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

A Highlight from the upcoming NAGC Communications

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

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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