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My students are off and blogging.
Each has chosen a theme with a PR bent, tying their personal passions to their professional ones.

And that’s perfect for the medium of blogging. This is their chance not just to improve their writing and industry expertise, but also to build their personal brand, and build it not just to get a job, but to delve into what makes them tick. Figuring out your core being is tricky and finding a way to unite it with your life’s work is trickier still. It’s not something that is ever solved or done, but rather is an ongoing process throughout one’s life. Still, I wish when I was at the end of my college days I’d had the opportunity to become more mindful of what I wanted and where I wanted to go.

I don’t know if my students are excited by this, but I’m excited to watch their blogs (and selves) unfold. Just searching for and picking the links for this week’s prompts – with an eye to the diversity of blog themes in the class – was invigorating.

Speaking of links, we have have a winner of “Name This Standing Feature“.  It’s “insPiRation.”

InsPiRation, Take 1:

Celebrity image management…  Arab-Israeli politics… corporate social responsibility
The Politics of Celebrity Ambassadors

Social media… sports
Facebook and Instagram Teaming Up With NBC for Sochi Olympics

Celebrities… social media (or the Force is not strong enough with this one….)
Fake Mark Hamill Trolls Reddit With Star Wars ‘News’

Technology… info consumption
Inside NPR’s ‘Mobile-First’ Strategy

Personal branding… crisis management… the dangers of Twitter
First Thought, Worst Thought

Grammar (Who(m) doesn’t love it? What’s your pet peeve/Achilles heel?)…
Who or Whom? Here’s a Simple Trick

Self-knowledge & job fit…
In Praise of the Type B Personality in PR

Consumers shaping branding… social media
4 Trends Affecting PR Departments

Image courtesy of Flick Creative Commons: Amy Dame

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