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Make them remember

As a senior graduating in December, my job hunt has hit full force.  But I am constantly wondering what I can do to stand out and make a lasting impression with potential employers.  Being in the creative field of public relations and advertising I decided to put my education into practice and brand myself.  I developed a personal logo, but the most important step was to reinvent my very conventional resume from just a white background with lists to something more creative.  This link gives some very creative examples that inspired me to think outside of the box and create a more memorable resume.

My personal favorites are the flyer resume, the newspaper classified resume, and the pinwheel resume.  Not only are these creative ways to show education and work experiences, but the resume in itself is also a design example that could easily be part of a portfolio.  In today’s job market this is a genius idea.  Why not have a resume that pulls double duty and not only tells what you are capable of but also shows it.

-Nicole Hangartner


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Why PR?

Upon my High School graduation, and going to college I had no clue what I wanted to do.  I thought of all the really cool majors I could have, and what it is that I want to do with the rest of my life.  After some close thought when entering college I for sure thought that marketing is what I wanted to do, and even narrower sports marketing.

My classes in the school of business my freshmen year were really interesting, but for some reason I just didn’t feel like it was the correct fit for me.  I really liked the marketing portion, but decided the school of business was just not for me, and shortly after I became a public relations major.

I love to write, and be creative, but did not want to be a journalist, and when talking to my friend who was a public relations major it seemed that it was the perfect fit.  The following semester I took my first PR class, and absolutely fell in love!  We were writing press releases, designing brochures, and even got some real hands on experience with public relations in the final four!  After that class I knew that I was finally in the right field and in the right school.  I could do anything I wanted with my major, and PR is used in such a variety of fields from sports to medicine.

Now that I am knee deep into my major, I have not only learned a lot, but have found how PR is all around me.  I love how I can make connections from class to what I see during my day to day life.

-Alex Runjo

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Push That Envelope…or Dollar Bill

Class has been in session for just under a month. My brain has shifted from constantly being stimulated by the designs surrounding me at my summer internship back to late night study sessions where my best friends include my text book and Starbucks. At my internship this summer one of my favorite things we would do is have inspirational meetings where each of us had to bring something that inspired us design wise. I always enjoyed this time because it grounded me and reminded me of why I love design so much. It fascinates me to see how other people can look at something in a totally different perspective than I can.

So on Sunday night while I was procrastinating my homework, I decided to rejuvenate my creative juices and stumbled upon the Dollar ReDe$ign Project, whose mission is to rebrand the US Dollar. When I saw this article I immediately clicked on it because how would you even go about rebranding the US Dollar? I mean is this even legal? The US dollar has been one of our nation’s signatures since the 1930s. That is the exact reason that I loved this idea though, because I never would have thought of it.

There is such a wide variety of styles and possible branding directions that have been submitted for this year’s competition, but I’m definitely drawn towards the designs titled ‘Relative Value’ by Dowling Duncan. The neon colors really make the bills pop, and the vertical layout is unexpected. I also like how not just presidents are featured on the bill faces. It gives a more thorough representation of our nation’s history. Another one of my favorites has the bills formatted like movie tickets, bar codes included, which gives them an over simplistic feel that is unique.

Also here’s a fun fact: according to Dollar ReDe$ign’s poll, Captain Jack Sparrow and Barack Obama were voted as the favorites to appear on the new dollar bill design. I would have to look at Johnny Depp’s face forever printed on the dollar? I wouldn’t mind. And with Britney Spears being voted as the performer to sing the Star Spangled Banner at the ReDe$ign launch party, I’m for sure there if I’m “Lucky” enough to get invited.

Aside from the odd polls and claims that this dollar revamp will boost our economy, I took something away from this site. You can’t stay inside the lines if you want to make an impact. Submitting a green rectangle with a past president’s face on it is not going to win the competition. In order to make a difference you have to push the envelope in anything you do whether it is public relations, advertising, or design. So the next time you’re in a rut take a time out to be inspired by something that’s outside of your perspective.

For more about the Dollar ReDe$ign Project visit their homepage.

-Erin Hammeran

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Public Relations Everywhere

A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I took a road trip to Boston. It was kind of an impromptu trip. I mean we had hotel reservations and such, but Boston was a destination that we just thought would be cool and didn’t really look into very much besides the hotels and how to get there.

So, after a stop in Latham, New York for the night, we woke up pretty early and pulled into Boston around 11:00 a.m. Parking in a parking garage that took us around 20 minutes to find and that was way too expense, we just wanted to go explore, the only problem was we had no idea where anything was.

Standing on a corner about a block away from the parking garage, we both had our smart phones out searching our GPS apps for a way to find the harbor. Just as we were about to cross the street to go to who knows where, a voice behind said, “What are you looking for?” We turn around to find a stout, aging business man in his suit and tie holding his briefcase and presumably on his lunch break. We told him we were looking for the harbor. This is when the amazing part happened. This business man basically recited the cliff notes version of everything we need to know about how to get around the city of Boston and how to do it efficiently because we told him we were only in town for one day. This guy knew everything! He said he was going to write a book about his own version of the Freedom Trail because the original takes too long and had too many zig zags. He knew what ferries to take to get to get to other parts of the city and the most direct routes to everything else worth seeing. He even named a few places for food at the different places he was telling us about. Someone was obviously looking out for my boyfriend and I, two of the probably most inexperienced tourists in Boston, because we ending up having a great time!

Sitting on the ferry on the way back from seeing the U.S.S. Constitution, I was thinking about how it amazing it was to run into that man and how even more amazing it was to hear how much he knew and loved his city. It got me thinking that was pretty much the definition of public relations happening in real life, in person, right in front of me.

PRSA defines public relations as, “Public relations helps and organization and its publics adapt mutually to each other.” That is exactly what that man did for me. He immediately in the quick five to ten minutes we stood on that street corner with him adapted me to the city of Boston. He made me so excited to be in that East Coast town.

My view on this whole situation is that we have to remember that is what we are doing in public relations. By being honest, creative, and personable, we can do our jobs in public relations well. I think every PR firm needs a “my Boston business man” working for their clients.

-Tara McElmurry

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Samaritan’s Feet Turns to Butler Students for Social Media Plan: College of Communication students to aid global nonprofit

INDIANAPOLIS (June 29, 2010)—The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and Rise Innovations has been chosen to develop and implement the first social media plan for the globally known nonprofit, Samaritan’s Feet.  The plan will be developed to aid the “Barefoot Coaches” campaign this winter.

Samaritan’s Feet is a nonprofit organization founded by Emmanuel (Manny) Ohonme in 2003. Nigerian-born Ohonme was nine years old when he received a pair of shoes from a “Good Samaritan.” He created the organization with the goal to provide shoes to 10 million impoverished individuals in the next 10 years with a message of hope. Samaritan’s Feet collects shoes to be distributed around the world. Individuals receiving shoes are told a biblical story of faith, hope, and love while having their feet washed.

“Barefoot Coaches” started in 2008 when IUPUI men’s basketball coach, Ron Hunter, agreed to coach a game barefoot to raise awareness and collect shoes for Samaritan’s Feet. Hunter’s efforts encouraged other basketball coaches “to go barefoot” including Butler men’s basketball coach, Brad Stevens, who has participated the past two years. The campaign has received national press and thousands more college and high school coaches continue to join each year.

PRSSA and Rise Innovations were chosen for this project due to their close relationship with the city of Indianapolis and respected student programs.

“Samaritan’s Feet is thrilled to be partnering with the Butler University PRSSA and Rise Innovations to grow our influence among college campuses and universities,” said Ohonme. “We envision this project to be a student –created, student-developed, and student-implemented campaign providing real-world experience and nationwide recognition for both Butler University and Samaritan’s Feet.”

Ohonme continues, “with the support of both Butler University students and Butler Coach Brad Stevens, we anticipate expanding our impact nationwide, allowing us to increase the number of children in need who will benefit from new athletic shoes through Samaritan’s Feet.”

PRSSA and Rise Innovations plans to use various forms of social media such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs and podcasts as well as partner with the Butler community, city of Indianapolis and other campuses across the country.   Planning has already begun and program tactics will be introduced in fall 2010.


About the Public Relations Society of America

Butler University’s chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is a pre-professional public relations organization designed to provide students with real communication experiences building on classroom teachings. PRSSA membership benefits include scholarships, networking, and opportunities to develop a professional portfolio.

Headquartered in New York City, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the world’s pre-eminent, pre-professional public relations organization. Founded in 1968 by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the organization has grown to more than 10,000 members at 300 Chapters across the United States and one Chapter in Argentina. PRSSA membership benefits include scholarships and awards as well as internships, jobs and professional development opportunities.

About Rise Innovations
Rise Innovations is a student run integrated marketing communications firm at Butler University founded in 2010 and is composed of students in Butler University’s Public Relations Student Society of America. Rise Innovations provides professional communications services to its clients, while furthering its members’ educations through real-life experiences. For more information, visit www.riseinnovations.com.

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Building Personal [real] Relationships

In the age of social media we get pretty used to communicating over some type of electronic medium.  While this certainly makes our jobs as communicators easier and more effective we tend to forget that real relationships involve face-to-face contact, not just a friend add on Facebook or a follow on Twitter.  There have been numerous studies and articles written on this trend of substituting real personal contact with online communication, and if you’ve taken any kind of mass communications class you talk about this A LOT!  It’s even been looked at from a psychological standpoint.  But I could go on about that for much longer than a blog post.

The bottom line is that networking doesn’t work over any type of social media, even over more professional sites like LinkedIn.  If you truly want to build connections with professionals or peers in this field it takes that first handshake and face-to-face introduction.  Here are four tips I’ve realized over the past year from my own networking experiences that will hopefully help you as you take your education to the next level and start exploring the working world of PR and Advertising.

1. Go to networking events…even if you don’t know anyone there.

Obviously networking events are the perfect place to get to know other people and potentially build a new relationship.  There are so easy to find, and usually are broadcast across campus if it is a University-sponsored event.  At Butler we are so lucky to have a strong affiliated PRSA chapter who host monthly breakfasts and an array of other events that are always open and usually discounted to members of PRSSA.   It also gives you the perfect opportunity to build a great first impression with another practitioner and opportunity to exchange contact information.  As terrifying as it sounds, going solo to networking events can be a huge advantage.  Though going with people you’re familiar with can provide a little cushion of confidence, going by yourself allows you to spend as much time talking to whomever you like and keep the focus on you.  It’s okay to be a little selfish sometimes.

2. Learn how to speak up and start conversations

Don’t be shy!  It’s funny because once people get to know me they can’t believe that I would ever be shy, but sometimes around strangers I don’t like to speak up.  When you’re meeting someone at a networking event, casually meeting up for coffee, or especially for going into an interview it’s important to be confident and bold.  Focus on the conversation and don’t get distracted or constantly check your phone.  At the same time you don’t want to dominate conversation with yourself or be afraid to talk about topics other than your work.  Learn how to add natural transitions into conversation and ask questions of the other person.  That comes with practice.

3. Follow up on business cards

I recently read an article that said business cards are useless.  While that’s a pretty bold statement, it makes sense.  If you hand someone your business card but don’t receive one from them, it puts all the responsibility on them to contact you.  If you’re a student networking with a practitioner, that professional has no responsibility to contact you, but you have every opportunity to get in touch with them.  If someone doesn’t offer you a business card (though they probably will) give them one of yours anyway and ask them if it would be okay to contact them in some other way, like email.  Obviously you can feel out the situation and whether it will be appropriate or not, but nine times out of 10 they’ll gladly pass it along.

4. Meet up with professionals in a relaxed setting

One of the best ways to build connections is to get to know professionals. Find out what led them to the position they hold, ask them what kinds of classes they took in college, and what kinds of activities or organizations they are involved in.  This not only brings you closer to the professional, but will also provide insight into what will help you advance in the field.  Again, this may not be appropriate in some cases, but meeting up for coffee or a casual lunch, even stopping by their office when they have a break in the day can be a great opportunity for this interaction.  Some classes assign this kind of interview project, but it’s much more enjoyable and helpful when you just do it for yourself on your own time.  It’s also a great way to find out more about internships that may be available and who knows – maybe you’d even be extended an offer!

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there (that sounds oddly like a pathetic tagline for a dating site).  In all seriousness, professionals want to get to know you just as much as you want to get to know them.  After all, you’re going to be working alongside them soon enough and you need to be prepared for the work!  So no more timid Twitter follows, get out there and network.

-Liz Moy

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Stop, Collaborate, and Listen…

After just finishing my first year in college as a journalism major with a news editorial concentration, I’m still not sure where exactly I want to end up in the media world, but I know I want to be in it. I find the industry greatly fascinating.

Ever since I took Introduction to Journalism my freshman year of high school, I was hooked. Just learning about the power the media has over the whole world was exciting and intimidating at the same time.

Five years later, that excitement is even stronger. This past semester in my Mass Communication class, we had to read a chapter out of the book Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. In that chapter, it explained how collaboration can really help businesses get new ideas and increase profits.

That got me thinking: What if we used wiki’s to help solve the bigger issues, such as ones the government is dealing with? Now I realize that would be difficult because the businesses that use this wiki idea had to put lots of their company information on the wiki to give enough information to the people that were trying to help. So, I’m not sure how the government could go about doing that without it being a national security issue, but I’m sure there’s way (cliché alert but if there’s a will, there’s a way).

My ideas that I suggested in my Mass Comm class were things like using wiki’s and collaboration to figure out more efficient strategies for the war on terror and ideas for finishing the still unfinished clean-up of Hurricane Katrina. The business in Wikinomics that used wiki’s would get idea entries from people all over the world including people that wouldn’t normally be considered qualified for the job that was needed to be done.  Ideas would be flowing in from neutral parties that wouldn’t need votes for the next election or other reasons to protect a public image like many politicians do.

I just got back from a vacation in the Pacific Northwest. My uncle lives in Kirkland, WA, which is a small town right outside of Seattle. We took a road trip around the Olympic Peninsula. Surrounded by the constant green scenery and mountains, the tree-hugger in me came out. Between all the green, we would see logging trucks pass us on the road and go past patches of what I like to refer to as “tree graveyards” where only the stumps and woodchips were left behind from loggers. It was kind of a reality check while driving through the otherwise lush coastal area.

Another reality check that followed us around was the headlines about the continuing oil spill in the Gulf. Ahh! It stresses me out just thinking about it and what it’s doing to the environment down there. With all the major government and BP officials running out of ideas, what are we going to do to stop this? Well, there was a bright spot in the reality checks that followed us: a story in USA Today told about a retired engineer who traveled down to the gulf area to lend his ideas about how to stop the spill. I got super excited when I saw that because it was embodying my idea of using mass collaboration to solve problems. So, my newest idea for wiki’s and mass collaboration: BP should create a wiki with all of the information about the oil spill and that exact drilling site and have engineers, oil-specialists, and other problem solvers from around the world submit their ideas to help end this major crisis using the new media’s massive power to do a massive amount of good.

-Tara McElmurry

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