Week in Review

Even though spring break season is winding down, TVP Communications vacations are gearing up, and I am so jealous. My colleagues will soon be enjoying the Pacific Northwest, the Caribbean, Disney World and Europe—and I have no upcoming travel plans. In fact, my next vacation day is going to be spent moving from Massachusetts to Virginia, which is not exactly my idea of relaxation. But at least summer is on the horizon, and I’m very open to vacation suggestions, so send your ideas to @alilincolntvp. … Read more…

Thoughts on “Katrina 10 Years Later – Institutional Resilience, Managing Disasters, and Lessons Learned”

Yesterday I was honored to serve as moderator of a panel at the NASPA annual conference. Not only was I surrounded by amazingly powerful women who serve as chief student affairs officers, I had the ultimate front row seat as they told their stories from the frontlines of an unprecedented disaster. The session, “Katrina 10 Years Later – Institutional Resilience, Managing Disasters, and Lessons Learned in Student Affairs,” included heartbreaking stories from Cyn Cherrey, Arnel Cosey and Cissy Petty, alongside their personal and professional case … Read more…

Week in Review

At long last, it’s officially spring—even if it’s supposed to snow today! While much of the country is stricken with March Madness, I’ve personally never been into it. However, for the record, the one time I did fill out a bracket in college (loosely based on which mascots would be triumphant in a battle to the death), I won the pool. And for a brief, shining moment, Holy Cross was even on its way to victory—the team ultimately lost, but only by ten points so … Read more…

Pitfalls to Avoid When Pitching Journalists on Twitter

Of all the technologies available to help enhance media efforts, my favorite and most utilized is Twitter. It’s free. It’s extremely versatile. And it gives insight into how various topics are being covered (and by whom) in a way I find superior to media databases and even Google searches. Yet, while I love Twitter and use it constantly for things like staying up to date on breaking and industry news, researching topics and journalist interests, and building relationships, I’m much more selective about how and … Read more…

Week in Review

I love GIFs—they’re so entertaining and often they can be the internet version of snark. This week, I got a double dose of GIF enjoyment. First, there are now annual awards for the best GIFs of the year, the .GIFYS. And second, employee of the week Kyle Gunnels really stepped it up on Slack with an integration that randomly generates GIFs. On fleek this week: If you feel like wasting some time today, please share your favorite GIFs with @alilincolntvp on Twitter. I’m pretty sure … Read more…

Thoughts on the Student Aid Bill of Rights

Boy, I am such a sucker for well-executed rhetoric. I watched President Obama deliver remarks at Georgia Tech this week on his new presidential memorandum, the Student Aid Bill of Rights, and it was like a jumpstart for my idealistic heart to get pumping. First of all, let’s look at the title: Student Aid Bill of Rights. There’s some weight behind this, some gravity to the name that fills me with hope. I read this and I’m nodding my head vigorously, because yes, those ARE rights! … Read more…

Week in Review

Most of the team is still very much buried in winter weather (and let’s face it, Massachusetts may never fully thaw), but warmer days are on the horizon—even though as I write this it’s 12 degrees out. It’s officially time to spring ahead, people! Try not to lament the loss of an hour of sleep as you set your clocks to springtime. And maybe the cold, snowy weather will finally take a hint and take a hike… Here’s to more sunshine in everyone’s day! What’s … Read more…

Should You Ask Reporters for Corrections?

Last week I listened to a great podcast by ProPublica’s Justin Elliot and Eric Umansky about what happens when sources complain about stories. In the piece, Elliot relayed interactions he and his colleagues had had with the Red Cross, who sent a 5,000-word request (longer than the reported piece) for changes to several aspects of the story, including some that were factually inaccurate and irrelevant. For example, they said the reporters failed to include specific quotes, when in fact, they were in the original story. … Read more…

Week in Review

This was one of those weeks for news that you will remember for the rest of your life. Future generations will ask where you were and how the day’s events made you feel. Savor these moments and memories because really, runaway llamas and color changing dresses are once-in-a-lifetime events, people. Once you’ve recovered from the internet breaking, scroll down for updates from your favorite team. What’s new this week: NASPA was featured in a USA TODAY editorial debate about colleges and binge drinking. The op-ed … Read more…

Five Things PR Pros Can Learn from House of Cards

If you’re one of the few people who are unaware, season three of House of Cards will be released tomorrow on Netflix. It will be the reason many of your coworkers call in “sick” or that a snow day is declared even if there isn’t much snow on the ground. Earlier today, in the middle of a battle with writer’s block, one of my colleagues suggested that I write a blog about what PR professionals can learn from watching the show. If you are familiar … Read more…