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We Are CAPIO – now 500 strong and growing!

This week CAPIO celebrated a milestone as our 500th member just rolled in! In just five short years, CAPIO’s membership has tripled in size. This is testimony to an increased demand for well-trained professional government communicators and CAPIO’s relevance in providing an avenue for professionals to learn, grow and thrive in this dynamic field. 

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Managing a National Crisis Communications Response and the Aftermath

This month we interviewed Sarah Macdonald, communications officer for the City of San Marcos and vice president of awards for CAPIO. Read about her first crisis communications experience, best practices she learned and her 10-minute hacks on getting PIOs well-prepared for any crisis situation.

CAPIO: What has been your biggest crisis communications experience?

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APR Summer Webinars

Gear up for your APR with two summer webinars! 

Interested in taking your communications skills to the next level and becoming an industry leader? Join CAPIO and PRSA-IE for two free webinars this summer to learn more about the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), which exposes you to today’s cutting-edge strategiesand practices, assesses your skills to identify strengths and opportunities for growth and demonstrates your personal and professional commitment to excellence.

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California’s Premier Government Communications Association Names 2017 – 2019 Board

Sacramento, Calif., - The California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO), the state’s premier government communications association, named its 2017 – 2019 Board of Directors.

“I look forward to serving our government communicators throughout the state and will continue to focus on growing CAPIO’s membership along with education and development programs during my term as president,” noted Christine Brainerd, APR and City of Folsom’s communications manager. “Our board has a lot of great programs,  projects and partnerships we are working on this next year and are excited to continue to roll-out these resources to our members.”

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Frank Cowan Honored with Inaugural Crisis Communication Award

Frank Cowan Honored with Inaugural Crisis Communication Award 

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Jenny Windle named the 2017 Paul B. Clark Recipient

Jenny Windle Honored with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award in Government Communications

SAN DIEGO, Calif., - The California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) honored seasoned government communications professional Jenny Windle with its 2017 Paul B. Clark lifetime achievement award, recognizing her exceptional leadership in the profession. The award was presented at CAPIO’s annual conference in San Diego on April 5.

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Francie Palmer named 2017 Communicator of the Year

Francie Palmer Recognized as California’s Communicator of the Year

SAN DIEGO, CALIF., -  Francie Palmer, a seasoned government communications professional who serves as the City of Rancho Cucamonga’s communications manager, was recognized by the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) as the state’s 2017 Communicator of the Year.

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April was APR Month, but what is the APR?

April was not only the month of our annual CAPIO Conference, but it was also APR month – recognizing that not everyone can do what we do as government communicators.  You may have seen our social media posts or heard the buzz about CAPIO now offering the APR, but what is it?

In the world of communication professionals, the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) is the gold-standard in credentials earned by practitioners who commit to the profession through ethical practices and sound judgement, strategic perspectives, knowledge of best practices and the use of the research-planning-implementation-evaluation (RPIE) process.

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