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Corey McCarren's Discussions

Let's face it, we're tech obsessed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Corey McCarren Jul 2, 2012. 2 Replies

But that doesn't have to be the worst thing, as long as we keep in mind to step away and do something else on a regular basis. I have passions for exercising, music, and basically just being outdoors…Continue

Tags: facebook, social media, addiction

What values drive you?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jane Bennett Aldous Jun 28, 2012. 11 Replies

Above me on the wall here at GovLoop we have several posters listing our values. They include being entrepreneurial, having humility, thinking creatively, hustling smart, and a culture of service. I…Continue

Tags: culture, values

What led you to join the public sector workforce?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Corey McCarren Jun 7, 2012. 2 Replies

People choose their careers for a variety of different reasons. Motivators like salary, work/life balance, and benefits are extraordinarily important in the private sector workforce. But I've noticed…Continue

What should the legal standards for unpaid internships be?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Corey McCarren May 30, 2012. 13 Replies

It seems like half of the "opportunities" out there are unpaid internships. I'm not sure about most people, but to me, at the point that student loans start coming in unpaid internships are of little…Continue

Tags: internships, leadership, careers


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Ryan Kopperud liked Corey McCarren's discussion Awesome images of space colonies from 1970
Nov 20, 2012
Sebastian James commented on Corey McCarren's blog post 'GovBytes: State governments begin focusing on website analytics'
"I'm taking a new look at GA.  At first, when we really didn't have much more than a 90's style website, the emphasis was on getting something new up and returning to analytics later.  That's reflected in the largely…"
Sep 19, 2012
Corey McCarren replied to Pat Fiorenza's discussion 'Hyperlinks on a Resume?'
"At the end of the day, there is probably no 100% correct answer to a question like this. It's impossible to get into the mind of a specific hiring manager, and whether they are more traditional and would find it annoying or whether they embrace…"
Aug 28, 2012
Corey McCarren replied to David Dejewski's discussion '"America is Not Number One Anymore..."'
"I think the fact that one of the few things we are still ranked #1 in being the size of our military budget shows our misplaced values as a nation."
Aug 9, 2012
Jenna Covey liked Corey McCarren's blog post 'GovBytes: State governments begin focusing on website analytics'
Aug 6, 2012
Jon P. Bird commented on Corey McCarren's blog post 'Do TV Sitcoms give Public Servants a Bad Rap?'
"Cliff Clavin may be a bureaucrat, but he is spot on about beer and brain cells!"
Aug 2, 2012
Corey McCarren replied to Andrew Krzmarzick's discussion 'If You Did What You Did in Private Sector, Would You Be Paid More?'
"It's difficult for me to say, but I do know that I have a friend who is deputy director of public relations for a town and is getting paid less than what my starting salary will be doing PR and marketing for a private company in September. He…"
Jul 25, 2012
Corey McCarren commented on Steve Cottle's blog post 'Announcing the GovLoop Leadership Guide'
"Great to see the new guide! Good job, GovLoop."
Jul 18, 2012
Corey McCarren liked David B. Grinberg's blog post 'Talking to Reporters: Ten Tips'
Jul 18, 2012
Corey McCarren commented on Corey McCarren's blog post 'Do TV Sitcoms give Public Servants a Bad Rap?'
"I must say, the more I watch the show the more I see a positive light on government workers - in particular Leslie Knope. She came off as just foolish at first, but her character is much more intelligent later on in the series, and when she takes…"
Jul 14, 2012
Eric Koch commented on Corey McCarren's blog post 'Do TV Sitcoms give Public Servants a Bad Rap?'
"Enjoyed your post Corey, and reading the comments too. I do find such shows to be comical. I personally felt that Newman from Seinfeld did give the mail carrier industry a bad rap at times. His character however, was still funny. I tend to find that…"
Jul 13, 2012
Eric Koch liked Corey McCarren's blog post 'Do TV Sitcoms give Public Servants a Bad Rap?'
Jul 13, 2012
Emily Landsman commented on Corey McCarren's blog post 'Do TV Sitcoms give Public Servants a Bad Rap?'
"Councilwoman-elect Knope is eternally upbeat. While constantly frustrated with the roadblocks she encountered as a worker bee, she believed enough in public office to make the leap from employee to elected official to make her city better. I am…"
Jul 13, 2012
Eric Erickson commented on Corey McCarren's blog post 'Do TV Sitcoms give Public Servants a Bad Rap?'
"The fact that 'Parks & Recreation' plays on preconceived stereotypes is exactly what makes it SO funny. The bottom line is that there ARE government employees who mirror those on that show - just as there are douchebag…"
Jul 10, 2012
Elizabeth Zelman commented on Corey McCarren's blog post 'Do TV Sitcoms give Public Servants a Bad Rap?'
"I've also recently discovered Parks and Recreation and I'm already a huge fan. Although I do work in the private sector, my job brings me into contact with a multitude of government workers. I don't think the show intends to produce a…"
Jul 9, 2012
Samuel Lovett liked Corey McCarren's blog post 'So long and thanks for all the fish!'
Jul 9, 2012

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So long and thanks for all the fish!

Posted on July 6, 2012 at 3:00pm 3 Comments

Today is my last day as a GovLoop fellow; it's been awesome, and I'm hoping to stay active in the GovLoop community.

I've learned much about marketing analytics during my time here and have significantly improved my writing skills. The opportunity to help write the social media section of the Communications Guide and writing the Federal Buzz for the Washington Post have been among my favorite parts of the fellowship. Also, meeting those in and around government, as well as my…


Do TV Sitcoms give Public Servants a Bad Rap?

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 12:30pm 16 Comments

Lately I've become obsessed with the show Parks and Recreation. I think it's hysterical -- and maybe part of that is because I work around government, and can relate the characters to people I've met. But it does make me wonder, is the show reinforcing negative stereotypes about government? For example:

1) Leslie Knope is a bright eyed bureaucrat, trying extraordinarily hard to make positive change for the City of Pawnee. However, she's discovered the pitfalls of endless…


GovBytes: Social Media a Major Campaign Tool for Political Candidates

Posted on July 2, 2012 at 11:00am 4 Comments

Social media has become a major influencer in the way candidates campaign. Newark's Cory Booker has over one million followers, and is one of the best examples of a politician successfully utilizing social media. On New Years Eve in 2010, Mayor Booker even responded to a grandson tweeting about his grandfather who needed his driveway shoveled. Booker tweeted "I will do it myself; where does he live?" And shovel Booker did, with a handful of other volunteers.



SINET helps address cybersecurity by increasing collaboration

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Cybersecurity is a big deal, especially after the revelations of the role of the United States behind Stuxnet and the Flame virus. We've learned that cyber-infrastructure isn't particularly well protected, and the Security Innovation Network (SINET) is looking to change that through collaboration. Robert Rodriguez of SINET spoke with Chris Dorobek of the…


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At 2:46pm on May 29, 2012, Susan Lizee said…

Thanks, Corey!  Appreciate the links!!

At 12:32pm on May 24, 2012, Laura Knudsen said…

Thank you, Corey!!! Have a fabulous Thursday.

At 12:19pm on May 23, 2012, Lee Tilton said…

Thanks Corey!

At 10:33am on May 15, 2012, Kristina Lynn Roenigk said…

Thank you Corey! I'm glad to be on here and the tips are appreciated.  I look forward to further discussions.

At 9:32pm on April 17, 2012, Rebecca Callahan said…

Thank you Corey. I was a bit nervous getting started here. I've been in NYC since becoming a Federal employee and the majority of potential network professionals for public affairs professionals here have largely appeared to have bureaucratic malaise overall; many feeling no need to expand or learn. So my goal of getting to know more government communications professionals has been hard to achieve. When a close contemporary and friend at DOD mentioned GovLoop I was caught my attention quickly. Thank you for the suggestions and I’ll definitely explore the links you suggested.

At 2:21pm on April 17, 2012, Lillian Coleman said…

Hi Corey,

Glad to be here.  Thank you for the tips!


At 4:05pm on April 3, 2012, Susan Murphy said…

Thanks for the note.

At 12:53pm on March 30, 2012, Frances E. White said…

Hi Corey,


Thanks for the information!  I will check out the links you've provided.  First...I must finish synthesizing the document I have been working on......  :)

Enjoy the weekend!


At 1:43pm on March 20, 2012, William Cahillane said…

How do we share up-coming webinars with the GL community or groups within ?

At 12:03pm on March 19, 2012, Maggie York said…

Thanks for your note, Corey! How is it that folks are finding me on here and friending me? Just wondering...thanks again, Maggie


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