Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Update your media list: Doug Hill to WGTS

New transportation pilot to launch soon in Wards 4, 7, and 8

The Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) will launch the Neighborhood Ride Service By Taxis (NRS) ― to provide more transportation options in the traditionally underserved Wards 4, 7, and 8 ― by September 30.   Cabs (8-seat shuttles) will travel a fixed route in each ward.   Passengers can get on and off anywhere along the route; the cost is $5 and payment can be made with cash or credit card.

DFHV wants feedback from the public on the proposed routes (pptx).

While the agency did study the underserved areas to determine the route, they want input from residents.   To comment on the route, go to the DFVH feedback page Tell Us What You Think, click on the "What do you think of the Neighborhood Ride Service By Taxis?" option (the last on the list as is shown in the orange box below), and then select "open in a new window-->."

My recommendations to the Department of For-Hire Vehicles are to post the route document in PDF since not everyone has PowerPoint and to get rid of the blurry images and replace them with ones which are readable.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Highlights of the week of August 29 in Wards 7 and 8

View the entire Wards 7 and 8 Community Calendar.

Parents, take the annual OSSE survey

Neibauer promoted, building permit blog no more

And, of course, the news that precipitated the end of the blog: Michael Neibauer promoted at WBJ.   Congrats Michael!

TA: Tools to share quotes

Thursday, August 25, 2016

August 27 and 28 in Wards 7 and 8

Take a look at the entire Wards 7 and 8 Community Calendar; see what's up and learn how to submit events.

"The Internet and You": New resource for teachers, others to use with kids

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University recently released The Internet and You, a set of new educational resources for children in grades 1-3 (release and links).

This is a free resource for teachers and others who work with children, such as those in OST programs.

According to the release,

"Young learners today are surrounded by digital technologies, but often they haven't had the guidance in basic best practices that can help keep their online experiences positive," said Berkman Klein Fellow and "The Internet and You" author Leah Plunkett. "Our new materials aim to support educators with the right tools to empower students to better navigate the digital space."

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Update your media list: Koslof to join WUSA as reporter

From DCRTV August 22:
Evan Koslof Joins 9 - 8/22 - Evan Koslof has been hired as a reporter for Channel 9/WUSA. He comes from a like gig at Channel 16/WBOC in Salisbury. Koslof starts at WUSA in September.....

And from Koslof's Facebook page (Evan Koslof Reporting):

Many of you have probably heard already, but I figured I'd formally announce it to everyone! I'm incredibly honored and excited to announce that I've been hired as a reporter at WUSA 9, the CBS affiliate in DC. To my friends and viewers of Delmarva - this is of course bittersweet. I'm ecstatic to head "home" to my dream city and my dream job, but I'll always love my time on the peninsula and in the first state. And to WBOC TV 16 Delmarva's News Leader, I have nothing but positive things to say. This station is a model for ethical journalism, and I owe all my future success to what I learned there. I will finish up at WBOC on Sept. 2, and I'll be off to WUSA the following week! Can't wait to get started! #DCBound #tvnews #Journalism #WashingtonDC

Finally, follow Koslof on Twitter: @ekoslof.

Better, broader communications to engage residents in Ward 7 and Ward 8

A year or two ago, several Ward 7 residents came together to do something about the generally poor communications among residents and with those outside this part of DC.   The result was Ward 7 Communication Channels.   This online spreadsheet started out as and continues to be crowdsourced (hint: use it and add changes as needed).   It contains: Where neighborhoods are online; SMDs; ANC online discussion lists and websites; community electronic newsletters; physical distribution locations; houses of worship; and free and affordable space.

When Ward 7 Communication Channels was being developed, the Ward 7 residents and East Bank DC got together to create an online calendar of events taking place in Wards 7 and 8.   The calendar, Wards 7 and 8 Community Calendar, contains on-going events (think Honfleur Gallery and Anacostia Museum), events taking place over several months (think Friday Night Fishing and farmer's markets), and one-time events (think #Readsistance: 2nd Annual Read and Feed and the East of the River Book Festival).

Every day, organizations and individuals contribute content to the calendar.   But more events are taking place than are on the calendar.   It's easy and free to contribute; how-to details are on the calendar page.

Publishing on the calendar is not enough.   @Ward7Outreach and @Ward8Outreach tweet the calendar events every day.   In addition, I post the weekly highlights and weekend events on Facebook on the The Greater Ward 7 and The Great Ward 8.

Last but not least: I have just launched Ward 8 Communication Channels; it has the same tabs as the Ward 7 version but all empty save for the houses of worship (needs much work).   Do you have information to share to make communicating with all residents of Ward 8 happen?   Please add!

Monday, August 22, 2016

TA: Effective event engagement

Does your organization have events?   Want to up your marketing game?

Check out Buffer's Event Marketing 101: How to Keep Attendees Engaged Before, During and After Your Event.   Buffer demonstrates that social media activity before the event is a must-do.   Some ways to engage in advance are promoting attendance, event reminders, schedule announcements, buzz from ticket buyers, and encouraging those who cannot attend to push those who are to share pics and info on platforms such as Twitter and Instagram.

There is a lot to learn from Buffer.   For example, I learned to share behind-the-scenes pics well before the event begins, treat followers to a sneak peek back stage during the event, and use questions and polls to engage and interact with the audience during and after.