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An engaged, citizen-driven media was one of the driving forces behind the birth of American democracy. The preservation of our republic is incumbent upon the continued participation of our public in observing, reporting, and holding our government accountable at all levels.

Today, we face an abundance of challenges and opportunities. Challenges because the decline of the establishment media has been occurring at an alarming rate, with tens of thousands of journalists losing their jobs over the last few years. Opportunities because the public now has access to more tools that allow them to actively participate in government, and to make their voice heard to the public at large, than at any time before in our history.

The greatest threats to our freedom and prosperity occur when citizens lack information and government officials escape without accountability. It’s at the school board and city council meetings where no reporters are present to cover their activities, and no members of the public present to observe their conduct.

Franklin Center is dedicated to preserving and strengthening democracy through promoting citizen journalism and engaging the stakeholders of America’s future to serve as watchdogs at the local, state, and federal level.

We are committed to providing Citizen Training on various topics such as:

Open Records and FOIA issues (your right to know)

Writing Techniques

Researching a Story and Fact Checking Sources

Video Journalism

Social Media Basics and Advanced Techniques (Twitter, Facebook effectiveness and more)

Blogger Basics

We also have free training online with webinars, tweet-ups, and occasional additional methods like live streams, google hang outs, and one on one training.

For upcoming trainings please email us at Info (at) watchdogwire (dot) com or check back with us soon


For past citizen watchdog trainings, please visit our events page.

If your organization is interested in partnering with us to bring this type of training or host one of us as a panelist please contact us at:  info (at)