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This was an amazing group of over-achievers!

This was an amazing group of overachievers!

Winter 2013 marked our first class in Allen Hall 3.0! It’s wonderful to be in an environment that is so conducive to teamwork and creativity. Listed below is one of my favorite blog posts from each of my students (all students featured provided permission to have their picture and blogs featured).

This past quarter, a group of my students took their social media audit and conversation analysis to the next level by partnering with a company and presenting their work. Megan Russell describes the experience in her blog post.

The other blog posts below feature students’ infographics and informational interviews.


Infographics

Lauren Van Neste created an infographic about a baseball player from the Seattle Mariners.

Anna Reinhard created an  infographic about the global water crisis.

Mandy Shold created an infographic to encourage the use of reusable bags.

Jessica Hamel
 created an infographic about the benefits of red wine.

Catherine Dacquisto created an infographic about the benefits of pet adoption.

Alexis Chan created an infographic about the importance of music programs in schools.


Informational Interviews

Holly Locke interviewed the senior director of communications for Microsoft Advertising Business Group.

Hannah Olson interviewed a former account coordinator (now account executive) at Cawood. A special thanks goes to J452 veteran Lindsey McCarthy, an outstanding public relations professional, who has now done three informational interviews for my students over the years!

Heather Case interviewed the publicity coordinator for the Rachael Ray Show.

Maritza Santillan interviewed an assistant account executive at Waggener Edstrom.

Carly Fortunato interviewed a former account executive for LaunchSquad, who now works for TripIt.

Tammy Nguyen interviewed a former account executive and research strategist at Lippe Taylor.

Austin Foster interviewed the community relations manager for New Seasons Market, an organic Portland grocery store.

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Fall 2012

My incredible J452 class – I miss them already!

A major highlight for me this fall was getting to work with this wonderful group of women in my J452 class. They have bright futures ahead of them, and I would recommend them in a heartbeat! Below is each student’s e-portfolio and a favorite blog post. I have received each student’s permission to share their picture and work on this blog.


Blog posts that feature students’ infographics from class
Edelman’s Academic Summit for public relations professors inspired me to adopt this new assignment. My students used piktochart.

Ellie Boggs shares her infographic about the benefits of joining the Army.

Maggie Hilty shares her infographic about the importance of donating blood.

April Robinson shares her infographic about the importance of swim lessons.


Blog posts that share insights from informational interviews
I encourage students to develop a specialization in an area of public relations. For this assignment, they interviewed someone in an area that interests them.

Caitlin Harrington gives readers an inside look at donor relations in her informational interview with Patrick Hosfield, director of corporate and donor relations at the Oregon Bach Festival.

Yuzhu Zhang shares what she learned about the transition from school to life at a PR agency from her informational interview with James Watkins, an outstanding J452 veteran who works at VOX PR in Portland.

Kelly Brokaw describes what she learned in her informational interview about health communication with Mark Riley, a marketing manager for Sutter Health Peninsula Coastal Region.


Blog posts that highlight public relations studies
To develop an understanding of an area of public relations theory and to gain practice with translating complex information for a lay audience, students choose a public relations study to summarize for their readers.

Nicole Dionisopoulos shares surprising insights about crisis theory in her summary of a study by Michel Haigh and Frank Dardis.

Jen Popp discusses strategies for cultivating relationships with volunteers in her summary of a study by Denise Sevick Bortree.

Molly Monihan discusses how the Red Cross uses social media in her review of a study by Rowena Briones, Beth Kuch, Brooke Fisher Liu, and Yan Jin.


Blog posts about strategies for reaching out to diverse audiences
To develop an understanding of how to reach out to diverse audiences, students highlight a case study or two that interests them.

Cecilia Bianco
 highlights similar strategies in two campaigns to reach out to diverse audiences.

Casey Liu presents tips for communication with Asian audiences.

Taylor Danowski describes Ketchum’s campaign to reach out to African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans for a tourism campaign in Florida.

Jordyn Neerdaels highlights the efforts of Sporting Kansas City Soccer Club to reach out to the Latino community.

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(All students gave permission to appear in the class picture for the purpose of this blog post.)

This quarter, our J452/J552 class was in for a treat because I got to co-teach with Kevin Brett, who has served as a senior vice president of Edelman, press secretary for a California governor, vice president of communications for a trade association, and director of corporate PR for LSI Logic. He is a talented speaker, an inspirational teacher and a good friend.

Working with our students was rewarding. We had a bright, talented group, and it was wonderful to see their growth. Below are my favorite blog posts from students who volunteered to have their work featured.

Graduating MBA student Tim Dobyns shares the story of Jackie Robinson’s leadership in Major League Baseball and calls for renewed efforts to reach out to the African-American community.

Patty Jenness shares tips for discussing cancer with the Native American community based on Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s advisory guide.

Bianca Bernath shares insights from our annual Portland Paddle event in which students practice interviewing with public relations professionals.

Jordan Paul assesses Cinnabon’s social media response when he tweeted about a piece of plastic in his treat.

Liz Azevedo discusses the LGBTQ outreach campaign that resulted in raising enough funds to keep the Howard Brown Health Center open.

Hannah Gray summarizes a study that isolates the effects of the medium on reactions to crisis communication.

Melissa Bruinier summarizes a study about the effectiveness of a client-class collaboration in which students were responsible for promoting a charity concert.

Tai Locke summarizes a study that suggests that public relations practitioners are more familiar with product placement than expected.

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Ten weeks seem to go by even more quickly with team teaching than with solo teaching. I would have liked for another 10 weeks to continue to work with my students. The quarter flew by. I enjoyed getting to partner with John Mitchell to team teach the class. Below are top student blog posts from the students who chose to have their work highlighted here. All students provided permission for the picture above.

For one of the blog posts, I asked students to summarize an academic journal article in public relations to

  • Exercise their research skills
  • Deepen their knowledge in an area that interests them
  • Give them experience with translating complex information, specifically with regard to scientific studies

One of the most interesting studies was described by Nicole Johnson. She summarizes a study by Mai Abdul Wahed Al Khaja and Pam Creedon, published in Public Relations Review, about tips for breast cancer awareness campaigns in the United Arab Emirates. The study shows the importance of conducting research to culturally adapt messages to audiences.

For another blog post, I asked students to write about how to engage a diverse audience of their choice to

  • Give them experience with conducting research about a particular audience
  • Help them see how they can use research about an audience to plan a campaign
  • Deepen their knowledge about communicating with a particular audience

Jayna Omaye wrote an insightful blog post titled “Fostering Diversity and Engaging with Hispanic Audiences.” She provides helpful tips and warns against generalizing to Hispanic audiences as a whole.

I also asked students to blog about an ethical issue in the public relations community. Martina Benova wrote an engaging blog post about ghost tweeting for athletes, and Cydni Anderson also wrote an insightful blog post about ghost tweeting. Both discussions include insightful secondary research. Cassie Bates discusses astroturfing and includes a recent case involving a response to an unflattering restaurant review.

I hope my class had a great spring break and is recharged for spring quarter.

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It was wonderful getting to work with my J452 class. All class members featured above gave permission to have a class photo used on this blog; however, only a few students chose to have their blogs highlighted.

Anna Reilly, an avid Pinterest user, presents five best practices for using Pinterest. As she explains, “Pinterest is a website where you can create theme-based image collections through social photo sharing. …In terms of PR, Pinterest can be a great curation tool for visual thinkers to express their plans and ideas for customers and clients.”

Jerica Pitts, who is passionate about health communication, discusses the Pink Ribbon Sundays Program as a model for effective health outreach programs that are designed for African-American and Hispanic women. This is a must-read post for anyone interested in health communication who does not know about the pink Sundays case study.

Shannon August, who is committed to using public relations to make a difference in people’s lives, shares tips for creating an outstanding organizational culture. She provides concrete examples from her summer internship at AMN Healthcare.

Thanks for reading, and best wishes for the new year.

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Having received permission from my students to include this picture and highlight their blog posts (see my blog post about FERPA), I have included a top blog post from my students who expressed interest in having their work promoted.

Sarah Helfgott provides 10 tips for pitching bloggers and then shares an excellent blog pitch model that I plan to share with my future classes.

Sara Waltemire shares tips for negotiating event costs on her event planning blog.

Jaimie Popp reveals what she learned from an online webinar about online fundraising on her nonprofit PR blog.

Lisa France highlights drawbacks of social media releases.

Genevieve Thompson explains the relevance of Foursquare to public relations practitioners.

Lauren Stuart describes Jimmy Choo’s use of Foursquare to reward followers.

Emilie Rathe assesses BP’s response to the oil spill on her environmental PR blog.

Alicia Van Bourg discusses the use of social media for event planning on her blog for wedding planners.

Rebecca Spliethof reveals the private information that Facebook can collect and share about you depending on your privacy settings.

Jenna Levy discusses her favorite social media tips for success.

Jackson Mehl applauds Chip Kelly’s navigation of a football controversy on his sports PR blog.

David Runberg describes community relations efforts by the NFL and NBA on his sports PR blog.

Barbara Titus shares PR advice for an NBA athlete on her sports PR blog.

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There were many insightful presentations today. I’ve summarized a few of the great ones. Feel free to join us tomorrow on Twitter at #IPRRC2010. Many thanks to the Institute for Public Relations, the University of Miami, and our other conference sponsors for this incredible experience.

Pretty charts didn’t matter to analysts:

  • KDPaine & Partners examined analyst reports about whether to buy or sell a particular company’s stock; one conclusion was that the company’s charts and tables had no impact on the tonality (e.g., positive, negative, neutral) or valuation (e.g., outperform, buy/medium risk) of analyst reports.

Three top companies spent 81% of Twitter time building one-on-one relationships:

  • Gee Ekachai and Amanda Stageman from Marquette University studied three Fortune 100 companies and found that 81% of the tweets they examined were replies to people or were addressed to people, which shows strong engagement efforts.

Shifts occurred on the social media scene following the recent gift disclosure law:

  • Kelli Burns from University of South Florida studied “momfluentials” (mom bloggers with a large following). Her participants noticed that some companies have sent fewer free products for review since the passage of the law requiring disclosure. Momfluentials also observed that some companies have been more insistent about disclosing free gifts. Several momfluentials have responded to the law by not only adding disclosures to blog posts but also having disclosure policies as separate sections on their blogs.

Kelli also described various approaches momfluentials adopt with regard to negative evaluations of free products, such as

  • checking with the company to see if the company would even want them to post a review because the review would be negative
  • writing a negative review while finding some good things to say
  • writing a negative review and warning all gift givers in advance that a negative review will be posted if the product is disliked

What do you think about these approaches?

For conference attendees: Feel free to share one of your research highlights from today.

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