Example of environmental programs, this engineered logjam built by the WSDOT in Skagit County north of Seattle will protect fish habitat and help maintain the roadway during flooding events. Photo courtesy WSDOT.
As Congress debates how to shore up the federal Highway Trust Fund, and perhaps consider a long-term reauthorization of the national surface transportation program, state DOT environmental professionals are asking some extremely challenging questions related to how well transportation departments communicate. Continue reading →
Regardless of where we work in transportation communications — state or local transportation department, transit agency or special interest group — we all have messages to deliver and stories to tell.
Have you ever asked how that was going?
Sure, we can track how many news releases we write and some even go further and track what publications actually print stories that include mention of our agencies. But how can we track whether our messages are really getting delivered? Are people really listening?
It is no secret that for a campaign to be successful, you must spend time developing outstanding strategies and you must carefully execute tactically. But if you do not spend time on good writing, it will be for nothing.
The smartest, best planned campaign can result in failure if the proper amount of effort is not given to ensuring that your writing is solid, that your key messages are clear and easy to pick out. For transportation communication professionals, this is perhaps an even greater concern.