Bird-dogging is the grassroots activists’ not-so-secret weapon. A viral video of a constituent demanding accountability from their representative can change the political landscape. These moments demonstrate the importance of two bird-dogging musts: the authenticity of the grassroots voice, and visibility.
There is, though, another key to success: language. As important as it is to be in the right place at the right time (with a camera), it’s just as important to use the right words in the right way. Below are some general guidelines on bird-dogging language suggestions based on our priority issue areas. While this guide can help you focus your questions and elicit the right answers, remember that your voice is the essential ingredient. Use these tips, but always remember to speak from your own experience and values.