PR Agency Work

June 10, 2008 at 12:39 pm (agency, CMU Public Relations & Marketing, internship, learning, PR, PRSSA, public relations) (, , , , , )

My blog has been hanging around about five to 12 views daily since I don’t post as regularly anymore. But yesterday it jumped to 38! I thought that was pretty interesting.

Agency work sounds so exciting and I’ve really enjoyed reading Time Well Spent, an article in PR Tactics and The Strategist Online written by an intern about her PR firm internship experience.

I really would like to get some agency experience. Ever since my first PRSSA Spring Conference when I heard about Franco Public Relations Group, I have wanted to work at an agency. Then, last fall, I job shadowed two CMU alumna that work there (check out Lauren and Nikki). They were fantastic and really got me excited about agency work. My post about their session relating to agency work at the CMU PRSSA Spring Conference has received more hits than any other post on my blog.

I think that even if I decided I didn’t want to work at an agency for the rest of my career, the experience would be priceless. The experience of multiple clients and projects would teach me a lot.

I do really like my publications internship with CMU Public Relations and Marketing though. I think CMU is a great school and I like the publications area. I do a lot of writing! But ever since I was in junior high, I have been saying I wanted to be the editor of my own magazine. I think my experience with publications might help me with that dream. But I think all the experiences with CMU PRM will help me in the future.

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Free Guides for New PR Professionals

June 6, 2008 at 9:13 pm (learning, PR, public relations) (, , , )

Have you ever heard of the Public Relations Consultants Association? I recently stumbled across the UK-based PR organization’s website and found some interesting things.

First of all, there were free guides. As a college student, free is my favorite word. In the introduction, it says that the guides are for new public relations practitioners. They appear to be fairly simple and easy to understand, although I have not read much of any of them since I haven’t printed them.

They have the following type of guides:

  • Event Management
  • Communication Materials
  • Media Relations
  • Client Handling
  • Copyright for PR Professionals
  • Surviving PR

As soon as I can make it to one of the school’s computer labs (with free printing) I will be printing them all out. Even if I can’t use them now, they might be good reference later. Plus, I love the camouflage look of the cover 🙂

Go to the PRCA website to see the guides.

You can also read the blog of the PRCA Chairman.

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