Social Media and Elected Officials

FB logoSocial media is an excellent tool for politicians to use to get their message out. These tools are used to get one’s message out without the filter of mainstream media. How does one use these tools?

Let’s start with Facebook since it is the dominant player. First of all, I’d recommend making sure your own personal profile’s privacy settings are set to the levels that you’re comfortable with.

For example, let’s say you are newly married with a young child and your wife likes to post pictures of your child on Facebook for your family to see. I would highly recommend that you be very selective with the people that you accept as friends and check Facebook’s privacy settings to be certain that the photos are set to only share with friends.

Here’s a link to the tutorials Facebook provides that will help you determine the levels of privacy you want for your personal posts.

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Now you’re ready to start your campaign profile page. Ideally, you will have started your page as a candidate. Under Pages, choose Create Page and choose the Artist, Band or Public Figure icon. There is a dropdown menu where you can choose the correct category.

This will be where you share your campaign’s message. It’s a good idea to have a second person as an administrator on your page in order to answer constituents questions in a timely manner.

Facebook allows you to not only share posts like you do a regular profile but you can also upload articles as well as create polls. This is also an excellent way to show your constituency the ways you are working in your community to make it a better place.

People love pictures so post as many pictures as you can of yourself with your constituency as you go about the business of governing. You can even go Live with your campaign page. A Facebook page allows you to be in contact with your constituency yet still maintain your privacy on your personal profile page.

In conclusion, social media can be a very cost-effective method to reach your constituency with your campaigns thoughts and ideas. Facebook is great place to start.

No prayers for business and media

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Tonight, my church was a host site for a National Day of Prayer service. I was asked to participate by leading the congregation in prayer for business and media.

If you’ve never been to a service like this, the format has someone lead prayers for five areas, education, business and media, military and government, families and the church. After the initial prayer is said, anyone from the congregation is welcome to pray aloud as they felt led.

Each area had many people chime in their prayers except business and media. And I’m pretty sure it’s not because my prayer was so good that I covered it all.

Why?

Without a thriving business community our families are without the means to support themselves. Taxes cannot be paid to provide a quality education for our children, or support the government and military. Without a free and impartial media we cannot know the truth about our elected officials and military. Or know when a business has cheated it’s customers or employees.

I’m honored to be able to pray for businesses and for my many friends in the media. They face a tough economy and changing landscape to disseminate the new and yet they keep going.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

An Open Letter to the Media

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by Alys Drake

When there is a tragedy, you have the terrible responsibility to inform the public. Please don’t interview witnesses who are children. I don’t care if their parents give permission. The parents are probably too traumatized to make a rational decision as well. What good comes from it? These babies are already damaged and you want to put their reactions on the air? For what?

Not for me. I immediately turn off any program that shows it. Which has meant I haven’t watched much of the coverage for this latest mass shooting.

I think it’s lazy reporting at best and intrusive and a violation at it’s worst. Instead, find adults who can tell you what it was like for the children but don’t interview the children themselves.

Find stories of compassion and heroics and focus on them. Please don’t make us relive the horror over and over. We have a responsibility to our children to help them make sense of the senseless. As the media, you have the responsibility to report the news with accuracy and compassion.

God bless and guide the parents of the dead. God bless and guide the law enforcement community who must identify the dead. And God bless and guide the media charged to inform the public.