#PRStudChat kicked off 2011 with a new blog and the PRStudCast podcast series hosted by Harrison Kratz and Ashley Funderburk. Our Twitter community is growing, with over 2,100 followers and the last chat session on February 23rd, had over 1,250 tweets with more than 240 contributions. Though the year is young, in 2011 we have already had more than 5,000 tweets from students, educators and professionals using our hashtag. Over the past few months we’ve been able to secure sponsors including SWAGG and Ruder Finn to help with scholarships for students and book giveaways. The enthusiasm from the community has been extraordinary and has resulted in a new student initiated Facebook Student Forum that has been extremely active among the students in our community discussing everything from resumes and job searching to LinkedIn discussions and recommended reading lists.
Valerie Simon and I are both thrilled with the participation and dynamic conversations we see on a daily basis. We want to thank the #PRStudChat community for its dedication and support. With so much potential for continued expansion, we’ve decided that it’s time to further #PRStudChat growth by assembling an Advisory Council to help guide our community’s efforts. The council will be comprised of senior public relations professionals, each of whom bring more than 20 years of industry experience and leadership to our community.
The role of the #PRStudChat Advisory Council member is to participate in monthly or quarterly meetings to brainstorm about #PRStudChat sessions and special programs. We would also enlist the support of the Advisory Council to help grow the #PRStudChat community by becoming more involved in our monthly planning and #PRStudChat discussions. Council members will serve a yearly term and new council member will be elected after each graduating class, allowing us to continue to bring fresh perspective and thought leadership into our community.
We have reserved one spot on the council for an educator and are hoping that YOU can help us to select this position. We are looking for an innovative educator who integrates social media into the classroom and can share their academic leadership with our entire community. We would like you to leave a comment and share the educator that you feel would be best suited to help guide #PRStudChat this year.
We’re hoping that you will help us assemble our Council, so that we can continue the great momentum that #PRStudChat has experienced and to increase the activity in the future.
Thank you for your help and we look forward to your nominations!
A Little More About PRStudChat:
It began with a simple question asked by Angela Hernandez, then President of PRSSA at Central Michigan University (CMU). “Is PR Right for me?” A follow up blog post by PR 2.0 expert Deirdre Breakenridge inspired a series of direct messages on Twitter between Breakenridge and fellow PR industry pro, Valerie Simon. This was an important question and one that should be explored beyond one student or one blog post. Why not build a community to help students across the country, and even the globe, learn from the experience and perspective of industry professionals… A community where everyone could learn and grow together. Read more …