It was a great journey with my students this quarter! I have selected a top blog post from each of their blogs to feature, provided that their blogs are public and I received permission to share this information (as well as the picture).
You can see from the picture below how much fun we had.
Jesse Davis shares a story about an organization that had to slow down its tweets to gain back its regular media coverage. He will graduate in June and will look for a job at a public relations agency, company or sports team. E-portfolio: http://visualcv.com/users/237123-jesseleedavis/cvs/279473
Liz Johnston reports on a new study by Harris Interactive that demonstrates the results of using two-way communication to follow up with customers who have posted complaints on the Internet. Liz will look for a Portland Experience internship for fall 2011 and will be on the market for a permanent job in March 2012. E-portfolio: http://www.liz-john.moonfruit.com
Lindsey McCarthy analyzes the effectiveness of awareness memes on Facebook in which people update their statuses with information such as bra colors and drinks. Lindsey graduates in June and will be on the market for a health communication job in the fall, after she finishes her summer internship. Lindsey’s specialty is breast cancer communication. E-portfolio: http://www.wix.com/lkmccarthy412/portfolio
Sarah Sullivan discusses how a country’s economic system affects opportunities and challenges for public relations practitioners on her cross-cultural public relations blog. Her summary comes from a journal article published in PRism by Dr. Krishnamurthy Sriramesh. Sarah graduates this June and would like to work for a public relations agency. E-portfolio: http://www.wix.com/ssulliv1/sarahaasullivan
Larissa Frei shares a strategy for cutting through the noise on her health communication blog. Make sure to watch the piano stairs video at the bottom of her blog post. Larissa is seeking a health communication internship right now and for next year. She will be seeking a permanent health communication job in June 2012. E-portfolio: http://www.wix.com/lfrei9/larissa-frei
James Watkins discusses a tag cloud comparison of various presidents’ state of the union addresses on his public affairs blog. It’s interesting to see the differences. He is looking for an internship right now while he finishes his final year in school. He will be on the market for a full-time job in public affairs in spring 2012. E-portfolio: http://www.jamespwatkins.com
Claire Tonneson shares tips for organizations to avoid getting blocked by fans on Facebook. She will be looking for a job in August, and she welcomes the opportunity to work in a major city, such as Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles. E-portfolio: http://www.visualcv.com/pqqbhk1
Taylor Long provides seven tips for shooting quality video. She will look for a job in spring of 2012, and she is interested in the following areas of public relations: art, entertainment, tourism, and food and beverage. She would like to work for an agency in Portland. E-portfolio: http://taylorkristenlong.com/portfolio
Shasta Smith discusses a few tips for donor relations that are based on Ken Brunett’s book about relationship fundraising. She is seeking a summer internship and is especially interested in event coordination and donor relations. She graduates in June 2012. E-portfolio: http://shastasmith.foliotek.me
Sarah Kirsch, a public relations and advertising double major, addresses a situation where PR meets advertising: irresponsible advertising campaigns. She critiques Diet Pepsi’s skinny can campaign. Sarah is seeking a job with a public relations agency or an integrated agency and is available July 1. E-portfolio: http://sarahkirsch.wordpress.com/portfolio
Steve Hoshaw discusses tips for organizations who are interested in starting blogs. He will be on the market in December 2011 and is especially interested in working for a small public relations agency in Oregon. E-portfolio: http://www.visualcv.com/pu0j0p0
Teeona Wilson shares networking tips from Julie Williams, the director-at-large of new professionals for the Portland chapter of PRSA. Teeona graduates in June and is applying for public relations jobs. E-portfolio: http://www.wix.com/teewilson08/trw
Kelsey Waymire discusses a new campaign called Tobbaco Free New York. The campaign staff found through research that youths are more influenced by in-store cigarette marketing than by peer pressure. Kelsey will be on the market on June 14. She is open to anything and has a special interest in sports. E-portfolio: http://www.visualcv.com/pq6b4n4
Tina Freeman shares tips for crisis management. She has a solid business background and will seek a public relations job for a company or agency after July. E-portfolio: http://www.visualcv.com/pqwiqop
Jacob Rogers takes a position on the stakeholder debate between people who wanted the Matthew Knight Arena and people who resent the taxpayer portion of the investment. Jacob is double majoring in public relations and economics and has minors in business and mathematics. He is looking for a job in June that will enable him to combine his strengths. E-portfolio: https://jacobrogers21.wordpress.com
Best wishes to my class as they enjoy spring break and start spring quarter in a week.
By the way, feel free to follow my Twitter list of University of Oregon public relations students and alumni.
And I want to give a shout out to Sarah Sullivan, James Watkins and Jesse Davis for finding out about the AP Style change from e-mail to email before I did! It was great finding out from the three of you. Way to stay up on PR news via Twitter!