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As plans for the biggest party of the decade heat up in Washington, D.C., various media organizations are reaching out to hear what Inauguration Day means to the public and get first hand reports online and on the air.

Similar to VoteReport, which asked voters to submit their stories from the polls on Election Day, a new project spearheaded by NPR is asking voters to tell their experiences from Washington on January 20 in real time, using mobile blogging site Twitter.

This post explains the process for participating in Inauguration Report. Before you go out into the cold, consult the Citizens Media Law Project guidelines for covering the Inauguration.

But you don't have to be in Washington to get in on the action. You can watch the star-studded Lincoln Memorial concert on TV or catch Tuesday's swearing in from the comfort of your living room, but you can also get involved - online and in person, no matter where you live.

Monday has been declared a National Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Check out MLK Day.org to search for opportunities in your area.

In addition, various issue-focused interest groups are using the web to get their supporters to ask questions and raise issues for the new administration to address. Al Gore's climate change project LiveEarth is asking people to submit their questions and ideas about green living for presentation on Inauguration Day using their new video site.

And anti-poverty campaign One.org has a petition timed around the inauguration to ask President-elect Obama to put poverty on the administration's agenda.  

What are your plans for Inauguration weekend?

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