Week in Review: Cheers!

I know I just got back from vacation, but I’ve already got vacation on my mind again. My husband and I had talked about taking a big trip to celebrate our 30th birthdays a while ago, but logistically, it’s turning out to be kind of a nightmare to plan. Technically, we’ve got from May 10 until October 10 to squeeze in a trip while we’re both 30, but between the unrelenting soccer schedule, wedding season, and the required parading of our child in the northeast … Read more…

Quick Hit: Slack Tip for Vacation Return

The TVP Comms team relies on Slack for a lot of our day-to-day conversations, and we love it. But sometimes (like when you’re coming back from vacation), the volume of messages can be overwhelming. Luckily, Slack’s got my back and I found a new reason to love it: the All Unreads option. Basically, instead of clicking through each individual channel and then scrolling through to read, mark as read, and manage a week’s worth of unread messages, they’re all in the same channel for you … 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…

Week in Review: Family Vacation

I’m heading off on vacation this weekend, our first solo family trip, and I’m kind of unsure about what to expect. Even though the flight time to Florida is a little long, my daughter’s been racking up the sky miles for about a year, so she’s a seasoned flier by this point. And we’ve been to the beach with her, before, too. She likes the water when it’s warm, and she’s been really into digging up rocks and sand lately, so that’s convenient. But so … Read more…

News-Weary

In communications, our job is intimately tied to and depends upon the news. To do the job well, we must be in the know, stay connected, and be up-to-date. There is nothing novel about this, but lately something feels like it’s drastically changed in this relationship. Sure, there were always days when I got information overload or terrible things popped up in the news and wiped me out, but it was never a daily occurrence. The onslaught of political spectacle now seems to be the … Read more…

Week in Review: Super Bowl Snacking

I know I’m in the minority here: I really don’t like the Super Bowl. Not even for the ads. Not even for the halftime show. Not even when my record-holding home team is playing. (That’s when it’s worse, in my opinion, because then my family actually wants to watch it.) What I do like is the delicious spread of food associated with big sportsball parties and events. This year, I’m facing a tough decision—how much cheese is too much cheese? I’ve got my eye on … 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…

Week in Review: #CuteAnimalTweetOff to the Rescue

What. A. Week. I don’t know about you, but this week had me ready to throw up my hands in defeat. Luckily, zoos and aquariums across the country offered a perfect remedy—Cute Animal Tweet Off. And it seems like I wasn’t the only one in desperate need of some adorableness to lighten the grim pall cast by this week. #CuteAnimalTweetOff went viral, moving beyond U.S. zoos when international zoos started to get in on the action. Even the New York Times ran an article about … Read more…

Week in Review: All Choked Up

Believe it or not, I’ve already started my 2017 garden! I’ve got about half of my seeds and plants ordered and big plans for relocation to fend off the deer who decimated just about everything last year—I can’t believe I thought they were cute. I’m finishing up the border on my herb garden and this week, I started my artichokes inside. They’re funky, massive, and really quite lovely plants. While I’ve grown them before, I’ve never successfully harvested a homegrown artichoke due to late planting, … Read more…

Quick Resources: Media Guides for Writing About Race and LGBT Topics

Words matter. Tensions on campuses and the reactions (or lack of reactions) from administrators have illustrated that academicians need to choose their words carefully. We spend quite a bit of time at TVP Comms thinking through the appropriateness of specific words and debating if phrases accurately reflect sentiment. We talk through whether word choices work in particular settings, and echo the vernacular of today’s world. Last week I had the great fortune of co-chairing a conference on media relations for CASE and I heard from … Read more…