Wrapping Up PR Pubs

Wow, this semester has flown by so fast! I can’t believe we’re finishing up our final project of the year. Well, first of all I have learned so much in this class over the course of the semester. I definitely enjoyed working in a lab-intensive environment on all of these projects and having the opportunity to learn about InDesign and Photoshop. Personally, I feel accomplished knowing more about these two program. I hope to learn more about these two programs, and I hope I have the chance to work with them at my internship or job in the future. I think these specific technology skills are important to know, especially in the public relations field, because although PR mainly consists of writing, PR practitioners should be able to create visuals for their clients as well. My favorite part of this class was being able to work on these InDesign and Photoshop because I like creating different projects and learning new skills on the programs.

Throughout this course, we also had a writing component on our blogs about the book we read at the beginning of the semester as well as describing how we went about making our projects. Personally, I did not think it was too hard to write to a public audience because of my past experiences. During my freshman year of college, I wrote blogs for OU for their prospective student blog site. In addition, while I was studying abroad in Seville, Spain, I wrote a blog for family and friends to keep up with my trip. So I enjoyed writing for a public audience, and I look forward to continue writing on this blog after PR Pubs ends.

Truly, I wish every PR class could be like this class because I enjoyed coming to class every Tuesday and Thursday! Personally, I  believe that students should have to take PR Pubs before PR Writing because then students can utilize their skills on InDesign and Photoshop on their projects in PR Writing. For my PR Writing class, we had to create a portfolio, with writing and visuals. However, I made all of my visuals on Microsoft Word. Although they ended up looking pretty good, I think it would have looked much better if I had known how to create them on InDesign or Photoshop.

Overall, I would say that this is one of the best PR classes in Gaylord. Although the class could be tough sometimes with making sure to have enough time to complete projects or not knowing how to do something on InDesign or Photoshop, I really enjoyed everything I learned throughout this class. Sometimes I feel like certain classes I take not meaningful and will not help me throughout my life. However, this course is the exact opposite. PR Pubs made me excited to work at an internship or job in the PR field, and I’m looking forward to utilizing all my new skills developed from this class in the future!

Originally posted at Megan Young - Gaylord Student

Last Blog Post for Public Relations Publications class

Public Relations Publications was by far one of the best classes I have taken at the University of Oklahoma. Before my junior year, I felt as though there was still so much I needed to learn for the PR world. As this class is wrapping up, I have realized just how much I have learned and how much I am going to use in the future. There were so many new skills that I learned, especially on InDesign. I have never been taught to use InDesign before and now I feel very comfortable with it. My internship boss told me I would need to know InDesign, and now I know everything about it! I feel as though my eye towards design and color has improved greatly and I can’t wait for my first internship assignment on InDesign to show off my new skills.

This class also pushed me out of my comfort zone, that in the end was extremely rewarding. I have never considered myself to be experienced with new technology, but after working with Photoshop and InDesign, I am much more confident. I learned to specify my target audience which is very important when working in PR. Specifying your target audience and sticking to that plan was difficult for me at first. Especially in the direct mailer assignment. But, I know that this will help me in the future.

I loved having the format of a lab intensive class. There was no time wasted in this class, which I can honestly say isn’t the case in other classes I have taken here at OU. Our professor lectured every once in a while, but the lectures were about important topics that helped us with our assignments. Other than the lectures, we were diligently working on our assignments and making deadlines which is closer to how the real world is going to be. I loved being able to come into a class and get straight to work. I wish more classes at Gaylord could be like this.

Originally posted at Taylor Jurica- Gaylord Journalism Student