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    These People and Over 300 Others Will Be At Our Fall Conference

    Conference Sold Out-But We Have A Waiting List

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    Our Fall 2013 conference kicks off Wednesday evening, Oct. 2 in New Orleans and runs through Friday at noon. We’re expecting more than 325 people to another sold-out event.

    Here’s an overview of the conference:

    A stellar line up of plenary speakers for Thursday and Friday.

    simon_caaspeakers_photo_web David Simon is the executive producer, writer and creator of the HBO series “Treme,” which is set in New Orleans, and previously he was the creator, show runner, executive producer and head writer of the other HBO hit series, “The Wire.”

    mhinojosa-11-1-150x150Maria Hinojosa is the anchor and executive producer of her own long-running weekly NPR show, Latino USA, and anchor of the Emmy Award-winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One. In April 2010, she launched The Futuro Media Group with the mission to produce multi-platform, community-based journalism.sullivan2

    Andrew Sullivan, a Newsweek and Daily Beast contributor, was one of the first journalists to experiment with blogging. He now writes 250 to 300 posts per week for The Dish.

    Screen Shot 2013-05-06 at 9.14.40 AMJunot Diaz is the author of the critically acclaimed DrownThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist.

    Fifteen breakout sessions.
    Breakouts cover a range of topics–everything from how to work effectively with your program colleagues, to tips on making better use of video, to advice on building a winning communications strategy, to new insights on branding.

    (See session list here.)

    A series of pre-conference training workshops, taught by experts in the Communications Network.
    The sessions listed below are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. They will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2.  There is an additional $100 fee for members and $150 for non-members.

    • Brains, Behavior Change, and Social Good: A Practitioner’s Guide
    • Data-Driven Communications: Analytics/Tools for Strategic Planning, Message Development & Evaluation
    • Visual Storytelling
    • Getting Going with Mobile (aka What Your Users Really Want!)
    • Keeping it Fresh: A Baker’s Dozen Tips for Today’s Media Relations

    (See full training descriptions here.)

    In addition to all that, there will be plenty of time to meet and network with friends and colleagues throughout the event, starting with an open house on Wednesday evening.

    If you have questions, please email info@comnetwork.org or call (212) 731-2268.

    See you in New Orleans in October.

    Junot Diaz Photo: Nina Subin

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    DIY Communications: When is It Time to Pull Out the Toolbox?

    Guest Post: Regan Gruber Moffitt

    After many months of talking about a major home remodel, my husband announced one April morning, “We’re starting today!” Those words still ring in my ears more than a year later. You see, I was eight months pregnant. The next five weeks would be some of the most memorable – and miserable – I’ve had. The story has a happy ending of completed tile, cabinets and paint at least a few days before the baby arrived, but its twists and turns brought on by the bad timing are a cautionary tale for those taking on do-it-yourself (DIY) projects of any kind.

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    Tapping The Power Of The Hidden Brain (VIDEO)

    How do your target audiences decide to listen to you or not? How can understanding the decision-making process make you smarter and more effective in your communications?

    To help answer those questions, we invited Shankar Vedantam, a science correspondent for NPR, and author of The Hidden Brain: How our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars and Save Our Lives, as the most recent speaker in our Science of Communications Series, co-sponsored by Spitfire Strategies.

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    Pinterest in Seven Easy Steps – Oh How Pinteresting!

    The following post originally appeared on the blog of Full Court Press Communications.

    Guest Post: Zoe Woodcraft and Edit Ruano

    Recently, we’ve had a number of clients ask us how they can create Pinterest pages that engage their followers and allow them to put their best foot forward. Pinterest, now the 16th most popular website in the U.S., is a growing social media power, especially among women between 25 and 54. For us, the key to a successful Pinterest page is to think visually and to be prepared.

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    A Quick Word With…

    In this installment of A Quick Word With… we talk with Bill Wright, vice president, outreach and advocacy, America’s Promise Alliance.

    What is a recent communications success of which you are particularly proud?

    We just released the updated Grad Nation Community Guidebook, an online resource that provides research-based guidance, reference material and tools that will help communities raise high school graduation rates and better prepare young people for success. It’s already been mentioned in Education Week; more important, it’s going to be great way to share knowledge with people around the country and to get their feedback on what works for them.

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