Friday, March 29, 2013

Does Your Dot-Gov Website Meet the Needs of All its Users?

Does Your Dot-Gov Website Meet the Needs of All Its Users?
A Highlight from the upcoming NAGC Communications School. 
 
 
Internal and external stakeholders each need and want something different from government websites. Government communicators face real challenges making sites effectively manage those needs to provide the best content and services to users.

ENC Strategy Account Director Josh DeLung will take you through a case study in enhancing dot.gov websites for internal and external stakeholders in a session at the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School. “Enhancing dot.gov Websites for Internal and External Stakeholders” will feature a brief overview of how to maintain and enhance content, manage campaigns, and support Web design and development. You’ll leave with ideas for new ways to improve the areas where your agency’s site may not be meeting the needs of users in certain categories.

Participate in Josh’s session on April 19 at 10:30 a.m. at the 2013 NAGC Communications School, April 17-19 at the Pentagon City Sheraton in Arlington, Va. Check out the complete agenda and register to attend at www.nagconline.org.


Don't Miss the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School!

Registration is now open for the NAGC 2013 Communication School, “Government Communicators – Engaging Citizens in Democracy,” being held April 17-19, 2013, in the Washington, D.C., area at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, Arlington, Va. 

Who Should Attend?
Federal, state, and local government communicators including contractors who direct and facilitate government communications—editors, writers, graphic artists, webmasters, video professionals, broadcasters, photographers, information specialists, and agency spokespersons.

Why Should You Attend? 
1.  It’s one of the most affordable training experiences you’ll find.
2.  You’ll gain knowledge and learn skills you can use immediately to become a more effective communicator.
3.  You’ll be with other passionate government communicators, which will help you leverage best practices and build relationships.
4.  You will be networking and trading ideas with fellow like-minded communicators and getting energized! 
5.  It’s only for government communicators!

Also, don’t miss the Government Communications Expo, April 18-19, showcasing the latest trends in government communications services, goods, and technologies.

 
Don't Miss the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School!


2013 Featured Speakers and Topics
--Overcoming the Stigma of Government
--Learning How to Read Body Language
--Using Social Media to Engage Citizens
--Facing the Media: On-Camera Training During a Crisis
--Plain Language: If you don’t know this stuff, you might be dangerous!
--Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Banquet
--Communicator of the Year Award presentation
--and much more!

Don’t miss the Government Communications Expo, April 18-19, showcasing the latest trends in government communications services, goods, and technologies.

For registration, schedule, and accepted speakers information, visit
www.nagconline.org.   

Is Your Organization Grappling with Communicating with Citizens Across Multiple Devices and Platforms?

Learn how agencies are addressing these challenges in a FREE webinar, Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

This complimentary, one-hour webinar is presented by the National Association of Government Communicators, FedInsider, and Adobe.

Webinar topic:
Delivering More Engaging Communications to Citizens Across Devices and Platforms

Register now:
http://solutions.adobe.com/?elqPURLPage=274
Date of webinar: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Hour-long webinar: 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT

Today's citizens expect engaging content on the devices they choose to use so why not turn this expectation into a benefit for your agency? Learn how agencies are improving productivity and reducing support costs by engaging citizens electronically. Explore new technology tools that can measure the effectiveness of your outreach campaigns.

Complete details and registration:
http://solutions.adobe.com/?elqPURLPage=274

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Are Your Tweets Getting the Job Done?

A Highlight from the upcoming NAGC Communications School.  

The growing number and type of social media give us as communicators an amazing opportunity engage more people directly with government. Whether you are an experienced social media user or are just beginning to take advantage of this technology resource, Leonard Sipes, senior public affairs specialist and social media manager for the federal Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, will teach you more about the benefits of government social media and show you real-world examples of how social media can help you achieve your agency’s operational objectives. Learn how to create effective social media content and engaging audio and video programs. “Using Social Media to Engage Citizens” will be held April 18 at 3:15 p.m. at the 2013 NAGC Communications School, April 17-19, at the Pentagon City Sheraton in Arlington, Va. Check out the complete agenda and register to attend at www.nagconline.org.

Don't Miss the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School!

Registration is now open for the NAGC 2013 Communication School, “Government Communicators – Engaging Citizens in Democracy,” being held April 17-19, 2013, in the Washington, D.C., area at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, Arlington, Va. 

Who Should Attend?
Federal, state, and local government communicators including contractors who direct and facilitate government communications—editors, writers, graphic artists, webmasters, video professionals, broadcasters, photographers, information specialists, and agency spokespersons.

Why Should You Attend? 
1.  It’s one of the most affordable training experiences you’ll find.
2.  You’ll gain knowledge and learn skills you can use immediately to become a more effective communicator.
3.  You’ll be with other passionate government communicators, which will help you leverage best practices and build relationships.
4.  You will be networking and trading ideas with fellow like-minded communicators and getting energized! 
5.  It’s only for government communicators!

Also, don’t miss the Government Communications Expo, April 18-19, showcasing the latest trends in government communications services, goods, and technologies.


Don't Miss the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School!

2013 Featured Speakers and Topics
--Overcoming the Stigma of Government
--Learning How to Read Body Language
--Using Social Media to Engage Citizens
--Facing the Media: On-Camera Training During a Crisis
--Plain Language: If you don’t know this stuff, you might be dangerous!
--Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Banquet
--Communicator of the Year Award presentation
--and much more!

Don’t miss the Government Communications Expo, April 18-19, showcasing the latest trends in government communications services, goods, and technologies.

For registration, schedule, and accepted speakers information, visit www.nagconline.org.   

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Make All Your Events Accessible to All People

A Highlight from the upcoming NAGC Communications School.  

Don’t miss out on this in-depth look at successfully creating events accessible to all. From sign language interpreters to audio description, from restrooms to meetings rooms, presenter Betty Siegel of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will lead you through the steps. This will be a practical and commonsense approach to the elements and components to be considered to make any event accessible to participants with disabilities. From beginning to end, your next event will be more welcoming of and encourage participation from individuals with disabilities. “A Brief ‘How-To’—Developing Accessible Events” will be held April 18 at 10 a.m. at the 2013 NAGC Communications School, April 17-19, at the Pentagon City Sheraton in Arlington, Va. Check out the complete agenda and register to attend at www.nagconline.org.

Don't Miss the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School!

Registration is now open for the NAGC 2013 Communication School, “Government Communicators – Engaging Citizens in Democracy,” being held April 17-19, 2013, in the Washington, D.C., area at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, Arlington, Va. 

Who Should Attend?
Federal, state, and local government communicators including contractors who direct and facilitate government communications—editors, writers, graphic artists, webmasters, video professionals, broadcasters, photographers, information specialists, and agency spokespersons.

Why Should You Attend? 
1.  It’s one of the most affordable training experiences you’ll find.
2.  You’ll gain knowledge and learn skills you can use immediately to become a more effective communicator.
3.  You’ll be with other passionate government communicators, which will help you leverage best practices and build relationships.
4.  You will be networking and trading ideas with fellow like-minded communicators and getting energized! 
5.  It’s only for government communicators!

Also, don’t miss the Government Communications Expo, April 18-19, showcasing the latest trends in government communications services, goods, and technologies.


Don't Miss the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School!

2013 Featured Speakers and Topics
--Overcoming the Stigma of Government
--Learning How to Read Body Language
--Using Social Media to Engage Citizens
--Facing the Media: On-Camera Training During a Crisis
--Plain Language: If you don’t know this stuff, you might be dangerous!
--Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Banquet
--Communicator of the Year Award presentation
--and much more!

Don’t miss the Government Communications Expo, April 18-19, showcasing the latest trends in government communications services, goods, and technologies.

For registration, schedule, and accepted speakers information, visit www.nagconline.org.   

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

NAGC Names Fillichio Communicator of the Year

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Media Contact:  Dawn Shiley
NAGC Communications Manager
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March 26, 2013 (Falls Church, Va.) – The National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) has selected Carl A. Fillichio, Senior Advisor for Communications and Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor, as its 2013 Communicator of the Year. The award will be presented at the 2013 NAGC Communications School, April 17-19, 2013, at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, Arlington, Va.

Fillichio was selected for the award by a NAGC panel of judges for his unwavering commitment to protecting the integrity of the department’s sensitive economic data; making the data available and accessible to the media in a secure and embargoed environment; and ensuring a level playing field in the transmission of market-moving data to the public.  He did so by leading a more than two-year, painstaking review and transformation of the Labor Department’s media “lock-up” policies and procedures.  Lock-ups allow credentialed news organizations to prepare informed summaries and analysis of economic data for transmission to the public as soon as embargo periods conclude.  His biggest challenge was to balance the conflicting issues of security responsibilities, the critical role the press plays in disseminating information to the public, and rapid technological change.

According to Fillichio, “a few years ago, a few seconds here or there would not have had much of an impact. Today, fractions of a second can equate to millions or even billions of dollars in market movements.”

In the end, Fillichio achieved compromise among all parties, and successfully implemented his plan. The changes he advocated and carried out have made the U.S. Department of Labor the leader throughout the federal government in protecting embargoed data from premature release and maintaining a level playing field among the press corps and on behalf of the public.

“NAGC is proud to honor the U.S. Department of Labor's Carl Fillichio as its Communicator of the Year,” said NAGC President Glen Thomas. “Among his many accomplishments was establishing groundbreaking new policies and procedures for releasing sensitive economic data to the public. Fillichio successfully navigated a number of challenges throughout this process, and established himself as an industry leader in government communications.”

The NAGC Communicator of the Year Award is given annually to a government communicator who has helped instill public trust by effectively presenting accurate, timely and meaningful information, sometimes under exceptional circumstances.

The National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) is a national not-for-profit professional network of federal, state and local government employees who disseminate information within and outside government. Its members are editors, writers, graphic artists, video professionals, broadcasters, photographers, information specialists and agency spokespersons.


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NAGC: Good Communication ... Good Government

Friday, March 22, 2013

It's Not About You

A Highlight from the upcoming NAGC Communications School.  

The foundation of any good communication is a clear message that resonates with the target audience. But if a message is not clear, the story the media tells may not be the one you want to tell. Don’t miss Jennifer Miller, senior counselor of Rockford Gray LLC, as she explains why some messages work and some don’t—and most importantly, how to fix them. You’ll learn the three key characteristics of all good messages and how to develop them. Jennifer will help you peel away layers to uncover the core of strong, high-level and engaging messages. “It’s Not About You: Creating A Message that Matters” will be held April 18 at 1:45 p.m. at the 2013 NAGC Communications School, April 17-19, at the Pentagon City Sheraton in Arlington, Va. Check out the complete agenda and register to attend at www.nagconline.org.

Don't Miss the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School!

Registration is now open for the NAGC 2013 Communication School, “Government Communicators – Engaging Citizens in Democracy,” being held April 17-19, 2013, in the Washington, D.C., area at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, Arlington, Va. 

Who Should Attend?
Federal, state, and local government communicators including contractors who direct and facilitate government communications—editors, writers, graphic artists, webmasters, video professionals, broadcasters, photographers, information specialists, and agency spokespersons.

Why Should You Attend? 
1.  It’s one of the most affordable training experiences you’ll find.
2.  You’ll gain knowledge and learn skills you can use immediately to become a more effective communicator.
3.  You’ll be with other passionate government communicators, which will help you leverage best practices and build relationships.
4.  You will be networking and trading ideas with fellow like-minded communicators and getting energized! 
5.  It’s only for government communicators!

Also, don’t miss the Government Communications Expo, April 18-19, showcasing the latest trends in government communications services, goods, and technologies.


Don't Miss the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School!

2013 Featured Speakers and Topics
--Overcoming the Stigma of Government
--Learning How to Read Body Language
--Using Social Media to Engage Citizens
--Facing the Media: On-Camera Training During a Crisis
--Plain Language: If you don’t know this stuff, you might be dangerous!
--Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Banquet
--Communicator of the Year Award presentation
--and much more!

Don’t miss the Government Communications Expo, April 18-19, showcasing the latest trends in government communications services, goods, and technologies.

For registration, schedule, and accepted speakers information, visit www.nagconline.org.   

Thursday, March 21, 2013

NAGC Presents a Special Webinar: Risk Communication and Strategies


March 27, 2013, 9:00 a.m. EST

Has your agency every had to deal with an emergency or a crisis situation? Have you gotten the phone call that the media is on its way to interview you about it?

Tom Slater, Risk Communications Manager for the New Jersey Department of Health, will share his knowledge and expertise when risk communication becomes necessary for your organization. Whether the objective is to motivate people to take action, calm people down when they are enraged, or to educate and inform, there are specific techniques and strategies to effectively communicate and educate when people are stressed out. The webinar will include Risk Communication Strategies and Principles, Why Everyone is a Spokesperson, and Why We Need the Media.

Registration Fee: FREE for NAGC Members! $25 for non-members.

Deadline to Register: Register by Monday, Mar. 25, 2012. Once your registration is received, you will be sent instructions for joining the webinar on Mar. 27, 2013.

Download the registration form

How Government Can Better Communicate with Small Businesses

A Highlight from the upcoming NAGC Communications School.  

Small businesses have generated more than 60 percent of all new jobs in the past 17 years. Federal agencies play a major role helping small businesses succeed with government-backed loans, grants for cutting edge technologies, tax breaks, and training and counseling through SBA’s resource partners. What can you as a government communicator do to improve communications with small businesses? Learn more at “How Government Can Better Communicate with Small Businesses,” a seminar to be presented by Eva Neumann, president and chief executive officer of ENC Strategy.

This session will teach you how the federal government engages with small businesses to meet their goals and help bring innovations to the marketplace. “How Government Can Better Communicate with Small Businesses” will be held April 18 at 11:15 a.m. at the 2013 NAGC Communications School, April 17-19, at the Pentagon City Sheraton in Arlington, Va. Check out the complete agenda and register to attend at www.nagconline.org.

Don't Miss the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School!

Registration is now open for the NAGC 2013 Communication School, “Government Communicators – Engaging Citizens in Democracy,” being held April 17-19, 2013, in the Washington, D.C., area at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, Arlington, Va. 

Who Should Attend?
Federal, state, and local government communicators including contractors who direct and facilitate government communications—editors, writers, graphic artists, webmasters, video professionals, broadcasters, photographers, information specialists, and agency spokespersons.

Why Should You Attend? 
1.  It’s one of the most affordable training experiences you’ll find.
2.  You’ll gain knowledge and learn skills you can use immediately to become a more effective communicator.
3.  You’ll be with other passionate government communicators, which will help you leverage best practices and build relationships.
4.  You will be networking and trading ideas with fellow like-minded communicators and getting energized! 
5.  It’s only for government communicators!

Also, don’t miss the Government Communications Expo, April 18-19, showcasing the latest trends in government communications services, goods, and technologies.


Don't Miss the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School!

2013 Featured Speakers and Topics
--Overcoming the Stigma of Government
--Learning How to Read Body Language
--Using Social Media to Engage Citizens
--Facing the Media: On-Camera Training During a Crisis
--Plain Language: If you don’t know this stuff, you might be dangerous!
--Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Banquet
--Communicator of the Year Award presentation
--and much more!

Don’t miss the Government Communications Expo, April 18-19, showcasing the latest trends in government communications services, goods, and technologies.

For registration, schedule, and accepted speakers information, visit www.nagconline.org.   

Monday, March 18, 2013

Top 5 Reasons You Should Go to the 2013 NAGC Communications School

A Highlight from the upcoming NAGC Communications School.  

Here are 5 reasons why your agency should send you to the 2013 NAGC Communications School. Feel free to use these tips and share with your managers and HR teams.

1. It’s Affordable: At $650 (member rate) to $750 (non-member rate), you’ll get maximum bang for minimum bucks, especially since conferences can often cost thousands.

2. Improve Knowledge and Performance: You’ll gain knowledge and learn skills that will make you a more effective communicator—skills you can use immediately.

3. Leverage Best Practices & Build Relationships: There are tons of best practices across government and lots of passionate government communicators doing great work you can learn from.

4. Get energized: You will be networking and trading ideas with fellow like-minded communicators, invigorating and inspiring you!

5. It’s Only for Government Communicators: NAGC’s Communications School is the only event of its kind that gives government communicators from local, state, and federal governments practical educational sessions to increase all their skills.



Don't Miss the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School!
Early Bird Deadline Extended to March 29th!


Registration is now open for the NAGC 2013 Communication School, “Government Communicators – Engaging Citizens in Democracy,” being held April 17-19, 2013, in the Washington, D.C., area at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, Arlington, Va. 

Who Should Attend?
Federal, state, and local government communicators including contractors who direct and facilitate government communications—editors, writers, graphic artists, webmasters, video professionals, broadcasters, photographers, information specialists, and agency spokespersons.

Why Should You Attend?
 

1.  It’s one of the most affordable training experiences you’ll find.
2.  You’ll gain knowledge and learn skills you can use immediately to become a more effective communicator.
3.  You’ll be with other passionate government communicators, which will help you leverage best practices and build relationships.
4.  You will be networking and trading ideas with fellow like-minded communicators and getting energized! 
5.  It’s only for government communicators!

Also, don’t miss the Government Communications Expo, April 18-19, showcasing the latest trends in government communications services, goods, and technologies.

Don't Miss the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School!
Early Bird Deadline Extended to March 29th!


2013 Featured Speakers and Topics
--Overcoming the Stigma of Government
--Learning How to Read Body Language
--Using Social Media to Engage Citizens
--Facing the Media: On-Camera Training During a Crisis
--Plain Language: If you don’t know this stuff, you might be dangerous!
--Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Banquet
--Communicator of the Year Award presentation
--and much more!

Don’t miss the Government Communications Expo, April 18-19, showcasing the latest trends in government communications services, goods, and technologies.

For registration, schedule, and accepted speakers information, visit www.nagconline.org.   

Friday, March 15, 2013

Think You Know Digital Communications?

A Highlight from the upcoming NAGC Communications School.  

Government communicators and web managers need a framework and specific steps to effectively use digital communications to help their organizations meet mission-critical goals. In this half-day pre-conference workshop, Joseph Porcelli and Natalie Fedie of GovDelivery will teach you strategies and tactics you can implement right away to increase and measure the reach and effectiveness of digital messages on the communities you need to engage.

“Digital Communications Best Practices” will be held April 17 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the 2013 NAGC Communications School, April 16-19 at the Pentagon City Sheraton in Arlington, Va. Check out the complete agenda and register to attend at www.nagconline.org.


Don't Miss the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School!
Early Bird Deadline Extended to March 29th!


Registration is now open for the NAGC 2013 Communication School, “Government Communicators – Engaging Citizens in Democracy,” being held April 16-19, 2013 in the Washington, D.C., area at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, Arlington, Va.

2013 Featured Speakers and Topics
--Lessons Learned: Social Media and Hurricane Sandy
--Overcoming the Stigma of Government
--The Way Ahead for Communications Synchronization
--Engaged Speaker, the Engaged Citizen: How Speechwriting Can Get Government to Engage with Citizens…and Get
  Citizens to Engage with Government
--Using Social Media to Engage Citizens
--Facing the Media: On-Camera Training During a Crisis
--Plain Language: If you don’t know this stuff, you might be dangerous!
--Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Banquet
--Communicator of the Year Award presentation
--and much more!

Also, don’t miss the Government Communications Expo, April 18-19, showcasing the latest trends in government communications services, goods, and technologies.

Who Should Attend
Federal, state, and local government communicators including contractors who direct and facilitate government communications—editors, writers, graphic artists, webmasters, video professionals, broadcasters, photographers, information specialists, and agency spokespersons.

For registration, schedule and accepted speakers, visit www.nagconline.org.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Google + and Facebook and Twitter--Oh My! How to Use Social Media in a Disaster

A Highlight from the upcoming NAGC Communications School. 

Do you know the best ways to integrate social media into your disaster recovery communications plan? In today’s world of growing reliance on social media, communicators can’t afford not to. Join Sandy Levine, president of Advice Unlimited, for a session that will teach you what you need to know to master the brave new world of social media when it counts most—in a disaster situation.

This session will review real-world scenarios where social media played a crucial role and discuss how public servants can use social media to meet their mission, educate the public, rapidly disseminate critical information, calm, fears and dispel rumors. You’ll learn how to integrate social media into your agency’s disaster recovery and emergency response communications plan and how to leverage social media for all your outreach efforts.

“How to Use Social Media in a Disaster” will be held April 18 at11:15 a.m. at the 2013 NAGC Communications School, April 16-19 at the Pentagon City Sheraton in Arlington, Va. Check out the complete agenda and register to attend at www.nagconline.org.

Don't Miss the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School!
Early Bird Deadline Extended to March 29th!


Registration is now open for the NAGC 2013 Communication School, “Government Communicators – Engaging Citizens in Democracy,” being held April 16-19, 2013 in the Washington, D.C., area at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, Arlington, Va.

2013 Featured Speakers and Topics
--Lessons Learned: Social Media and Hurricane Sandy
--Overcoming the Stigma of Government
--The Way Ahead for Communications Synchronization
--Engaged Speaker, the Engaged Citizen: How Speechwriting Can Get Government to Engage with Citizens…and Get Citizens to Engage with Government
--Using Social Media to Engage Citizens
--Facing the Media: On-Camera Training During a Crisis
--Plain Language: If you don’t know this stuff, you might be dangerous!
--Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Banquet
--Communicator of the Year Award presentation
--and much more!

Also, don’t miss the Government Communications Expo, April 18-19, showcasing the latest trends in government communications services, goods, and technologies.

Who Should Attend
Federal, state, and local government communicators including contractors who direct and facilitate government communications—editors, writers, graphic artists, webmasters, video professionals, broadcasters, photographers, information specialists, and agency spokespersons.

For registration, schedule and accepted speakers, visit www.nagconline.org.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

NAGC's LinkedIn Group Celebrates its 1,000th Member


The National Association of Government Communicators LinkedIn Group has reached a major milestone—we’re celebrating our 1,000th member!

This group, which includes government communications professionals and others across the United States, is a way for you to talk about issues government communicators face and work on every day. Often, you’ll find people discussing real-life case studies and problems they’re dealing with, as well as sharing successes to help others.

The National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) is a national nonprofit professional network of federal, state, and local government employees who disseminate information in and outside government. Its members are editors, writers, graphic artists, video professionals, broadcasters, photographers, information specialists, and agency spokespersons. NAGC is dedicated to providing opportunities for professional advancement, enhancing effective communications with constituents, and advancing the profession.

Connect and interact with members of NAGC through these other social media outlets:

Monday, March 11, 2013

Do you monitor media interviews with your agency's staff?

A Highlight from the upcoming NAGC Communications School.   

Monitoring reporters’ interviews with government officials is a routine practice among public affairs officers, mainly to protect against misquotes, according to a survey undertaken by the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Government Communicators last fall. The final report is being released today in recognition of Sunshine Week 2013. You can download a copy at http://www.nagconline.org/documents/MediatedAccessReport11Mar2013.pdf.

Kennesaw University’s Professor Carolyn Carlson conducted the survey of 154 current and former members of the National Association of Government Communicators, almost all of whom were currently employed as a public information officer or public affairs officer for a federal, state or local government agency. The survey was a response to 2012 survey of reporters who cover the federal government beat. The reporters indicated they felt PIO/PAO monitoring of their interviews and other forms of media control were a form of government censorship.

Dr. Carlson will bring together a panel of journalists and PAOs for a rousing discussion on this topic in a break-out session at the NAGC Communications School on Thursday, April 18 at 10:00 a.m. The NAGC Communications School will be held April 16-19 at the Pentagon City Sheraton in Arlington, Va. Check out the rest of the agenda and register to attend at www.nagconline.org.  

 
Don't Miss the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School!
Early Bird Deadline Extended to March 29th!

Registration is now open for the NAGC 2013 Communication School, “Government Communicators – Engaging Citizens in Democracy,” being held April 16-19, 2013 in the Washington, D.C., area at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, Arlington, Va.

2013 Featured Speakers and Topics
--Lessons Learned: Social Media and Hurricane Sandy
--Overcoming the Stigma of Government
--The Way Ahead for Communications Synchronization
--Engaged Speaker, the Engaged Citizen: How Speechwriting Can Get Government to Engage with Citizens…and
  Get Citizens to Engage with Government
--Using Social Media to Engage Citizens
--Facing the Media: On-Camera Training During a Crisis
--Plain Language: If you don’t know this stuff, you might be dangerous!
--Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Banquet
--Communicator of the Year Award presentation
--and much more!

Also, don’t miss the Government Communications Expo, April 18-19, showcasing the latest trends in government communications services, goods, and technologies.
 
Who Should Attend

Federal, state, and local government communicators including contractors who direct and facilitate government communications—editors, writers, graphic artists, webmasters, video professionals, broadcasters, photographers, information specialists, and agency spokespersons.

For registration, schedule and accepted speakers, visit www.nagconline.org.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Can You Tell Who’s Telling the Truth—And Who’s Not?

A Highlight from the Upcoming NAGC Communications School.

No matter what your actual job title, the degree of career success you enjoy is dictated by how you engage others. If you want to be a highly respected, influential, and successful communicator, learning how people communicate without words is a critical skill. This lively half-day pre-conference workshop will give you practical techniques, tools, and strategies for understanding and using non-verbal communication most effectively—and who couldn’t use a little extra insight when working in government settings?

Trainer Jerry Balistreri will teach you to detect deception in any situation, understand the role of the limbic system in non-verbal communication, and hit the mark with positive communication every time. The skills you learn in this seminar will help you with friends and family at home and colleagues and clients at work.

This four-hour preconference workshop, “Reading the Tells—Learning How to Read Body Language,” will be held April 17, 8:00 a.m. to noon at the 2013 NAGC Communications School, April 16-19 at the Pentagon City Sheraton in Arlington, Va. Check out the complete agenda and register to attend at www.nagconline.org.

Don't Miss the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School!

Early Bird Deadline Extended to March 29th!
Registration is now open for the NAGC 2013 Communication School, “Government Communicators – Engaging Citizens in Democracy,” being held April 16-19, 2013 in the Washington, D.C., area at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, Arlington, Va.

2013 Featured Speakers and Topics
--Lessons Learned: Social Media and Hurricane Sandy
--Overcoming the Stigma of Government
--The Way Ahead for Communications Synchronization
--Engaged Speaker, the Engaged Citizen: How Speechwriting Can Get Government to Engage with Citizens…and Get
  Citizens to Engage with Government
--Using Social Media to Engage Citizens
--Facing the Media: On-Camera Training During a Crisis
--Plain Language: If you don’t know this stuff, you might be dangerous!
--Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Banquet
--Communicator of the Year Award presentation
--and much more!

Also, don’t miss the Government Communications Expo, April 18-19, showcasing the latest trends in government communications services, goods, and technologies.

Who Should Attend


Federal, state, and local government communicators including contractors who direct and facilitate government communications—editors, writers, graphic artists, webmasters, video professionals, broadcasters, photographers, information specialists, and agency spokespersons.

For registration, schedule and accepted speakers, visit www.nagconline.org.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Does Your Dot-Gov Website Meet the Needs of All Its Users?

A Highlight from the upcoming NAGC Communications School.   

Internal and external stakeholders each need and want something different from government websites. Government communicators face real challenges making sites effectively manage those needs to provide the best content and services to users.

ENC Strategy Account Director Josh DeLung will take you through a case study in enhancing dot.gov websites for internal and external stakeholders in a session at the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School. “Enhancing dot.gov Websites for Internal and External Stakeholders” will feature a brief overview of how to maintain and enhance content, manage campaigns, and support Web design and development. You’ll leave with ideas for new ways to improve the areas where your agency’s site may not be meeting the needs of users in certain categories.

Participate in Josh’s session on April 19 at 10:30 a.m. at the 2013 NAGC Communications School, April 16-19 at the Pentagon City Sheraton in Arlington, Va. Check out the complete agenda and register to attend at www.nagconline.org.


Don't Miss the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School!
Early Bird Deadline Extended to March 29th!

Registration is now open for the NAGC 2013 Communication School, “Government Communicators – Engaging Citizens in Democracy,” being held April 16-19, 2013 in the Washington, D.C., area at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, Arlington, Va.

2013 Featured Speakers and Topics
--Lessons Learned: Social Media and Hurricane Sandy
--Overcoming the Stigma of Government
--The Way Ahead for Communications Synchronization
--Engaged Speaker, the Engaged Citizen: How Speechwriting Can Get Government to Engage
  with Citizens…and Get Citizens to Engage with Government
--Using Social Media to Engage Citizens
--Facing the Media: On-Camera Training During a Crisis
--Plain Language: If you don’t know this stuff, you might be dangerous!
--Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Banquet
--Communicator of the Year Award presentation
--and much more!

Also, don’t miss the Government Communications Expo, April 18-19, showcasing the latest trends in government communications services, goods, and technologies.
 
Who Should Attend

Federal, state, and local government communicators including contractors who direct and facilitate government communications—editors, writers, graphic artists, webmasters, video professionals, broadcasters, photographers, information specialists, and agency spokespersons.

For registration, schedule and accepted speakers, visit www.nagconline.org

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Seven Steps to Successful Supervision

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Keep Calm and Carry On with On-Camera Training

A Highlight from the Upcoming NAGC Communications School.

What if the worst happens? Are you fully prepared to handle a crisis?

Many of us have already had to deal with a crisis in our organizations. Seemingly without warning, you look up and suddenly there are cameras in your face. When it happens, it’s a shock. When you don’t know what to do, it’s a disaster.

A half-day pre-conference workshop at the NAGC Communications School can help you be prepared. “Facing the Media: On-Camera Training During a Crisis” will cover risk communications strategies on the psychology of a crisis, how communications become different during times of high stress, and ways to communicate effectively during these times, with a strong focus on on-camera training. That’s right—each participant will practice an on-camera interview and be critiqued. Presenters Thomas Slater, a risk communications manager, and Laura Taylor, health educator, both with the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, will teach you the techniques all communicators need to handle emergencies and keep their composure when the cameras are rolling and microphones are on. Don’t miss this exciting—and critical—workshop that mixes classroom learning techniques with real-life video examples of good and bad communication skills.

“Facing the Media: On-Camera Training During a Crisis” will be held April 16, 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the 2013 NAGC Communications School, April 16-19 at the Pentagon City Sheraton in Arlington, Va. Check out the complete agenda and register to attend at www.nagconline.org.

Don't Miss the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School!
Early Bird Deadline Extended to March 29th!


Registration is now open for the NAGC 2013 Communication School, “Government Communicators – Engaging Citizens in Democracy,” being held April 16-19, 2013 in the Washington, D.C., area at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, Arlington, Va.

2013 Featured Speakers and Topics
--Lessons Learned: Social Media and Hurricane Sandy
--Overcoming the Stigma of Government
--The Way Ahead for Communications Synchronization
--Engaged Speaker, the Engaged Citizen: How Speechwriting Can Get Government to Engage with Citizens…and Get Citizens to Engage
  with Government
--Using Social Media to Engage Citizens
--Facing the Media: On-Camera Training During a Crisis
--Plain Language: If you don’t know this stuff, you might be dangerous!
--Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Banquet
--Communicator of the Year Award presentation
--and much more!

Also, don’t miss the Government Communications Expo, April 18-19, showcasing the latest trends in government communications services, goods, and technologies.

Who Should Attend

Federal, state, and local government communicators including contractors who direct and facilitate government communications—editors, writers, graphic artists, webmasters, video professionals, broadcasters, photographers, information specialists, and agency spokespersons.

For registration, schedule and accepted speakers, visit www.nagconline.org.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Reinventing the Role of Government Communicators - A Collective Effort!

A Highlight from the upcoming NAGC Communications School.  

Can government communicators influence their leaders toward greater transparency? That’s the goal of a major effort in South Eastern Europe. Having done away with their socialist past in the early 1990s following the break-up of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, the nation states in the broader region of South-Eastern Europe are working to create open and transparent governments and strengthen trust among their citizens. Not an easy task and not one that could be taken on as a solo effort. In September 2012, top government communicators from nine countries came together to create the transnational South Eastern European Government Communicators (SEECOM) forum. Together, they established and adopted Europe’s first declaration of core ethical and professional principles of the profession.

This is history in the making, and the driving force behind this effort is Vuk Vujnovic, Acting Head of the Public Relations Bureau for the Government of Montenegro. He’ll be joining us at the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School in April. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to learn from Vuk’s experience in trying to overcome the challenges of empowering government communicators to influence their governments towards greater transparency and openness and greater public participation in policy making.

Vuk will share his insights in a keynote presentation on Friday, April 19 at 9:00 a.m. and, as NAGC’s first European member, will also be attending the entire Communications School, April 16-19 at the Pentagon City Sheraton in Arlington, Va. Check out the rest of the agenda and register to attend at www.nagconline.org.

 
Don't Miss the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School!

Early Bird Deadline Extended to March 29th!
Registration is now open for the NAGC 2013
Communication School, “Government Communicators – Engaging Citizens in Democracy,” being held April 16-19, 2013 in the Washington, D.C., area at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, Arlington, Va.

2013 Featured Speakers and Topics
--Lessons Learned: Social Media and Hurricane Sandy
--Overcoming the Stigma of Government
--The Way Ahead for Communications Synchronization
--Engaged Speaker, the Engaged Citizen: How Speechwriting Can Get Government to Engage with
   Citizens…and Get Citizens to Engage with Government
--Using Social Media to Engage Citizens
--Facing the Media: On-Camera Training During a Crisis
--Plain Language: If you don’t know this stuff, you might be dangerous!
--Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Banquet
--Communicator of the Year Award presentation
--and much more!

Also, don’t miss the Government Communications Expo, April 18-19, showcasing the latest trends in government communications services, goods, and technologies.

Who Should Attend

Federal, state, and local government communicators including contractors who direct and facilitate government communications—editors, writers, graphic artists, webmasters, video professionals, broadcasters, photographers, information specialists, and agency spokespersons.

For registration, schedule and accepted speakers, visit www.nagconline.org.