“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Jefferson. What does this quote mean to you? Do you find it amazing that a quote said by a man who was born over 250 years ago is still relevant? Psh…I know I do.
More colleges and universities are moving to online education, blending the online and offline experience or offering complete online classes for their students. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are becoming popular and the class sizes are enormous. Technology is driving the changes we see today.
Many news programs use Skype (or similar technologies) to interview spokespersons. Doing so makes sense for cash-strapped news organizations—instead of sending a camera crew to your home or office at great expense, they can save money by asking you to remain at your desk and conduct the interview via Skype.
On October 1, 2013 at 8:30 p.m., #PRStudChat will present “Public Relations: But Is It Ethical?” for our students, educators and professionals. The session will focus on ethics in public relations and the ever-changing challenges confronting PR professionals. Students will get a chance to test their knowledge of ethics, and professionals will have the opportunity to share insights and experiences.
I’m occasionally asked whether it’s ever appropriate to “freeze a reporter out,” or refuse to speak to him again. Whenever I hear that, I immediately think of a scene out of The Godfather or Fatal Attraction, complete with horse’s head and boiled bunny. I imagine frustrated interviewees suddenly appearing as caped crusaders, exacting their revenge on unfair journalists by “rubbing them out.”
The Public Relations Society of America chooses September as the month to remind its members of the importance of ethical thought and behavior. Other communication organizations, including the International Association of Business Communicators and the International Public Relations Association for example, also emphasize ethical practice in their membership information.
That three word phrase continues to ring in my head from the moment my dad said to me years ago before basketball practice or baseball workshops. He wanted me to go and learn everything I possibly could. “Be a sponge and soak up everything they tell you.” Of course, my dad was talking to me about sports, but I feel like that mentality is what got me to where I am today and continues to help me grow in my professional career.
I’ve done hundreds of radio interviews throughout my career. They seem simple. After all, you just pick up a phone or visit a studio and have a conversation with the host. But radio interviews are nothing like normal conversations (unless your friends take listener phone calls and toss to a commercial break every few minutes!).