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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.


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NAGC Call for Entries in the 2015 NAGC Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition Closed on Jan. 23, 2015

(Jan. 24, 2015) The extended entry deadline for the 2015 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition has passsed, and no further entries will be accepted for the 2015 Awards Competition.


NAGC Extends Deadline for Entries in the 2015 NAGC Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition

(Jan. 16, 2015) The entry deadline for the 2015 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition has been extended to Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.


NAGC 2015 Communications School Registration Fees

(Jan. 16, 2015) The registration fees for the 2015 NAGC Communications School have been posted here.


NAGC Webinar: "Dealing with Difficult Audiences"

(Jan. 13, 2015) The video and slides from this webinar, which was held on Jan. 13, 2015, are posted in the members only area on the NAGC Webinars page.

Have you ever presented to an audience that didn't want to hear your message, or perhaps simply couldn't understand your message? You're not alone! Larry Tracy, a retired Army colonel and author of the highly acclaimed book, The Shortcut to Persuasive Presentations, demonstrated the real-world persuasive techniques that caused president Ronald Reagan to call him “an extraordinarily effective speaker.” If you missed the webinar, you can download the video and slides here.


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. Additional criteria include:

  • The individual must have generated substantial media coverage for her/his government entity.
  • The individual must have been in compliance with the NAGC Code of Ethics in performing government duties with truth, accuracy, fairness, responsibility and accountability to the public.
  • The individual may be an NAGC member or non-member. (NAGC National Board members are ineligible.)


Are you interested in serving as a judge for the
2015 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards Competition?

(Jan. 5, 2015) Find out about the benefits of serving as an Awards Judge, and download the application form here. The deadline for volunteering as a judge has been extended to Jan. 15, 2015.


NAGC 2015 Communications School Exhibitors: Reserve your space now!
Downloads: Exhibitors Prospectus & Form (writable PDF) | Exhibit Floorplan

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.