Melissa Holzberg, a sophomore majoring in political communication, is The Hatchet’s contributing opinions editor.
In case you missed it, here’s the best and worst news from around campus and the District this week.
GW’s Office of Marketing and Creative Services took home two Emmy awards last Saturday night at the Emmy Awards gala in Bethesda, Md.
The marketing office, which is housed in GW’s external relations office, won an animation award for a video about how to finance a GW education. Its #OnlyAtGW videos, where students describe experiences they only could have had in D.C. or at GW, won an Emmy in the commercial campaign category.
Led by Vice President of External Relations Lorraine Voles for the last seven years, GW’s external relations team has revamped its marketing efforts.
In 2013, the marketing team revamped the University’s messaging in preparation for the launch of the $1 billion campaign. Slogans like “making history” and “knowledge in action” became common as fundraisers began seeking donations. And a year before that, the University reimagined its logo.
Students may see the #OnlyatGW slogan used as a satirical hashtag rather than a way to promote the school. But take out your phones and start sending tweets and posting photos on Instagram. For all we know, it could land GW another award or two.
D.C’s police body camera program hit a major road bump this Tuesday when the D.C. Council voted to add an amendment to the District’s budget. The amendment would stop the rollout of the body cameras unless Mayor Muriel Bowser can fundraise $1.5 million to cover the cost of Freedom of Information Act requests, which give access to public records, to view the cameras’ possible footage.
Possible ways to fund the requests would be to charge for footage, or to repurpse other funds, said Ward 5 Council member Kenyan McDuffie, a member of the Council’s judiciary committe.
After a year of national conversations about oversight in law enforcement and the use of force, the body camera pilot program was announced this past September by the Metropolitan Police Department as an effort to increase transparency.
If MPD body cameras do move forward, perhaps the University Police Department could consider a similar approach.