MTV’s citizen journalists to cover election mobile-to-web

MTV’s army of Street Team ’08 citizen journalists will cover the youth vote across the country on Feb. 5 with live mobile-to-web broadcasts from polling stations, caucuses and candidate rallies.More details from MTV’s release:

 The real-time, on-the-spot reports will be streamed live all day from correspondents’ video-equipped mobile phones to MTVNews.com and ChooseorLose.com. Throughout the day, MTV will regularly break into programming and showcase news featurettes excerpted from the live reports….

MTV’s Street Team of citizen journalists will be using Nokia N95 devices, fully-fledged multimedia computers with a leading-class 5 megapixel camera and DVD-like quality video camera capabilities that allow them to create, edit and upload their stories instantly to the Internet….

An innovative application, provided by Flixwagon, powers the mobile broadcasting technology by allowing anyone with a capable 3G phone to stream live video to the Internet and store it for later viewing….

An interactive map at MTVNews.com and ChooseorLose.com will notify users when the citizen journalists are broadcasting live from one of the 23 states holding a primary or caucus on February 5th. In addition to mobile reporting, the Street Team members will be blogging the latest from every Super Tuesday state throughout the day on ChooseorLose.com.

MTV’s innovative mobile phone-to-Web efforts on Super Tuesday are an element of its acclaimed “Choose or Lose ’08″ campaign to engage, educate and empower young voters. A major component of this year’s campaign is the “MTV Street Team ’08″ — 51 state-based citizen journalists who contribute weekly, multimedia reports (such as short form videos, blogs, animation, photos, podcasts) that are distributed via WAP site m.StreetTeam08.com, carriers in the MTV Mobile family, the Think Community (Think.MTV.com) and several other media platforms.

Carefully selected by MTV after an extensive nationwide search, the one- of-a-kind press corps utilize mobile media like laptops, video cameras and cell phones to uncover the untold political stories that matter most to young people in their respective states. All 51 of the “Street Team” members have active profiles on Think.MTV.com, MTV’s online community where young people, their friends and some of the biggest names in pop culture come together to bring about positive social change.