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Social Media for Elected Officials: Best Practices and Legal Issues


Primary audience

Elected officials

Course time

25 minutes

Cities and their elected officials are increasingly using social media to engage with residents, share information, and deliver services more quickly and effectively than ever before. While this can be a valuable, efficient, and economic tool, social media can also pose some unexpected challenges.

This course provides an overview of social media usage for elected officials. You’ll walk through types of social media, common elected official uses for social media, best practices for creating accounts, posting as an elected official, and legal issues and considerations.

By completing this course, you will:

  • Understand the benefits and drawbacks of posting on social media platforms.
  • Learn best practices on developing and managing a social media presence.
  • Review potential legal issues with social media use.

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Subject matter expert

Pam Whitmore, Former Collaboration and Mediation Manager, League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust


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0 – 20 users = $15 per user

21 – 50 users = $10 per user

Over 51 users = $7 per user

Please note: The above prices apply per order, not per city. To receive the bulk discounts, your city needs to register everyone for this course at once.


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