Smart 3 | 11/18/18

By S-3 Public Affairs

Welcome back and happy (almost) Thanksgiving. Each week we take a look at the “Smart 3” stories and topics shaping the media landscape.


1. Incoming Members of Congress shared their transition to Washington via Instagram 

POLITICO’s Stephanie MurrayFreshmen emerge as Instagram stars. They haven’t even been sworn into office yet, but already a group of Democratic freshmen are schooling their congressional colleagues on how to use social media.

Despite Instagram’s popularity among millennials and young Americans, many House members don’t even have an Instagram presence. Nearly all members are on Facebook or Twitter (about 98 percent), but only about half (47 percent) are on Instagram, according to an October report from the Congressional Research Service.

The takeaway: As Members of Congress get younger, the communications strategies will continue to shift towards direct communication with supporters. The digital communications specialists on the campaign and official sides will have to adjust to new Members running their own handles (look out @ChuckGrassley!).


2. Congratulations to Lestor Holt on winning the Taishoff

National Press Foundation: “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt has been selected as winner of the 2018 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.

The Taishoff award is the National Press Foundation’s highest honor for a broadcast journalist. Holt is the award-winning anchor of “NBC Nightly News” and “Dateline NBC.”

Holt will receive the Taishoff award at NPF’s annual journalism awards dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Washington, D.C., along with other award winners. Learn more about the NPF dinner here.

Save the Date: National Press Foundation Annual Award Dinner: February 13, 2019

3. A little S-3 related news 

Several of our S-3 colleagues were mentioned by Bloomberg Government’s Megan Wilson in her latest for B-GOV: New Congress, Old Connections: House Leaders’ Influence Networks.

As lobbying firms staff up to make sure they have all the know-how they’ll need in the 116th Congress, connections to the top decision-makers will be key. Read more here.


Week Ahead: We’ll have a very light week in Washington with the Thanksgiving holiday.

Monday (November 19): Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee field hearing to examine the effects of tariffs and trade policy on Alabama manufacturing and agriculture, to be held in Mobile, AL

Tuesday (November 20): White House event to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey

Thursday (November 22): Thanksgiving

Fun fact: The first turkey pardon ceremony started with President Truman in 1947.

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