All communicators must understand the power and responsibility that comes with our role as storytellers and gatekeepers of information.

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Recent Writing

Looking over the shoulder of a photographer as they take a picture of another person who is blurred due to the distance.

Rethinking the photo release

There are many reasons why individuals may not want to be photographed for an organization’s publicity materials. Communicators must respect that choice by ensuring participants are given every opportunity to refuse being photographed and making certain that refusal doesn’t mean they are blocked from using services/attending events.

Three people are standing in street and holding handmade signs stating “We are all equal”, “Justice 4 All”, and “I want to be heard.”

MPD PIO John Elder’s unintentional lesson for all communicators

On May 30, 2020, the Minneapolis Police Department issued a press release stating a “suspect” died after experiencing “medical distress” during a “police interaction”. That person was George Floyd, and that press release should make all communicators consider how our organization-first thinking means we justify only telling our organization’s preferred narrative.