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48 Hours of Twitter

 Oh Twitter! In my PR class we were told to embark in 48 hours of twitter. At first, I was not looking forward to this. At the beginning of the semester I learned about twitter and experienced it a little. In the past two days I have become addicted. I am currently working on a huge paper for my Semantics class and I am writing about the quote, “how old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were.” I posted this on twitter last night (April 21, 2009) and I had so many tweet responses. I was so excited, and received so many great ideas and outlooks on the quote. This was the moment that I realized how helpful and fun tweeting really was. A few of the other students and I were talking about how we were addicted. I love keeping up with sports and I am following the Braves and the Falcons (two of my favorites). I also am following talk shows that I am interested in as well as my all time favorites, Paula Dean.  I found a website the other day and you could pretty much find anyone you wanted on twitter to follow. It is called wefollow.com. Through this website I found many PR firms and PR help.Hopefully, this will come in handy when I am looking for a job. Getting my name out in the PR would early couldn’t hurt. I am so excited to become more twitter savvy. I have downloaded tweetdeck and twhril. I have to admit Twitter has become a necessity. I have to admit that twitter is getting more of my attention than Facebook

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Interview with a Public Relations Professional

Anna Lipseyrecently interviewed one of my former Phi Mu sorority sisters, Anna Lipsey. Anna is currently working as an event specialist and in August is going to attend law school. She is one of my very close friends and I do look to her for advice in many aspects of my life one being PR. I can easily relate to Anna in a sense that she did graduate from GSU with the same degree as I will. I chose Anna because I knew her insight would be very honest and helpful. I hope others can relate to her just as I can.

 

 *What’s a typical week like? (If no week is typical, then what was last week like?
 A typical week involves meeting with potential and actual clients, menu tastings, developing contracts for each planned event and carrying out each event. Every week involves different issues and problems; the more experience you get the easier it is to deal with each new issue.

*Tell me about a project you worked on that you are especially proud of.

 I do a lot of weddings, so each time a bride is truly happy with her wedding day I feel like I’ve done my job exceptionally well. It’s rewarding to have someone thank you for making the most important day of her life exactly as she imagined it.

 *How important is writing in your career?

Writing is extremely important in my every day work; it comprises about 80% of my interaction with vendors, clients, and members of the events team. The quality of your writing in these seemingly simple interactions makes a huge impression on those with whom you communicate.

*What three tips would you offer someone just starting out in PR?

NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK. The more people you know the better. In the communications field, this is undoubtedly THE most important aspect of what you do. The right contacts can make or break any project.

2.Be realistic about where you will be after graduation. You will NOT be the newest member of Britney Spears’ PR team. You will barely make enough money to survive and there will be a million other highly qualified college grads competing with you for your dream job. (This is where the networking part comes in 😉

3.Complete as many internships as possible. Don’t spend the summer laying out at the pool–work towards what you want to do after graduation. The more real life work experience you have, the bigger the edge you have over those you’re competing with for jobs.

 

*What do you do to keep current in the PR industry?

 As an event specialist, my vendors are responsible for offering the best, most current services. I rely on them a great deal for new trends in events.

 

*What was it like trting to get a job in the PR field?

 I wish I would have known how difficult it is to find a job. Unfortunately, the economy has made it nearly impossible for people in the marketing/advertising/PR field to find jobs. Recent graduates are in an especially difficult position because most jobs require at least 2 years experience in public relations. Again, NETWORKING is required to land the few jobs that exist in the field.

*Did your education prepare you for working in PR? How

My education did prepare me for my current job. GSU did an excellent job preparing me from an educational standpoint, but they did nothing to prepare me for the “real world” of PR. It is a competitive field where few jobs exist and the ones that I qualify for are low-paying and do not allow me to make the most of the PR skills I possess. Most of the PR graduates from my classes have decided to go back to school for degrees in a different field (i.e. teaching, law, business) due to the difficulty in finding jobs in PR.

 

As a PR student, I do want to continue my studies in the PR field. I feel as if I could do well in the Pr profession. I have learned a lot sense I have been at GSU. There are many things I still want to learn, and if think I am a very hard worker. I am excited about being a Pr professional one day. I know it might be hard to get a job, but I’m hopping that will get better. The economy is hard for everyone right now, so any job that I receive I will be happy with

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PROpenMic Podcast

Last week, I listened to a podcast on PROpenMic, called Managing the Grey: FaceBook Pages and Media Hacks. The podcast was mainly about how FaceBook is the “new everything,” He explains how you can not ignore the power of FaceBook. This is very true I could easily relate to this podcast because FaceBook is a huge part of my everyday life. It does keep me informed on what is going on in the world. The podcast also talked about how we are going to start seeing more advertising on FaceBook, companies have realized how popular FaceBook has become. He pointed out how now that FaceBook is open for everyone that each day he gets on and has a friend request from a family member or an old classmate. Another point that he made was,”Google knows everything,” and now all you have to do is type in your name or something about “you” and it will pop up on Google.  He said, people don’t realize how much things are changing and we need to be more aware. After listening to the podcast I will be more aware of things when they change. Instead of just pressing the OK button and ignoring the “terms and conditions” I will be sure to read them.

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Tribes

 

 

Before I watched the video” tribes,” I had a very different perspective of what it was going to be about than what it really was about. I thought the video was going to be about “tribes” as in groups of people who share a similar culture in different countries. This was not what the video was about. However, it can be related to this definition of tribes. This vidoe is based on the book Tribes.This video is about “cliques” that people are in. These are social groups that people associate them selves in. there is usually leader and we identify ourselves through these  so called “group”. It was also about leadership nad groups and about leadership in groups. He referred to people and the concept “blogging”, in which the people you blog with are people within your tribe. He considers a tribe to be the social group that makes you unique and that everyone is in different cliques making us different. For example, I consider myself in the e “Phi Mu’ clique “Public Relations” Clique and “Twitter” clique. These are just some of my “tribal” identities.

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“Wag the Dog”

In my public Relations class we watched the movie Wag The Dog. I had never seen or heard of this movie .Once I watched it I realized how interesting it was. The movie is based on a movie producer and a PR practitioner who creates scandalous allegation against the President during the re-election by creating a “fake war” with Albania.

The value orientation of the movie is situational to me. Throughout the entire movie the focus was on the President’s image. It is so important for the President to stay on his level of authority and keep the respect that he has always portrayed.  It was clear how important it is to keep the President’s image clean so nothing can harm him. than the public because they can make them believe things. This allegation relates with the title “Wag the dog.”   

The PR Practitioner is unethical. He was not honest with the public because he created a false war. He came up with this false illusion and sold it to the public and made them believe everything was true. This shows how someone can have control over what the public believes due to how much credibility they have.

In the beginning of the movie it said” a dog wags its tail.”A tail does not wag the dog because it is not smarter than the dog. To me the dog represents the public because we are the ones that control everything (like the tail) and the tail represents the PR Practitioner’s. The movie makes it seem like the PR Practitioner’s are smarter

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10 Interview Tips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Recently in my PR class we were asked to post some interview tips. The following tips are from my own that I think are important.

1. Dress appropriately for your interview a suit for both men and women are appropriate. You want to have a professional look so you will be taken seriously.

2. It is a good idea to know important facts about the company. This will let the Interviewer know you are serious about the job.

3. Start preparing for your interview a few hours before the actual interview.

4. Turn off your cell phone. If it is necessary to have it on in case of an emergency, let the Interviewer know.

5. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the Interview. It is better to be early than late. You can sit in your car if you arrive too early.

 6. Maintain a positive attitude and Smile.

7. When the Interviewer asks you a question, say something even if it does not relate perfectly, do not just there keep the conversation going.

8. Do not be nervous. Remember that everyone has been in the same position you are in.

9. Remember all Interview etiquette. If you are dinning on an interview according to About.com:Job Searching here are some tips:

·Are you really nervous? Check out the restaurant ahead of time. That way you’ll know exactly what’s on the menu, what you might want to order and where the rest rooms are located.

·Be polite. Remember to say “please” and “thank you” to your server as well as to your host.

·Is the table full of utensils? My British grandmother taught me an easy way to remember what to use when. Start at the outside and work your way in. Your salad fork will be on the far left, your entree fork will be next to it. Your dessert spoon and fork will be above your plate.

·Liquids are on the right, solids on the left. For example, your water glass will be on the right and your bread plate will be on the left.

·Put your napkin on your lap once everyone is seated.

·Remember what your mother spent years telling you – keep your elbows off the table, sit up straight, and don’t talk with your mouth full.

(I have never been on an Interview where dinning was involved, so I thought these tips would be helpful.)

10. Make sure to proofread your resume plenty of times before handing it over to the Interviewer. It is also a good idea to have some business cards on hand.

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