Clubs and organizations at JCCC have a unique publicity opportunity through the use of Campus TV promotions, also known as digital signage. Digital signage runs on the TVs across campus throughout the day. If you would like to create digital signage for your organization, using the ground rules below, submit a copy of your announcement to the Student Involvement Ambassador.
Here are some ground rules for digital sign announcements:
- Information must be submitted at least two weeks in advance. That gives Publications time to build the page and time for people to actually see it on the monitors.
- If you have a regular meeting date, a page can be built that appears the day before and day of the meeting, reminding students of the meeting. It would appear in one of the between-classes sets that highlights student activities.
- If the club is planning a special event, consider publicizing it on the digital signs. Naturally, the sooner you give the details, the sooner Publications can have it appear on the signs.
Building your own page.
- If you want to build your own page, you can do so in PowerPoint, save the individual slide and send it as a JPEG. However, you must follow these style rules:
- Use a sans serif font because that’s the easiest to read on the screens. Most of the sign pages use Arial.
- Limit the information and use the biggest type size that will fit. Each announcement stays on the signs for 10 seconds, and people read the announcement while they’re walking past the monitor. That means they don’t have a lot of time to read a lot of details. Bigger type means they can see it from a greater distance, which increases the amount of time that they have to read the announcement.
- Graphics are fine, and help attract the viewer’s attention. If you use a photo or graphic, please make sure you have permission to use that photo or graphic.
We use this style:
- Time using a.m. or p.m. Note that a.m. and p.m. are lower-case and separated by periods and that there’s a space between the time and the hourly designation. We don’t use the :00 for the top of the hour. (5 p.m.)
- Day of the week and date, without the year. Months with more than five letters are abbreviated (Wednesday, Sept. 8)
- Location, using the abbreviation for the building and then the room number (RC 145)
- Sentence style. Proper names are capitalized, but that’s it.
- No more than one exclamation point per announcement.
- It’s helpful to include contact information, either an extension or a website, for people who want more information.
- Please proofread and check for spelling, day, date, time errors and so on.
A sample of a digital sign (PDF).