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Collin Bryant

Topic #1: Analyze the portrayal of a public relations practitioner from a current movie or television series.

http://collinbryant.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/blog-1-portrayals-of-pr-practitioners-from-movies-and-tv/#comments

 

Asia Anderson

Topic #1: Analyze the portrayal of a public relations practitioner from a current movie or television series.

http://asiaanderson.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/sex-and-the-city-and-its-pr-misconceptions/#comment-6

 

Kristen Bantin

Topic #4: Find and embed a video clip in your blog post that highlights elements of persuasion and/or propaganda. Discuss the various elements with respect to the video. Is the video effective or ineffective?

http://kbantin.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/the-most-persuasive-video-i-have-ever-seen/#comment-21

 

Davia Woulard

Topic #4: Find and embed a video clip in your blog post that highlights elements of persuasion and/or propaganda. Discuss the various elements with respect to the video. Is the video effective or ineffective?

 

http://daviawoulard.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/are-you-miracle-whip/#comment-6

 

Taylor Kidd

Topic #7: What have you enjoyed, or not, about your blogging experience this semester? Do you anticipate regularly updating your blog for non-class purposes after this semester? Why or why not?

http://tkidsblog.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/post-7/#comment-3

 

Gina Missini

Topic #7: What have you enjoyed, or not, about your blogging experience this semester? Do you anticipate regularly updating your blog for non-class purposes after this semester? Why or why not?

http://ginamissini.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/what-have-you-enjoyed-or-not-about-your-blogging-experience-this-semester-do-you-anticipate-regularly-updating-your-blog-for-non-class-purposes-after-this-semester-why-or-why-not/#comment-5

 

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It’s Been a Great Start

I have enjoyed blogging this semester because it is a way to offer my own opinion on matters touched on in class. It offers a much more personal “voice” than my own voice in a class of 60.

I liked blogging on some of the topics that we could choose, and there were some topics I was not incredibly fond of just because I could not directly relate to it. I feel like the blogs on topics I did not enjoy offered vague responses, and I could have done a much better job if my heart, and interests, were in the post.

I do plan on updating my blog after the semester is over. I already have a Tumblr with quite a few “followers” that I update daily. Although Tumblr is more of a multimedia-oriented type of social media site, I do occasionally post text blogs that are personal.

Because most of my friends do not have a regularly active WordPress blog, it will take a while to get a “following” of people. But, I will definitely change the purpose of the blog from Intro to PR to my interests like concerts, vintage clothes, amateur photography, etc. I will probably even post links to this blog on Tumblr to get a cross-following.

But, before I do any of that, this blog definitely needs a makeover. It is not as aesthetically pleasing as I want it to be. I will consort blog guides like Secrets to a Successful Blog: Aesthetics and cool Widgets.

 

 

References

http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/The-Reformed-Broker/2011/0114/Secrets-to-a-successful-blog-Aesthetics

http://mashable.com/2009/01/26/blogger-widgets/

 

Non-PR Majors

As a non-public relations major myself, I can offer a little insight on why it is important for our “collective group” to take Introduction to Public Relations. I am a communication studies major, so I am still within the communication arts department, who wants to work in something media-related. So, I believe the basic concepts of public relations would be very helpful to a potential career for me.

Public relations can offer crisis management advice that can be applicable in any work setting. Intro to Public Relations also explains the importance of maintaining a company’s (or even your personal, depending upon who you are) image. A business’s reputation definitely affects how successful they are, and knowing some general public relations concepts regarding reputation management could be essential in a potential career.

Intro to Public Relations also offers basic business skills that can be applied in various different fields. Writing skills, like the guidelines to writing news releases, could be very important to a job in the media. But to apply skills learned in Introduction to Public Relations to a broader scale, you learn the basic concept of concise and relevant writing.

Ultimately, even though I am not a PR major, I feel like Intro to Public Relations will be a very helpful course to me.

References

http://mediacareers.about.com/od/gettingthejob/u/FindingJobUsrPth.htm

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2006/09/07/DI2006090701217.html

Through the Grapevine… Guide to Alternative Music

As an avid music lover, I go to a lot of concerts. My boyfriend and I are actually going to see our favorite band, Lucero, in Tallahassee next weekend. Often times, because the kind of music we like is still kind of “underground,” the shows are not promoted like a Katy Perry or Madonna concert would be. Which, to me, is a good thing. I like going to see musicians in bars or a small venue. The show is much more intimate in those types of settings.

Ben Nichols Show

My boyfriend and I with Ben Nichols of Lucero

However, because we do not receive the same sort of press that fans of mainstream music do, it makes it much harder to keep up with tour dates and especially spontaneous shows. So, we do miss a lot of shows that we would like to see just because of the lack of information on them.

To make sure we do not miss Lucero coming to town, I check the band’s Facebook page for tour information. I check their “events” created as well. Facebook profiles for bands have become very helpful in regards to finding out specific information about shows.

Back in our hometown, we find out about a lot of local shows through flyers on doors of businesses, which are usually tattoos shops. Local shows’ primary advertisement are through word of mouth, flyers, and personal Facebooks.

For “bigger” bands I listen to, I receive the Ticketmaster newsletter. Through this newsletter, I found out that Steve Earle was playing Atlanta back in July, so my boyfriend and I went for my birthday. This show was promoted much more than the Lucero show we are going to is.

These two methods pretty much cover how I keep up with the concerts I see. Sometimes an “alternative” paper in Valdosta, which is where Cody lives, will promote shows in Tallahassee that we would like to see, but even it leaves a lot out.

 

References:

http://www.facebook.com/Lucero

http://www.ticketmaster.com/

 

 

Disney’s Propaganda

According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, propaganda is defined as:” ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause or to damage an opposing cause; also : a public action having such an effect.”

According to foothilltech.org, the four elements of propaganda are:

  • Repetition: A message must be continuously propagated in order to take hold within the collective consciousness.
  • Simplicity: The message must be designed in such a way that it appeals to or is quickly understood by the lowest common intellectual denominator of the collective.
  • Imagery: This imagery could be pictorial or descriptive.
  • Sentiment: The message must contain as little detail as possible, and instead be designed in such a way that it appeals to some strong emotion or sentiment.

In Disney’s Education for Death propaganda, repetition can be found through the use of the image of the swastika repeatedly. It is found in almost every scene. The phrase “Hail Hitler” is used very often throughout the video.

This propaganda is very simple. Its simplicity largely contributes to the fact that it is a Disney cartoon. It is easily understood by all ages.

The imagery found within the propaganda are very powerful. Through the use of the repetitive swastika and uniform, yet intimidating, force of Germany’s image, the viewer would probably feel very threatened by the imagery.

This propaganda keeps the details few by choosing not to include the specifics of who are actually part of the Nazi party. This video doesn’t mention the fact that not all Germans were Nazis. They use the terms interchangeably.

The sentiment of the propaganda appeals to Americans by using the development of children as an emotional appeal. By portraying children as mindless followers of Hitler, probably made viewers very upset and sensitive to the cause.

 

References:

http://www.foothilltech.org/rgeib/english/media_literacy/basic_elements_of_propaganda.htm

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/propaganda

 

Publicity Within PR

Publicity and PR are terms often used (incorrectly) interchangeably, much like PR and journalism.

Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines publicity as “an act or device designed to attract public interest; specifically : information with news value issued as a means of gaining public attention or support.”

Publicity is an aspect of PR; it is one of many communication tools. Publicity is getting unpaid attention from the media. It is sometimes referred to as “free media.” Most of the time, publicity entails short-term tactics to gain public awareness. Some examples of publicity include:

  • News coverage
  • Feature articles
  • Talk show interviews
  • Blog postings
  • Letters-to-the-editor

One of my favorite musicians, Elizabeth Cook, was featured on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, which is one of my favorite shows, earlier this week. Interviews are a form of publicity.

http://www.cbs.com/late_night/late_late_show/video/?pid=YiL_xuWz5pUturOB5PxwmdqWd54qlZ25

Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines PR as “the business of inducing the public to have understanding for and goodwill toward a person, firm, or institution; also : the degree of understanding and goodwill achieved.”

Cuclis PR defines effective PR as “strengthens credibility, enhances image, develops goodwill and influences behavior.”

PR is the “mother term.” It is the general idea of the concept. While publicity applies short-term tactics, PR applies long-term tactics in an organizational plan. Some examples of PR include:

  • Speeches
  • Special events
  • Newsletters
  • Annual reports
  • News releases

 

References

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/public+relations?show=0&t=1317989206

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/publicity

http://www.cuclispr.com/pr.html

http://wordzopolis.com/2010/11/is-there-a-difference-between-public-relations-and-publicity/

The Odd Couple: PR and Journalism

As much as some PR practitioners and journalists would like to deny, PR is essential for the press, and the press is in turn just as essential to PR; it is a symbiotic relationship. Anne Gregory describes the “ambivalent relationship” as a result of “mutual dependence, but also mutual caution.”

Why? Gregory explains that “[T]he press, think that ‘PRs’ are there to block their way to the important people who they really want to talk to. Furthermore, ‘PRs’ don’t really tell the whole truth, they are always out to ‘spin’ a story to the advantage of their organisation. Consequently if the journalist takes them at their word and writes a story based on the ‘PRs’ material which turns out to be less than the whole truth, then it’s they, the journalist, who feels let down and a fool.”

According to PRestige Agency, there are some important guidelines for maintaining a happy relationship between PR practitioners and journalists:

  • Write a strong news release
  • Make yourself available
  • Learn what their needs are
  • Do not make promises you cannot keep.

Because print journalism is a declining empire due to material converting to online formats, the Public Relations industry has seen an increase in the number of former journalists who convert to the Public Relations field.

Ultimately, PR practitioners and journalists should set aside their differences because due to the demise of journalism, they will be seeing much more of one another.

 

References:

http://www.prconversations.com/index.php/2007/06/anne-gregory-on-relationships-between-public-relations-and-journalism/

http://prestigeagency.wordpress.com/2010/04/22/the-lovehate-relationship-between-pr-and-journalism/