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13 Oct

Post: Katy Perry gets back at Elmo by Sam Mooty

Date: October 13, 2010

Comment:

When I first heard about the controversy with Katy Perry on Sesame Street, and then watched the video on youtube. I was pretty surprised that her outfit caused that much of an uproar. I actually thought that the sketch was quite adorable and Perry’s high energy is perfect for kids. The fact that parents made such a big deal about it just blew the issue way out of proportion. I have to say though- it was rude of Perry to come onto SNL as a way to get back at Sesame Street. I agree with them pulling the sketch since parents didn’t agree with it. After all, although Sesame Street is for the kids, the target audience is really the parents who monitor what their children are watching.

Post: Gap Redesign Contest by Kelly Wood

Date: October 13, 2010

Comment:

Let me just first say that this is a great blog post. I love that you took a different spin on the GAP logo controversy. Not only did you inform readers about the issue, but told about a current contest for redesigning the logo and then encouraged us to take action by voting. As far as the new logo: I think it is horrendous. Did GAP honestly think that people would like the new logo? It might be a good logo for, say, a power company. But not a clothing company. Either way, GAP definitely was able to stir up some buzz and encourage others to get involved. By bashing GAP’s new logo, we may just be fulfilling GAP’s plan all along to stir up PR.

Post: SEU TNL (Thursday Night Live) by Elaine Bluemling

Date: October 13, 2010

Comment:

I was one of the females in the skit with Seth Spencer! 🙂 Being apart of TNL was such a good experience, especially as a communications major. I produced The Bachelor video and got a taste of what producing is like and although I’m not sure if that’s what I want to do, I loved it. I love that you write about current events at Southeastern University. TNL combined aspects of viral videos shown on the web and showcased talent and spoofs of Southeastern University. TNL was such a fun event, and SBLC and everyone else involved did an absolutely wonderful job!

Post: Common Errors in Resumes and Cover Letters by Barbara Nixon

Date: October 13, 2010

Comment:

Professor Nixon, this blog post is extremely helpful to students writing resumes! I’ve written resumes before for temporary or part-time jobs that I believed were adequate resumes. However, after reading your post, I’ve realized that there is so much that I need to change about my resume. First of all, my current resume exceeds one page because it includes a lot of extra information that is not necessary. Also, it includes many things that I was involved with in high school. Now that I’m a junior in college, I really shouldn’t include many activities in high school unless they are especially extraordinary and are quite pertinent to the job I am applying for. After reading this post, I really must go revamp my resume!

Post:Ragan’s PR Daily Contributor- What Do You Have to Say? by Claire Celsi, Ragan’s PR Contributing Editor

Date: October 13, 2010

Comment:

Hi Claire!

Thank you so much for your post! You hands-down have one of the coolest jobs I can think of. Being able to everyday search the web for interesting information that you then pass along for the enjoyment of others. I am apart of a PR class at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida and our class has been assigned to keep a blog for the semester. We blog about anything and everything that deals with public relations. As a communications enthusiast and admirer, I would be more than honored if you stopped by my blog. https://rmlaflam.wordpress.com/

Thank you,
Rachel

PS. Constructive criticism is welcomed with open arms 🙂

Post:How to Ask for Pro-Bono PR or “Pick My Brain” by Claire Celsi

Date: October 13, 2010

Comment:

Wow, this post is spot-on with what I needed to hear! This is great for not only those seeking the advice or a consultation with a PR professional, but also for PR professionals to know what to look for and how to sift through people who come to them. The number one point of “knowing the person” just goes to show how important networking actually is! Especially for a soon-to-be college graduate aspiring to possibly enter the field of PR, it is all about creating and maintaining connections. The other points of asking the PR pro directly, instead of going through an assistant and knowing up front what you want are enlightening. This post is definitely one to take note of for the future.

Post: Australia’s Next Top Model by Melanie Shoults

Date: November 3, 2010

Comment:

Out of all of this, including Kelsey being told she won and then having it taken away from her and given to the rightful winner, Amanda, I believe that the host, Sarah, was the most embarrassed. That is a huge mistake to make on live TV! I’m not sure how someone can make a mistake like that. What shocks me the most though is that the producers allowed a good amount of time before they corrected the host. They allowed enough time for the runner-up, Kelsey, to thank her fans and hug Amanda. I agree that it could have very well been a publicity stunt in order to get Australia’s Next Top Model out there. Although it might not be the greatest publicity, any press can be good press. I hadn’t even heard of Australia’s Next Top Model until this incident! So although it may have not been the best way to get their name out there, the show definitely is known to a much broader public.

Post: Where Is the Black Girl on my Cover? by Katie Davis

Date: November 3, 2010

Comment:

This is absolutely ridiculous that they “white-washed” the cover, believing that book sales would be hindered if a person of color was on the cover. I actually believe the original cover for the book is much more compelling. However, it is also interesting to note that girl on the original cover is a more lighter skinned African American. It is a sad truth, but still to this day, people with lighter skin sell more than those with dark skin. Of course, I’m sure the author, Justine Larbalestier isn’t complaining with all the publicity she has gotten.

Post: Chick-fil-A Giveaways by Elaine Bluemling

Date: November 4, 2010

Comment:

I absolutely love Chick-fil-A! Back home, it is only minutes from my house and I have to say I go a few times a week when I’m home! I love Chick-fil-A for it’s variety of food, healthier selections, wonderful customer service, atmosphere, and cleanliness! Chick-fil-A would get a ton of business without all the giveaways for the number of reasons I listed above, however the giveaways and promotional events Chick-fil-A does definitely creates incentive to visit. Today I won a free Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich at the booth set up! This means that I will definitely visit Chick-fil-A soon, but I will also buy a drink and fries to go with my sandwich, and most likely bring friends along, so Chick-fil-A is gaining a lot of business with one coupon! Last year, my roommate and I dressed up as a pirate and princess one day and superheros another day to receive a free combo meal at Chick-fil-A. Out of all the restaurants I know, I believe Chick-fil-A does the best when it comes to marketing. Every year my family buys a few Chick-fil-A calendars for the funny pictures of the token cows, and the coupons on each month! Hip Hip Hooray to Chick-fil-A!

Post: Let’s Write A Story by Andrea Adkins

Date: November 3, 2010

Comment:

It’s imperative for writers to be able to distinguish the difference between a feature story and a hard news story. I love your post because it summarizes key points from the About.com article about feature stories, which is a great resource article that is short and sweet on feature stories. I am currently taking a photography class with Chad Neuman and when we take pictures for feature stories, we focus more on human interest by focusing on one or two people in a photograph. This correlates with feature stories because they are more about the emotion of those involved, while hard news stories focus on the facts.

Post: Disney Star in Rehab by Sam Mooty

Date: November 3, 2010

Comment:

Wow! This is the first I’ve heard about Demi Lovato going to rehab, I had no idea that she had any problems such as this. I have to commend her for being bold enough to shut down her twitter and also admit that she has a problem and seek the help that she needs. However, we can only speculate at this point the damage that this will do to her career. Demi Lovato has been a fresh face to Disney as she and Selena Gomez seem to be the “good girls” compared to previous Disney stars such as Miley Cyrus and her risque performance at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards, along with of course Lindsey Lohan and who can forget Britney Spears who down spiraled from Mickey Mouse Club. Demi Lovato seemed to be the exception to this pattern until this event. I just hope she can get the help that she needs and that she gets back on the right track, because I am a fan of her.

Post: West vs. Bush by Sam Mooty

Date: November 3, 2010

Comment:

I believe that they should just drop the Kanye thing. As far as credibility, I’m not sure Kanye West is very high on the scale. Just look back at the 2009 VMA Awards when Kanye West stole the microphone from Taylor Swift and spoke out impulsively. What is his deal? Either Kanye has difficulty holding his tongue, or having any kind of self-control for that matter, or he is just consumed with publicity stunts and enjoys stirring up press. Kanye does not seem too stable, so I would not rely on his opinion in the matter. Just because George W. Bush is white with a southern accent, it doesn’t mean that he “doesn’t care about black people”. This just emphasizes to me to talk everything that Kanye says as a grain of sand.

Post: Gaga 1 Billion!!! by Elijah Gil

Date: November 3, 2010

Comment:

Lady Gaga’s outrageous outfits, eccentric make up, and unique dance moves are all what makes this entertainer stand out from the crowd. She must have really took it to heart when someone told her to be an individual. Her music is definitely unique, however it’s her whole attitude and frequent attention-grabbing ploys (such as her meat outfit) that cause people to become so enthralled by her. I’m not exactly surprised that she has 1 billion hits on YouTube or is the most searched celebrity on Google. People are fascinated by Gaga because of how out there she truly is. Along with being a Communications major, I am a psychology minor and I would love to really see who Lady Gaga truly is under everything. I think that is a main reason why people are so intrigued. Who is the real “Lady” under the meat dress?

Post: The McRib is Back by Amber Sakis

Date: November 3, 2010

Comment:

I can honestly say that I have never tried a McRib, nor do I necessarily have the desire to. Something about having ribs at McDonald’s slapped between two hamburger buns doesn’t exactly sound like my cup of tea. However, if you enjoy the McRib, all the more power to you! It’s great that McDonald’s has public relations employees out there scouting out what consumers desire and has brought back a sandwich that was apparently missed so much as to be brought back. Actually, I didn’t even know the McRib was gone in the first place since I never have ordered one before. However, maybe the PR folks of Mickey D’s should throw a “McRib Sneak Attack Back!” Party. Or something of the sort to truly get people talking.

Post: Don’t Worry PR majors, We’ll All Get Jobs! by Sarah Hassani

Date: November 11, 2010

Comment:

A lot of great information, Sarah! It’s good to know that companies are searching more and more for professionally trained individuals to handle the public relations aspect of their company.

I agree that public relations is a very important branch of a company, and that you can’t just put anyone in charge of it. I mean after all, isn’t PR the face of the company  and the public is who the company is trying to please? With putting untrained people in these positions, companies are taking a huge risk.

Hopefully more and more companies will realize their need for PR. Like you said, I want a job when I graduate!

Post: Tara Mullaney- PR Professional by Andrea Adkins

Date: November 13, 2010

Comment:

I really enjoyed reading your interview! I’m interested in the health care field so I would love to combine Public Relations and healthcare like Tara Mullaney’s career. It’s great that she is able to travel a lot, but it does sound kind of like a bit of a lonely life with the crazy schedule and always going new places. It would be hard to have a social life, as she stated. The tips that she gave for those pursuing a career in PR were really beneficial. I didn’t think about getting a mentor who is versed in the field, but any career that you choose, having someone to “follow in their footsteps” would be very helpful. You can learn from their mistakes and also learn about what has worked for them. Great interview!

Post: Working Mom by Melanie Shoults

Date: November 13, 2010

Comment:

Great post! I commend you for recognizing what you want and for searching articles that relate to your dream. My dream is also to one day have a family and be able to stay home with my kids. However, I know that in these modern times it’s close to impossible to do so. It’s definitely encouraging to know that it is possible in the field of PR to be able to work out of my home one day. I loved your sources that you linked, and although I haven’t read the article yet, it sounds very beneficial so it is going on my “to do” list 🙂

Post: Oh, Baby! Justin Bieber is a PR Genius by Michael Sebastian

Date: November 15, 2010

Post:

Great post! I really enjoyed reading.

This just goes to show how important a PR team is for celebrities. The fact that Bieber not only got off the allegations, but now people are taking pity on him for his supposed past really shows the ingenuity of the team he has working for him.

Not only does a celebrities PR team need to be creative, but they also must be quick on their feet. Timing can be everything and less than 24 hours after the reported hit, they spun the story about Justin’s “past bullying” experience. Bieber wanting to join an anti-bullying campaign will just reinforce this spin-city story of him.

Post: Interview with a PR Professional By Mandee Winter

Date: November 15, 2010

Comment:

I really enjoyed reading your PR professional interview with Roberta McFarland. The PR professional I interviewed did public relations for a non-profit organization and his goal was basically doing fundraising, so it’s interesting to see the more event-planning side of public relations. One of my strengths is paying attention to details, which apparently is a large part of Roberta’s vocation. I loved her advice about keeping a daily planner and staying organized now. Because if we can learn how to do so in college, things will come much easier later.

Just a piece of advice for your blog. You seem to have great posts for the PR Connections, yet it isn’t a whole lot of fun to scroll through the whole page. Try making them individual posts, instead of one long thread that is being added to, because then people will more easily be able to find the post they want and comment individually on that post, rather than commenting on the whole section of “PR Connections”.  But great job!

Post: 5 Ways to Get Publicity Without the Media by Susan Young

Date: November 16, 2010

Comment:

Awesome post! News is all around us. Being a reporter truly is more of an identity than a career because you are one 24/7. Some people may have the typical “nine to five” job, but you can’t ask the world to stop spinning or people to stop doing crazy things during all the other hours.

Thank you for the advice about always being ready take a photograph, write a story, or catch something interesting. As a reporter, it is important to constantly be alert and an observer of your surroundings. I guess I really should get a phone with a better camera in it! 😉

Post: Personal Profile- Frankie Cunningham by Elaine Bluemling

Date: November 16, 2010

Comment:

Elaine, this post was really well written! I loved reading it. Although I’ve never worked directly under Frankie, I’ve witnessed some of his leadership and he definitely seems to know exactly what all is going on and he has the rare, but beautiful gift of humility. Which really is hard to find in some great leaders today. I like how this was written more as a “story” or analysis of Frankie’s leadership and obstacles that brought him to where he is today, rather than the question/answer format that some interviews tend to fall under. This post is also really encouraging for anyone who is considering being involved in student life in some capacity. It really does develop great leadership skills!

Post: Show Your Constituents Some Love by Matt Lindsay

Date: November 16, 2010

Comment:

Hi Matt! This was a really beneficial post for me. I am currently in a Public Relations Applications class at Southeastern University, and we have been learning a lot about the impact of social media and how to utilize it. It’s great that you hit on five main social media outlets: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Flickr. Although I’m active on Facebook and Twitter, I really must begin utilizing the others. Thank you for the helpful advice on how you use each of these to reach your alumni. I agree that it is very important to know your audience. Because as you wrote, not everyone uses these outlets and you may be reaching only a small percentage on one. Thanks for the great post!

Post: My First Experience with Podcasts by Melanie Shoults

Date: November 18, 2010

Comment:

This was a very beneficial post! As an RA in my dorm and just as a student in general, I receive tons of email constantly. I’ve never exactly been an email-kind-of-girl. So sometimes I just see the email, and leave it. But the advice to write out a to-do list before responding to any email is genius! I usually read my email with my planner next to me so I can record it directly, but usually I can’t get through all of it in one sitting because I try to respond to it immediately.

Also, I totally agree with the advice of talking to people prior to needing their help. I know I’ve been guilty before of not really making an effort to talking to someone until I realize I need their help. But at the same time, I’ve been on the other end of that. I hate feeling like I’m using someone or being used. People respond much better to someone who they already have an established relationship with.

Post: 4 reasons PR pros need to listen more by Jackson Wightman

Date: November 18, 2010

Comment:

Great post! I’m a public relations student and right now I truly just need to become a sponge to soak up all the information I can. Like many other people involved in the field of communications, I enjoy talking. However, especially right now I need to just stop and listen to learn whatever I can about public relations. But I also believe that there is a certain extent of give and take as far as communication goes because although you should be soaking up information, I think that an individual also needs to contribute to the field. As you say though, PR is in the end about meeting people’s needs, and how will you learn what people want or about them without listening?

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