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Comment #: 25

Title of post and author: TOW 11- Infographics By: Tara Parker

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Date: 4/19/10

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I really enjoyed seeing the examples of infographics that you included within your blog. I really liked the one of the Disney Parks. I guess it’s because I am a kid at heart, and I love Disney World! I agree with you that infographics really do help you get the information across. I think that they are really effective because they portray the information in a new way that can stand out to people in a new way. They also are easier to read than a paragraph of information. Because they are pictures, people are more likely to take time to look at them.    

Comment #: 24

Title of post and author: 10 Ways PR practitioners can drive a journalist crazy By: Taja Scott

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Date: 4/19/10

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You had a lot of great points that I did not have when I did my research for this specific blog post. A few points that stood out to me particularly was your first one. “PR Practitioners tend to not have enough background information when it comes to representing a product or service. This confuses and frustrates the journalist while trying to edit and complete the publishing factor.” This is a hard thing to do I think. I think that it is important to provide the journalist with the information needed, but not with too much information. Remember, news releases are not supposed to be too long. Therefore, I think you have to get just the right amount of information.   

Comment #: 23

Title of post and author: Topic of the Week, week 12 By: Matthew Caudill

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Date: 4/19/10

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I agree that everyone is talking about Apple and all of the new technology that they are always coming out with. But what is wrong with that? The way that I see it is that Apple has a great product, and people get hooked on their products, because they are top of the line, and they are good quality. Yes, I think that some people go overboard and have every new thing that Apple comes out with. However, I don’t personally see a problem with people being the advertisement for a company. People are not the only advertisement that Apple has, however, if they were, that would be amazing, and I think that would mean that they have a product that is worth talking about, and is worth buying.  

Comment #: 22

Title of post and author: TOW 13: How to annoy a journalist By: Mallory Boulware

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Date: 4/19/10

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A few of the things that you said within your post stood out to me. They are specifically things that I did not find when I did my research for this blog post. The first one is “When people need to “verify credentials,” meaning, they don’t want to look it up on their own– Instead of asking them in response, PR people should try “Googling” them to find out themselves.” This makes sense, but I am sure it happens all the time and journalists probably get very irritated. Another thing that I found interesting was, “When people do not think about timezones– Always check to make sure you are not calling someone in the middle of the night!” This seems like common sense, but it is little things like this that would be easy to forget, and can actually ruin relationships with journalists.

Comment #: 21

Title of Post and author: TOW Week 11- Infographics! By: Lisa McLaughlin

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Date: 4/19/10

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Wow, I really enjoyed looking through your blog post. I was a little bit confused about infographics as well, until I did the research for this blog post. I really enjoyed looking through all of the different examples of infographics that you provided. This helped me to have a visual of the different ways in which infographics are able to be used. I thought that the one that showed what parents tell the children to do as opposed to what the children actually do was very clever. I love how many different ways you are able to show information now, because of technology.

Comment #: 20

Title of post and author: TOW 14 By: Jenn Molitor

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Date: 4/19/10

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I enjoyed reading through your tips for effective new release writing. One of your tips that specifically caught my eye is the one that says, “the first 10 words are the most important, so make sure they count.” I have found that this is so true. From the different speakers that have come to our class, as well as what Barbara has taught us, it is so important to catch the reader’s attention immediately. I also liked your point that said to ask yourself, “Who cares”. This allows you to test for yourself whether your news release is newsworthy. Thanks so much for the post!

Comment #: 19

Title of Post and author: Jeff Houck: TBO.com By: Tajanicole

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Date: 4/14/10

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It was a really great opportunity to have Jeff Houck come and speak to our class. A lot of what you mentioned in your blog post stuck out to me during his presentation as well. Something that stood out to me was the importance of the subject line in an email. Jeff Houck mentioned that if the subject line of the email does not catch his eye, it could easily get disregarded, trashed, or even spammed. This is important to realize, and it a really good thing to remember. Thanks for the blog, and for reminding me of all the good information Jeff shared with us!

Comment #: 18

Title of post and author: 10 ways to Drive a journalist CRAZY By: Tiffany Harris

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Date: 4/14/10

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I really liked your blog post about how to annoy journalists. I had a lot of the same points that you had. I think that something that is important to remember is to not write the article for the journalist. As a public relations specialist, we are responsible to give them the information, the facts that they need. If we write pages and pages of information, we are doing their job for them, and they will not appreciate that. Matter of fact, they will probably disregard your information all together. Anyways, it was a really good post! I really enjoy your writing style and have enjoyed reading your blog this semester.

Comment #: 17

Title of post and author: SPAM by: Rena Kosiek

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Date: 04/09/10

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Spam is so annoying! I hate it, and I don’t understand why we get it. It is such a pain, and I agree, I think that any and every social networking site had spam. We have to be so careful to not only protect ourselves, but we also have to protect our computers. This is just junk that we don’t need to be seeing. The only thing that I can think of to change this is by setting up blocks on our computers for spam as well as being careful what we open. Although, sometimes we don’t even realize it is spam until it is open! I don’t know how to solve that problem!

Comment #: 16

Title of Post and Author: Don’t know it? Topeka it. By: Matthew Caudill

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Date: 04/07/10

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I think that the competition going on for naming the city after google is crazy! I can’t believe that people are getting so into it. I personally think that it is pretty funny. That is really interesting that they even had “Topeka.com” source back to google. The fact that google changed this last week didn’t through me off personally, but I am sure that there were several confused people when they clicked on google. I’m sure they even got some phone calls from different people. PR reps, get ready, because I am sure they had to explain themselves a few times on April fools day! Anyways, nice post!

Comment #: 15

Title of Post and authors name: Big Dreams… Big Dreamer By: Lisa McLaughlin

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Date: 04/07/10

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I loved your blog post! I know that this year we have talked a lot about dreams in chapel and different things, but dreams are something that I have always been passionate about! I have never heard that quote by Woodrow Wilson, but I loved it! I think that so many people have lost sight of their dreams, and in the midst of losing sight of dreams, they have lost sight of who they are and the joy that God desires for each of His children to live in. Thanks for the encouraging blog post and good luck with graduation!

Comment #: 14

Title of post and authors name: Interview of a Public Relations Professional By: Michelle White

Hyperlink: Relentless Reverie

Date: 03/23/2010

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It sounds like you were able to get a lot of good information from your interview! I enjoyed reading and learning more about what actually is going on in the professional world of public relations. While I did my interview, I also found that there really is not typical day in the world of public relations. I also liked the advice that she gave on deciding where to go when you are trying to figure out what area of public relations to leap into. Like you said, I think that it is really important to look at your strengths and weaknesses and see what area your personality would work the best.

Comment #: 13

Title of Post and author: TOW-PROpenMic By: Rena Kosiek

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Date: 03/23/2010

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I really enjoyed getting connected to PROpenMic. Although it is very similar to facebook, it is better for connections because it is a lot more professional than other networking sites. The reason that PROpenMic is more professional is because the administrators do not allow just anyone to join the site. I also enjoy the sight because I was able to be connected to a professional that works with a company in Columbus, Ohio. This was perfect for me, because we have something in common, because we both grew up in Ohio. I was able to interview her over the phone, and I would have never had that connection without PROpenMic

Comment #: 12

Title of post and author: Advice for PR Students By: Michelle White

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Date: 3/18/2010

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I loved your post with advice to PR Students. I think that you made a great point when you talked about figuring out your personal strengths and weaknesses. This is sometimes a really hard thing to do, especially when you are in the midst of an interview. It is important to appear confident in yourself and in your abilities, but it is also important to know different areas that you need to improve on. I also like the point that you made when you said that you should over prepare. Be ready for anything, that way you will not leave the interview feeling like you could have done more, had you spent more time preparing. Thanks so much for the post!

Comment #: 11

Title of post and author: Newsworthy: TOW week 6 By, Tara Parker

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Date: 03/03/2010

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I loved your blog post, Tara! I really liked the way that you laid it out. It was easy to read, and was very interesting. I especially liked the section where you discussed conflict. I liked the example that you gave of Tiger Woods, and the media spotlight that he got after his car accident. I think that conflict is one of the most important areas to right about in news. People want to hear about conflict. People want to know what conflict is going on, especially in celebrities. For some twisted reason, we like to hear about it. Anyways, I enjoyed your blog! Thanks!

Comment #: 10

Title of post and author: TOW 7 By, Jen Molitor

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Date: 3/03/2010

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When Barbara talked about creating a resume in class, I was really surprised when she said that your resume should be a page or less. I do think that it makes sense that you should only have a page or less, because no one wants to paw through pages and pages and pages of a resume, nor will they. Barbara even mentioned that if you have a thick resume, they won’t even give it the time of day. I have not created my resume yet, but I know that it is something that I need to take the time to do, and now that we talked about it in this class, I definitely feel more prepared. Thanks for the links! I will have to check them out!

Comment #: 9

Title of post and author:  A Perfect Union: PR and Journalism By: Tiffany Harris

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Date: 3/03/2010

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Good post Tiffany! I really liked the list that you added at the end! It was so good. It reminds me of the different things that I am able to do with my public relations major after I graduate, which is a wonderful thought for all of us! I think it is easy to forget that there are so many different ways that news is communicated to others, and we have the opportunity to communicate that news. It is such an important job. I also liked your ideas about brainstorming. I think that it is really important to listen to what is going on in the public, and to be able to calm your thoughts so that you are unbiased.

Comment #: 8

Title of Post and author: Tiger Woods Apology By, Mallary Boulware

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Date: 02/23/2010

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After we watched this in our Comm Theory class I was questioning the same thing. I have been a Tiger Woods fan since I was little, because my dad and my brother both always watched him. However, I do think that you have to take responsibility for your actions, no matter who you are. I do think that this speech was scripted and practiced, detail for detail. However, does that mean that Tiger Woods is not sincere, or not sorry? I don’t believe so. I don’t believe that it is my place to judge that.

Aside from the debate of whether this is a genuine speech, I would like to add that I think it is amazing that Tiger has been able to keep his life so private. He has been one of the most well-known athletes in the world, yet he has managed to stay away from publicity drama. Now that, is amazing, and rarely happens.

Comment #: 7

Title of Post and Author: Favorite Super Bowl Ad By, Tiffany Harris

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Date: 02/16/2010

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Tiffany! That was one of my favorite ads too! I think it was refreshing to have one that was more simple and beautiful! It was so cute! I agree, it was a little bit sappy, but there aren’t ever any sappy ones for the super bowl, so I loved the fact that they had one that made almost all of us ladies think, awwww! I think it is just crazy how much money they do spend on advertisements. I would like to find out how much more money they make because of the ads during the super bowl. I wonder if they get that much more publicity that the amount of money they put into it is worth it. Just a thought though!

Comment #: 6

Title of post and authors name: Topic of the week, Week 5 By, Matt Caudill

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Date: 02/13/2010

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I personally think that the google ad was adorable! I mean, I can see your point in questioning why they would spend millions of dollars on an ad that everyone already knows about and uses, but isn’t that what everyone does? I mean, everyone knows about Doritos, everyone knows about Apple, everyone knows about and uses virtually everything that was advertised during the Super Bowl, so I don’t think that it was a big deal that google jumped on the bandwagon. I do think that it worked, because we are sitting here blogging about it. This is what they want! They want people to be talking about them! The more people talk, the more they are on peoples mind, the more people use their services, the more money they get. Mission Accomplished, through us!

Comment #: 5

Title of Post and Authors Name: Week 5: Superbowl Ads By, Mallory Boulware

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Date: 02/13/2010

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I agree that the best ads are the ones that make you laugh! Everyone loves to laugh especially when you are at a party. Also, people really like to talk about the commercials after the super bowl, and the ones that people end up talking about are the ones that are funny! I agree with you on the ad for the movie. All that I remember about that was the same thing, J-lo in the pool with a bunch of people around, trying to have a baby. In my opinion, not the thing you really want people to remember. But, then again, I did remember it, and now I am writing about it, so maybe it did more good then we think! Hmm… the strategies of marketing.

Comment #: 4

Title of Post and authors Name: Comments, Comments, Comments. Tiffany Harris

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Date: 2/2/2010

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Tiffany! I loved your blog! I especially enjoyed reading about the top 5 tips on commenting on others blogs. I thought that your first tip was a good one, and very significant as well. I think that when you begin to beg for comments, you begin to look desperate, and then will end of either getting mocked, or you will probably receive less significant comments, because people feel as though they have to comment on your blog if they read it. Also, some tips that I have for leaving good blog comments is to make sure that you leave comments that will actually mean something to someone. To simply say, “Great blog!”, is nice to hear, but it does not help you in any way. Try to leave comments that will inspire the writer to think about what he or she wrote. Anyways, I enjoyed your Blog!

Comment #: 3

Title of Post and authors name: Does your worst typo top these? Nicole Taja

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Date: 01/27/2010

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I enjoyed reading your blog. I especially liked your first point when you discussed how spell check is not always right. I think that this is an important thing to remember. As college student, I think that I take advantage of spell check too much. I have so many papers and projects that I am quickly trying to get done, that I trust spell check more than I probably should. You stated that you were surprised to hear that people messed up the most important past of resumes. However, like you said, we live in a crazy world, and we are all extremely busy. This just highlights the fact that we need to slow down a little, as we write, and double-check our spelling and grammar. Perhaps slowing down will even allow us to enjoy our writing as well.


Comment #: 2

TItle of Blog Post and authors name: Grammar girl on text messaging grammar. Michelle White

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 Date: 1/27/2010

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Wow, thanks for your blog Shelli! It was so interesting, now I want to go back and listen to her pod cast about texting! I have found that it is so easy to use abbreviations that we use in our text messaging, and instant messaging in important, professional pieces, because we get so used to it. I am amazed about the article that you talked about that said in New Zealand they allow their students to use texting abbreviations within their exams. Wow, I just don’t think that sounds right. I think that it is good to use when you are communicating with people through texting, in informal circumstances, however I do not believe that it should be accepted for qualification exams. I think that there is a place where you have to draw a line, and I think that is taking it a little too far. However, that is just my personal opinion.

*~Mikelle Liette~*

comment #: 1

Title of Blog post you commented on & authors name: Ain’t ain’t a word, so I ain’t gonna say it! Mallory Boulware

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Date of comment: 1/24/10

Copy and paste complete comment: I think that this is really interesting. I remember in my 7th grade english class my teacher had a poster on her wall and it was talking all about how wrong it was to use the word ain’t. I did not know that the word ain’t is actually in the dictionary! Even as I type this comment, the word check on my computer is telling me that I need to change the word and replace it with something different. So, even our technology is saying that it is not correct. This make me wonder, do we think that saying the word ain’t is wrong simply because it is socially wrong? I mean if you think about it, if someone were to say ain’t in the business world, they would be looked at as a crazy hick. The word ain’t really is not acceptable in professional settings, and many other places as well. I completely agree with you that we misuse words on a daily basis. We become so immune to the errors in our grammar that it affects our speech in a huge way. When I was younger my mom would always correct my brother and me when we ended our sentence with the preposition, at. This made me think more about my grammar in my speech. It is easier for me to have good grammar in my writing, than in my speech, because I am a visual person, and I am able to see my mistakes more when they are in front of me. I enjoyed your blog!

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I am 21 years old and attend Southeastern University where I am pursuing my degree in journalism and public relations. I have many dreams and passions and I have decided to begin taking action now in accomplishing these dreams. I believe that everyone can be great, but they must persevere through struggles. I hope that my blog is an encouragement to you!

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