Tax Day is tomorrow, April 15. With all the new initiatives going forward, including the health care bill, there are sure to be Tea Party Tax Day Protests in response. We need you to be inside the crowd taking photos and video, jotting observations, and using Twitter to give HuffPost readers the on-the-ground coverage of the Tea Party protests.
1) Pictures and Video: Take your camera and capture the best images from the gathering. Protest signs and banners make for good photographs, as do families and establishing shots of the entire crowd. We also encourage our journalists to video the protest! Interview protestors, film speeches. Try and edit the content to less than five minutes in length. You can upload your videos directly to HuffPost's YouTube channel at the bottom of this post.
2) Tweet the Facts: It's impossible to give an exhaustive report in 140 characters, but Twitter's short form is great for quickly getting across real-time facts and observations. Using your cell phone or mobile device, you can "tweet" the approximate attendance or a choice quote. IMPORTANT: We'll only see your tweets if you include #huffpost in ALL of your messages. (Sign up for an account with Twitter here.)
3) Pen and Pad Reporting: Each protest presents a unique story. We definitely want to know the basics: how many people were in attendance? Where there any prominent speakers, and what did they say? Which slogans did the crowds chant, and what did they paint on their signs? We're also interested in understanding what kind of people showed up and why -- so feel free to ask them if you feel comfortable doing so.
We are asking for dispatches to be no more than 500 words. Email your report to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on April 16th. (Check out our reporting standards for further guidance.)