African-Americans are gravely affected by the unemployment crisis that is rocking our country. Want an opportunity to have your most pressing employment question answered by a senior economic adviser? Now’s your chance.
The White House has teamed up with job-finder megasite Monster.com to let you weigh in on the economy and how the administration’s decisions are affecting your life. The partnership between the leading online employment resource and the Obama administration is designed to directly reach jobseekers, giving them a platform—on Monster’s Facebook page—to not only pose vital economic questions, but to exchange ideas and foster a budding job hunter community.
The weeklong campaign wraps this Sunday, Nov. 14.,with Monster.com choosing between 5 to7 of the top, most compelling questions (or most “liked”). A top economic White House advisor will then videotape a response, which will be posted on the Monster YouTube channel and WhiteHouse.gov.
A White House source tells Blackenterprise.com that the joint venture will give citizens greater access to the administration through dialogue. Matthew Henson, vice president of public relations of Monster Worldwide, agrees. “It is a genuine effort to provide jobseekers with a meaningful voice in the debate over the economic recovery,” says Henson. “We’ve been working over the last few months to engage jobseekers on a whole host of issues, so providing them access to the White House to voice some of their concerns, questions, solutions and ideas is for us another extension of how we want to communicate with our jobseekers.”
This is not the first time the Obama administration has used social media. Last February, the president answered user-submitted questions on YouTube’s CitizenTube channel and, most recently, the hour-long youth town hall event that aired on BET, CMT and MTV.
So, tell us what you think: Will you sound off? What would you want to ask President Obama about jobs and the economy?
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Additional reporting provided by our Washington D.C. correspondent, Joyce Jones.