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Featured Member of the Month


Dave Hebert

leads internal and audio-visual communication at the U.S. Geological Survey, including strategy, messaging, policy, standards, and tactics. His job is to help USGS leadership and employees connect with each other through open and useful channels of communication, and to help the USGS use video, audio, and graphic design to convey its mission to internal and external audiences. He’s been with the USGS since 2003, and has also co-chaired the Federal Communicators Network and is a senior fellow in the Partnership for Public Service's Excellence in Government program.

The USGS is the Nation’s largest earth science agency and provides information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information.

Be sure to read Dave's post, "2015: The Year of No Excuses," on NAGC's Adventures in Government Communications here.

Here's an interesting global fact...

 

Australia Day is the official national day of Australia, celebrated annually on January 26th, marking the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and raising of the Flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip. In contemporary Australia, celebrations reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation, and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new immigrants into the Australian community.

 

NAGC 2015 Communications School

June 2-4, 2015
Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel, Memphis, Tennessee

Reserve exhibit space now: Exhibitors Prospectus & Floorplan

 

Call for Speakers

Call for Speakers: NAGC is looking for half-day pre-conference training workshops, plenary speakers and 60-minute breakout session presentations for the 2015 Communications School. NAGC will continue to consider speaker applications until the program is filled.Downloads: Call for Speakers | Speaker Information Form


Call for Nominations: NAGC 2015 Communicator of the Year

Downloads: Call for Nominations | Official Nomination Form

Nominations Deadline: Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

Nominations are now open for the National Association of Government Communicator’s most prestigious award: “Communicator of the Year.” Eligible nominees must have communicated the message for a government entity’s project/incident during the 2014 calendar year. Find out more.


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A look back as we look ahead to 2015

A retrospective from NAGC President John Verrico

 

Six months ago, when I took the oath of office as president of the National Association of Government Communicators, I promised to work toward the betterment of the government communication professions. When I first learned of the existence of NAGC nearly 10 years ago, I immediately saw the benefit of being part of such an organization where I could network with and learn from my fellow professionals, and also to share some of the things I experienced in my own career.


Perhaps I found this so valuable because of my prior experience as a military public affairs specialist. For my entire 9+ years on active duty and my first Navy Reserve assignment, I was the only public affairs professional for my organization. I did not work with another person in my career field, had no one to ask for advice when faced with a challenging issue, and had nothing to measure my performance against. I had no idea if I was doing things correctly, if I could improve what I was doing, or if I was making major mistakes. It was nearly 12 years before I worked in a Navy organization that had more than a one-person public affairs shop. My first civilian public affairs position was with state government in Maryland, and even though there was a small communications team, I had an independent duty assignment in a field office for the first couple of years. read more