My Causerie

"All great change in America begins at the dinner table." ~ Ronald Reagan

Back-to-School advice for PR students August 17, 2015

Filed under: ACS 313 — mycauserie @ 7:00 am


school8Sharpen those pencils…metaphorically speaking! A new school year is upon us, and for public relations students that means writing, writing and yeah, more writing.

Hopefully, summer was not a writing hiatus for you. Whether you had a summer internship that provided you with ample writing opportunities or you used your personal blog to share your summer travel adventures with everyone, you will feel much more prepared if you haven’t put your writing, or your reading for that matter, on the back burner.

For ACS 313 students, if you haven’t looked at your blog much less posted anything since last semester, it is time to

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Photo Credit: via Compfight cc

dust it off. You will want to make sure all links and feeds are working and you update your “about me.” To help make your need to read more efficient, I recommend you find a few good public relations blogs to add to your news feeds. It is an easy way to stay in touch with what is happening in the public relations industry.

Last year as students set up their blogs in ACS 213, I recommended they link to Gini Dietrich’s blog, Spin Sucks. Another one that offers a lot of great writing tips such as “15 AP style rules for back to school” or 6 self-editing tips to strengthen your writing” is Ragan’s PR Daily. This site could be beneficial to you as you seek ways to strengthen your writing.

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Photo Credit: Enokson via Compfight cc

Do not rebuff the connection between being an avid reader and a good writer. If you are not reading, the writing will be much more challenging. And reading doesn’t just mean industry-related news. Read your favorite blogs, favorite magazines – heck, read your favorite comic books if that is something you enjoy! The important thing is to read. If you don’t think this will make a difference in your writing, I challenge you to give it a trial run after your first writing assignment. Just see if “putting pen to paper” feels easier to you after a healthy dose of daily reading. Let me know the outcome.

One final piece of advice as we prepare for a new semester: talk to me! Email, call, text, post…you can even stop by

my office and talk to me – crazy, I know! But seriously, I encourage you to stay connected, build relationships and come into the class with a strong work ethic, professional attitude and a team spirit. If you do, I am confident that the two of us working together will produce a solid return on your investment – and mine! Are you ready? Let’s go!


In the meantime, pull up a chair and let’s talk.



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