Writing, writing, and more writing!

November 30, 2009 at 4:34 PM (PRCA 3339)

There is a lot of writing in the field of public relations. From cover letters to press releases the public relations professional needs to know how to write. As I found out in college, there are many different styles of writing. At first I was not excited about learning new ways of writing. For me MLA was hard enough in grade school, but after a few papers I got the hang of it and at the time I thought that was it. Fortunately there are books for each style with lots and lots of rules. In public relations the AP style or Associated Press style is the writing style followed and used.

The AP style book can be bought, which is what I did, or it can be found online. I have recently learned about the AP style of writing within the last six months in Journalism and PR Writing classes. I still have to use my book for most of my assignments. There are so many different rules for AP. Even though most of the things that public relations professionals write, or at least the things that I have done, are usually no more than two pages. That doesn’t seem like much, but you best believe that within those two pages there are many rules to be followed. The Associated Press Stylebook is a good thing for anyone in the public reations field to have. It does come out with a new version every year, but it is not necessary to buy one every year. You can find out if any changes have been made online and decide from there if a new one is needed.

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What is it?

November 30, 2009 at 4:18 PM (PRCA 3339)

As I have come to realize public relations is hard to define. Everytime I return home there is always someone that asks me what my major is. 9 times out of 10 they ask what it is or what I can do with it. I know myself that public relations is a broad field and there are many different routes a person can take. I know that public relations is communication between an organization/company and the public, but even after saying that people still seem to be confused about what it is that public relations professionals do.

When people ask me what I want to do with my degree most of the time I say that I am unsure. Because public relations is such a broad field I am not completely sure which aspect of public relations best suits me. I want to attain an internship while I am still in school and hopefully gain some expereince in the field and get a better understanding of what it is that I want to do. I have found recently that I do like the design aspect of public relations after doing a brochure for a “client” for my PR Publications class. I liked learning about the adobe programs and found myself actually liking to work with and play with the program to make my brochure.

As I have said repeatedly public relations is a broad field and while I may be unsure of which route I want to take I do think that this is the right major for me. So far I have found it fun and have learned that it is possible to be very diverse. I am so excited about my future in public relations!

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School Spirit

November 11, 2009 at 5:52 PM (PRCA 3330)

It’s homecoming week here at Georgia Southern University! There are lots of different things going on this week. Homecoming elections, t-shirt sales, the “Blue Out” are just a few of the things going on on campus this week. I think everyone can show school spirit in the smallest of ways even by just wearing school colors, attending a game, or participating in campus activities.

I personally am not too involved with homecoming week, but I do think that I show school spirit. Ways that I show my school spirit is by wearing school attire, attending games, buying tickets for events, and many other ways. I know many people think of cheerleaders when school spirit is brought to mind, but school spirit can be shown by everyone!

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Favorite Book/Reading

November 5, 2009 at 10:06 PM (PRCA 3330)

Ok so I am pretty guilty of not being a huge reader especially while in school. I did find myself reading quite frequently last summer when I worked at a daycare. I would find myself extremely bored during the kids 2 hour nap time so I decided I would try reading to keep from napping myself.

My dad is a huge reader. He goes to the local library at least twice a week if that tells you anything. He had a few books by John Grisham and I had heard of some of the movies based off of his books so I figured I would give it a try. I chose “A Painted House”. To my astonishment I really enjoyed the book. I found myself even reading at night before going to bed I liked the book so much. I ended up finishing the book by the end of the week and moved on to more books but that would have to be my favorite book that I read voluntarily and enjoyed it.

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Photography

October 25, 2009 at 11:10 PM (PRCA 3339)

For our fourth blog post in PR Publications we had to take a free course on the news university website. We took “The Language of the Image” which taught us about photography and how different things can tell the reader something about the photo. An image can help tell a story or provide information. Those are the types of things that were taught in this online course.

While I did learn how images can be affected by different things or the image itself can also affect the reader I think that the vocabulary for me was the most interesting. I guess you could say they are photography terms. They are words that could be an element of a photo. Examples of these words include: impact, juxtaposition, quality of light, surprise, and others. For me personally I also used a dictionary for help with the meaning of juxtaposition which means the act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side.

The thing that surprised me the most was that the course, while obviously not time-consuming, but helpful was FREE! The News University also offered many other helpful courses. Photography was the focus of the course I took, but while I was using it I really couldn’t believe it was free. I have, in the past, been to websites that attain helpful information like this one, but they were not free.

I know I said that I learned a lot of photography lingo from the vocabulary offered from the course, but I also think that I would want to learn more about that as well. There were many pictures shown that did let you know what element was being used (the vocabulary term), but the actual definition was not given. I had to use context clues to figure out most of the meanings because not all of the terms were single word terms, some were more like phrases.

Overall I did enjoy the course and I will more than likely remember my username and password and try out some other courses.

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What do I want to be when I grow up???

October 21, 2009 at 11:35 PM (PRCA 3330)

Well as of right now in my life I am looking to work in the Public Relations field, but if I could choose absolutely anything and know that I could be taken care of I do not think I would choose something that requires multiple page papers, overnighters in the library, or dollar after dollar in student loans. I would want something fun, exciting, and SIMPLE!!!

The first thing that came to my mind was to be a famous singer or actor because they are obvioulsy LOADED, but I don’t think I would want to give up my private life for something like that. Looks like I am going to have to make up a dream job for myself and if this exists anywhere I need info ASAP. I would want to be a professional shopper (fun right?). I love, love, love to go shopping. While I would rather it ultimately be for myself I could live with shopping for others. I am not talking grocery shopping I am talking about clothes, shoes, accessories, the works. Of course I would want a salary that would able to to afford everything that I need in life, and I am not just talking about food, water, and shelter. I am talking about the fancy stuff. I want to be a professional shopper that makes bank! I realize that this is a made up dream job, but hey it’s a dream right?

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PRCA 3339 Presentation Steps

October 16, 2009 at 12:06 AM (PRCA 3339)

How to place a picture from PhotoShop into InDesign

STEPS:

  1. Open picture in PhotoShop
  2. Choose magnetic lasso tool
  3. Trace along the picture you want to crop
  4. Go to select on the toolbar and select inverse
  5. Hit delete
  6. Save the picture
  7. Open InDesign
  8. File, Place, select picture
  9. Place image on document

TADAH!!!!

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Pet Peeves

October 16, 2009 at 12:05 AM (PRCA 3330)

There are plenty of things that I could sit here and type about that get under my skin. Unfortunately I don’t have the time  to list them or would you want to take the time to read them all. One of the things that just really irritate and have since grade school is when a teacher erases something off of the board and misses a little portion of it. I am not sure why that irritates me so much but I just think if you are going to erase something get it all. If a teacher leaves a spot on the board I tend to focus on that one spot and get more and more irritated to the point that I have at times gotten up and wiped it off (in high school). The spot may not be big at all it could be as big as my fingernail, but if I notice it that will be almost all that I notice for a while. I find myself now trying to look away when a teacher erases hoping that I will not notice any unerased spots and have found that it helps a little, but I can still spot the spots (hah).

I could have talked about a lot of different things, but this one in particular is one that has gotten to me for a while!

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Comments

October 12, 2009 at 8:44 PM (Blog Comments, PRCA 3330)

I commented on the following blogs:

Erika Brewington

Meghan Callahan

Natalia Daies

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FUNNY…you can do it too!

October 7, 2009 at 10:42 PM (Just for fun!)

A friend of mine made this video and sent it to me and it made my whole week…check it out its hilarious!http://sendables.jibjab.com/view/pz6ezf3YlKRLiTKV.

You can do it to!

Starring:

JR as the Dr

Dustin as Frankenstein

Ashley (me) as Frankenstein’s wife

Thomas as the werewolf

Bayley as the vampire

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