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Public Info wins 2 state awards

Post Date:06/16/2017 12:22 PM

The Public Information Office won first- and second-place trophies against the largest cities in the state at the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers’ conference last week.

The City won first place in the Public Service Announcement (Marketing) category for “I Do This for You: Officer Stephen Guevara.” The piece stars Guevara poignantly talking about why he became a San Angelo police officer. City Videographer Brian Groves produced the 73-second video with help from video intern Ethan Lankford and Angelo State University videographer Brandon Whitford.

The Public Information Office also won a second-place Award of Excellence in Public Service Announcement (Educational). “Fit City: Running” highlights some of San Angelo’s favorite running paths, including the Concho River walk, San Angelo State Park and the Red Arroyo Trail. Also produced by Groves, it featured Public Information Officer Anthony Wilson, his wife Christina and Finance Director Tina Dierschke, footage by Lankford, and drone shots by A.J. Deardorff, the City’s Informational Technology network engineer.

Both awards were for cities of at least 100,000 people. The videos can be viewed at youtube.com/CityofSanAngeloTx.

“Brian is a TAMIO rock star,” Wilson said. “That status is well-deserved. His technique is impeccable, his approach is cinematic and his storytelling is compelling. San Angelo and our City colleagues are endless sources of visual gold; Brian never fails to make them shine.”

Groves also served as a panelist for a session on video equipment and as a commentator during the conference’s film festival highlighting top works by municipal videographers.

Wilson spoke about broadcasting City Council meetings live on Facebook during two sessions. San Angelo is the first Texas city to do so. The City of San Angelo-Public Information Facebook page has one of the state’s largest municipal followings with 25,000 likes. A TAMIO board member, Wilson also facilitated a session on drone regulations.

“That information professionals statewide look to a two-man office in San Angelo as a source of expertise and inspiration is amazing,” Wilson said. “We’re running with the big dogs. Or maybe, as my boss told me, they’re running with us.”

An affiliate of the Texas Municipal League, TAMIO provides professional development for public information officers, and promotes active cooperation and the exchange of information and ideas among its membership.

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