Category Archives: PR Connections

Will Work For Education??

I’ve been hearing a lot about internships lately, and not just in the public relations sector. There has been many discussions about whether or not unpaid internships are ethical. A post on PR Open Mic first brought this debate to my attention. The New York Times reported that unpaid internships had risen in the past years which seems to be due to the lack of jobs and the state of the economy. Apparently there are 6 requirements that unpaid internships must meet and not all of them are meeting them. The TIMES reports that some employers may feel that it is convenient to lay off workers and get extra help from unpaid students. Another issue is that some internships involve non-education work that does not count as a learning experience. There is also the question of whether less “affluent” students have the same opportunity or pick at internships and if that make students who can not afford to spend a summer without an income “less competitive job candidates” after graduation.

Check out this video, via MoneyTalkNews which shows some of the benefits of unpaid internships (if you can afford them) :

Personally I don’t think I would be able to intern for a semester without working at the same time, that being said, a paid internship would be ideal.  I always see unpaid internships that look like great opportunities for me- so it feels like my choices are automatically cut in half. Is it fair that people who have support from parents or other monetary sources have more options when it comes to internships because they are not held back by needing an income? Do you think that some internships are unethical?

NFL Holds Players to Moral Standards??

Ben Roethlisberger may have gotten pass charges in Georgia but the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t let him off too easy. Roethlisberger will be suspended for 6 games this upcoming season, for breaking the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Here are statements regarding the situation from Goodell (via NyTimes.com):

“I recognize that the allegations in Georgia were disputed and that they did not result in criminal charges being filed against you” – “My decision today is not based on a finding that you violated Georgia law, or on a conclusion that differs from that of the local prosecutor. That said, you are held to a higher standard as an N.F.L. player, and there is nothing about your conduct in Milledgeville that can remotely be described as admirable, responsible or consistent with either the values of the league or the expectations of our fans.”

I think its great that the NFL decided to punish Roethlisberger for his behavior even if it was not found to be criminal. It is bad PR to have someone representing your organization in a way that you would not like to be represented. I hope that this decision stands as a precedent for other players so that they realize that they are representing more than just themselves, and that their personal behavior effects the reputation of their team and their organization.

Girl Scouts Missing Money Making Opportunity??

I just watched this hilarious clip from SNL talks about how the girl scouts are sitting on a money making idea that they don’t know is there! Only selling cookies once a year and not making these delectable delights available through online purchase. Are the Girl Scouts doing bad PR? They’ve been around for a long time and their marketing strategy seems to work for them, but it does make you think, why haven’t they used the internet to their advantage? Why are cookies only available through a quote: “army of little girls?

I couldn’t embed the video, but here is a link to the video via Huffington Post, definitely worth checking out!

Go Green- Make Some Green

It’s almost Earth Day, the perfect time of year for a  post about how Mother Nature has been doing some amazing PR lately! It seems like almost every company has some type of “green” thinking behind it now. Linking your product or brand with a green idea is a great way to get some attention while showing the public that you don’t just want to make money- you want to make a difference. Here are some great examples of green advertising:

Hanes goes green, helping the planet for future generations – the kids in this ad are adorable!!

Hilarious-  Ludacris and Tommy Lee go green (from PlanetGreenTV)

For more information on going green, check out 29 Tips To Go Green!

What Do You Want From Me?

Okay- I had to do a PR Connection about Tiger Woods. Not because I think he is a horrible scum bag. Not because I have some funny joke involving the witty usage of golf terms and innuendo. I had to do a post about Tiger because I want to know what exactly a person has to do to finally curve the hunger of the seemingly starving media. I just have to know; what exactly do they want from Tiger?

I have seen more than a few blog post on PR advice for Tiger, here is some advice from Business Week, followed by my opinion (of course):

The public likes results. If Tiger played well people would start to forget about his personal life and start focusing on his professional golf career. Okay, so he is playing again.. problem solved.

If you’re a winner that trumps bad behavior. He may not exactly be back on the top, but he isn’t exactly on the bottom.

If the public feels sorry for you it doesn’t matter how crazy you acted. Sorry, I don’t think he is going to have luck with this one.

Apologize and take the heat. The public likes that. Well he has apologized, but the media said that it just wasn’t quite good enough. Come on people- he didn’t cheat on you, he cheated on his wife.

I just have a hard time figuring out what infidelity and golf have in common. Why are we so obsessed with the personal lives of celebrities? What is it that makes us feel like we have been personally betrayed when they end up being someone other than who we thought they were?

Public Relations,The Fabulous Life?

Okay, so I’m a huge Sex and The City fan. Why? Because I like to watch people with fabulous jobs drink fabulous martinis in fabulous clothes while visiting fabulous places. The one job that I think is important to pay attention to (and you should too) is that of Samantha Jones, publicist to the stars. Yes, I realize that it is a show/movie but does every one? Are we (public relations students) aware of what we have signed up for, or do some of us think that our degree may be a fast track to the fabulous life?

After reading some blog post on the topic (check out this post from Culture Feast ) I realized that many people, myself included, found out pretty quickly that the public relations we see on the tv and the public relations that is actually done are two very different things.

Maybe that’s why the E! documentary The Spindustry got bad reviews from PR people (check out this post about Spindustry on littlepinkbookpr). There is hard work involved, it isn’t easy, and it is good to find that out sooner than later if you’re interested in studying public relations.

Here is the trailer for The Spindustry, for all those who haven’t seen it:

It takes only one Intro to PR class to realize that the job is multifaceted, by no means just about rubbing elbows and getting photographers water.

What do you think?- does the media give public relations a bad name, or are all these misinterpretations of PR good publicity (because all publicity is good publicity)?

Pause Before You Play PSA

Bristol Palin is appearing in a public service announcement for Candies teen pregnancy awareness foundation. The message: “pause before you play.” In the announcement a polished Bristol ask the question “what if I didn’t come from a famous family?”, the scene then changes to Bristol wearing a worn white t and jeans and she says “It wouldn’t be pretty”. The 19 year old says teen pregnancy “changes literally every aspect of your life, and if girls realized how hard it was to be a teen mom, they would think twice about having sex without the proper education and proper knowledge” (via chattahbox.com)

Here is the PSA along with comments from Bristol Palin from theInsider

I personally think it is very brave of her to put her personal life in the public eye in hopes to teach other teens that having a baby isn’t easy. I also like that she pointed out that her life as a teen mom would be drastically different if she didn’t have the support of her famous family. Sometimes watching television shows like MTV’s 16 and pregnant or seeing teen celebrities like Jamie Lynn Spears raise children at a young age can make teen pregnancy seem like a walk in the park- even glamorous; I’m glad that Candies and Bristol are showing how “ugly” it can really be.

What do you think about the PSA? Do you think Bristol Palin comes off as hypocritical?