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  1. Richard Bailey
    October 31, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    Literal answer: I’m teaching second year undergraduates about the issues surrounding Occupy London (UK’s version of #OWS).

    Interesting digression: There’s a connection between public relations practice and education. It’s in the role of public relations to seek public understanding of issues (or mutual understanding of positions) and to negotiate outcomes in a contested public sphere. There’s a BIG role in educating managers and clients that this educational role is ‘soft power’, not ‘shock and awe’. (Johns Hopkins students enjoy this sort of distinction.)

  2. Shonali Burke
    November 1, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

    Thanks, Richard! There is indeed that connection as you say. Maybe a big reason as to why you and I love what we do? And thank you so much for taking the time to stop by!

  3. Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA
    November 1, 2011 @ 3:31 pm

    Excellent post, Shonali! And you’re absolutely correct in asking our colleagues in the wonderful world of public relations, “What are YOU doing to make a difference to and for our profession?”


  4. Shonali Burke
    November 2, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

    Kirk, all I can say to that is… thank you. And thank you for all that you have done/keep doing to further our profession!

  5. Nick Tedeschi
    November 18, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

    Great post; you’re passion for what you do is very evident! I especially appreciate this as a student. That course you are teaching sounds very interesting. I am currently involved with a non-profit and I hope to be working for one once I graduate. My girl friend’s dream is to do PR and vision advancement for non-profits when she graduates. Is there any content online that you could refer me to that covers some of what you teach in that course?

  6. Jamie Garantziotis
    November 20, 2011 @ 1:36 am

    Hi Shonali,

    I love that you are so passionate about sharing and teaching! Even though I’m only in the early stages of my communications careers, I’ve always said that I’d love to teach one day. One thing I always try to do is help out fellow young communicators when I can. Be it participating in a blog post, project, or just catching up for a coffee to ‘chat comms’, I want to make sure I’m the type of professional who is willing to help and mentor others with a passion for our industry (much like you and Deirdre!).

    I recently had a great experience when a professional I’d been engaging with for a long time via social media finally finished their academic study and managed to land their first communications/social media position. Around the same time, we finally managed to connect in-real-life, and it’s a relationship I hope to continue as they embark on their career. That’s what I love so much about our profession – so many practitioners are willing to mentor and teach you if you take the effort to connect and work at your craft.

    Thanks for reminding us that we all have the opportunity to mentor and teach.

    Best, Jamie

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