The Indianapolis Department of Public Safety Social Media Summit at IUPUI

By Jeremy Dollens

At the end of October, the IU School of Journalism at IUPUI hosted a Social Media Summit for the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety.

Public Information Officers and others from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indianapolis Fire Department, Indianapolis Division of Homeland Security and Indianapolis Department for Animal Care and Control came together to learn how to better take advantage of the social media opportunities available to them.

Ben Risinger, current graduate student and co-founder of Do It Indy, served as the main instructor of the summit, under the direction of Public Relations Lecturer Julie A. Vincent, APR. Ben took the participants through instructions on how to use Twitter, Facebook, Google + and several social media monitoring tools.

The participants were split into groups depending on what mobile device they used on the job, whether it was a smart phone, Android or Blackberry device. That way, the everyone got individual assistance.

There were four other student super users from the IUPUI School of Journalism. Public Relations graduate student Brittany Wright and three Public Relations undergrads, Sarah Lux, Jordan Overton and myself, were in charge of a group of attendees and assisted with any questions that they had.

The three-hour summit ended on a good note with possibilities of more summits in the future. The experience was great and very rewarding when you think about the things that were taught to these important attendees that could possibly be used to keep this city safe.

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