By Ron Culp
As 2020 winds down, I spent the weekend scanning through many of the 1,400 posts that have appeared here since I started blogging 12 years ago.
I especially enjoyed reading posts about the many young PR pros who were just launching their careers and now feeling a sense of pride that they, indeed, became the rock stars we predicted. Among them is the former Ketchum intern who talked me into starting this blog, Kevin Saghy. After his successful stint as an account executive at Ketchum, the former PRSSA national president went on to become assistant director of communications for the Chicago Cubs and is now senior director of social media at The Ohio State University.
Another former intern from my Sard Verbinnen days, Jen Rice, pursued her passion for healthcare communications back in her home state of Indiana by landing jobs at Methodist Hospital, then Ascension St.Vincent before her current position as global communication manager, Bio-Medicines at Eli Lilly and Company. Along the way, Jen got married (now Jen Dial and started a family while working full-time). Other featured young pros moved out of the Midwest to pursue their careers, including Caitlin Tridle. Like most in our field, Caitlin began as an intern, worked in higher education before joining the agency world where she rose to VP at two major firms before becoming director of integrated communications for technology company Anaplan in San Francisco. Cam Robertson is among many other career success stories involving Culpwrit readers and contributors. Following graduation from DePaul University, Cam landed a coveted internship at Estée Lauder in New York City before moving into agency positions in the Chicago offices of Porter Novelli and Golin. Cam recently joined McDonald’s Corporation as manager, global communications, strategy & campaigns.
At some point this coming year, I’ll trace the careers of other early contributors to this blog. Their stories and guest posts have helped keep Culpwrit in the top ranks of the 100 Top PR Blogs. Many thanks to all guest post contributors who generously share their advice and guidance for those pursuing careers in public relations.
Many of the top posts for 2020 also were penned by guest contributors. Sincere thanks to them and to regular readers of this blog. You’re the reason we have posted original content almost every week for the past 12 years.
Top Culpwrit Blog Posts of 2020
- PR Leaders Predict Communications World of 2023
- DePaul Students Promote Census, Win Bateman Award
- Unless You’re a Masochist Avoid Polarizing Social Media Engagement
- Starting the Conversation on Workplace Ageism
- Thank Your Way to Becoming Memorable
- How to Survive College as a First Generation Student
- Video Call Tips to Maximize Your Personal Brand
- Tips for Entering the PR Field During the Pandemic
- Agency Leaders Face PR Boom Pause, Create Innovative Program to Get New Grads Agency Ready
- Copyediting in the Time of COVID-19