In my Public Relations 2330 class we were asked to punctuate a letter that is written to Tom from Sheila. Half of the room was to add punctuation to make he letter sound as if Sheila were in LOVE with Tom; the other half of the room was to make the document sound as if she HATED Tom.

Here is the format that we started with. It has no punctuation.

Dear Tom I want a man who knows what love is all about you are generous kind thoughtful people who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior you have ruined me for other men I yearn for you I have no feelings whatsoever when we’re apart I can be forever happy will you let me be yours Sheila

My side of the room was assigned the HATE portion and this is what we came up with:

Dear Tom. I want a man who knows what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people. who are not like you, admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me for other men I yearn. For you I have no feelings whatsoever. When we’re apart I can be forever happy. Will you let me be? yours ,Sheila

The class participation in this project was extremely high. Maybe some of the ladies had just gotten out of a rough relationship and needed to vent. The point of the exercise was to show how important proper punctuation and grammar are. It is very easy to misunderstand a written document because one cannot here the tone of the sender.

For any girls or guys out there that are inspired to write a love letter to someone click here to see some tips! If you would like to write a proper hate letter, just switch all the advice from the site backwards!


After being super frustrated for pretty much the duration of this course because of my issues with computers I finally decided to meet one-on-one with my instructor Barbara Nixon to get some advice. I am not completely computer illiterate, I mean< I grew up in the 90’s, but this blogging stuff really had me down. At one point my posts only consisted of paragraphs of boring information and links to websites that were not even embedded into the post. One night (actually, it was morning… 4:00 am to be exact) I was so upset and frustrated that I started crying. Embarrassing, I know.

ISee full size imagen the session with my instructor she calmly explained how to use some of the media applications so that my blog mights actually come to life. It was so easy to do, I just needed someone to actually show me how. I guess I am just a visual learner. I was only in the computer lab with her for about 10 minutes… but in that 10 minutes I was cleared of all anxiety.

Here are some simple things that I learned that might be of interest to new bloggers or other students in our class.

  • To put a picturein your blog:
    • Go to google images or any other site that you are interested in and find a picture relevant to your post. Right click and copy the picture. While you are editing your post Right Click to paste the pic where you want it. Then click on the picture and two buttons will appear. If you choose not to use the pic then click the right button that looks like this , if you want to use the picture click to the left on the button that looks like a landscape. A box will pop up and here you can change the size and position of your picture. Copy and paste the URL from where you received the picture and even change the caption. EASY AS PIE. Then click update.
    • To embed a youtube video click SHARE at the bottom of the video. Below that will pop up a link in a box that you can copy. Back at your post click the button that says add video above your toolbar. It looks like film. Click from URL and just paste the link into the blank box. It should be ready to update. It will not show up as a video while you are editing, but it will show up once the post is published.
    • To make a link to a website be embedded onto a word like Kappa Delta find the site and copy the URL. On your post highlight the phrase or word that you would like to link then click the button on your toolbar that looks like chain links See full size image. Paste the URL into the box and click the drop down menu so that it opens a separate window when the link is clicked. Then update!
    • If your toolbar looks like it is missing elements click on the button that says show kitchen sink.

I hope this helps anyone out there that gets frustrated with this stuff! After I learned how to do these simple steps I had such a better time BLOGGING. Thank you Professor NIXON!!!  Barbara B. Nixon

Although I was sick on Wednesday, I listened to the cool new TuneTalk application on the blog to see what I missed! It is so funny that we are talking about interviewing because so many people in our house have been interviewing this past month.


1. Research the company that you are being interviewed for. Be prepared for the converstation. Our roommate was asked flat out what she knew about the company- luckily she and her mother had looked up important information.

2.  Dress up. It is important to care about your appearance even on a phone interview!  This has even been discussed on the hit TV show “What not to Wear.”

3.  Keep good Body Language. Shake hands firmly (but not too hard) with one hand and keep good eye contact. Put your nametag on the right side of your body.

4. It is OK to ask Questions. Keep them appropriate, but ask any questions that you have.

5.  Be on Time. Early is on time and on time is late. – At a group interview that I was at a girl came in 10 minutes late and the first question they asked her is, “Why is it important to be on time?” (it was very embarassing)

6. Do not Figget too much. Cross your legs at your ankles or just keep your knees together. If you move or figget too much it could be distracting.

7. Get a good nights sleep and eat a snack a little bit before. Being tired or hungry can turn out bad.

8. Bring your resume. Yes, you already sent one in, but it is still important to bring a second one. Have one infront of you in a phone interview!

9. Do NOT talk about personal things. Keep the conversation professional. -If you are not focussed on the job, they won’t focus on you!

10. Do not smoke before.- Don’t even stand with someone that has been smoking. – The interviewer WILL smell it and judge you.

– There are many more tips for interviews and resumes online, but the best advice is from HR managers and people’s personal experiences.

 The movie Wag the Dog shows many different forms of PR that are used today. Unfortunately, the film shows the unethical views of a Public Relations practitioner and his involvement with the government. This movie is funny, smart, and makes one really think hard about the views that we hold towards our own ethical dilemmas.

In my eyes, the PR practitioner is a situationalist, or utilitarian. He bases his decisions on what would do the most good to the largest amount of people, or what would do the least harm.  He knows that he is creating a story that is false, but in his eyes it would help the greatest amount of people if the President were re-elected. He considered the client’s interest, the public’s interest, and his own personal values and made his decision based on that.

According to the PRSA Code of Ethics ( the practitioner is unethical throughout the entire movie. He did not act as a responsible advocate for his client and to the people of the United States. He was not honest in any way because of the completely fabricated story. He didn’t hold accountability for his own actions. He was just worried about the money. However, I must say, that he was very loyal to his client.

The film is named Wag the Dogbecause the creators are playing off the fact that the American public is very similar to a dog. They are eager to believe whatever the media throws at them and happy to go along with it. We as Americans enjoy getting caught up in our emotions and patriotism. Just like a dog, we will go where ever our master leads us… and if there is something enticing at the end destination, we will go all the more willingly.

The positive attributes that this movie portrays to the public about PR is that the people that hold Public Relations jobs are darn good at what they do. Most people look at these professionals as smart, creative, and driven human beings and this movie definitely shows these qualities. On the other hand, some of the stereotypes that came into light about PR professionals is that they are unethical and will do anything to make their own client look good. It makes it seem that most are just out for the money.

Twitter is a very interesting site. At first I was very skeptical that it would be just like facebook, however getting posts from different excecutives from huge companies is definitely something that I never would have expected! Getting updates on Coldplay and Britney Spears is one of the coolest things about Twitter.

I did not like having to Update 20 times. I honestly do NOT have the time in my day to post what I am doing. I think it would be great to ask questions or post info, however I am not interested in what my friends are watching on TV or what they are eating. 🙂