Tuesday March 16th: How Local Government is Using Social Media
The Black Country Social Media Cafe is a place for those interested in social media to get together and share ideas. You don’t have to be a blogger, a podcaster, or a Twitter member to come along, just be interested in how these technologies can work for you. The March event, hosted at Light House, will also include a panel discussion on local government use of social media.
Social media services, such as Twitter and Facebook, provide new opportunities for local government to communicate and collaborate with the local community. Not only enabling councils to broadcast information, but providing spaces for councils to engage in conversations with their stakeholders.
For the March event we have put together a panel of three local government officers, each of whom is responsible for the social media offerings at their respective councils. They will discuss both some of the innovative ways local government is using social media, as well as its potential for the future.
- Sarah Lay is the eContent Officer for Derbyshire County Council and regular blogs about local government at www. sarahlay.co.uk.
- Stuart Harrison is the Webmaster at Lichfield District Council and blogs at www.pezholio.co.uk.
- Dan Slee is the Senior Press and Publicity Officer for Walsall Council and blogs at danslee.wordpress.com.
As with all our panel discussions, there will be plenty of opportunity for the audience to ask questions and share their opinions on the use of social media in local government. Whilst the main discussion is expected to last for about an hour, there will be the usual informal networking afterwards.
Thanks to Light House who are providing the venue for the March social media cafe:
Tuesday 16th March, 2.30-4.30pm
Seminar Room, Light House Media Centre
Chubb Building, Wolverhampton
This is a free event, and no tickets are required. Whilst we expect there to be plenty of room, if you are travelling from further afield and want to be guaranteed a seat you can always email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you are coming.