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Featured Member of the Month

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.

In 1901, the first transatlantic radio signal was transmitted by Guglielmo Marconi from Cornwall, England, to St. John's, Newfoundland. Since then the radio has become an important communication tool throughout the world.


Today radio remains a key channel for sharing information and promoting product. While traditional radio stations struggle to attract younger consumers/listeners, many are embracing streaming radio as a means to capture this key demographic. For the government communicator, radio is one of the often overlooked means of reaching a target audience. Let’s not forget the power of “free” radio! Take advantage of live or recorded news programs in your local market. If you don’t know which stations offer this service, check here to see what's available in your state!


NAGC Webinar: "Dealing with Difficult Audiences"
Jan. 13, 2015, 2:00-3:00 pm EST
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! Don't miss "Dealing with Difficult Audiences," an NAGC webinar scheduled for Jan. 13, 2015. Larry Tracy, a retired Army colonel and author of the highly acclaimed book The Shortcut to Persuasive Presentations, will demonstrate the real-world persuasive techniques that caused president Ronald Reagan to call him “an extraordinarily effective speaker.” You’ll learn how to win over audiences that would rather jeer than cheer.

NAGC members who attended the 2014 NAGC Communications School in Washington DC certainly benefited from Larry's standing room-only presentation on “Briefing the Boss.” Those signing up for this webinar will likewise gain skills they can put to use immediately.

> Registration is free for NAGC Members! Login to the members only section of the website to register for the webinar.

> $49 for non-members. Register by Jan. 12, 2015, by downloading this form. Once registration is received, you will be sent instructions for joining the Jan. 13 webinar.

Call for Speakers
NAGC 2015 Communications School

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

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

Call for Entries: NAGC 2015 Blue Pencil &
Gold Screen Awards
Download the Call for Entries Brochure

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.Final Submission Deadline: Jan. 16, 2015

Call for Judges: 2015 Blue Pencil &
Gold Screen Awards Competition

Download the Call for 2015 Award Judges
and Judges Application Form

Judges Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2014

Picture yourself as a judge for the NAGC Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards! Judging is an honor and a benefit. Find out why.