Week in Review: Smell Ya Later, 2017

I’m not quite sure what to say about 2017, except maybe good riddance? It was truly an incredible year. (And for the most part, not in a positive way, but rather, in a way that was hard to believe). Hopefully as we head into the homestretch, we can all take a beat and reflect on lessons learned and how we can best move forward, individually and collectively, for a less tumultuous new year. And of course, we should all take some time to check out … Read more…

Quick Hit: It’s Too Late, Baby

To say it’s been a few rough years in public relations for United Airlines is of course a gross understatement. Their former CEO was accused of corruption in 2015, then they got into a battle with activists over board appointments in 2016. However, with Leggings Gate—with which Erin had a unique experience—and the passenger dragging incident, 2017 may just be their roughest PR year yet. And with that, senior vice president of Corporate Communications, Jim Olson, has just resigned, effective January 8. Olson was appointed … Read more…

Week in Review: Jamming on my Planner

It’s a really exciting time of year—I get to order a new planner! I know I’ve professed my love for paper calendars before, and my love hasn’t wavered. I’ve been using a planner since we used to get free agendas in middle school, and I’ve never been able to kick the habit. For almost a decade, I’ve ordered the same Moleskine planner each year, despite the fact that I can access (and use) several calendars on my phone and computer. I don’t really duplicate items, … Read more…

Quick Hit: Fumble!

Today, a friend and fellow PR pro sent me a link to a story about a press release. It’s always great when a press release generates a story. It’s rarely great when the release is the subject of the story. But unfortunately, the press release put out by Arizona State University to herald their hiring of football legend Herm Edwards as their new head coach did the latter. Here’s a sample: It’s a collaborative approach to managing the ASU football program that includes sport and … Read more…

Week in Review: Rabbit, Rabbit

Happy December! My dad and grandmother are big fans of saying “Rabbit, Rabbit” first thing in the morning on the first day of a new month. If you’re not familiar with the tradition and superstition, apparently it’s supposed to bring good luck, and if you forget, you’re doomed to a month of bad luck. I rarely remembered to say it right when I wake up, and most months I cringe after the first word from my mouth is something other than rabbit. December 2017 will … Read more…

News Media: Help Me Help You

I have always been proud to work with the media and have taken every opportunity to promote the importance of participating in media requests because I believe wholeheartedly in what a free press means to a democratic society. There are also other (less lofty) benefits, both for institutions and for individuals, when we maintain good relationships with reporters. Lately, though, it’s been more challenging to keep up the same level of enthusiasm. Media missteps, inappropriate behavior by journalists, and the infiltration of fake news are … Read more…

Week in Review: The One with Every Thanksgiving Episode

I love Friends, and even though it’s a pretty dated show by now (off the air for over a decade), it is still in my regular rotation thanks to Netflix. Part of my annual Thanksgiving prep is to watch all of the Thanksgiving episodes of the show and plan out the meal. Bring on the meat sweats and complex carbohydrates! While some staples are hard to mess with (banana beef trifle, anyone?), now that I’ve been hosting a low-key affair for a few years (and for … Read more…

Let Me Miss You

Recently, a friend and I were talking about the college searches our high school juniors have undertaken. My friend said something that made me pause: “I’m not encouraging my daughter to apply to colleges out-of-state, because I know I’ll miss her.” I didn’t respond at the time, because I didn’t have words to express how vehemently I disagreed with this statement. After processing my emotions, I’m choosing instead to write a letter to my daughter. Dear Love Bug— I could not be more proud of … Read more…

College Lessons from Christmas Creep

Let’s kick this off with stating, for the record, that I love the holiday season—I’m no curmudgeonly Grinch. But I’m adamantly against Christmas creep (sorry to the TVP Comms team members who are holly jolly creepers). I think this year may have set a record for earliest Christmas retail sighting, definitely before Halloween, and there seem to be no commercials that aren’t holiday themed. via GIPHY I can go out of my way to avoid TV and stores, but I’ve been plagued at home, too, … Read more…

Week in Review: End of Season

I know some parts of the country have already experienced snow, but after a very warm fall, we’ve just gotten our first freeze warning down here in Williamsburg. So, it looks like my 2017 garden’s days are numbered. Despite the fact that my fall greens, tomatoes, potatoes, and carrots are still going strong, I’ve been scrambling to pick everything that I can—it just keeps coming. I’ve even found new tomato and pepper plants that have shot up out of nowhere. But I’ve also got my eye … Read more…