SMC-DC May Event Recap: Politics at Policy [MULTIMEDIA]
We’re going to do something a little different this month. Since we live-streamed and recorded a SMC-DC event for the first time ever, we will let the pictures and the words of our panelists do most of the talking, along with a Storify of some of the best/most relevant tweets. Adding the multimedia component was a great success, and we plan to do more of the same in the future.
First, the thank-yous:
- Policy Restaurant And Lounge, for going above and beyond in giving us an AMAZING space, promoting the event, and doing everything they can to accommodate us and more. We can’t thank you enough. You guys are the bee’s knees/cat’s meow/etc!!
- Our moderator Omar McCrimmon (@omarjmc) for his great questions and our panelists Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper), Matthew Gagnon (@matthewgagnon), and Paul Winn (@PaulSMG) for the scintillating discussion.
- Elliot Volkman (@TheJournalizer) for setting up the live-stream and capturing this event for posterity.
- Jason McCool (@coolmcjazz) for graciously agreeing to give his #ImTheApp talk, which ended up being AMAZING.
- YOU, whether you were there in person live-tweeting, following along on the live-stream, promoting the event on your networks, or in any of the other myriad ways you support us. Thank you!!
Pre-event event: Jason McCool’s #ImTheApp talk on #DCArts
- If you have a pulse, the arts are for you.
- The arts are good at generating discussion, which makes them a natural fit for social media
- Main problem some genres of art have, e.g. classical music, is in the packaging.
- DC is second only to NYC in theatre productions
- Events/places to check out: Fringe Festival, Source, Studio Theatre, Strathmore, Baltimore Symphony
- Follow the hashtag #DCArts for active discussion
And, the video. Live-tweeting did not do this talk justice:
Main panel: Politics at Policy
- In 2008, the question was “if” campaigns were going to use social media; today the question is not “if” but “how much”
- Traditional media is still important for reaching demographics that are not as likely to get their news on the Internet
- Both political and communications skills are necessary for success
- Twitter has replaced wire services for anything having to do with rapid-response
- Paul Winn and Matthew Gagnon are the only 2 Republicans in DC (just kidding on that last one!)
And there you have it! Thanks again to all who came or participated virtually. We hope you have a WONDERFUL Memorial Day weekend, and we will see you at our Summer Happy Hour on Wednesday, June 20th. Once the venue has been determined, we will let you know here and on our other social channels. Until then, we are always just a tweet away at @smcdc!!