This week’s #bestPRblogs selection once again provides a mix of personal and professional posts.
It’s the personal content that I found particularly compelling this week, from the fightback of a maligned millennial to a manifesto for self-help through solo travel and praise for the Pope.
There wasn’t even space for a moving tribute to her troubled home town from Orlagh Shanks (who already gains a place in this selection).
This contest will run to Easter, at which point we’ll be shortlisting the leaders before Heather Yaxley will choose the 2017 #bestPRblogs winner at the end of May.
Pick of the week
- Marcel Klebba (Westminster, 3): #4PRQs for: Alex Cole of BUPA (3 February)
‘I was motivated by the power of ideas, and of causing and campaigning for change.’
- Alicia Squadrone (UWE Bristol): The Revolutionary Pope (2 February)
‘This Pope preaches what religion should really be about, loving your neighbor despite their differences.’
- Sarah Riley (Sunderland, PG): Who is more trustworthy – PR people or journalists? (1 February)
‘Alastair Campbell summed up the whole situation in four words.’
- Chloe Peoples (Ulster, 2): Celebrity Sells: The Rise of YouTubers (1 February)
‘YouTube Reaches more 18-49 year olds than any other outlet, making it an advertiser’s dream.’
- Lucy Hayball (Bournemouth, 2): ‘Why would you want a career where everyone hates you’: PR’s PR problem (1 February)
‘According to many people, I am spending £9,000 a year and devoting four years of my life to learn how to lie.’
- Laura Bradley (Southampton Solent, 3): The Top 5 Things To Do Once You’ve Clicked Publish (30 January)
‘The truth of the matter is that even brilliant content can go unnoticed.’
- Orlagh Shanks (Liverpool John Moores, 2): #GirlBossMonday with Deirdre Breakenridge (30 January)
‘You can teach anyone skills, but I don’t think you can teach someone how to be passionate.’
- Catriona McAllister (Greenwich, 1): Blissful Ignorance (29 January)
‘I’m constantly baffled by society’s repulsion towards the act of doing things alone.’
- Emma Stanfield (UWE Bristol, 2): The Misunderstood Millennials (28 January)
‘Our shattered self-esteem is a combination of not feeling valued within society, constantly being put down by our peers and fearing failure.’
Pic of the week
Samantha Barnett (Leeds Beckett): @samanthabarnett_ on Instagram
Previously featured (appearances)
Loré Adenegan (2) | Liam Bettinson (5) | Laura Bradley (8) | Laura Chester (1) | Zoe Cooper (3) | Adam Eley (2) | Siobhan Filsell (1) | Charlotte Goss (2) | Brad Grant (2) | Lucy Hayball (7) | Chris Jenkinson (1) | Abi Kitcher (1) | Marcel Klebba (15) | Robert Leyland (2) | Sarah Lowers (1) | Catriona McAllister (4) | Bridget McLean (3) | Alice Midgley (3) | Lauren Old (12) | Chloe Peoples (3) | Sarah Riley (3) | Dan Robinson (1) | Orlagh Shanks (13) | Alex Slaine (2) | Alicia Squadrone (3) | Emma Stanfield (2) | Henriette Stoll (2) | Megan Sulley (1) | Chris Thornley (2)
Each Friday, our editor picks his highlights from blog posts published by any UK-based public relations student.
What’s he looking for?
- Insightful comments on public relations from a student’s perspective
- Well written blog posts by a PR student on any topic (food, travel, fashion, sport, politics etc)
- Good visual communicators (we also choose a picture shared on Instagram or Twitter by a PR student)
To be included, you need to be a UK-based student of public relations or communications (single or joint honours, BA or MA), writing predominantly in English. We also need to be aware of your blog, so I watch these hashtags on Twitter: #prstudent and #bestPRblogs and welcome @ mentions if you want to bring your post to my attention.
Tip: Please make it easy to find your other social media accounts (eg LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter) from your blog. And please edit your About page to suggest you’re a real person.
You can see which PR student blogs I’m following on this list – and help me subscribe to more.
Note on privacy: the default setting on social media is public, but everyone is entitled to some privacy. Think carefully about what you should make public at this stage of your development. This is a voluntary competition; it’s not graded and doesn’t count towards your degree, but it will teach you a lot about public relations.
Students sometimes question why I’ve not included their latest post in my roundup – and it’s often to protect you. We can all excuse the occasional typo, but poor writing is not the way to make friends and influence people in this industry. How can you improve your writing? Read more widely; try and try again.