MultDems Communications Mission & Policies
It is the Mission of the MultDems Communications Team to:
- facilitate communications between members
- facilitate the faithful communication of messages from our administrators and committees to the larger membership
- increase awareness in the general community of MultDems activities and position on issues
- faithfully communicate messaging from our organization to citizens of our region and state
- facilitate the capacity of our members to communicate with local, state, and national decision-makers to advocate for policies positions as staked out in our platform
This can only happen successfully and sustainably through the volunteer efforts of dozens of members who step up to take on roles and tasks determined by the Communications Team in accordance with our operating guidelines and under the direction of the elected Communications Officer. Those guidelines allow each of our committees and editors to be self-directing, although we also often use our own internal communication channels (primarily Slack) to check in with each other in a collective gate-keeping process to determine what items we include in various communication channels. Consider joining the Comms Team. It’s impactful, fun and rewarding.
Because of the tremendous amount of work involved in meeting the numerous communication objectives laid out above, particulary as it relates to the nearly three dozen committees of our organization, the Comms Team has limited capacity to generate content for most of the communications being passed between members or from members to decision-makers or the general public. Instead, we commit ourselves to facilitate the capacity of our members to reach their intended audience with their messages while also relying on those members to originate the content of that messaging. While we may edit material before sending it out, we request that committees not expect us to research and develop content for you.
Event Announcements: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How
When making a request that the Comms Team communicate information from your committee to the general membership or the wider world, please write up your message as you envision it going out. Include important details, such as who the intended audience is (PCPs or all members, for example) and who it is from (your committee or Multnomah Democrats), and what it’s about. If you are promoting an event, where is the event happening and when (both date and time). You might also include information on why it’s important. Sometimes, you may want to include details like how people might carpool and what they might want to bring.
Imagine reading your message for the first time without knowing anything about it, and ask yourself what information would you want to see in order to be informed enough to take action.
Articles for the Digest or County Reader
If you want to see the Digest focus on a particular topic, like climate change, we can invite the PRLC Study Group related to that issue to generate articles for inclusion on our site and Digest, however Digest staff are primarily focused on communicating what’s going on in the party, and not focused on writing articles.
If you enjoy writing articles, consider working with other writers producing our County Democrat Reader to generate original material.
Promoting on Social Media
If you want to see your event or issue promoted on our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), try to devise pithy messaging, ideally with an image. You can ask the Comms Team for help, and we may or may not be able to accomodate you. The more you can provide material to share, the more likely we will be able to share those posts.