Monthly Archives: March 2014

Tell Your Story on TV Like a Pro

Television talk shows are an excellent way to share your advocacy message with a large audience. But how does someone get booked to appear on one? And what makes for a successful TV appearance? Tiana Quitugua from the Seattle University Project on Family Homelessness set out to answer those questions and more. She attended the live taping of communication expert Whitney Keyes’s recent appearance on New Day Northwest, and asked Whitney for her top tips on talk show advocacy. Get a look behind the scenes, and learn how to tell your story on TV like a pro!

Advocacy Works! Calls, Emails, Tweets and Olympia Visits Rescued Programs to End Homelessness

One of our policy priorities, a bill to maintain document recording fee funding for programs that are ending homelessness, had a wild ride in the legislature this year. Advocacy, both online and in-person, kept pressure on lawmakers to ensure that important services like domestic violence shelters could stay open. Here’s a look at some of the tweets, blog posts, photos, news stories and Facebook updates that made a difference.

Spark Change Podcast Episode 6: Storify

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Storify is a tool for bringing together tweets, status updates, photos and videos to tell a story. Users can search lots of social networks from one place, drag individual elements into a single storyline, and add text to give context. This winter, McKenna Haley from Seattle University’s Project on Family Homelessness used Storify to tell the story of Washington’s Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day. We loved the way her piece came together, so we invited McKenna to talk with us about her experience with the free version of Storify.

Culture Watch: Jump Into the Mini Cooper for a Journey Across the American Economic Landscape With “Inequality for All”

If economic fairness isn’t on the forefront of your mind, it will be after you watch former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich narrate Inequality for All. The documentary took guest blogger Haley Jo Lewis's breath away with its creative, dynamic data visualizations of income inequality, and its heart-wrenching portrayal of a working mom with $25 in her checking account. Read on for takeaways from the film -- and a few rays of hope.