I’m a big believer in getting civic, and a big part of getting civic is tuning-in to your local community. Once you start tuning in, your confidence to provide feedback and become part of the conversation grows, and then a virtuous cycle of community and civic partnership is born.
But oftentimes, tuning-in can seem impossible, especially if you work, travel, have kids at home, pursue a degree, or are otherwise occupied during the day. So how can you tune-in? And who is worth tuning into? Well, here’s one suggestion, particularly if you’re a Jersey City parent: use Twitter to subscribe to Jersey City Public Schools (@jcps_district).
If you don’t currently use Twitter, you may think, as many do (and as I once did), “I have nothing to tweet about, so what’s the point?” But Twitter is not just about “tweeting,” it is also about receiving micro-targeted information from specific sources you care about. Twitter is often redundant to a Facebook feed, but I’ve found Twitter is easier to scan and review multiple stories at once, and a well-run Twitter feed (with a sound communications strategy behind it) can also serve as an effective portal for up-to-the-minute news updates in the event of an emergency.
So join me and let’s get civic together. Follow Jersey City Public Schools on Twitter at @jcps_district.