Top 10 Primer: Use of Social Media for Local Elected Officials

Do Facebook and Twitter have appropriate places in the world of local elected officials?  What are the Upsides?  What are the Downsides?  What is public? What is private?  How does your use of social media change once the campaign is over and you start governing? The answer to all these questions can be complicated when the people you communicate with live next door, see you in the grocery store, or know where you have lunch every day.

The rules and practicalities of social media use for local elected officials can be confusing and confounding.  In this 75-minute class you’ll learn about some good and bad practices we can help you manage, and improve your awareness of some of the murky areas around free speech and consequences that we are monitoring.       

  • Online
    May 21
    Registration and payment for this course grants access for a single attendee. In order to register a group of attendees, please register each person individually. If you have questions, please contact our registration office at or 919.966.4414.
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Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
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Jennifer Fulton

Program Associate, Leadership Group
Shannon Tufts
Associate Professor of Public Law and Government and Director, Center for Public Technology
Charles Edwin Hinsdale Professor of Public Law and Government
Manager of Elected Official Programming, Center for Public Leadership and Governance