MyTwoCensus

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MyTwoCensus
MyTwoCensus logo.png
MyTwoCensus' logo
Formation February 2009
Type political
Purpose/focus Monitor 2010 U.S. Census
Headquarters San Francisco, California, United States
Official languages English
Founder Stephen Robert Morse
Website http://www.mytwocensus.com/

MyTwoCensus is a non-partisan[citation needed], political watchdog group[citation needed] for the 2010 U.S. Census, created in February 2009.[1] It tracks topics such as the constitutionality of including illegal immigrants in the census.[2]

History[edit]

The group was created by Stephen Robert Morse, a journalist located in San Francisco, California, as a project to identify reasons why the 2010 U.S. Census would be a controversial process. As part of this process, Morse applied and won a grant through The Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship program with the Phillips Foundation.[3] The award allowed Morse to continue his pet project. Morse first developed the idea as he was on Craigslist, looking for an additional job in San Francisco, and noticed that US Census Bureau was looking to hire employees in the Bay Area at the rate of $22-$26 per hour.[4] After further research, Morse and friend Evan Goldin created the group's website and blog, MyTwoCensus.com, in order to provide unofficial oversight for the U.S. Census Bureau.[4] In March 2010, the site added a community message board operated through the social-networking site, Ning.

Activities[edit]

The MyTwoCensus website reports on the handling of the census[citation needed]. MyTwoCensus is headed by two journalists: Morse and Goldin. Morse has said that he utilizes Google News, and attends census worker recruitment sessions in his reporting.[5] In 2009, MyTwoCensus discovered that the U.S. Census Bureau had supposedly paid the delivery company FedEx several million dollars over time to mail documents that were not time-sensitive[citation needed]. The group publicized the findings after a census worker wrote to the website questioning the bureau's use of "priority overnight delivery."[6] The group has been critical of Census Bureau management, including Robert M. Groves the current Director of the United States Census Bureau, as well as both Republicans and Democrats for their handling of 2010 Census operations. MyTwoCensus is syndicated on BigGovernment.com[citation needed] and has been mentioned in right-wing publications, such as that of conservative blogger Michelle Malkin.[7] Though most MyTwoCensus reports are authored by Morse himself, other journalists, including Emily Babay and Emily Schultheis of The Daily Pennsylvanian and Laura Masnerus (formerly of The New York Times) have written for the site as well.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BYU president encourages participation in census". Universe.byu.edu. 2010-02-22. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  2. ^ "Census Taker's Death Highlights Controversy". Newsweek.com. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  3. ^ "Overview of The Robert Novak Journalism Fellows since inception of the program". The Phillips Foundation. 2005-11-01. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  4. ^ a b "College alum creates site to monitor 2010 census". The Daily Pennsylvanian. 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  5. ^ Weir, David (2009-03-31). "MyTwoCensus and the Future of Journalism | BNET Media Blog | BNET". Industry.bnet.com. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  6. ^ "Federal Eye - Eye Opener: More Census Woes". Voices.washingtonpost.com. 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  7. ^ Malkin, Michelle (2010-02-05). "The Super-Sized Census Boondoggle". Michelle Malkin. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  8. ^ Rubin, Daniel (2009-05-03). "Philadelphia Inquirer". My Two Census. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 

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