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The Wonders of PR

by Johnny Lawhon, Associate

Social media graphic created by Johnny Lawhon for a DLS event
Graphic created by Johnny Lawhon

When starting this class at the beginning of the semester, I had no idea about all the experiences and knowledge I would gain.

1910 PR has changed my life for the better.

I have gained new skills that I can bring to the table to any job opportunities I may have in the future.

I have learned that PR is definitely a 24-hour-a-day job. During this semester, I was able to help with a situation that occurred on a client Facebook page. It had to do with a couple of negative comments that were posted on the page. I was able to give my opinion about what we should do, and after our client was contacted, we were able to fix the situation. I had noticed the comments late at night, so if I hadn't seen them, they could have been left on there longer for all to see.

Also during this semester, I was able to work on my digital design skills. When starting this class, my design skills were amateur at best, but close to the middle of the semester, I was able to design a social media post that everyone liked. It got used not only for our social media posts but for WTTV on campus as well. The speaker for the event even commented that he liked it. This made me feel like I had been able to stretch my skills in this class to the point that I was able to create something that I had never been able to before, and that was a usable graphic that could be used on a professional level.

Moreover, I was able to learn what it is like to work on a team with an outstanding group of people. Each week we met for two hours via Zoom and created content for our clients. I was on Team Yellow, and everyone in the group worked very well together. Everyone's voices were always heard, and as a team we were able to create fantastic content for the clients we were working for this semester, and we did this all virtually. In the beginning, I was wondering what it would be like to be on a virtual public relations team, and I even had some doubts about it. However, now that the semester is behind me, I would not have wanted to do it any other way.

So like I said in the beginning of this post, 1910 PR has changed me for the better. I would love to take this course again in the future, and I hope 1910 PR is always around so all students can obtain the experiences and skills that I have had the pleasure of gaining. This year was the 5th anniversary for 1910 PR, and from what I have seen, there are going to be many more anniversaries to come.

We work for real-world clients, therefore, we gain real-world experience. #RealWorldExperience #teamwork #Zoom #virtual #PublicRelations #clients



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