A Writer's 21st Century Memoir.

Posts tagged “public relations

The Adult At The Keurig

I tried to stifle a yawn as I moseyed over with the travel cup, that I brought from home, in-hand to the Keurig to make a cup of piping hot coffee. My short journey from my new desk to the tepid machine, who decided on its own who and at what time they would get their morning pick-me-up, became my mini break among the busyness of event planning and building social media content online.

I ended up running into another co-worker by the Keurig in the kitchenette who was warming up a leftover snack in the microwave, which always strongly smelled like the thing the last person who used it put in to it. I greeted her with a familiar grin, since she had sat right across from my desk when I was an intern on the other side of the office. (more…)


That Moment When You Accidentally Start Your Own Business

It had happened to me just before a meeting at work. I was grabbing a chair in the office when one of the people I was about to speak with casually mentioned something about starting my own business.

“So, I hear you’re starting your own consulting business now?”

I chuckled a bit and jokingly responded, “Yeah, it sort of happened by accident.”

Granted, I am very aware that no one accidentally starts his or her own business. But somewhere along the line in your life there comes a moment when you begin to gradually convince yourself that you need to become your own boss, and in another moment down the line you wonder just how you managed to get to where you are. (more…)


What They Never Taught Me about PR in Journalism

Photo by Draco via Flickr

Photo by Draco via Flickr

One writes and publishes stories, and the other wants to get stories written and published. To the lay person, the main functions of journalism and public relations are only thought to boil down to just this symbiotic relationship. However, there is more to these two industries than what gets published in the news. Even now, with the advent of the Internet and social media and networking platforms, the functions and the relationship of both professions has changed to accommodate the evolving landscape of the modern age.

This shifting trend has become more evident as more journalists have transitioned or, “crossed-over to the dark side,” as many journalists have put it. Although the ability to write clear and concisely helps journalists become great communicators in PR, there are also a few important skills that are never quite covered in J-school. (more…)