverage and presenting an opportunity for young people interested in television journalism. Please take advantage of this opportunity and ensure that the right gets some representation in the program:

Citizen journalists! Visionaries! Vloggers! This is your year. Now more than ever, the presidential candidates know that every vote counts, and that local campaign stops can be covered and spread worldwide by anyone with a cell phone. You have power.

As part of our collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Knight News Challenge, MTV is looking for one aspiring reporter from every state and Washington, D.C., to be part of our Choose or Lose team. We know that you're already hitting the streets and doing this work. So now we're giving you the chance to join a national team of journalists in covering this unprecedented election year from a youth perspective.

Ideal candidates will have their fingers on the pulse of issues that are important to young people in their states and be passionate about politics and the possibilities of new technology. Strong writing and reporting skills are a must. A distinctive voice and an authoritative point of view? Even better.

We'll load you up with some production gear and bring you to MTV's headquarters in New York City for orientation. In return, you will be expected to work in a paid, part-time capacity to file video, written or photographic stories weekly throughout the election year. Your pieces will be posted online and spread to mobile devices — and the top stories will be broadcast on MTV, MTV2, MTVU or MTV Trés each week.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation promotes journalistic excellence worldwide and invests in the vitality of the communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers.


  • You must be at least 18 years old by December, 2007.
  • You must reside in the state you are covering from January to November, 2008.
  • You must have the time and ability to travel within your state and file at least one video, written or photographic story per week.

Applications can be filled out and submitted at think.mtv.com The application deadline is September 21, 2007.

Matthew Sheffield
Matthew Sheffield
Matthew Sheffield, creator of NewsBusters and president of Dialog New Media, an internet marketing and design firm, left NewsBusters at the end of 2013