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

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  

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

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