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    ComNet15: San Diego September 30-October 2

    The Communications Network will host its 2015 annual conference in San Diego, California at the Loews Coronado Bay from September 30-October 2, 2015.

    The Network expects to host 450+ senior nonprofit and foundation professionals from across the social sector for 3 days of learning, networking and idea sharing related to strategic communications.

    For more about The Network’s ComNet conferences, please see our ComNet14 Schedule from Philadelphia to see breakout sessions, keynote speakers and related events or read the Storify here. ComNet14 featured Terry Gross from NPR’s Fresh Air, Ezra Klein of Vox.com, crisis communications guru Judy Smith and BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith.

    Previous ComNet keynotes have included Ira Glass from This American Life, David Simon (creator of The Wire),  Ken Auletta of The New Yorker, author Junot Diaz, Maria Hinojosa of PBS, Los Angeles Times columnist and author Steve Lopez and Eli Pariser of Upworthy.

    Interested in who attends ComNet? See a list of our 2014 attendees here.

    You can view photos from ComNet14 here.

    Early registration for ComNet15 in San Diego will open in June 2015.

    Interested in sponsoring ComNet15? Please email info@comnetwork.org

    Not yet a member of The Communications Network? Learn about The Network here.

    Join here.

    Bookmark this page. More details on ComNet15 soon… 


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    Get Your Organization’s Communications Motor Running


    • If nonprofits are going to succeed, they have to be strategic about how they use communication. They need to have a clear sense of who they are and why their mission matters and how to successfully convey that to their audiences. They need to embed effective communication throughout the organization and have the systems and discipline to measure the results.
    • SmartScan™ is a free online tool to help nonprofits and foundations assess where they are poised to be communication powerhouses and where they have room to improve. Users answer a series of questions about their organization’s current practices and receive a tailored report detailing where they can focus attention to improve their communication.
    • Participants will need to take a hard look at organizational materials and systems and engage their colleagues in the process. The payoff is a clearer understanding of what the organization is doing well and should keep doing and where more communication capacity or resources will enable it to create a bigger impact.

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    A Most Violent Year:
    Eric Antebi Talks to Lori Dorfman of Berkeley Media Studies Group on 2014, the media & violence

    A culture of violence is the antithesis to a Culture of Health. As The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s CEO Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey recently said in a speech to the American Public Health Association, “We will never be a healthy nation, if we continue to be a violent one.

    Violence is always in the news. But 2014 saw several high profile stories about violence dominating news cycles, including major stories about child abuse (Adrian Peterson), intimate partner violence (Ray Rice), sexual assault on college campus, and, of course, the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York.

    Because media coverage influences the social and political response to violence in America, I wanted to hear from Lori Dorfman, who directs the Berkeley Media Studies Group. She has spent decades monitoring how the media cover violence and other public health issues, helping public health advocates work with journalists, and helping journalists improve their coverage. The following is an excerpt of my interview with her.

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  • WEBINAR REPLAY: Big Ideas for Short Videos

    Foundations and their grantees are increasingly producing effective multimedia as audiences have become more sophisticated. And often, they are producing highly entertaining or emotionally impactful videos for relatively little money. For foundations and nonprofits, the question is no longer “Should we be producing multimedia?” but “How do we?” Human Rights Watch and the Ford Foundation, winners of Webby Awards and a Peabody Award, share tips including how to bring big ideas to short videos, how to tailor your message to diverse audiences, and why you shouldn’t work with creatives who only work with foundations.

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    WEBINAR: The PDF Is the Enemy (Replay)


    • PDFs present challenges like the inability to select text, formatting limitations, and the inability to export charts and tables.
    • To make PDFs more usable, provide download links to data, incorporate data portals, and create HTML/CSS tables that link back to original data.
    • Look to peers in the field to see examples of best practices and models for releasing data in a shareable way.

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