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09/09/2010 § Leave a comment

Blog Comment One:
This comment is in response to Grammar Girls post on Swearing.
I really love your article. It was very insightful and helpful. I never knew swearing could be acceptable in writing. I always felt like it was too taboo and rude, but i can see how it can evoke certain emotions. Sometimes in writing, that can be extremely useful.
Thanks for your tips!

Blog Comment Two:

log comment on David Lapham’s blog on plagiarism.

Great post David. I know how it feels to get stressed about plagiarizing. I find my self siting anything that I summarize or think sounds remotely like what i am reading from my text or journal article. I’m sure my professors must laugh at me but I rather be save than sorry.

I really like your suggestion about keeping all of your work and notes so that you have proof of your research and can easily be used as evidence if anything were to come up as a bit off or on the edge of plagiarizing. I, too, do the same, however I think it is because I am a bit of a pack rat when it comes to school work and I always think that I might need it one day; but I that is a matter on a completely different subject.

Great post David. I know how it feels to get stressed about plagiarizing. I find my self siting anything that I summarize or think sounds remotely like what i am reading from my text or journal article. I’m sure my professors must laugh at me but I rather be save than sorry.
I really like your suggestion about keeping all of your work and notes so that you have proof of your research and can easily be used as evidence if anything were to come up as a bit off or on the edge of plagiarizing. I, too, do the same, however I think it is because I am a bit of a pack rat when it comes to school work and I always think that I might need it one day; but I that is a matter on a completely different subject.

Blog Comment Three:
My Blog Comment on Valeriy Guy’s Blog.

I never really thought about how social media can be abused. I feel like I spend most of my time online using various forms of social media– from Facebook to Twitter to blogs and even LinkedIn. Granted, I don’t use LinkedIn as much as I should, especially if I want to use social media as a means of getting myself out there professionally. You pointed out some great tips for achieving this and it doesn’t seem to be hard at all. Your reminder that we should present our selves professionally at all times seems to be something we would do naturally, but often times I get caught up in my ‘socialising’ if you will, and forget that a professional could be viewing what I post at any moment.

Blog Comment Four:

My blog comment on October Neuman’s Blog.

Wow. That is so interesting. I tend to use twitter more for my social purposes and as a means to gather information, rather than to promote myself professionally. I found your post to be most inspiring though. I gather from you that if you just focus on the professionalism of what twitter can offer, you can be rewarded. Your stories of how you discovered several recalls on items was most intriguing. I’ve never experienced anything like that, but I have been privy to several “sneak peaks” to Glee ( my favourite show… ever!) that I probably wouldn’t have known about if it weren’t for twitter.

Blog Comment 5: 23 October 2010 Devin Adam’s Blog

agree to a certain extent with you in regards to the situation here on campus. While everything we, as Christians, do, needs to be prayed over and left with God, it is important to remember that we were placed on this earth to exercise our God-given intelligence and to succeed. Being of the “Kingdom mind” is wonderful but we shouldn’t forget our “business mind” either. This entire situation is being drawn out and supposedly being “left in God’s hands” but we were given a mind and an ability to make sound decisions for a reason. We need to be reminded that while God needs to be at the center of everything we do, we can’t loose focus on the task at hand. A president needs to be appointed in order to run this school efficiently. While this is a Christian University, this supposed to be first and foremost an educational facility and to what I have experienced, the education is lacking because their is no leader. Yes, all the arguing and politics are just hindering us in making a choice but maybe if we stopped focusing on trying to find a leader that will “look good for the university” and instead looked for someone who can better the school academically while providing a spiritual foundation without a hidden agenda, I think this school would be on track.

Blog Comment 6 – Gracey Hulbert 24/10/2010

I completely agree with you Gracey PR OpenMic is a great site that is perfect for PR students and practitioners. I also found the home page to be really useful. All of those news postings that really relate to people who are interested in PR and who are looking for a way to get into the field was exciting. Before I found this site I didn’t think that PR was really tapping into everything it had to offer. I found that finding information about PR and how to break into the business was difficult and found on so many different sites that it was stressful. However, with this social network, PR is doing what it does best; using the Internet, media, and social networks to connect the world of PR to one central hub. This is brilliant in my opinion.

Blog Comment 7- Elaine Bluemling 24/10/2010

Your tips on writing a feature story are really interesting. First, I’m really surprised you haven’t ever written a feature story before! They are so fun and really help expand your creativity. News stories are a great way of gaining information quickly, but when it comes to writing them, it isn’t engaging or useful to your imagination. I hope you get to experience writing one soon because I think you’ll enjoy it. Your tip on preparation was really enlightening. Plagiarising is never a good thing and so if you are prepared before you write you can stop yourself from going down the road of using others work as your own. Another tip I liked was “going out with a bang!” See, you already would make a great feature writer because that was a catchy way of saying that the conclusion matters. I liked it

Blog Comment 8- Juliet Jones 24/10/2010

Hey Juliet! Your post on your one week of Twitter really spoke to me. I was in the same boat as you; I didn’t believe that having a Twitter account was really important because I had a Facebook. I only got an account about a year and a half ago because my friend in London said that I HAD to because it was going to be the next biggest thing. Being one who cares what the next biggest thing is, I ditched my original thoughts on Twitter and got an account. When I started, I was really just an observer. I followed tons of celebrities and news sites and just read the feeds everyday to keep myself in the loop. I, too, didn’t know how great it was for PR until we took this class. Twitter really opened my eyes to what the world has to offer in the PR field. During this week of Twitter, I realised how important Twitter could be for our career and now have changed my tactics when I am on the site. Thanks for the insightful post!


Blog Comment 9- Michelle Paulino 24/10/2010

Hey Michelle! I love how much social media has really taken over our lives and now has an effect on our class work. Your post on whether or not Social Media is our friend or our foe was interesting. I loved your graphics. They weren’t just there as a means of decoration or to draw in the reader but was actually informative. Well done you!!!! I also love how you summarised the podcast and did so in the question and answer form. It was extremely helpful. I, myself, am not a great audio person. I do well seeing things. I guess that comes with having a sort of photographic memory. Audio just goes in and out, where as seeing things written out or visually stimulating is very helpful in allowing me to soak in the information. The way you broke down the podcast was just what I needed. I think one of the questions you chose to write down in your blog was really great. It was “How much will social media cost me in the long run?” and the answer was really inspiring, “Customers feedback is priceless. Social media is open source, meaning you won’t really have cost other than maintenance.” So many times we forget about customer feedback and how important it really is. Thanks for sharing that.


Blog Comment 10- Tara Parker–  29 October 2010


Hi Tara,

I really enjoyed reading about your interview with Lesley Bateman. She really provided you with a lot of advice and the great thing is that now that I have read your post, I, too, now have obtained some great advice! I think my favourite thing that Lesley said was to familiarize ourselves with certain social media sites and other things that the boss probably wouldn’t have time to teach. I think that sometimes we get so caught up in making sure we have taken the right classes, written some journalistic pieces that could be used for our portfolios, that we forget the minute little things that are easily over looked.

Blog Comment 11- Jenny Cicotta– 29 October 2009

great post! It is so funny how quickly people can enter into the spotlight. These poor minors went underground with normal lives and came out celebrities. That has to be nerve racking and extremely confusing. I completely agree with you a team of publicist would definitely need to be assembled to meet the needs of these minors. I know how much the world really routed for these men and really celebrate their return but don’t they deserve a bit of time to catch their breath and go back to some form of normalcy?

Blog Comment 12- Sam Mooty– 29 October 2010

This was a great PR connection. It is so encouraging to know that some one so young can actually have their dreams come true. Often times we are told that our dream jobs will have to come later in life; when we have gained more experience and have paid our dues. That is sound advice but clearly, from the interview that Hannah did, it isn’t always the case. I think to obtain our dream jobs, we need to believe in them and do nothing short of stopping until we reach them. This post really was a motivator for me. Thanks for posting it and reminding us all that our dreams can be in our reach as long as we extend are arm and reach for it.

Blog Comment 13- Chad Ainsworth– 29 October 2010

Avoiding plagiarism seems like it would be an easy task. Just don’t copy someone else’s work. Sounds easy enough but sometimes it can be tricky. Forgetting to site or paraphrasing without changing the wording or even the idea could be plagiarism. Plagiarizing can really harm your credibility as a writer. People won’t take your work seriously and will deem you a cheater and a thief. Those are definitely two things that I wouldn’t want to be labeled as. I am always paranoid that I might be plagiarizing, but thanks to sites such as, we can make sure that we are citing correctly and really using original work. Great topic to cover.

Blog Comment 14- Mandee Winter– 29 October 2010

Great information Mandee. I haven’t done this NewsU before, but seems like a good one to take. Often times I find it hard branching outside of my comfort writing and really thinking outside of the box when it comes to story writing, but this NewsU really gave some great tips on how to overcome that and really change things up. For the past few months I have really increased my writing significantly, and have struggled finding ways of not sounding the same with every story. NewsU’s quizzes and interactive features really give some great advice and practical experience. I’m sure this course is no different from the others and will be helpful to me as well. Thanks for the review! I’ll definitely check this one out!

Blog Comment 15-Dave Lapham– 29 October 2010

Interesting post David. I am a bit confused as to how there is a such thing as fake blogging. Was the issue that Walmart was paying the man to talk positively about Walmart when he was writing that these were his own opinions. If that is the case, this is definitely unethical. Walmart does have a lot of unwanted and do need to clean up their public image and this isn’t helping. I think that people have a love/hate relationship with this store. They love it for the cheap prices and the convenience of it, but at the same time they hate it because it has basically monopolized the industry and on the retail side of it, it can be a pain to shop in. People crowd the store, it is so big that you can’t find anything, and it can easily be messy because there aren’t enough people working to make sure it is in tip top shape. Great post!

Blog Comment 16- John Cissel– 3 November 2010


This is a great and informative post. I love the tips you provided. A couple that stood out to me were ” ‘Write what the editor wants to publish, not what you want to write. How do you find out? Study the editorial and staff writers’ pieces – they are aimed precisely at the publication’s target audience.’-Econnect ” and ” ‘A picture sells the story – offer good quality images as prints, transparencies or digital files. Check with the editor for the preferred option’-Econnect.” It is easy to forget that you are writing an article for a publication and therefore have to follow their standards. You can use your own voice when writing your own blog but when submitting something to a publication you need to keep in mind what the editor wants. That was great advice. When it comes to pictures, I guess the saying is right. A picture is worth a 1000 words. Having a good quality image can say more about the piece than the writing.

Blog comment 17- Hope Dodson– 3 Novemember 2010

I really enjoyed reading this post Hope! I, myself, never got hooked into Laguna Beach, The Hills, or even The City, but I will say that The Bachelor/ette has suckered me in from day one. I, too, follow them on twitter, especially Trista and Ryan, I love their little made from TV family. Too adorable. I completely agree with everything you said in your post. Twitter and blogs have been like a new form of publicity and the stars themselves are the publicists. I probably wouldn’t have youtubed Jake Palvelka’s performances on Dancing With Stars if he wasn’t the most adorable Bachelor ( in the end he went a bit mad but still lol). Twitter brings you closer to the stars, or the reality stars, in this case, and it is intriguing to fans.

Blog comment 18- Amanda Furmage – 3 November 2010


I don’t follow basketball. I am the ultimate girl, I guess, and I only know Lebron because of mentions in gossip mags, so I can’t quite comment on the controversy surrounding his decision and the helpful/hurtful image this commercial grants Lebron. Having said that though, I saw this commercial last week because my mother commanded me to. Going through many ups and downs these past few months (graduating this dec will do it to you) I felt like I was being pulled in every direction. I felt like everyone wanted something from me and weren’t really considering what I want. My mom was watching ESPN ( haha i have no idea why ) but this commercial came on and she text me and said look up the recent Nike commercial. So I did and the one you posted came up.


From an outsider looking in, this commercial actually made me like Lebron. I know you view this is a negative publicity act but I actually think with people like me, who don’t know much about him, this helped me to relate. I know what it feels like to live life under pressure, not wanting to disappoint or to  hurt others but sometimes you have to do what feels right to you.

I related to Lebron and so he gained a fan. So in essence, this commercial worked.

Blog comment 19- Chelsey Lynn– 3 November 2010

WOW. I had no idea about any of this, which is surprising since I am a fan of Taylor Swift. I use the term, fan, lightly. I probably wouldn’t go to a concert, and buying her album isn’t really at the top of my music list, but I really respect her and the life she leads. Yes, she dates, the top celebrities/musicians, but if I were her I would do the same thing! I also really respect her lyrics. Are they smart and thought-provoking? No. Are they meaningful or poetic? No again. But they are fun and they are real. I like truth and Taylor Swift provides that. This hidden code is interesting because it isn’t really hidden at all. It is bold and it stands out from the looks of it. It seems to me Taylor knew what she was doing. If I were a song writer I would want to be like Taylor Swift. She uses her experiences as writing material and that is what sells. She connects with fans because we have all had boys that hurt us or we were the ones doing the hurting. This code, just brings that into the light just a tad bit more.

Blog Comment 20- Margaret Stortenbecker– 3 November 2010


Personally, I think Swift and her team handled this perfectly. Music leaking out for the world to illegally download is common. Sad, but it is true. However, trying to fight it cost more than the $.99 they can earn off the song on iTunes. I think music is what connects us all. Finding someone who has the same musical taste as you is like finding your soul mate. Music is just something that should be available to all. Now, you might say, well it is, you just have to buy it. But don’t you think that artists and music corporations might make more money if they gave the music for free, but kept the concerts, and merchandise at a price. I know that I would respect the music industry if that happened.

I think by not making a fuss over the leaking of her music, Swift really contributed to what music is all about. It is about expression and connections. It is about the feeling you get when you hear a new song, or the memories that splash across your mind when a song brings you back to a certain time in your life. You can’t put a price on that, and by making music all about the money, you loose a bit of yourself. I’m glad Taylor Swift hasn’t.

Blog Comment 21- Ashley Wright– 11 November 2010

Great post! I haven’t had the opportunity to go to a Hillsong church, which is completely sad since I lived in London for 2 years, but my best friend did go to the one in London and she said it was probably the best church service she had ever been to. It is a great ministry that reaches so many, so NYC has really been fortunate enough to get a branch in their city. It was amazing to see a line out the door just to get into the church. God obviously is doing great things through Hillsong.

Blog Comment 22- Kelly Wood– 11 November 2010

Great post! That is really amazing that our school’s basketball team was not only sponsored by Monster Energy Drinks but that Monster actually came out. Just coming to the game would have been a great PR move for Monster, but the fact that they gave out a full size energy drink was an excellent PR move. I think that sponsoring a college event is great. Like you said, college kids love their energy drinks and I’m sure that the next time someone goes to the cafe for a much needed pick me up after a hard study session, Monster’s new energy drink will be at the forefront of their mind. More and more companies should take advantage of this college campus and the student consumers.

Blog Comment 23- Juliet Jones– 11 November 2010

Great Post Juliet! I think that your list of presentation tips is really helpful. I, like you, can’t stand public speaking. It can be terrifying and completely stressful, but with the help from your tips, some of that can be avoided. One tip that I really liked was your tip on gathering information. It may seem like such an easy and simple task but there have been so many presentations that I have witnessed and they aren’t prepared at all. They haven’t gathered enough information to preform their presentation or they just aren’t confident enough in the information they have gathered! Thanks for you tips!

Blog Comment 24- Mike Trivett- 11 November 2010


I don’t follow sports at all, so this is the first time I’ve ever head about this. It seems to me that talking trash on and off the court is a major issue with players. No matter if there is proof or not that someone said something to another player on the court, the story has made headlines. From a PR standpoint, you don’t need proof to have a story. Word of mouth can generate a story causing bad/good press. Obviously, in this case, it is bad press for both parties. On one hand, the guy is being accused of making fun of another player about his disease, then, by his own words, admits that wasn’t the case, instead he was calling him a cancer of the league. Either way, name calling isn’t good.

Also, the other player shouldn’t have taken to Twitter and instead should have had his representatives issue a statement. You can’t take back what you say, and that even more so applies to things on the internet.

Blog Comment 25- Joshua Massaro, 11 November 2010


I’ve also listened to Coming Up PR and I agree with you that this is a great podcast for PR students. Sometimes, it can be hard to relate to certain topics or discussions because we don’t have the experience or are immersed in the field yet, but this podcast does away with those issues by talking about things that PR students can really relate to and appreciate. I really love what you said, that “even though this podcast was presented in a relaxed format, it really gave good information in their question and answer format.  I think it is cool for listeners to hear a different side of public relations.  This podcast is not put out by an older generation which is good but can turn some of the younger generation away.  I think a younger more current format and style can help relate to a younger public relations generation.”


It is so important that we hear different sides of Public Relations and our information isn’t swayed or bias and that it is current. Great Post!


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