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Legislative Information and
Communications Staff Section

Word cloud for LINCSThe Legislative Information and Communications Staff Section (LINCS) is the voice of state legislatures. Its members include public information officers, press secretaries, radio and television producers, photographers, civic educators and all those who serve as the external liaisons between the nation's state legislatures and their constituents.

LINCS provides legislative communicators with a network of more than 400 professionals from around the country with whom to share ideas, war stories and experiences. The group gathers twice a year, once at NCSL's Annual Legislative Summit (held in the summer) and once at the LINCS Professional Development seminar (held in the fall).

The staff section also maintains a Listserv where members can discuss the latest in audio/video technology, social media, discover how other states handle media credentialing or discuss any other trends in legislative communications.

 

ONLINE DEMOCRACY AWARD

The Online Democracy Award seeks to recognize a state legislative website that stands out for making democracy user-friendly. Eligible nominees include the websites of state legislatures, individual chambers and officially recognized legislative caucuses. Nominations for the 2014 award are due by May 23, 2014.
 

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Chair
Morgan Blanchard
Senate Communication Specialist
Louisiana Senate
Term of Office: October 2013- October 2014

THE LEGISLATURE AS A CAREER

 

An initiative from the Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee is aimed at recruiting young people into legislative service. In the video at right, Cory Stewart of the Lousiana House of Representatives discusses his role.

At www.legislative careers.org, you can learn more about the variety of roles staffers play in the legislature.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR

N.O. houseLaissez les bons temps rouler in New Orleans, La. this fall! LINCs'  2014 professional development seminar will be held Sept. 14-17 at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place. Registration and agenda details will be released in May. Please contact LINCS liaison Jane Andrade with any questions.

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LINCS AWARDS

Beginning in 1993, each of the 10 NCSL staff sections was given the opportunity to recognize among their membership two legislative staff or agencies who have made outstanding contributions to their legislatures and the staff section. Established through the Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee, the award recognizes excellence in service to state legislatures. In addition to the staff section honorees, the NCSL staff chair may select up to two additional award recipients.

 

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LEGISLATIVE STAFF MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE

LSMI logoJuly 12-19, 2014
Application deadline: May 2
Plan to attend this unique eight-day executive management training program designed for senior staff and those on their way to such positions. Learn practical application of tools to meet increasingly complex policy and management demands confronting legislatures. Develop and enhance your management and leadership skills.

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MAKING READERS CARE ABOUT WRITING

This one-hour webinar Friday, April 25, 2014 at 2 p.m. presents the concept of issue-driven writing as a way to connect with legislative audiences. All legislative staff will benefit by learning how to use an opening hook, develop information based on the readers’ and present that information professionally but “conversationally” in an efficient and compelling manner.

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