Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says he’s looking for residents to serve as volunteer member of a newly-created Media Advisory Group to help the city in its new media efforts.

The city “has had an award winning website for many years now and this year has added its presence to Facebook, You Tube and Twitter,” Bobkiewicz said.

Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says he’s looking for residents to serve as volunteer member of a newly-created Media Advisory Group to help the city in its new media efforts.

The city “has had an award winning website for many years now and this year has added its presence to Facebook, You Tube and Twitter,” Bobkiewicz said.

He said the city is looking for residents to provide advice on its efforts and help provide direction on new initiatives. “I hope that we can use the talents and insights of Evanston residents to help make our internet presence the leader among cities in the United States.”

He says the city is considering increasing its use of video, making city information more transparent and easier to access as well as creating a customized web experience for individual residents.

Interested individuals can send an e-mail to webmaster@cityofevanston.org or call the City Manager’s Office at 847/866-2936. Those who are interested in serving on this voluntary advisory group should indicate interest by Friday, Dec. 4.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Digital divide
    This is all well and good, but a surprisingly large number of Evanston residents do not have reliable, affordable internet access. Dial up doesn’t really work for videos and sites with a lot of graphics. And everyone says go to the library, but if you want to use the library internet, be prepared to wait a long time and then you can only use it for small blocks of time. The number of free wi-fi sites in the city is not really increasing, either. All the new media folks keep forgetting that not everyone has access or ongoing access. Maybe if the rates for internet via cellphone come down that will help, but until then, web based information is skewed to a specific demographic.

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