IVMG Meets for Training, Fellowship

Annual meeting re-boots for 2014
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Angela Cash of Front Porch Digital (right) gives a product pitch to Susan Guinn (left) and Mitch Boudreay, both from the Office of Naval Intelligence.

WASHINGTON — On Oct. 16, the Interagency Visual Media Group held its annual conference at Joint Base Bolling-Anacostia in Washington, featuring presentations, educational sessions and a vendor exhibition tailored to visual media experts in the intelligence community.

Back on track this year after being locked out by the federal government’s shutdown in 2013, IVMG held its seventh meeting with the theme “Driven by Innovation.” This year’s event included 25 educational sessions, as well as a keynote talk and working lunches focused on various topics.

Attendees numbered in the 500 range, all members of the intelligence community and its numerous three-letter agencies. In addition to training, attendees got to talk to their peers and share some of the technical knowledge used to perform their duties. The attendance at this event broke the previous record for the IVMG.

“We’re connected by mission, so there’s a camaraderie because of our missions,” said Marcy Quill, deputy chief of the media services center for the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, Va., one of the primary organizations that organized this year’s event.

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Marcy Quill, deputy chief of media services for the National Reconnaissance Office

The keynote presentation was given by Michael Lejeune, creative director for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority in California, otherwise known as the LA Metro. Lejeune leads a team of 30 people in the LA Metro’s creative services department, developing a wide variety of informational materials from advertising to digital signage and timetable graphics.

Educational presentations included “Media Writing in a Visual World” by Jim Bender of government contractor CACI; “Combat Camera” by U.S. Navy Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith Jones, and many others, all focused on communications skills such as writing, photography, graphics, video, media asset management and web design.

“Our goal is to provide innovative, cutting-edge training,” Quill said. “Each tradecraft we do is represented here.”

The small vendor exhibition was targeted at products and services for the intelligence visual media community, and included companies such as Canon, Nikon, Quantum, Front Porch Digital and Pluralsight.

With the attendance spurt at this year’s IVMG event, the organization’s management is looking forward to continued growth and added services to the intelligence visual media community.

“With more than 500 registered attendees for this year’s event, this tells me that the IVMG is quickly maturing as the only professional organization that visual media professionals within the IC can turn to for professional guidance, mentoring, and networking,” said Thomas Sabolsky,

chairman of the IVMG, on the group’s web site.

For more information on the IVMG, please visit http://nro.gov/ivmg/default.aspx.

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