Strumpette: In the Beginning

January 12, 2009

strumpette-logo21Who’s idea was this, anyway?

Turns out, it came from a group of PR practitioners sitting around in Chicago watching March Madness basketball. A few days later they unleashed their own form of madness, calling it “the naked journal of the public relations business,” Strumpette.

Hope you enjoy the first of 17 segments of our exclusive interview with Strumpette co-creator Brian Connolly — one each business day until we’re done. Not one of the clips runs more than 3 minutes, as we’re well aware of attention spans in social media!

We call it the Sledzik-Curran Social Media Project. You may call it anything you’d like.

Tomorrow – Creating the Beast: Background on Strumpette

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Bringing the real world to the classroom: A last look at the Hunter College dust-up

May 27, 2008

In the PR classrooms at Kent State, we like to “make it real.” We use real-world examples in class discussions and real-world clients for class projects. Students create real-world portfolio materials and they operate under real-world deadline pressures. Our faculty are senior professionals who once labored in the real world of public relations.

Part of Kent’s “real” experience is a capstone course called PR Campaigns. For the past 7 years, real-world clients — some of them Fortune 500 companies — have put up real-world money to sponsor the class. In exchange for a $5,000 donation, clients work with student teams who complete to develop a winning PR plan to meet their needs. The students benefit; the client benefits; the profession benefits.

So you can see why the dust-up at Hunter College earlier this month surprised me a bit. How could a class so similar to our own go so wrong? In a nutshell, a class of PR students at Hunter, using $10,000 donated by the Coach handbag company and the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC), launched a clever, albeit deceptive, campaign to fight product knockoffs. It was a challenging project, and I’m certain my own students would have enjoyed working on it. Read the rest of this entry »