Tag Archives: Public Relations

JMU PR Symposium This Wednesday!

Attention all JMU students out there!

briefcaseDuring this fantastic and informative event, ten public relations professionals from all over Virginia will speak to you about how they got to where they are in the field of public relations with tips and advice to help you get that first job.  The organizations at which these pros currently work include…

Wolf Trap
Newspaper Association of America
JMU Office of Public Affairs
Communications Dept. of YMCA of Greater Richmond

The full day event includes two panels of discussion, provided lunch, and resume/interviewing tips session.  
Panel # 1- 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Panel #2- 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Lunch- 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Resume/Interviewing Tips- 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The event will be held in Taylor Hall 402 and 404 on the JMU campus. 

Come out and plan for your future in public relations!  If you would like to RSVP to the event, please email prsymposium09@gmail.com.


Edelman Digital 101


Edelman Worldwide, the world’s largest independent public relations firm and PRWeek’s “2009 Public Relations Agency of the Year,” is coming to James Madison University on March 26th and 27th with their Digital 101 training sessions. Digital 101 is a “boot-camp” style training course aimed to educate students about the benefits of the ever-changing world of social media. Over the two days, students will engage in discussions and listen to Edelman speakers about social media, with a focus on public relations campaigns.

Events such as Digital 101 are a perfect way to network and meet professionals in the field. In addition, a prestigious workshop such as Digital 101 can boost your resume and serve as a conversation piece with potential employers.

For more information about Digital 101 at James Madison University visit their official site.

Advice: Straight From the Top!

I had the pleasure of spending the day in D.C. last Friday at Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm. This means a lot more to me because of my particular field of study, however, the lessons I learned pertain to anyone looking to find a career.

It was a “Career day” hosted by the brightest minds in the firm, who had some great advice for us. They admitted how important our generation really is when it comes to news dissemination. No one understands social media like Gen-Y does, and our elders know this. They want young people working around them to help them understand how to reach people through various outlets. With all of the different pockets of information, young people’s perspectives and fresh ideas are really welcomed and extremely valuable to these major corporations.  However, we are also cautioned to be open-minded to alternatives that are given to us by the superiors in our companies.

Some other great advice was to believe in meritocracy. If you work hard, you will rise to the top. This must be taken very seriously. The smallest task should be precisely done with as much thought put into it as any other job. “Be the best photo-copier you can be!”

Lastly, it is important to know what you know, know what you don’t know, and discover the rest. Do not guess when you are out in the real world. Ask questions and allow yourself to gain knowledge, it will only make you better at what you do.

I was also able to speak with some recent graduates working at the company. It was assuring seeing young faces having so much success. Their advice for finding a career was to network. For example, have coffee with different people in your career field, such as your parent’s friends, even if they are not hiring, they may know someone else who is. Hold on to these contacts and use them as unbiased advice givers.

2nd Annual JMU Public Relations Symposium!

Attention JMU PR Hopefuls! jmu_logo2

I have exciting news for JMU students who are interested in having a career in the field of public relations!  The International Association for Business Communicators and JMU’s School of Communication is holding its 2nd Annual JMU Public Relations Symposium.  This event offers the chance for JMU public relations students to meet with public relations professionals from both in and outside the city of Harrisonburg.  PR professionals will speak about their working experience in today’s world of public relations, offer resume consultations, and answers any questions students may have about the field of PR. 

The 2nd Annual JMU Public Relations Symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2009.  I will keep you all updated with more information about the event as it becomes available!  This will be a great opportunity for students to network with PR professionals and learn more about their post-graduation career choice.