OUTREACH TIP: HOW TO MAKE A PRESS KIT

Learn how to make a press kit that introduces your Council to the media and the public. Here are tips on what to include and how to lay it out. Great press kits are concise but complete, with content and formatting that tells your story in just a few pages. ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL You [...]

By | 2017-07-19T16:21:47+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Blog, Outreach|Comments Off on OUTREACH TIP: HOW TO MAKE A PRESS KIT

OUTREACH TIP: HOW TO AVOID COPYRIGHT VIOLATIONS WHEN USING CREATIVE COMMONS IMAGES & VIDEOS

Creative Commons (CC) licenses allow photos, videos, and other creative products to be used free of charge. Items with these licenses are commonly seen on outlets like YouTube, Wikipedia, Wikimedia and Flickr. While all Creative Commons items may be used without paying fees, nearly all of them require attribution. Not giving credit - or not [...]

By | 2017-07-12T17:37:48+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Blog, Outreach|Comments Off on OUTREACH TIP: HOW TO AVOID COPYRIGHT VIOLATIONS WHEN USING CREATIVE COMMONS IMAGES & VIDEOS

OUTREACH TIP: COPYRIGHT ISSUES & PHOTO USAGE

Copyright infringement can be a serious matter for government entities like Neighborhood Councils. This article is Part 2 in a series on how to avoid these issues when finding photos for your Council’s outreach materials. Professional photos make your website, social media and flyers look more polished, which in turn makes your Council look more [...]

By | 2017-07-05T17:02:12+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Blog, Outreach|Comments Off on OUTREACH TIP: COPYRIGHT ISSUES & PHOTO USAGE

OUTREACH TIP OF THE WEEK: GET GORGEOUS FREE IMAGES FROM THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS FLICKR PAGE

Next time your Council needs photos for a project or post, check out the nearly 30,000 images which the Library of Congress has released via their Flickr page. The collection is added to constantly, and contains some iconic images like Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” (above). There are also some great images of Los Angeles, such [...]

By | 2017-06-14T19:45:46+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Blog, Outreach, uncategorised|Comments Off on OUTREACH TIP OF THE WEEK: GET GORGEOUS FREE IMAGES FROM THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS FLICKR PAGE

Outreach Tip: Creating A Local Physical Presence

When done correctly, outreach techniques that create a local physical presence, such as posting printed promo material or having a team at a community event, are among the most effective ways to connect with your stakeholders. This is because your Neighborhood Council has an audience that is at once incredibly broad - in terms of [...]

By | 2018-01-02T15:46:25+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Blog, Outreach, Outreach Tip Of The Week, Tool Box|Comments Off on Outreach Tip: Creating A Local Physical Presence

Outreach Tip: Turn Agenda Posting Into An Outreach Opportunity

You can turn your agenda posts into outreach opportunities that get more people to meetings, by following these simple tips. Every month, there are items on your board and committee agendas that your stakeholders would feel passionate about, if only they knew they were there. But the language and formatting that the law requires make [...]

By | 2018-01-02T15:46:35+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Blog, Outreach, Outreach Tip Of The Week, Tool Box|Comments Off on Outreach Tip: Turn Agenda Posting Into An Outreach Opportunity

Outreach Tip Of The Week #2: Write A Short But Compelling “About Us” Statement For Your Council

If your Neighborhood Council doesn’t yet have an About Us statement, or if yours needs an update, here’s how to write something brief that makes a big impact. A boilerplate is a short, two to four sentence blurb that explains who you are, and what your credentials are. Boilerplates are probably the most useful sort [...]

By | 2017-05-02T15:18:38+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Blog, Outreach, Outreach Tip Of The Week, Tool Box|Comments Off on Outreach Tip Of The Week #2: Write A Short But Compelling “About Us” Statement For Your Council

New Outreach and Communications Newsletter

As we wrap up elections, the Outreach and Communications team will be sending a weekly newsletter to all Neighborhood Council Board Members. We'll be covering topics such as Website, Email, Social Media, Street Furniture Advertisement, Nextdoor, NationBuilder, Stakeholder Outreach, and more. If any of your Neighborhood Council Board Members are not receiving this newsletter, that [...]

By | 2016-07-14T19:03:23+00:00 July 14th, 2016|Blog, Outreach|Comments Off on New Outreach and Communications Newsletter

How-To: Google Voice

Connect with your stakeholders by disconnecting from your land-lines and cell phones. All it takes is a virtual phone and an email account. Google Voice is a telephone solution that offers Neighborhood Councils many features, liberating councils from the need to maintain a land-line, a message machine, or a cell phone that must be carried [...]

By | 2016-07-13T17:20:09+00:00 July 13th, 2016|Blog, How-To, Outreach, Tech Talk, Tool Box|Comments Off on How-To: Google Voice

Town Hall Invite: Please Give Us Your Feedback

This summer, EmpowerLA is conducting a series of town halls across the City, to solicit feedback from Neighborhood Councils about how we can better serve our Board Members. We hope to gather feedback on the 2016 Neighborhood Council Elections and Selections, Neighborhood Council Funding, Administrative Services (contracts, leases, PRAs, agendas), and anything else folks would [...]

By | 2017-01-09T12:31:11+00:00 June 29th, 2016|Blog, Neighborhood Council Elections, Neighborhood Council Funding, Outreach|Comments Off on Town Hall Invite: Please Give Us Your Feedback