By Jill O’Mahony Stewart My goal when I took up golf in my early 50s was to “not be terrible.” So, I took lessons. And I’m not terrible. I hit the ball straight because that’s how I was taught. Not far, but straight. And I rarely lose balls, nor do I spend much time…… Continue reading What I’ve Learned from Being Bad [Not the Misbehavin’ Kind of Bad]
By Jill O’Mahony Stewart CHICAGO PUBIC SCHOOLS I can’t shake this recent email exchange tagged “Requesting input from the communications team” on a script in development. Colleague: “I am not looking for typos or grammar help but instead more for feedback on whether or not this properly sets the stage …” Me: [sensing my…… Continue reading My New Year’s Resolution? Proof Everything!
Over the weekend, I got a Facebook message from long-ago college friend Susan Zanandrea. We reminisced about the “good old days” and I commented that I’m eager to see things return to a pre-pandemic “normal.” Susan’s response: “Amen to that. I am so frustrated with the non-vaccinated and conspiracy theorists. Remember when we all got…… Continue reading How Can PR Pros Promote COVID Vaccinations?
By Jill Stewart Ok, so everybody needs a proofreader! During this public health crisis, the experts tell us we need a routine. Here’s mine: Every morning I wake up, make a pot of coffee, and then post the date and a little weather report on the family whiteboard. Sometimes I try to be clever with…… Continue reading Copyediting in the Time of COVID-19
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston S. Churchill By Jill O’Mahony Stewart Bob Kornecki loves a good quote. The Chicago PR pro used many for his inspiring book, “How to Thrive in the Public Relations Business: 35 Practical Tips from a 35-Year Veteran.”…… Continue reading Fostering The Next Generation: PR Pro Bob Kornecki Gives Time, Talent & Scholarships
By Jill Stewart 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of my arrival in Chicago. My four decades here track with my career path in public relations. During that time the Publicity Club of Chicago has been an integral part of my professional development. This is my thank you note to PCC. I. Making acquaintances Then as…… Continue reading Thanks PCC!
As 2013 comes to a close, I spent a few hours today analyzing page requests, most popular posts and hosts that generated the bulk of the seven million-plus Culpwrit hits over the past year. I also compared topics to the Top 20 Posts for 2012 and found many common themes–college tips, careers, internships and the passing of…… Continue reading Top 20 Posts of 2013: Mostly About Jobs, Careers
In this season of graduations, it’s interesting to note that graduation speeches can be inspiring, deadly dull, or even insulting. Advice to grads often includes admonitions to “suck it up,” “pay your dues,” or “it’s not just about you.” A recent college reunion reminded me how important even random words of encouragement can be…… Continue reading The Power of Encouragement
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ― Stephen King, goodreads, quotes about reading My best student writers are avid readers. I first made the connection when a student said she read “Jane Austen” with her mom at age five. That student…… Continue reading More Reading = Better Writing
Kudos to the Publicity Club of Chicago (PCC) and other organizations that find ways to include PR students at their meetings. Students from DePaul University were invited to attend this week’s PCC luncheon featuring a panel that discussed the topic: “Help! How PR Can Save a Brand’s Reputation During A Crisis.” DePaul instructor Jill Stewart, former PCC…… Continue reading Professional Groups Need to Engage Future Talent