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
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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