PRSSA Scholarship: Ofield Dukes Multicultural Student Award

To be eligible for the Ofield Dukes Multicultural Student Award, you must be in your junior year and a student of African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American, Alaskan Native or Pacific Islander ancestry. The minimum GPA of 3.0. Students must be enrolled in a journalism program or public relations courses.

The award is for $1,000. The check will be mailed directly to the winning student’s university to be used for the student’s education expenses.

Scholarship applications and materials are due by October 15, 2014.

More details regarding the scholarship can be found on PRSSA’s website.

Join EMU PRSSA & Nick Synko on Sept. 16

On Tuesday, September 15, Nick Synko will be speaking about careers at EMU PRSSA’s meeting held in Halle Library room 320 at 5:30 pm.

Nick Synko is the Principal Partner of Synko Associates LLC, an Ann Arbor based career coaching firm that offers individual career coaching assistance. He is the author of two books 100+ Career Transition Tips and Future@Work. Prior to founding his own firm, Nick’s early Human Resources career was with five Fortune 100 companies.

He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows and has been quoted as a subject matter expert in several national magazines and newspapers. He was also a featured workplace columnist for the Ann Arbor News and Faith magazine. 

PRSA Detroit scholarship, Donald P. Durocher Memorial Scholarship

PRSA Detroit is awarding two PR students the Donald P. Durocher Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is in the amount of $2,000. The scholarship is to be used for tuition only.

***Only students with a major in public relations, communications, journalism, or related major may apply.

To apply students must complete an application and send in their supporting materials by the deadline, Sept. 30, 2014. Winners will be recognized on Nov. 20th at the PRSA Detroit annual meeting held at The Community House in Birmingham.

More information regarding the scholarship can be found on PRSA Detroit’s website.

Join EMU PRSSA’s on Sept. 9 for the fall kick off meeting

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Source: GCSC

Join EMU PRSSA at the fall kick off meeting tomorrow, September 9. The kick off will begin at 5:30 pm in SC 302.

At the kick off meeting you will learn what PRSSA is, how to join, and much more. Also, the current EMU PRSSA e-board will be there to answer any questions you may have.

We hope to see you there!

News apps on cell phones to help you stay connected

Keeping up with current events is an important task if you want to be a successful PR pro. News apps on your cell phone makes this easier to do. One of the best things about news apps is that they often contain several news outlets in one place. This is great because you no longer have to surf each news source’s website. iPhones, Androids, and Windows phone app stores contain multiple options for news apps available for download.


Source: Companion Arts

Source: Companion Arts

“News”- Windows Phone

“News” is powered by Bing. Features include picking your favorite news sources, reading the headlines, and get personalized coverage of your favorite topics.  You can download the app for free by clicking here.

“Newsify”- iPhone

“Newsify” allows you to select the news sources you enjoy reading in order for their daily stories to appear in your news feeds. This app is available for download in the iTunes store.

“Newsstand”- Android

“Newsstands” has news sources from newspaper publications to magazines. Users have the option to select their favorite new sources and topics to appear in their reader. Users can also subscribe to magazines that will appear in their reader as well. “Newsstand” is available for download in the Google Play store.

Daizchane Baker

How to survive a PR class

The fall semester is quickly approaching us and that means time to get back to the PR classes. Surviving a PR class is essential if you want to graduate with your PR class.

Complete the Reading.
In order to keep up with the material, it’s important that you do the readings. Majority of the information you will find in the readings will help you in your career later in life.

Draft Papers.
Allow yourself to have time to draft your paper before the final version is due. Drafting a paper will help to organize your thoughts and information.

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Source: Moving Insiders

Ask Questions.
If you do not understand something, ask your professor or a classmate for further explanation. Going through a semester without understanding the class’s content will only hurt your final grade.

Use your AP Style Guide.
AP Style is important for PR writing. Invest in AP Style Guide, you will use it during college and after.

Complete the Assignments.
In order to pass a class and understand the material, you have to actually complete the assignments.

PR students, what are your tips on how to survive a PR class?

Daizchane Baker

How to be prepared for an internship

You’ve put together the perfect resume, aced the interview, and landed yourself a great internship. Getting the internship is just the beginning, and the first day could be circuital when giving off a lasting impression. So what’s next? It’s time to get prepared!

Source: Times Union

Source: Times Union

Before your first day make sure you know the company like the back of your hand, and more importantly, know their clients. Knowledge in the company will show you are interested in their business, and learning about their clients will get you up to speed about who they’re doing business with. Go online and search the company website, if this information is not available – look to Google, or simply ask who their top clients are. Get familiar with these clients and take notes; you never know when you’ll have a great idea.

Second, have the right technology. Some internships allow you to use their computer and phone, but others ask that you bring your own. Make sure your laptop has the capabilities necessary for high volume work, and has the tools to get the work done; such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Don’t forget to bring your charger and an empty USB drive as well.

Last, pack your lunch. This might seem like a no-brainer, and while some of your co-workers might leave for lunch, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have time to do so as well. Work can pile up quickly, so make sure you have enough snacks to make it through the day.

Leah Rodriguez
Vice President of Public Relations