The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 9, 2009
The State Worker goes on the road, returns unscathed

Thumbnail image for 090102 speaker.gifWe told you a few days ago that the folks at the State Information Officers Council had invited us to attend their January brown bag lunch meeting. After our post, a user e-mailed concern / caution that we would be devoured by a group of ravenous "flacks" for the state spoiling for a fight with a member of the media.

Our response: Ridiculous.

On Thursday we spoke to 45 or so SiOC members in a the Bateson Building at 1600 9th St. in Sacramento. Our topic: "How the news becomes the news ... and how you can exploit it."

We're pleased to report to that concerned State Worker user that the biggest fight of the day was between our PowerPointed computer and a stubborn projector that refused to work (until Bee Digital Media Chief Blaine Wasylkiw showed us what buttons to push to resolve the dispute).

The SiOC group was terrific.
Over the course of a bit more than an hour, we had some laughs and talked about the challenges confronting all of us in the public information business as we find our way through the technological revolution. It was an honest, straightforward and entertaining discussion.

We also were delighted that some journalism students from alma mater Sac State dropped in and asked a few questions.

Our thanks to SiOC for the privilege of speaking to the group. Let's do it again some time.

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About The State Worker

Jon Ortiz The Author

Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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