Monday, August 4, 2014

Makeup of the Federal Communicators Network: Tap into a Wealth of Knowledge and Experience


Posted by: Debra Harris, FCN Leadership Team and Public Affairs Specialist at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service

Digital content management, that’s what 25% of FCN members do as their primary job function. Publishing website content, social media posts and email marketing are tasks that require members to stay abreast of the latest trends in the digital world. FCN regularly hosts training events and socials as a means to help individuals grow in these areas.

We also have members writing and editing, working with media and creating both internal and external communications for their agency. Earlier this year, 115 members answered survey questions aimed at providing the leadership team insight into the demographics of the group.

FCN is made up of employees from 54 federal agencies. Health and Human Services, General Services Administration, the US Geological Survey, Defense Department, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice and the Department of Veterans Affairs to name a few.

We have members scattered throughout the United States in Seattle, Atlanta, Indianapolis and Louisville. But it’s no surprise that the majority of our members reside in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia area.

Our listserv is the primary means for members to reach out and share knowledge, ask questions and engage in the community. 30% of our members have more than 20 years experience working in communications. Another 42% have between 10-20 years in the field. That’s a wealth of knowledge to tap into!

The leadership team learned that a majority of our members get FCN news from the weekly newsletter via the listserv. We have more than 1,500 Twitter followers and over 380 LinkedIn members getting our news also.

If you aren’t already reading our blog site, bookmark it to stay informed of upcoming events. There is never a cost to attend and membership is free. We’ll continue to bring training on social media, metrics, plain language and video producing as requested.

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