A unique perspective of the past four months comes from students in the photojournalism course taught by Robin Hoecker, assistant professor at DePaul University. Through camera lenses and cracked mobile phone screens, students share amazing personal stories and insights about this surreal moment in time. Robin’s impromptu shift to fully online teaching powerfully demonstrates how…… Continue reading Student Reflections of a World in Crisis
Despite cautious assurances that most colleges are planning some sort of on-campus teaching this fall, don’t count on it. I hope I’m wrong. Fortunately, our graduate program decided more than a month ago to be fully online during the fall term. Unlike the abrupt switch from face-to-face to online for the spring term, this decision…… Continue reading Returning to Campus This Fall? Don’t Count on It
By Carly Rogers During what should have been a celebratory time for the class of 2020, we have instead been struggling to come to terms with the current situation surrounding COVID-19. In addition to the fear and anxiety surrounding the novel coronavirus, students must also handle their emotions regarding postponed graduations, rushed goodbyes with friends…… Continue reading COVID-19 Friendly Alternatives to Summer Internships
By Jenny Foss How in the heck are you supposed to “network” when everyone is scrambling to relearn and teach their kids geometry, find a gosh-darned package of toilet paper within county limits, and get through a conference call before the dog starts barking (again) at every stupid thing outside? I mean, reaching out to…… Continue reading How to Keep Job Search Networking Going (Without Looking Like an Insensitive Clod)
By Ron Culp and Steve Johnson Your inbox got a beating these past couple of weeks from any company or organization that happens to have your email address. Everyone is getting letters about COVID-19 response plans and recommendations as the pandemic sweeps across the U.S. None of us can honestly say we’ve seen a single…… Continue reading COVID-19 Emails: Set a Strong First Impression
Everybody in PR recalls who taught them to properly shake hands. In my case, it was John T. Myers, a congressional candidate from southern Indiana who in 1966 offered this simple advice: “Get a firm grip, kid, smile and look them in the eye for a good five seconds.” That technique helped him get elected…… Continue reading The Death of Handshaking: What’s a PR Person to Do?