Hooray for Move-In Day!

I’m jumping on the back-to-school blog post bandwagon we have going on here at TVP Communications. But while Erin and Kristine both looked to the new academic year, I’m looking back—a decade back, actually. Holy Cross Move-In Day for the class of 2019 is this weekend, and 10 years ago today, that was me. August 27, 2005 was a particularly hot and humid day in Worcester, Massachusetts, and as my mom and I rolled onto campus I was nervous and excited and not quite sure … Read more…

Resolutions for a New Academic Year

In her post earlier this month about new (academic) year’s resolutions, Erin Hennessy inspired me—as she often does—to come up with a few of my own. So, as the 2015-16 fall semester gets underway, here are a few things I plan to do to ensure this year is even more successful than the last. Send fewer pitches. This may seem counterintuitive, particularly since my goal is to increase coverage. But simply pitching more stories isn’t necessarily the means to that end. Firing off story ideas … Read more…

Week in Review

Happy Friday everyone! Three TVP Comms-ers are out today—most are squeezing in a last summer getaway—so that means Teresa and I are holding down the company fort, and I get to take over from Ali to post the Week in Review. It’s hard to believe that it’s already August 21 and that summer, essentially, is almost over. The hot, humid weather here in DC definitely would have you thinking otherwise. Although fall cannot get here fast enough—because that will mean two of my favorite things … Read more…

Your Research Isn’t Gaining Traction? Then Work With Me, People!

Earlier this week I read an op-ed from two academics and I loved it so much I’m thinking of getting the headline tattooed on my arm. The title? “Prof, no one is reading you.” The two, a visiting professor and a doctoral researcher, point out some startling data on the usage of scholarly publications in their piece: Up to 1.5 million peer-reviewed articles are published annually. However, many are ignored even within scientific communities – 82 per cent of articles published in humanities are not … Read more…

Week in Review

Remember all of the posts I made about the horrible winter in Massachusetts? For the record, the last bit of snow only very recently melted outside Boston. It truly was a miserable place to be, and I told myself I wouldn’t complain about the heat and humidity at all this year (if it ever showed up). But then I moved to southeastern Virginia just in time for summer to start, and when people ask me how I like Virginia, my first instinct is to complain … Read more…

E-Toxing and Why I’m Going to Kick My Screen Addiction

Have you ever heard of e-toxing? No? Until recently, neither had I. The other day I had one of the best UberX drivers I’ve had—someone funny that I didn’t mind talking to and one who genuinely had great stories to tell. In talking she made the passing commentary, “I just don’t do a lot of that ‘social’ online stuff. I like to actually experience things. Now, when you go out all you ever see is people with their faces buried in screens.” Instantly, I recognized … Read more…

The End-of-Summer Blues

I got up this morning and noticed something awful. Leaves are falling off the tree outside my living room window. I’ve managed to ignore the edge of fall in recent cool breezes but leaves on the ground simply can’t be overlooked. I know, I know, we’re still wearing shorts and flip flops and the sun isn’t setting until 8 pm but it’s time we start coming to terms with the coming fall. Ali sent me an article this morning that says our emotions follow a … Read more…

Week in Review

The TVP Comms team was reunited in Boston this week for our staff retreat and it did not disappoint. One of the highlights was hitting up Mike’s Pastry in the North End for some delicious cannoli. Did you know that the word cannoli is actually the plural form of the word? One cannolo for each of us, five cannoli for the group. You can thank my college Italian for that bomba della verità (truth bomb, roughly). And despite the quality time spent as a team … Read more…

Stewart’s Sign Off Marks End of News Era

Today marks the end of era for political news junkies. After 16 remarkably successful years, Jon Stewart will appear in his final episode of The Daily Show, and many of his viewers will lose their most-trusted news source. During his time as host of the show, Stewart blurred the lines between journalism and comedy so ingeniously that the question of whether his show should be categorized as “news” (as opposed to “comedy”) was often debated. While Stewart himself insisted he wasn’t a journalist, many Americans … Read more…

Losing the College Essay

August 1 marked the unofficial opening to the 2015-2016 college application season with the Common Application going live. And there were some big changes this year, including a very big surprise for me: some colleges are no longer requiring an essay. The college essay was such a big deal when I was applying to schools—and it was completely wide open so you could write about whatever you wanted. It gave the admissions team not only a sample of your writing skills, but also a glimpse … Read more…