Category: Communication Breakdown

Inclusive Writing – A Style Guide

Kylie Bayer-Fertterer, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (LinkedIn, Twitter) What I’m Listening To: In My Feelings by Drake, gotta practice for the challenge… What I’m Watching: Luke Cage What I’m Reading: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt What I’m Doing: At work, 1,000,000 recruitments. At home, refinishing my garage with my husband … Continued

Like My Facebook Page, Please

Right Now with Kent Wyatt, ELGL Co-Founder What I Am Hearing: Michael Jordan whine from having a few teeth extracted. What I Am Reading: Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South What I Am Listening To: Motion Sickness by Phoebe Bridgers What I Am Thinking: Funfetti … Continued

Designing a Social Media Super Hero

FEBRUARY 2, 2015 BY ELGL Recent Knope of the Week receipient Kim Ervin returns with tips for becoming a successful social media manager. Designing a Social Media Super Hero By: Kim Ervin (LinkedIn and Twitter), Pyramid Communications “What are the qualities that make a successful social media manager?” This is a question that I hear often. Maybe your social media was started by … Continued

How to Write an Irresistible Press Release AND Get It Noticed

OCTOBER 24, 2016 BY ELGL Angelica Wedell brings more than eight years of experience in multimedia communications to her role as marketing and business development coordinator and editor-in-chief of The Civil Review at National Research Center, Inc (NRC).   By Angelica Wedell – LinkedIn, Twitter, Website The matters of local government are solid, hard news to local media outlets.  City plans, … Continued

The Rest of the Story on Route Fifty with Michael Grass

APRIL 10, 2015 BY ELGL Introducing Route Fifty ELGL loves local government news. That’s one of the reasons we’re excited that Government Executive is re-launching its state and local channel as Route Fifty. In relaunching the channel, Government Executive is devoting more resources to covering local government news. We interviewed Michael Grass, executive editor of Atlantic Media’s Route Fifty, who … Continued

Rest of the Story: The Portland Blotter War

FEBRUARY 13, 2014 BY BEN KITTELSON The #BlotterWar Every Wednesday local reporters for the cities of Lake Oswego, West Linn, and Tigard take to Twitter to compete in an epic showdown of small police calls.  This weekly blotter war gives each reporter a chance to show off the silliest police calls from that week.  Using the hashtag #BlotterWar each … Continued

Trending Now! Finalist: City of Kansas City, MO

JUNE 29, 2016 BY ELGL Let’s meet our Trending Now! finalists. We started with the City of Hamilton, OH, today we visit Kansas City, MO.  Hat tip to Mark Van Baale for coordinating the city’s response. The 4-1-1 on Kansas City, MO KC Biz Journal: Two metro cities make it to final four in social media competition From Mayor Sly James to … Continued

Finalists for the Local Government Social Media Awards

The University of Oregon’s School of PPPM Local Government Social Media Awards (LGSMA) are showcasing the best of public sector social media. The awards are part of a graduate student project in the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon—in the course PPPM 633: Public Management. The students use the awards … Continued

Getting Elected Officials To Buy In On Social Media

Jennifer Davies is the Public Information Officer/Social Media Manager for the City of Las Vegas, Nevada. She won the Traeger Award in 2016 and 2017. Her article – We Want Our Own Facebook Page! – was one of the top 10 most viewed articles on ELGL.org in 2017.  Getting elected officials to buy in on social media … Continued

I Have to Ask: What’s the Future of Local Government Websites?

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week Patrick Rollens, City of Corvallis, Oregon, writes about the future of local government websites. If you’re like me, you probably know at least one or two people at work who can remember your organization’s first website: … Continued

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