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NAGC Government Communicators' Biweekly Update

Aug. 9, 2016

July 26, 2016

July 12, 2016
June 28, 2016


NAGC announces Encore!
A new webinar miniseries featuring top-rated speakers from the 2016 NAGC Communications School. No cost to members and Communications School attendees. Only $49 for nonmembers. learn more

NAGC Encore! Webinar
Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT
"The Plain Skinny on Plain Language"

Presented by
Wendy Wagner-Smith, Training Coordinator, Federal Plain Language Action and Information Network; Marketing Director, NAGC

Whether you’re a public affairs officer, videographer, web designer, or writer-editor, you can use the Federal Plain Language Guidelines to become a better communicator. Get an overview of plain language principles and how you can put them to work. You’ll leave excited to tackle your next assignment! member registration | non-member registration | Learn more about Encore!

Scenes from the 2016
NAGC Communications School

In a general session on June 8, 2016, Karen Terrill, Crisis Communications Trainer, Media Survival Group, delivered a presentation on “Israel to Boston: Crisis Communications Learned in a War Zone.”

Dr. James Toscano, President, Dots Matter, Inc., spoke on “Beyond Engagement: Public Organizations and Social Media Legitimacy,” June 9, 2016, at the NAGC 2016 Communications School.


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View or download photos from the NAGC 2016 Communications School

On the NAGC Shutterfly share site, you can view or download photos at NO charge. To download, you'll need to sign up for a free account, but you are not required to buy anything. There are two albums with 2016 photos, one album (18 photos) with Communications School photos and one album (54 photos) with Award presentation photos.

John Verrico, Chief of Media Relations, Science & Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security, and now Immediate Past President of NAGC, moderated a panel of major media recruiters and journalism educators on “The Future of Journalism,” June 8, 2016.


NAGC Announces 2016 Blue Pencil & Gold Screens Awards Competition Winners; Oregon Department of Transportation Awarded Best in Show


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The National Association of Government Communicators announced the winners of the 2016 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition, during a July 8 ceremony in Washington, D.C. The Oregon Department of Transportation earned best in show for “Pioneering a 21st Century Way to Pay for our Highways, (OReGO)” submitted in the Branding/Rebranding Campaign category. The NAGC Board of Directors selected the best in show from all entries that earned a first place.


“Every year, the NAGC Board of Directors reviews each of the first place winners across all categories of the Blue Pencil and Gold Screen award winners, and we struggle to decide which of these superior products reflects the best of the best. The OReGO project stood out as epitomizing a multi-platform, multi-discipline approach to government communication, that had great results,” said NAGC President John S. Verrico.


More than 265 entries in 41 categories were received and judged by the prestigious panel of experts and merited a total of 40 First Place, 37 Second Place, and 50 Awards of Excellence. County, city or regional government agencies had 40 winning entries, and 30 winners were from state agencies. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California garnered 10 and eight awards respectively, more than any other of the competing organizations.

Are You a Government Communicator?

The National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) is the only professional organization devoted exclusively to the professional development of communications experts at all levels of government – federal, tribal, state, and local.


We are:

  • Public Information/Public Affairs Officers
  • Spokespersons
  • Web Content Developers
  • Social Media Managers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Speechwriters
  • Marketing Communications Specialists
  • Writers, Editors, and Editorial Assistants
  • Photographers
  • Strategic Communications Experts, and more!.

We provide:

  • Networking opportunities
  • High quality educational programs geared specifically toward Government Communicators at The Annual Communications School
  • Free online training with our Webinar Wednesdays
  • Recognition for the best in government communications through our Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards
  • Discounted rates on the Annual Communications School and the Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards entries


Join now to be part of a professional network that provides professional support and ongoing training to boost careers for government communications experts.