Heather’s blog grew from an assignment in our PR Online Tactics class, taught by Professor Michele Ewing. Heather says her blog focuses on applying “bookish knowledge to the real world,” which is exactly what we do in the Kent State PR program. Her blog is the only one of 12 in the class to gather enough Google Juice to make Constantin’s list. I could send him links to the other 11, but I’d rather see them earn it.
Heather knows a bit about the real world. She’s visited 20 countries in the last 3 years, including a semester studying in Ireland. This shot is from her spring break trip to China two weeks ago. She’s done 2 internships and is headed for a third and final one this summer. Her GPA is in the stratosphere, but that’s no surprise.
Anyway, since I taught some of the social-media elements in this class, I’m feeling like a proud papa today as we celebrate Heather’s recognition. But I also know that the “baby” was carried to term by Michele, and that she endured the labor of birthing this new class. You’ll understand our quasi-parental pride once you visit Heather’s blog and learn more about this exceptional young professional.
Let me add that students in our PR Online course are introduced to the New PR Wiki on the very first day of class. It’s no coincidence that the site is the brainchild of Constantin Basturea, whose contributions to PR and social media are well known and much appreciated.
Although Constantin lists 674 PR blogs, it’s still a pretty small world. Consider that Heather’s blog attracted its first link from Aussie social-media ambassador Paull Young, who was at the time on his Social Media World Tour. Paull has since joined Converseon, a social-media firm in NYC and the same firm where Constantin serves as director of new media strategies.
Yep, there are 674 important people in the PR blogosphere, and thanks to Constantin, we all know each other — or we will in time!
Is this cool or what?