Twitter in Entertainment Weekly

May 6, 2009 at 2:39 pm (Personal, Responses) (, )

I receive Entertainment Weekly in the mail and I have not had time to look at any of them besides a quick flip through in a couple months. They have begun to pile up in a basket in my room. Well in the process of my cleaning and packing spree this week, I started flipping through more of them. In one of them there was an article on Twitter and the rapid success and popularity it is having. I had never heard about Twitter until this class (PRCA 2330: Introduction to Public Relations) and now I feel like I hear about it all the time. My mom even has Twitter.

This article mainly talked about the celebrities that are on Twitter and all the followers they are accumulating. I think the publicity Twitter is receiving is excellent. It may have the ability to be bigger than Facebook.

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Top 10 things I learned in Intro to Public Relations

May 3, 2009 at 2:46 pm (Assignments)

We were asked to blog about our top ten list of the things we learned most in our Intro to Public relations class with Professor Nixon. So here is what I got most out of this class.

1. The most important thing I think I learned is to NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK! No matter how you go about doing it. Whether it be social networking sites, such as Twitter or Facebook, or meeting people and making connections through face to face contact. This is the easiest way to work your way up and find an internship or a job. For example, in Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day this year, I met a Chief of the Atlanta Fire Department that worked as ground control for the Atlanta Braves. He got my e-mail address and got me an interview for a summer job with the Atlanta Braves.

2. Keep yourself updated with what is going on in the world. The news is one of the most important key things for a PR professional. You have to know what is going on and keep up with current events, so we might as well start now and get into a good habit of watching the news, listening, or going online newssites for information.

3. PROOFREAD! So many times have I gotten words mixed up or gone back over a blog and thought “wow wonder what I was really trying to say.” It is so important to proofread your work over and over again, as well as have a peer proofread also.

4. Keep updated with the AP style and APA style of writing. I have both books tabbed with the items I look up most often. The two books are a great investment and I would have been lost the past year without them.

5. I learned how to prepare myself for future interviews. Some of the things we talked about in preparing for a job interview I had never thought about before this class. Professor Nixon really had great tips for us, as well as our classmates.

6. Building your portfolio. The easiest way to do this is to GET INVOLVED during your time in college. I know personally, I have planned 3 specific events as well as held other leadership positions in my sorority and now I have press releases and other items to fill my portfolio with. The more ways you get involved on campus and in the community, the easier it will be to build your portfolio.

7. Practice makes perfect. The more practice you have writing news releases and feature stories, the better you will become at it. Whether it be for class or for a publication on campus or in the community, write! The more experience you have the better you will be when entering the real world. This will also help with building your portfolio as seen in #6.

8. How to write a resume`. I had already had my resume built before this class began in January, but Professor Nixon shared what her ideas were about items in a resume and where to put specific things. She also gave tips on how to make our resumes stand out and updated. Your resume may be the first impression a possible future employer may see and you want to make sure it is a good one so it doesn’t get tossed into the trash can.

9. I also learned how important it was to keep your personal good morals and ethics in your career and not to let the world take over what you have always believed in. Most companies have their own code of ethics and it is important to familiarize yourself with these.

10. Finally, how important an internship is to finding a job. Employers want employees with experience in the field and interning is the best way to achieve that. Intern as much as you can. It also builds your portfolio and resume!

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