Old school or new social media? It’s your choice

Keep up with City news in a variety of formats

Traditional news releases play an important role in City communications and they’re easy to find at kcmo.gov/news. The mayor’s website lists additional releases at kcmayor.org under News and Media, and various offices and City Council districts issue releases as well. You can view an extensive list and choose which to receive at kcmo.gov/subscribe.

If you prefer videos, check out the City’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/user/KCMOCCO or see live coverage of City Council meetings and a weekly report at kcmo.gov/channel2.

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Mayor Sly James (@MayorSlyJames) and City Manager Troy Schulte (@KCMOManager) post daily on Twitter along with various other City officials. Go to kcmo.gov/social to view a list of all Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other KCMO social media sites.

But if you like more interactive communication, several departments are using social media to create and share live events.

For example, City Planning and Development hosted a live question-and-answer session on Facebook in June on a design competition. Department director Jeffrey Williams and his staff answered queries about the Twin Creeks area in Platte County. The City hopes to develop this land as a linear park and is seeking fresh ideas.

“The RFP (request for proposals) process can be kind of static, but this opened up a whole new avenue of communicating in real-time,” Williams says. The session generated 25 comments—all available for public viewing at kcmo.gov/designtwincreeks/.

The Kansas City Police Department used Facebook in May to live-stream a memorial service for fallen officers. The ceremony, held at the police headquarters near 11th and Locust streets, recognized 119 officers who were killed on the job over the past 135 years. A video of the event, which included speeches, the mounted patrol and bagpipers playing “Amazing Grace,” was posted on YouTube and Facebook at facebook.com/kcpolice/videos/1015005105202860/.

According to Sarah Boyd, public relations specialist, the event was well received by the public. She says KCPD is considering live streaming media conferences and award ceremonies in the future.

The Parks and Recreation Department recently used a different public engagement tool involving photos. The department promoted National Trails Day on June 4 by asking outdoor enthusiasts to take a picture on a KCMO trail and post it on Twitter at #TrailsDayKC or on Facebook.com/kcmoparks.

Parks also issues a trivia challenge in the middle of every week. Photos of public art, playground equipment and park structures are posted on both Twitter at #WhatsThatWednesday and Facebook at Facebook.com/kcmoparks for viewers to correctly identify.

To take part in serious discussions about the city’s future, go to kcmomentum.org to read about and comment on topics such as: regulating Uber and other ride-sharing operations, 18th and Vine redevelopment, new plans for Red Bridge and Blue Ridge areas, a strategic master plan for parks, and KCMO’s budget for the coming fiscal year.