A Look Back at My First Year as Part of the TVP Comms Team

July 1 will mark my one-year anniversary as part of the TVP Comms team. When I joined the team, I knew I would be able to use many of my existing professional strengths, but I’ve continued to gain a vast set of new skills as well. I’ve also learned how to work from home and how to travel more easily. And, most importantly, while we work hard, I’ve learned this team knows how to have a lot of fun. Here are a few of my … Read more…

Quick Hit: TVP Comms Team Descends on D.C. for EWA seminar

While Betsy DeVos will be the first education secretary to not address the annual Education Writers Association National Seminar, the TVP Comms team would never miss this conference. Now in its 70th year, #ewa17 promises to discuss and debate what education reporters should and will be covering in the upcoming year, as well as how to navigate this new era for education and the press. Three members of the team—Teresa, Erin and Ali—headed to D.C. yesterday to meet with reporters, listen to presentations, and to … Read more…

What Makes a Good Commencement Speech (From Someone Who Has Seen a Lot of Them)

Now that we are nearing the end of college and university commencement season, the reviews are coming in – the good, the bad, the so-so and of course, the best. Last week the TVP Comms team shared some of our favorite commencement memories, but this week I want to take a look at what makes a good commencement speech. After working nine graduations at the College of the Holy Cross, plus attending my own, my siblings’, my siblings’-in-law, and most recently my husband’s, I have … Read more…

Quick Hit: Want to Nail an Interview? Listen to This Sheryl Sandberg Piece on NPR

While she has her critics, Sheryl Sandberg nailed this interview on NPR’s All Things Considered yesterday. The Facebook executive, mother of two and author of Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead lost her husband two years ago. She is back with a new book and a new initiative to help people who are grieving. In this interview she opens up, and she is honest. She says, “Want to silence a room?” Get diagnosed with cancer, lose a child, get fired. People don’t … Read more…

M.B.A. Lessons at The Dinner Table

My husband is currently working on his M.B.A. (Only two more classes until he is done!!) He is in the insurance industry and some of his classes are more interesting to me than others—supply chain management (not so much), business communication (totally my jam). He recently took a class on critical thinking and decision making this semester, which captivated me (not so much my six-year-old) at the dinner table. Part of the class focused on how people have a dominant side of the brain. Right-sided … Read more…

Quick Hit: Spring Clean Your AP Style

Spring is officially here! In addition to cleaning your house, there’s also a lot of cleaning PR professionals can do at work, such as cleaning up social media accounts/strategies, updating reporter lists, and reviewing goals and to-do lists. As a writer who has AP style ingrained in her head, I still always need some refreshing and a reminder of the rules, especially after being stuck inside all winter. (I love how they were even able to incorporate spring break.) Here are 10 Tips to Spring … Read more…

Five Things I Learned at My First Job That I Still Use Today

When I graduated from college, my first job was as a production assistant at a television network affiliate in Boston. I worked nights and weekends to help put on a 10 p.m. news program every night. It was a small team, so I really got to learn a lot from the second I walked through the door. Here are five lessons I learned at 22 that I still use today. Deadlines matter! In the newsroom, every day we had a meeting at 3:30 p.m. to … Read more…

Week in Review: Buried in Snow Edition

During the last two weeks we’ve had more than two feet of snow dumped on us up here in New England. No school, lots of shoveling, we’ve been buried–literally. (See photo of my son above.) All the snow also means lots of hot chocolate, sledding and warming up by the fire. It’s finally starting to warm up and the snow is starting to melt, probably just in time for some more snow. If you’ve been too busy shoveling to catch up on the latest in … Read more…

Quick Hit: Fighting Alternative Facts with Facts on the Call to Action Blog

In light of Kellyanne Conway’s now infamous remarks about “alternative facts,” Teresa explores the implications of these two words and what they mean for our profession, in a piece for Inside Higher Ed’s Call to Action blog. She writes, “It is my job to allow the facts to stand on their own and provide context for them rather than pushing alternative facts. It is the role of media relations professionals to advocate for telling the truth.” Read the whole article on Inside Higher Ed.   … Read more…

Build and Foster Relationships on Campus: Throw a Party!

The holidays are quickly approaching and it’s the time of year we are extra grateful for our family, friends, and colleagues. If you work in the media relations field you are always thankful and grateful for all the time spent by faculty and administrators providing background to reporters, conducting interviews, and fielding questions, especially after hours and in between busy class schedules. That’s why nine years ago, while Kristine and I were both working in media relations at the College of the Holy Cross, we … Read more…