How to have the best internship search possible this holiday season

By: Danielle Meyer

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The time for internship hunting is upon us and as many of us know this tedious task can be stressful and tiring. I know the last thing any of us really want to be doing during the holiday break is to be searching for the perfect internship while revising resumes and cover letters. However, there are a few ways to make the search a little bit easier and less daunting.

  1. Have goals in mind: Know the kind of internship you are looking for and have a clear idea of where you want to end up. That’s not to say to not keep an open mind about what you find available, but if you know you want to end up in a big city doing agency public relations than it’s probably not the best use of time to include tiny towns and corporate PR in your searches.
  2. Have your resume full polished and ready to go: Before you even begin searching for that dream internship, make sure your resume is in tip-top shape. There’s no use in wasting time searching for an internship when you can’t actually apply for it because you’re not totally ready to go with your resume. While polishing up your resume, be sure to make it stand out from the hundreds of others that employers will be seeing this season. A unique and creative resume could be just the thing that gets you noticed and helps you land the job.
  3. Use your resources and connections: Now is the time for all that networking you’ve done over the past year or two to come into play. Use the people that you know, whether it’s working professionals, alumni or professors. These people could be your “in” to the perfect internship. So make sure you reach out and find out what and whom they know, and you could benefit yourself in the long run.
  4. Don’ t be afraid to be bold: If there’s a company that you have always dreamed of interning or working for but you don’t see any openings listed on their website, don’t be afraid to reach out anyway. Initiative and tenacity can go a long way in the field of PR and there’s no harm in just asking about possible openings and opportunities.
  5. Follow up: Often times students lose out on their dream internship because they simply failed to remind hiring managers of their names. A lack of response is not always because you weren’t considered for the job. Sometimes hiring managers just become overwhelmed by the massive amounts of applications they receive. In order to stay fresh on their minds, a quick and polite follow up email could be all it takes.

So now is the time to begin the long process of searching and applying. Though the task may seem overwhelming from the beginning, just keep in mind that it only takes one “yes” until you’ve landed your goal. Don’t get discouraged or stressed out this holiday season. Just keep powering through the search until you hear that magical “yes”.

FvR_LWkgDanielle is junior majoring in strategic communication. She is specializing in english and retail merchandising & fashion product development. After she graduates, she wants to move to a big city, preferably New York, and work in fashion PR. Give her a follow on twitter at @DanielleMeyer17!

Stress Less and Sleep More

By Jess Carnprobst

good-nights-sleepAt the beginning of this semester, I set a goal for myself to stress less and sleep more. It’s no secret that in the past I’ve had a very unhealthy and irregular sleep schedule, as many of us college students do. However, my health was compromised and I was so much more stressed. So, this semester, I put my sleep and health above everything else and I must say, I’ve never felt better. I’d even go as far as to say that this has been my best semester yet. Getting eight hours of sleep each night has influenced my semester in many ways.

I’ve realized that your health should always come first. No test or no paper is worth staying up until 4 am. It’s just not worth it. I started doing work earlier instead of putting it off, and when it comes to midnight, it’s time to put the work down and just go to bed. If you’re doing your work early, it will still be there when you get up after a well-rested night. Also, your work will be a lot better if you’re doing it after a full night’s sleep.

I don’t know about you, but the feeling of a good night’s sleep is incomparable to anything else. Sleeping is the best way to get energy the next day. I feel automatically energized every morning, even before my daily cup of coffee. Feeling rested as you get ready in the morning instead of fighting the urge to jump back in bed is guaranteed to make your day a lot better.

Along the lines of sleep providing energy, sleep makes you happier and more positive. When your body isn’t constantly being drained, you feel a heck of a lot better. Before this semester, I have never woken up with more positivity than I do now. This natural happiness helps me to try my hardest each day with a genuine interest.

Above all, my semester is now over, which usually leads to me entering into a coma for about a week. This semester, I’m as energized and positive as I was in August. I feel accomplished, and ready for a productive winter break. It’s a really good feeling to be rested. It’s life high that carries with me each day, and I’m not going to lose that any time soon. Sleeping is good for you. Don’t let the stress of college put your health at risk. Sleep, sleep, sleep and I promise, you will thank yourself in the end.

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Jess is a junior majoring in strategic communication, minoring in marketing and receiving a certificate in global leadership. After graduation, she hopes to travel the world and work at a boutique PR agency. Follow her on Twitter @jess_carnprobst

How to Stay Productive During Winter Break

By: Allison Zullo

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After a week straight of finals, group projects and no sleep, a month-long break to relax and celebrate the holidays is definitely much needed. However, it’s also the perfect time to complete the tasks you’ve been meaning to get to all semester. Here are a few ways you can stay productive this winter break while binge-watching Christmas movies.

Update your resume and LinkedIn profile.

You just spent all semester writing press releases, planning events and working at your on-campus job, so take this break as an opportunity to document all that you did while it’s fresh in your mind. Revise your resume and LinkedIn profile so they’re as up to date as possible, and ready to go in case you come across any jobs or internships that interest you. Speaking of which…

Start the job or internship search.

There is no better time than winter break to begin the search for your dream job or internship for this summer. Scour the Internet, work your connections and set up informational interviews to look for any and all opportunities. You never know where the perfect job or internship could be hiding, so start looking now!

Create a personal blog or website.

One major way to brand yourself as a young, up-and-coming PR professional is to have a personal blog or website. You can house your resume, writing samples and contact information, so that any potential employers who stumble upon your page can learn more about you and how to reach you. Plus, your blog or website will give you the chance to hone your writing and design skills.

Download InDesign’s 30-day free trial.

Have you always wanted to learn how to use InDesign, or just want to brush up on your design skills while you have the time? Adobe offers a free, 30-day trial of InDesign, which you can download and use on your computer by simply by going to its website. Whether you want to create your very own logo, or simply jazz up your resume, InDesign is the perfect tool to use for all of your personal branding needs. And if you don’t know how to use it, don’t worry; tutorials are available online and will teach you everything you need to know.

Don’t forget to relax.

You just endured a crazy busy 16-week semester on little sleep, so it’s okay to sleep until noon and binge-watch Netflix during break. You deserve it! Just make sure you spend a few days being productive and checking those things you’ve been meaning to do off of your to-do list. Trust me, your Spring 2015 semester self will thank you. Oh, and don’t forget spend some time with family and friends, and most importantly, enjoy the holidays!

nouHV0BMAllison is a sophomore majoring in strategic communication and minoring in sports management and marketing. She is also completing a social media certificate. After graduation, her dream job is to work in sports PR. Follow her on Twitter at @allisonzullo!

Golin CEO Fred Cook’s Career Advice: Improvise More, Worry Less

By: Allison Zullo

B3z0B-rIYAAjy4u.jpg-largeScripps PRSSA gathered on Monday, Dec. 1 for its usual weekly meeting. However, this week’s meeting was anything but usual. Why? Because Fred Cook, CEO of Golin, one of the top public relations firms in the world, was visiting Ohio University to speak to PRSSA and other Ohio University students about his unlikely journey to becoming a CEO of a major global PR firm.

Cook’s speech was all about improvising, which he defined as taking your skills, resources, and experiences and turning them into something exciting and special. He stressed that improvising is a survival skill, particularly in the professional world.

Cook explained that he lived a relatively normal life until his freshman year of high school, when he was kicked off the tennis team after participating in a weekend tournament with older men that was not sanctioned by his school. At this point, he said, he began his education in life experiences, rather than school experiences. Cook believes that these life experiences are often more important than what you learn in school, and help you tremendously in the real, professional world. The more life experiences you have, the more ideas you will have, and the more ideas, the better.

Cook stressed many unorthodox points about how to prepare yourself for the professional world someday: travel the world, experience different things, ask questions (especially of those in leadership positions at your internships), don’t be afraid to run with your crazy idea(s), customer service is important in ANY line of work, and much, much more. With each piece of advice Cook gave, he included an always-hilarious life experience he had that taught him these lessons. From traveling the world on a ship and being arrested for drunk driving for a company that offered rides to people too intoxicated to drive, to improvising during his job as a California tour guide, Cook’s entertaining stories never failed to make the standing-room-only audience laugh, while learning invaluable career advice.

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Cook stayed after his speech to sign copies of his book, “Improvise: Unconventional Career Advice from an Unlikely CEO,” and talked to those who approached him with questions or a desire to chat. His speech was based upon what he wrote in this book, and even more of his crazy stories and life experiences are detailed in it, so if you are interested in learning more about Cook, pick up a copy of his book and start reading (and stop worrying)!

What My Summer Abroad Taught Me About the World Of Public Relations

By Danielle Meyer

 This summer I was lucky enough to have the extreme pleasure of studying abroad for five weeks in London, England. The experience of going abroad is one that I will not soon forget and one that I truly believe will impact my future for the rest of my life.

There are many things that I learned from being abroad, including but not limited to, figuring out how to navigate the “Tube” and learning what the word queue means (it means line, by the way). However, I learned a lot about my future career in public relations, in a rather off handed way, from being abroad as well.

From the moment I set foot on English soil I quickly learned that adaptation was key. Any new place has their own customs and ways of doing things and it is imperative that as a foreigner and outsider you quickly learn what these things are and you are able to accept and adapt to them. In London I learned that wearing running shorts or athletic wear of any kind in public for anything other than working out was a no. Being loud in public, particularly on public transport was something that would immediately point you out as an American. In public relations, a career field that is always 10329115_10202257808107094_3008386320055307721_nchanging and transforming, adaptation is key. As PR professionals the chances of us finding our first job and staying there forever is highly unlikely. More often than not we will change from agency to agency, perhaps even from agency to corporate PR and through all of these changes the art of adaptation is essential.

In London, I learned that people are willing to help and you should not be afraid to ask questions. So you might look like a tourist… who cares? I mean really, if they were to come to the US and needed help, we all would have helped them and honestly the same goes for the Brits. Though the British people are much more reserved and introverted than most Americans they are helpful people and incredibly willing to share any knowledge of their country and their city that they have. Just as I learned in London, the world of PR is one that requires intense knowledge and skill set of the matter at hand. However, if you need help in this fast-paced world of social media and press releases, you merely have to ask for it. Confidence is key, whether that be taking on a new city or a new job or internship in public relations, and the only way to succeed is to act on that and not be afraid to ask for help when help is needed.

Finally, this summer I learned that time moves fast and though I was aware of this before going abroad, I didn’t really quite understand the concept until I only had five weeks to explore one of the most amazing cities in the world. That being said, it was crucial for me to soak up every experience that was presented to me. When the group I was with asked if I wanted to join in on a “Haunted Tour of London” you bet that I said yes. When I was presented with the mind-numbing notion of awaking at 4 a.m. to catch a train to Paris to simply spend the day there, I absolutely downed three cups of coffee and made my way to the “City of Love”. You never know when you will have these opportunities again and so one must seize the moment while the moment is there. The world of public relations is no different. Time is short and in this industry it is fast paced and ever-changing. In order to get the most out of it, one must simply seize the moment. New and challenging opportunities will be presented all the time in an internship or a job but you never know what new knowledge and experiences you will get out of it. Jump at every chance you get. Delve into this world of PR that we all love so much with no fear and no hesitation.

FvR_LWkgDanielle is junior majoring in strategic communication. She is specializing in english and retail merchandising & fashion product development. After she graduates, she wants to move to a big city, preferably New York, and work in fashion PR. Give her a follow on twitter at @DanielleMeyer17!

Fish, Non-Profit PR, and D.C.: November 10th meeting recap

By Allison Zullo

This week’s meeting was the last for the semester. It’s crazy how fast time flies!

Announcements

  • Our annual Thanksgiving Dinner is this Monday, Nov. 17 at Ben Clos’ apartment, 317 Palmer Place. Contact Megan Newton if you still want to bring a side dish or help cook. Also, bring a holiday outfit! We will be taking a “family picture” for a holiday card to send to our professional advisors and faculty members.
  • PRSSA will be hosting a Twitter chat this Tuesday, Nov. 18 and 9 p.m. Come participate with Scripps PRSSA in Scripps 114 – there will be free pizza!
  • The Mentor/Mentee game show will take place Thursday, Dec. 4 in Baker 231 at 8 p.m.
  • Fred Cook, CEO of Golin, will be visiting campus and speaking Monday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in Walter Rotunda. Make sure you mark your calendars to hear from one of the most well-known and influential people in the PR industry!
  • Tentative dates for the spring semester networking trips are Friday, Jan. 30 for Cleveland and Thursday, March 26 – Friday, March 27 for Chicago. Get excited!
  • Member spotlight this week is Steph Gort! She will be graduating this December and will be greatly missed by all of PRSSA. Give her a follow and a shout-out on Twitter at @StephGort.
  • ImPRessions spotlight this week is AVW Productions (@AVWProductions). Congrats on a successful first event of the year, Punkin Chunkin’!

Project Updates

  • International Education Week starts this Saturday, Nov. 15 with the International Student Dinner (which is sold old). It continues through Nov. 20. Visit their website, ohio.edu/iew, or follow the hashtag #OHIOIEW14 for more information and the full schedule of events.
  • The Scripps Innovation Challenge team is working hard to promote weekly boot camps and recruiting teams to register for the challenge. Registration ends Dec. 4, so make sure to encourage your friends and peers to form a team to compete and register, even if they aren’t Scripps kids! Visit ohio.edu/scrippscollege/innovationchallenge and follow them on Twitter and Instagram at @SIC_OHIOU for more information.
  • International Week will take place sometime in April and have designed a logo! The team is now in the process of solidifying an official marketing plan.

And now for today’s speakers: Lynsee Fowler and Gavin Gibbons from the National Fisheries Institute!

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The National Fisheries Institute is a nonprofit organization based in Washington D.C. that focuses on educating the government and the public on seafood safety, sustainability, and nutrition. Fowler is the communications manager for the organization, while Gibbons is the vice president of communications.

This meeting was all about non-profit PR. Fowler and Gibbons explained that a large part of their job is advocacy for seafood safety. Even though they are not registered lobbyists, they are basically lobbying on Capital Hill constantly in order for their message to be heard by the government.

Gibbons stressed that if no one is talking about your message, it essentially doesn’t exist. Therefore, you must work to get people talking about it! The best way this can be done is to get it on paper, but social media or any other publication methods work well, too.

Fowler talked about an innovative PR/marketing strategy that has been successful for the NFI: short, edgy videos that get their message across in memorable way. They used tactics such as humor and fear (just a little bit…) to draw attention to the message they were trying to get across, and found that this method was successful in getting the attention of their target audience of government officials.

 Thank you, Lynsee and Gavin, for speaking to #ScrippsPRSSA! We learned a ton about what it’s like to work for a non-profit organization in D.C.

How to rebrand according to Taylor Swift

By Elise Mills

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Curly hair and cowboy boots to a blonde bob and red lipstick, heart breaker Taylor Swift has completely rebranded herself from Country girl to pop superstar. The change wasn’t sudden though; she claims her closest fans should have seen it coming. The question is how did she do it and what can we learn from her?

The Beginning

taylorswift2taylorswift3Taylor’s rise to stardom started with her self-titled country album in 2006, where it landed over 2.5 million copies. The album cover contains the classic country girl look, as shown with the cursive print title cover, curly hair, and etchings in the corner, just like Carrie Underwood.

Her song “Teardrops on My Guitar” led the way with lyrics containing sadness over loving a guy who doesn’t love her back. Also on the album is “Our Song” with lyrics: “Our song is the slamming screen door, sneakin’ out late tapping on your window. When we’re on the phone and you talk real slow, ’cause it’s late and your mama don’t know.” Advice: If you are going to do it, do it all the way.

2008

“Fearless” came out topping both country and pop charts. This was the beginning of a more crossover sound and her life being pushed into the media. “Forever & Always,” written about her breakup with Joe Jonas, was her first celebrity-inspired break up song and it peaked at #38 in top 100 billboards. Her look started to involve a lot less paisley, and she started to alternate between cowboy boots and other less-country shoes. Advice: Don’t be afraid to mix it up, you might like it

2009

“Imma let you finish, but Beyoncé had the best music video of all time”

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The year of Red Lipstick and Kanye West. After the PR disaster known as the 2009 VMA’s, Taylor stayed classy about it and showed that she won’t let others knock her down. Plus with Beyoncé on your side, how can you lose?Advice: Branding yourself as the good girl is never the wrong move.

2010

This was the year of “the Taylors” (remember when she dated Taylor Lautner?) and when she starred in the successful movie “Valentines Day,” showing that Taylor can do more than just sing. With the movie and her new Album “Speak Now,” Taylor was dubbed America’s sweetheart. Also in T-Swift’s style? Bangs. Advice: Showing a talent other then your current one between brand transitions can show talent and distract from changing image

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2012

We are never never never, going back to country.

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Taylor Swift dropped “Red” without a banjo or beer can in sight. “I Knew You Were Trouble” became a sensation that every teen girl sang while in her car, and Jake Gyllenhaal became all the more relevant. Taylor completed the crossover by also changing her image. Gone were the barrel curls and neutral makeup palette. Her style also became trendier which pushed her to be a fashion icon. Advice: If you find a lipstick color that works, wear it at every moment possible.

And finally, 2014

New hair, new clothes, new T-Swift?

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1989 was just released and in it contained an even more cutting edge Taylor. Along with the hair cut, in her most well known song “Shake It Off”, Taylor decides to combine her speaking and singing voice. She has embraced that her songs will be thinly veiled revenge letters to her Exes and she continues to do her. Advice: If you got it, shake it (off)

10685447_10152456387019562_7805334315881240863_n-2Elise is a sophomore majoring in Strategic Communication and minoring in Business Administration. She is hoping to purse Global Leadership Certificate as well. After graduation, she wants to do brand/image management and travel wherever her bank account can take her. Follow Elise on Twitter at @itsELISElove!

‘Chopped’ and PR: where the TV show and the PR industry collide

By Devon Pine

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Chopped is everything that is right about TV nowadays. It’s a show that has all the right elements: a witty host, high stakes, cutthroat competition and (most importantly) food. One day, I hope to win it (my best shot is probably the amateur series).

As much as this show teaches me about cooking, it also has given some insights into the world of communications and public relations.

Let’s welcome our chefs (que intro montage). Professionals have a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences; some people have fives years of agency work under their belts, some have only a start-up catering company. The one thing we do have in common is everyone has a story. They probably won’t let you compete on Chopped unless you’ve experienced some heartbreak in life. Some are a tad more legitimate than others, and it is important that we have the ability to sift through these stories and deem what is newsworthy. Chances are, I’ll be more inclined to root for you if you beat cancer and you want to give the $10,000 prize to charity than if you want to take your family to Disney World for the seventh time. The same concept applies to pitching; your story is more likely to get picked up if it hits close to home and people can invest themselves in it.

Chefs, open your baskets. There’s always a mystery basket. Sometimes there might be a curve ball, or an entire octopus, lurking in the client’s agenda. “I want this video to go viral.” Gah. Like beef tongue in the appetizer round. Sometimes, especially with start-ups, clients don’t always realize what is a realistic PR expectation. Morphing the client’s hard-to-deal-with ideas into a manageable, easily digestible pitch can be a challenge worse than a malfunctioning food processor. However, going into the round with ideas of how to attack the basket, and an idea of how to manage the client’s needs and expectations, can get you to the entrée round.

tumblr_lypjvsCQWG1qzbmytMeet our (ever-changing panel) of judges. It might be Alex Guarnaschelli here to tell you she thinks your veal is undercooked, or it might be Mr. “Sit-on-my-phone-during-the-entire-pitch” sitting across the table tasting your media relations strategy. It is important to not only research your clients needs, but also to whom you’re specifically presenting. Geoffrey Zakarian may love your gummy bear gastrique, but your client may not love your plating (and presentation is worth more than 15 points in the PR world). Make the pitch personal, because that addition of flavor could help you move on to the dessert round.

chopped pictureChefs, you have 30 seconds left on the clock. No surprise here, PR pros are on a deadline too. If you can’t get the ideas organized and on the plate before the deadline, then you will be chopped. Although typically we do have more than a half hour to plan, some, such as SEO strategies, can take three to six months to see results. Regardless, if the project is due in a few weeks, or if your boss pops by and makes a “have it to me by the end of the day” request, it is crucial to step away from the plate and press send when time runs out.

Yes it is true, more often than not I like to come home and watched Chopped at the end of the day. It’s also true that there are more takeaways than just what pairs well with finger limes. If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.

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Devon is a senior majoring in strategic communication and minoring in marketing. She will be graduating this December, and hopes to move to Charlotte where she can eat some good BBQ and work in corporate PR. Give her a follow on Twitter at @LuckyNumbrDevon!

Press Conferences 101: November 3rd meeting recap

By Allison Zullo

Happy week 11, Bobcats! Keep powering through; the end of the semester is almost here!

 Announcements:

  • Congratulations to our new VP of Social Media, Erica Stonehill! Erica will be taking over when our current VP, Stephanie Gort, graduates in December.
  • The annual Scripps PRSSA Thanksgiving dinner will take place November 17 at 6 p.m., in lieu of our weekly meeting, at Ben Clos’ apartment, 317 Palmer Place. Sign up to bring dishes, supplies, or to help cook!
  • Sales for Scripps Spirit jerseys close this Sunday, November 9. We’re selling them in green and white, so be sure to get yours while you can!
  • This year’s networking trips will be to Cleveland and Chicago! They will take place next semester, so look for more information about them in the future.
  • Member spotlight: Matt Birt. Give him a follow on Twitter at @birtmc.
  • ImPRessions spotlight: Kelly Hayes (@kmshayes). Thanks for all of your hard work as Director of Communications, and we will miss you when you graduate in December!

Project Updates:

  • International Education Week will be taking place Nov. 15-20. The international student dinner takes place that Saturday. Tickets are $5 and going fast! For more information, follow them on Twitter at @OhioIEW or visit their website: ohio.edu/iew.
  • Scripps Innovation Challenge had a successful kick-off event and first boot camp session. Registration ends Dec. 4, so be sure to get your team together (or encourage your friends and classmates to do so!). For more information, follow them on Twitter and Instagram at @SIC_OHIOU or visit their website: ohio.edu/scrippscollege/innovationchallenge.
  • International Week will be taking place April 15-18. They just created a logo and is starting to solidify their PR plan!

 

And now… PRESS CONFERENCES 101

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After a quick presentation about the basics of press releases from Ben Clos, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism professors Bob Benz and Nerissa Young talked about press conferences from a different point of view than what PR pros are used to: the reporter’s.

Benz and Young emphasized the fact that reporters show up to press conferences having done their homework, with relevant questions and an aggressive attitude. They recommended that public relations professionals carefully think about what reporters they invite to the press conference. Benz explained that a reporter from a media source such as the Washington Post may be tougher on your client, but will give you more bang for you buck, since the Post has a large readership. However, Young recommended not forgetting about your local papers, as they could be crucial in reporting stories important to the local area.

They also both stressed the importance of preparing your client for tough questions from reporters, since the goal of many reporters is to break through mundane answers to get something different and perhaps controversial. If your client doesn’t know an answer, or cannot think of an answer, you (as a PR pro) haven’t done your job.

Benz and Young also had a few recommendations when it comes to setting up the room for a press conference. Free food and coffee are always a good idea, as are lots of outlets for reporters to plug in their various technologies. However, gift bags/baskets with the product that the press conference is introducing or advertising are NOT a good idea, as this could influence the journalist’s opinion on the product, and therefore influence the story and damage the journalist’s reputation.

Benz and Young also emphasized the effect social media has had on the evolution of press conferences. Reporters are now live tweeting the conferences, and even in some cases live streaming it to online and television viewers. As Young explained, with social media, “Nothing is ever off the record anymore.”

Hope you learned a TON about how to properly prepare for a press conference! We’ll see you at next week’s meeting, #ScrippsPRSSA.

Scripps PRSSA Welcomes Lindsay Komlanc; October 29th meeting recap

By Devon Pine

Happy week 10! Hope everyone had a great (and safe) HallOUween!

 Announcements

  • Interested in becoming the VP of Social Media next semester? Send your resume and cover letter to Scripps.prssa@gmail.com by Friday by 5. Election will be 11/3!
  • Pumpkin carving with Ad Club Wednesday 29 7pm. There will be a costume contest judged by Dr. Stewart!
  • PRSSA Thanksgiving Dinner will be November 17 at 317 Palmer Place 6pm. Sign up to bring side dishes and supplies
  • Spirit jersey sale close Sunday November 9th. Check out the Facebook event or the side of the website for the link! Your card isn’t charged until the end of the sale.
  • PRSA Greater Cleve student day is on Friday 11/7 9:30am-2pm with the Eaton Corporation. The cost is $25- Register by 11/3. Top agencies typically attend panels, this is really beneficial if you’re looking to work in Cleveland.
  • Member Spotlight: Congrats to junior Adrienne Gossett!
  • Impressions spotlight: Copperheads. Their Swings n Wings event was a success! Thank you for those who attended and supported the account!
  • The best questions for our speakers from now on will be receiving a voucher for dinner!

 Project Updates:

  • Meg Omecene and Andrea Wurm along with Erin Golden have been preparing for International Education Week.
    • Nov 15-20
    • $5 Tickets to international student dinner that Saturday
    • Look for articles in Compass and student email.
    • Check out Ohio.edu/iew
  • Scripps Innovation Challenge
    • Their kick off event will be this Thursday from 4-6 Baker. Give them a follow at @SIC_OhioU
  •  International Week will be April 15-18.
    • Derek Kyohgo of the Global Soap Project will be the keynote speaker.

Welcome, Lindsay Komlanc!

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Lindsay Komlanc is the second Jerry Sloan Visiting Professional. She is currently the Assistant Vice President for Strategic Issues Management with University Communications at the Ohio State University. Before working at OSU, Komlang was with JP Morgan Chase and Company as well as working in the communications department at Ohio State Department of Health and Safety.

Originally she is a Pittsburgh native. She works as an “office of one,” overseeing and putting together the perfect team for the specific project at hand and align for issue at hand. She provides media training and guidance for admin and staff. Komlang says, “We need issues management because stuff happens and we need to be able to respond quickly and accurately.”

In addition to managing this “stuff” that happens, Lindsay also wants to make things happen to better the university.

Half a million people who we want to have a relationship with OSU. They need the support of community and the alumni. So what constitutes a crisis? Something that impacts the overall reputation of the university, and it can define a university as a whole.

A large part of Lindsay’s job is identifying possible issues and how to prevent them, she says, “I’ve been brought in long before something bad happened.” She mentions that it’s important to respond in a thoughtful way, but with university’s long-term rep in mind.

Look for Lindsay and her presentation later this week in your classes and at our pumpkin carving event!