I took journalism classes my sophomore and junior years of college, and I can honestly say they were some of the best years of my life because the lessons I learned in those classes still impact me today.
Our school newspaper is called The Loquitur. Take one step on our campus and you will find it in stands everywhere. They are inside classrooms, hallways, cafés, offices and the gym. It was the way our campus got the news and the voice of the students.
This is what I liked about The Loquitur the most. My school is small, so everyone knows each other. If you knew a staff writer for the paper, you talked to him or her and told them what you wanted to read. It was the voice of the people through the people. Students and administrators do not always see eye-to-eye so many students came to the newsroom to voice their opinions and get an article going. It was great to see the paper being utilized in such a way.
In these classes I learned how to put together an attractive layout, write headlines, use AP Style format, take pictures, utilize social media and interview sources; all skills that directly relate to public relations.
At Tricom, I’ve been putting these skills to use everyday. Whether it’s writing an article or press release using AP Style format or posting social media updates for clients, journalism has helped prepare me for the world of public relations. Working with students in the past is similar to working with clients. It is a combined effort to get your voice heard. The key is taking that person’s message and portraying it through the mediums that will work best for them.
If anyone is interested in public relations, it might be a good idea to take a journalism class. You won’t regret it.
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