What to Include in an Online Newsroom

Recently I was doing some research for a client and I had the opportunity to spend some time browsing college websites to look at online newsrooms and different resources available to the media. Some of them were great, some of them were non-existent, and most were somewhere in between. Now, I’m not a journalist or a member of the media, so I can’t say exactly what a reporter would need, but some experience on the other side of the story—along with some common sense—gives me … Read more…

Week in Review: Happy Fall!

Although it’s still warm enough to have the AC on here in Williamsburg, September 22 marked the official start of autumn. It’s hands down my favorite season—not only does it include my birthday (and my baby’s birthday), but also my wedding was on the first day of fall (and I definitely served apple cider and cider doughnuts for dessert), so autumn always feels extra special for me. There are many, many things to enjoy about the season, and I did a quick poll to figure … Read more…

Recap of Left Behind: How K-12 & Higher Education Fail Students and What Must Change

If you weren’t able to join the Lumina and Spencer Foundations with American Public Media for the Left Behind in Education event earlier this week, you can still catch up and get the highlights in this post. In addition to discussing APM Reports’ recently released education documentaries and issues they raised, the panel also dove into general concerns and problems with our education system and policies. Use the hashtag #APMedchat to keep this crucial conversation going online with @LuminaFound, @APMreports, @EducatePodcast, and the panelists: Julie … Read more…

Advice for Working with Student Journalists

One of the surest signs of fall is a spike in the number of questions we get from campus colleagues about how to best work with student journalists. The relationship between campus communicators and student journalists can be a frustrating one on both sides of the equation. Communicators can lose sight of the fact that these journalists are in fact student journalists, and student journalists feel slighted when their institution overlooks student media in favor of local, state and national press. Here are some tips … Read more…

Week in Review: Going Viral—Literally

With my daughter Lucy starting daycare recently, my husband and I knew she would get sick at some point soon, but she only made it a week. After the fact, our doctor said that kids starting daycare can expect to come down with something within the first six days, and then parents can plan on them being sick an average of once a month (and she didn’t really answer when I asked how long this monthly illness would likely occur…). I know it’s important to … Read more…

Webinars for Web Learning Strugglers

I really appreciate what online opportunities have done for access to education; online learning has benefitted so many people. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people. I’ve tried and tried, but I can’t make online learning work for me in a meaningful way. And for the most part, I’ve successfully avoided it. That is, until returning to work after maternity leave. Since I wasn’t ready to leave my baby overnight but still wanted to engage in some professional development opportunities, I had to turn … Read more…

Week in Review: Goodbye, Summer. Sort of.

The first few weeks of September are a strange time because often, the weather is still summer-warm (or hot, in my case) but all other signs point to fall—it’s getting dark sooner, all of my magazines feature soups, clothing store displays have switched over to denim and flannel, and Target already has candy corn and Halloween décor ready to go. This week, despite the fact that it was 88 degrees out, I made this cheesy quinoa bake (and highly recommend it), and I may or … Read more…

Heartwarming Back-to-School Stories

As students across the country start attending classes, competing in athletic matches, and taking part in campus life, we have been soaking up the heartwarming stories taking place in schools, colleges and universities this fall. Here are a few of our favorites. While watching the Fox 25 Morning News earlier this week, a barber was giving free haircuts, pressing curls and painting nails for children in Mattapan, Mass. The owner of Mattapan’s Finest Barbers wanted children to feel and look good on their first day … Read more…

Week in Review: School Pride

In preparation for College Colors Day—which, as an aside, I didn’t realize was a celebration of college football until this year—we all took photos of ourselves decked out in our alma maters’ colors. I don’t know about the rest of the team, but taking that selfie was hard work! I tried to capture my t-shirt, purple shorts, and Holy Cross flip flops in the same shot, and while I eventually figured out a workable solution (college-level problem solving right there, though Teresa seemed to nail … Read more…

Happy College Colors Day!

Not all of us (ahem—yours truly) are passionate about college football or care about the season starting up, but here at TVP Communications, we all have a passion for higher education. So as the 2016-17 school year kicks off (does that count as a sports reference?), we’re celebrating College Colors Day decked out in gear from our favorite institutions—our alma maters. Go Stonehill College! Go University of Massachusetts Amherst! Go College of the Holy Cross! Go Drew University! Go University of Colorado Boulder!