Posts By Glen Thomas

Kerri Richardson named NAGC Communicator of the Year

The National Association of Government Communicators selected Kerri Richardson, Director of Communications at the Kentucky Governor’s Office, as the NAGC 2014 Communicator of the Year. Richardson was selected for the award by a panel of NAGC judges for her ability to communicate Kentucky’s decision to expand Medicaid and launch their own, state-based Affordable Care ActRead… Read more »

Communicating Europe through the inter-agency approach:

How to navigate the swamps and paradoxes a special guest post by Vincenzo Le Voci, Secretary-General of the European Union’s Club of Venice Europe’s great project was founded in the aftermath of two global conflicts to achieve one great ambition: a better Europe, enshrined with democratic rights and values to be enjoyed by every oneRead… Read more »

The case for conferences — your professional development

If you are a Government employee, chances are you’re a bit frustrated by recent restrictions on travel and attendance at conferences, workshops and other professional development opportunities. No one argues the fact that spending needs to be constrained, but the easy-button, low-hanging fruit model of reductions is short sighted and damaging to a staff’s proficiency.Read… Read more »

Survey: The state of digital communications in government

Dear Communicators, Do you use digital media as a communications tool for internal or external audiences? If so, your participation in a survey on how government departments and agencies, throughout North America, are using digital communications. The National Association of Government Communicators, FedInsider, and Adobe have partnered to conduct this survey, which will explore use,Read… Read more »

Call for judges for the 2014 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards

The competitions chairperson for the National Association of Government Communicators’ Annual Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards, seeks your help in judging entries from throughout the United States submitted by communicators in local, state, federal and military organizations. Each year we receive more than 300 entries in 41 award categories. That kind of participation createsRead… Read more »

Call for Entries: NAGC 2014 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition

Are you an employee or contractor who has produced a communication product for a Federal, military, state, regional, county or other government entity? Would you and your team enjoy seeing your products recognized for their excellence and impact? Then this is the competition for you! Be recognized! Enter your product in the NAGC 2014 BlueRead… Read more »

Proof of Concept

Posted by John Verrico. Pre-established relationships between reporters and agency spokespersons are never so important as when something goes awry, a piece of equipment you’re demonstrating suddenly doesn’t work, or someone does or says something unexpected. It is truly an “oh, s#*t!” moment when, at a press event, someone makes a statement to reporters thatRead… Read more »

Government Shutdown Proves to be Formidable Hurdle for Communicators

However long this government shutdown lasts, one thing is certain: this is a huge challenge for government communicators. Many are currently on furlough, making their ability to respond to communications issues nearly impossible. Some communications channels have shut down completely, but there are still many essential employees going about their business (though the workplace isRead… Read more »

Another historic moment in South Eastern Europe

Earlier today our fellow government communicators in the nation states of South Eastern Europe established the first not-for-profit professional association in the region dedicated to advancing the government communications profession. The South Eastern Europe Public Sector Communication Association (SEECOM) will formalize the international partnership among senior public sector communicators that began at the South EasternRead… Read more »

Setting the stage for success!

Those of you who attended the National Association of Government Communicators 2013 Communications School will undoubtedly remember the presentation from Vuk Vujnović, Acting Director of the Public Relations Bureau for the Government of Montenegro. He is leading an effort to establish open and transparent government in South Eastern Europe’s nation states and has created theRead… Read more »