Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Teaching PR has moved

After months of threatening it, I'm finally migrating to Typepad. Teaching PR's new address is and unlike this blog it's actually got a feed. I hope you'll swing over and click to subscribe.


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Comments about comments

Cross-posted to WOM Class blog.

I promised my WOM class students a post on "commenting" -- how to write good comments, how to get good comments on a blog. It's long overdue, but here goes:

Writing comments on a blog post

Recommended reading: 5 Comments No Serious Blogger Should Ever Post, Tiffany Monhollon; Geek to Live: Lifehacker's Guide to Weblog Comments, Gina Trapani

Inspiring comments on your own blog

Recommended reading: 10 Techniques to Get More Comments on Your Blog, Darren Rowse; 5 Easy Ways to Make Your Comments Section a Conversation, Tiffany Monhollon; Want More Comments on Your Blog?, Mack Collier

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Monday, April 07, 2008

The Week's Best, 7 April 2008

Twitter Local Connects You to Local Voices, Brian Solis
Writing Without Typos Is Totally Outdated, Penelope Trunk
News Releases on Life Support? Five Reasons Why, Gary Schlee
43 More Top Social Media Tips and Tools, Dave Fleet
Nuggets of Wisdom from the Work Place, Sue
Inside PR #105 (podcast with long discussion on PR interns), Terry Fallis & David Jones

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Those busy PR educators

Aside from teaching classes (these are some of the students from my Campaigns class celebrating the public support they helped drum up for OneAthens last night), we faculty have other responsibilities. For me that includes research, graduate student advising, and such public service as organizing the Connect conference. It's a busier life than you might think.

The great part about it, though, is that we have a lot of flexibility in choosing how we want to spend our time. I chose OneAthens as a client. I get to choose who gets invited to Connect. I decide which projects are interesting and worthy of research. So work becomes a labor of love.

I know some other PR educators who feel the same way. From my aggregator today alone, check out PR Open Mic, Robert French's new social network for PR educators and students, and Behind the Spin, Richard Bailey's online magazine for students and young professionals (be sure to check the editorial calendar, too). It strikes me that collaborative media are allowing us PR educators to teach people outside our schools, and to do a bit of learning ourselves.

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Monday, March 31, 2008

What Abigail said to John, 232 years ago today

"...and by the way in the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If perticuliar care and attention is not paid to the Laidies we are determined to foment a Rebelion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation."

--31 March 1776


The Week's Best, 31 March 2008

New Skills for Young PR Pros, Mike Manuel
20Types of Pages that Every Blogger Should Consider, Darren Rowse
How to: Identify Keywords, Brendan Cooper
The Care and Feeding of Your References, Karen Burns
Making a Splash with Social Media Measurement (video on Sea World's Journey to Atlantis campaign), Shel Israel with Kami Huyse
Oddcast is Pretty Cool (and Just a Wee Bit Creepy), Melanie Seasons

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Monday, March 24, 2008

The Week's Best for PR Students, 24 March 2008

I confess my list is short this week because I've been so busy, not because the social media sphere is lacking in good reads. Feel free to add a comment with something great I've missed. :-(

How I Use Twitter to Promote My Blog, Darren Rowse
Video: How to Use Facebook Privacy Features, Jeremiah Owyang
The Top 5 Films About PR, Richard Millington
How to Edit Your Resume Like a Professional Resume Writer, Penelope Trunk
On the Record... Online with Business Week Columnist Jon Fine, Eric Schwartzman (podcast)
Marketing with Social Media, Shelly Banjo (Wall Street Journal)

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Paull Young, Rockstar

My class wanted to see Paull Young get some link love. (Well, actually they want to know how to embed a video in Blogger.)

Here he is.

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"More important than the curriculum is the question of the methods of teaching and the spirit in which the teaching is given" --Bertrand Russell

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