New Web site and blog address

July 19, 2008 at 6:54 pm (Uncategorized)

After having 970 hits on this blog, I am moving it to the blog attached to my Web site. Same blog, same writer, new location.

My Web site is www.rachelmesterline.com and my blog is www.rachelmesterline.com/astepahead

Please, check it out!

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Web site

July 14, 2008 at 6:03 pm (Uncategorized)

I also forgot to note that I purchased my own domain name for my portfolio Web site. It will end up costing almost $6 per month, which isn’t bad. I bought it because I would like to get some business cards and wanted to have a permanent Web site (instead of the free hosting type). I think it will look more professional.

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No comment

July 14, 2008 at 5:57 pm (Uncategorized)

I now have my own office.

I had been sharing one with another woman, but she moved to a different office since she was offered a job in the other department. Meaning I have an office to myself, which is quite exciting.

I am now receiving a newsletter called PRNewser. I found How not to say “No comment” interesting. It’s a short read, but makes a good point.

What do you think when you hear “no comment?”

I think that the person must be guilty or avoiding the topic.

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Freelance writing, interview with PR Week and social media

July 13, 2008 at 10:18 pm (Uncategorized)

After a talk with Dan this past week, I have decided to try freelance writing. I tried it before last summer, but my job took over my life (or at least 65 hours a week’s worth of my life). Now I have time to give it a go.

I also was interviewed by the editor-in-chief of PR Week last week. I had taken a survey for their career guide and they contacted me to do a phone interview. They should be sending me a copy when it comes out.

I also came across the following presentation and podcast related to social media that may interest you:

Buzz generation, guerilla marketing and branding via social media and social networking – Chris Heuer

Chris Heuer and social media podcast

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Busy with an internship

July 2, 2008 at 1:24 am (CMU Public Relations & Marketing)

My internship with CMU Public Relations and Marketing has been keeping me pretty busy during the day. By the time I get home, the last thing I feel like doing is staring at the computer and writing some more. I definitely need to post more often, so I am going to shoot for posting at least once a week – most likely on Friday since that is my only day off.

Two of my ad concepts for Centralight Magazine are in the process of being designed by Amy. I’ve been writing content for the Department of Journalism and their new Web page. I have been doing more work with CMU Welcomes You, putting in the articles, pull quotes and such. I also finally got a copy of the PBS guide containing an ad I wrote and saw a copy of Connections, a newsletter containing material I wrote about the new education building. Today I was assigned two more items for the Reference Point.

I would describe my internship as a whirlwind of learning. I am improving my writing skills and getting real experience. It is so exciting. I really like how I get feedback and suggestions from Dan on my work. He doesn’t take an article and just edit it. He tells me what could be better and lets me do it myself. I think that is really helping me learn more.

I interviewed Frank X. Blouin, Jr. for the Reference Point at the Friends of the Library luncheon last month. I am really proud of the article I wrote (which I believe is close to being finished with editing). There was an enormous amount of information to sort through. I had to remind myself that I was writing an story, not a report. I had used a voice recorder in the interview and during his presentation about the Vatican archives, so I was able to sort through the information to get the most vital pieces.

I’ve been keeping myself busy in the evenings building a new Web site for my portfolio. It is close to be completed so check back soon for a link.

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