(The Communications Network is introducing a new series that invites you to share tools you use–especially the ones you love–to help make your jobs easier. Let us know about tools you love by sending a brief writeup to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To kick things off, we’re sharing our experiences with an online transcription service we just discovered.)
We Love Rev
When the Communications Network set out to find a service to transcribe our new SmartCast interviews, we had two basic requirements: fast and inexpensive. After doing some searching online and reading recommendations, we decided to go with a service called Rev.com.
Guest Post: Nolan Haims
One of the most important communication books of the last number of years was quietly released in February. It is so far flying rather under the radar, but it has significant and immediate implications nonprofits and foundations.
The book is a tactical one on how to use a piece of software, but it directly addresses a challenge that organizations face on a daily basis: how to effectively and properly create written material for stakeholders using everyone’s default tool: PowerPoint.
Guest Post: Brett Davidson
Online video is becoming increasingly important as a communications medium, and video is predicted to make up the vast majority of internet traffic in the next few years. Many foundations fund advocacy videos produced by their grantees, or produce videos themselves — but all too often good and even powerful videos languish on YouTube and other platforms, with only a handful of views. And even if decent numbers of people do watch the video, not enough of them go on to take action or get involved.
Post by: Paul VanDeCarr
Meet Helvetika Bold, a superhero who champions for social justice using powerful words to break the grip of villains like Mindset and his weapon the dominant narrative! She is the public face of Vision, Values and Voice, a comic-book style communications toolkit from the Opportunity Agenda designed to help social justice advocates win victories in the world of 21st-century movements and media.