Monthly Archives: April 2013

Comments on Other Blogs

Comments on Classmates’ Blogs:

  1. “Knowing the Basics of PR Is A Must” (Lindsey McCormick)

    • Lindsey, your post is spot-on. Many people think that PR is just that, but the tasks of PR professionals overlap with other fields such as journalism, advertising and marketing. Understanding every element of PR is something you can only obtain through an introductory course.
  2. “All Should Take a Look into Public Relations Despite their Major” (markowitzhay)  –

    • You made some very good points in this post. Intro courses will help people considering a PR job, as well as those who are unsure about PR, clear up any misconceptions about the field. I never thought about the fact that it makes you a more conscious consumer/ PR audience member.
  3. “Topic of the Week 4” ()-
    • I also believe an introductory course definitely helps you more than it can hurt you. You learn skills applicable to any field. Also, for those who are undeclared, they can get a glimpse into what PR consists of, and possibly declare it their major.
  4. “Scandal: Is it Good for PR?” (Shauntel Hall) –

    • As a Scandal fanatic, I agree 100% with this post. In fact, I wrote a similar post. I think that Scandal shows people more than the glamorous aspects of PR. It shows all the nitty gritty elements, especially relating to crisis management.
  5. “Blog Post #3” (stefsmalls8) –

    • This sounds like an incredible experience! When you first think diversity, you don’t think musical diversity. I enjoyed reading about this event! :)
  6. “The Portrayal of PR in Mass Media” (sethdonahue) –

    • Seth, I agree with this 100 percent! PR is only seen as a glamorous job. The long hours and hard work put into planning, strategizing and creating an effective tactic are rarely showcased. I think people lump Communications professionals together because there is a general misunderstanding about what each of these jobs – Journalists, Advertisers, Marketers and PR Professionals – are about.

Comments on Mrs. Andrews’ Blogs:

  1. “5 Advisement Reminders”
    • Mrs. Andrews,
      These were very helpful tips. I did all of these things before my advisement appointment and I was in and out in about 10 minutes.
      I suppose this would go under “Bring your tentative schedule” but my only suggestion would be to ALWAYS have back-up classes. I’ve learned that you can never ensure your spot in the classes you want, no matter how badly you need them.
  2. “Ethics vs. Job Obligations: The Internship Experience”
    • This is a slippery slope. I personally feel that to an extent, it would be “making up” a quote because those specific words did not come out of that person’s mouth. But I feel that with their thorough examination and approval, it is okay to use that quote. I would tell this person: If your BOSS is the one who has directed you to create a quote, it should make you feel a little better about it on a professional level, because there is little room for you to be seen as faulty. But if it personally makes you feel uneasy, I’d say try to find a happy medium. You could send the person to be interviewed a short e-mail detailing the topic and they could send back a number of quotes for you to choose from. (No one is too busy to e-mail.) I would also suggest not to continue the trend working for any future companies because normally you do not make up quotes at all, as that is a very serious offense in the Journalism community.
  3. “Are you the Next Public Relations Student of the Year?”

    • If I had a portfolio worthy of this award, I would definitely apply this year. Because I am only in my Introductory courses, I have a very small and unimpressive portfolio, but I do hope to apply for this award in upcoming years. It would be a great achievement!

TOTW 4: Securing a Job in PR

tumblr_inline_mkhkaxXRzY1qz4rgpThree things that I have done to secure a job in Public Relations:

  1. Internships- I have already completed 3 Public Relations-related internships. My first internship was at City Hall, working for Council member Aaron Watson. My second internship was for an Atlanta-based online magazine, Layllah Magazine. And I am currently working as a Public Relation/Marketing intern at Merritt & Merritt Law Firm here in Statesboro.
  2. Networking- These internships have enabled me to network with numerous people who may assist me in the future. These people are contacts for potential employers, as well as the employers themselves.
  3. Job Postings- This may not seem like a way to secure a job, but I constantly check job postings, especially on Craigslist. Checking the postings help me to figure out what types of positions will be available when I graduate, and in what cities. I constantly receive e-mail updates from Creative Jobs Central, who post Marketing/Public Relations jobs. I also follow Market Jobs USA on Twitter, who post Marketing jobs and internships daily.

3 things I must do in the future to secure a job:

  1. Networking- I will continue to network anywhere that I can. I can never meet too many people, as they could all be of assistance to me at some point. As people say, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”.
  2. Portfolio- I can continue building my resume with projects my current and future internships and classes. The more quality work I add to it, the more impressive it will be.
  3. Business cards- I want to create my own business cards to portray myself as a professional. This is the easiest way to network. I can always have them with me. If I happen to hand my card to the right person/people, it could land me a job.

Topic of the Week 3


Last Friday, I attended the annual “Gorilla Thrilla” event. Gorilla Thrilla is a step show hosted by the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Although it is hosted by an African American fraternity, everyone is welcome. In fact, I thought this year was the most diverse turnout yet. One of the step show finalists from an Atlanta high school included an Asian boy, which impressed the crowd. Another one of the performers, an Alpha, drove from North Carolina to perform by himself. The crowd was a bit shocked to see that he was white, because he is a part of a fraternity with African American roots, but he was one of the best performers of the night. Additionally, an entire section of the crowd was Caucasian, which I have never seen before. I think these elements of the show that promote diversity and show people that you don’t have to be a certain race to enjoy the show.

I found out about the event through word of mouth and an event invitation on Facebook. Because it was the fraternity’s 22nd annual event, the event was already widely known and required less press than if it were the first annual event. I did not see posters plastered all over campus, or on the campus website. I attended because I have been going since freshman year and the event always seems to get better. I believe that certain aspects of public relations should have been used to increase to event’s success rate. For example, in terms of persuasive communication, I feel the organization could have used more channels to spread the word. Also, the message on the flyers was more vague than clear. It only featured the name of the event and the date, which I suspect was to invoke a curiosity. However, I feel that by releasing more information on the flyers, people who had never been to or heard of Gorilla Thrilla would have been more likely to come.