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Writing Without Typos Is Totally Outdated, Penelope Trunk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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"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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