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Judy Pedersen

is currently the Public Information Officer at the Fairfax County Park Authority in Virginia, a post she has held for 15 years. Previous to this, she served as the Director of Communications for Anne Arundel County, Md. Her communications background is in radio and newspapers, as well as a short stint in cable television. Pedersen has worked as a radio news reporter, editor of a small town newspaper, wire service stringer, talk show host, and voiceover artist. Her studies have included graduation from broadcasting school as well as work at American University in Washington, D.C.; St. Mary’s College of Maryland and currently, the University of Maryland University College. She makes her home in Solomons Island, Md.


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


Registration is open for our next NAGC Webinar:
"Chaos to Collaboration: A New Paradigm for Public Engagement"

presented by Larry Schooler on Dec 10, 2014, 2:00 PM EST

Register Here | After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Does the idea of a 'public meeting' strike fear in your heart? Are you responsible for public engagement and outreach but find it difficult to involve a broad cross-section of the population in key decisions of your organization? Join us as we explore cutting-edge tools and strategies for engaging the public with Larry Schooler, the immediate past president of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2USA) and a senior fellow at the Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas. Larry will offer tips and describe techniques that can both make the 'public meeting' more powerful and productive as well as deliver a clear sense of community sentiment by reaching a broader audience. If you have specific questions or topics you want Larry to cover, email him at or call or text him at 512-387-4876.


NAGC Webinar: "Siteimprove: Content Governance Webinar"
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST

Please join NAGC for "Siteimprove: Content Governance." During this complimentary webinar, we will answer these important questions: What is web content governance? What policies and procedures should be in place to guide web content contributors? What do you do with all that data from Google Analytics? Whether you are one person or a multi-person team, your online presence needs to have a strategy. Josh Ditthardt, Team Government Manager with Siteimprove, is an expert on the subject of web content governance. Spend some time with Josh to learn more about this topic that is growing in popularity in the web world!


Register today for our FREE Webinar: "How to Win a Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award"

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

(Oct. 2, 2014) Award judges will share tips, personal secrets, and examples of winning entries.


NAGC Is Seeking Judges for the 2015 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition

(Oct. 1, 2014) Find out about the benefits of serving as an Awards Judge, and download the application form here. Deadline for volunteering as a judge is Dec. 31, 2014.


NAGC Releases Call for Entries: 2015 NAGC Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition

(Sept. 29, 2014) Download the Call for Entries Brochure for the 2015 NAGC Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition. Be recognized! Enter your product in the NAGC 2015 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition.

This annual international awards program recognizes superior government communication products and those who produce them. We continue to listen to feedback from our industry to ensure that our categories reflect the changing face of communications.

Complete details about the competition and information about past award winners are posted here.


NAGC Installs New Officers; Board of Directors Will Lead National Association of Government Communicators


NAGC Publishes 2014 Trends & Salary Survey Report


NAGC Announces 2014 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition Winners; Rocky View County Communications Awarded Best in Show


Syracuse University Releases New Report of Interest to Government Communicators

(June 9, 2014) Syracuse University has published "A Manager’s Guide to Assessing the Impact of Government Social Media Interactions," a report that aims to help managers understand the tools that agencies are using to determine if their social media efforts are advancing their strategic goals.

NAGC HQ Hosts Delegation from China,
Featuring Presentation by NAGC President-Elect

On Jan. 15, 2014, NAGC Headquarters hosted a delegation from Guandong Department Establishment Office in China. This delegation, composed primarily of government employees, is in the United States to complete a training program about U.S. government and public administration. They were invited to NAGC to learn more about government-media relations, including topics such as U.S. government media communication strategy and legislation about the disclosure of government information.

NAGC President-Elect John Verrico provided the delegation with a general overview of what U.S. government communicators do, explaining how they interact with the public and the media and how they use social media. He also presented an overview about NAGC, described its Communications School and Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition, and explained the social media outlets used by NAGC (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and blogging).

The group expressed a lot of interest in how a nonprofit organizations gets recognized by the U.S. government. This visit was supposed by NAGC Headquarters staff, including Michelle Savoie, CMP, NAGC Associate Director, and Sherry Meyers, NAGC Exhibit/Sponsor Coordinator.