Economic Development Isn’t About Throwing Money At A Problem

Economic Development can take all forms – and in the case of small-business owners, having a supportive network that is inclusive and thoughtful is one of the key forms in what’s happening. Making sure that there’s economic development isn’t just about the idea of investing money, but it’s also about the idea of investing time…

Life Imitates Art: Wolf Cola & Fight Milk

Representation matters – we’ve learned this through tons of studies; social movements, and the like. It’s better to have a comprehensive look at what a population looks like, and have it be accurate; than not. Whether it has to do with race, gender, sexual orientation, or age; being represented in the media platforms you hold…

Startups in the suburbs

Small business development is an instrumental part of any community – but not because the idea of small business is something being “held onto”, but rather because small business is the future of developing living-wage jobs, particularly in suburban areas. The focus on small business is primarily about community development – in a time where…

Thrifting in Public Relations

My wardrobe consists of three primary food groups: thrift finds, discount store scores, and hoop earrings. I’ve realized I have a gift of finding the obscure in the obvious when shopping. Example: my current “fit” is the Guess jeans (scored from their outlet for $30); a striped blouse with trumpet sleeves that was abandoned at…

Youtube & Internal Turmoil

Youtube is one of the most turbulent social media platforms: while known for it’s composite of successful stars, but also pocked by scandals – particularly when it comes to labeling things as ‘unfriendly’ towards advertisers. While some of these things are valid – small amounts of nudity, incredibly gory content, can be understood as content…

Some Girls Just Freak Me Out: PR in Pop Punk

My early teens were peppered by three things: thick eyeliner, bubblegum pink doc martens, and pop punk music. I have distinct memories of thinking I was SO COOL because I was listening to Fall Out Boy and other people were not. I liked screaming “She likes to fight and make up! She likes to be…

The Edible PR Professional

I’m a fan of Margaret Atwood – I like feminist fiction, and I REALLY love the idea of reading novels that other people haven’t heard of. So, naturally, once The Handmaid’s Tale shot to the top of the Amazon charts following some very well-informed concerns about the parallels of our current administration and the one…

Why Not Getting The Job Is Okay

I’m sitting on a train home from an internship interview – for something that I was incredibly interested in, at that. Paid, over the summer, right off a Link stop. Ideal. I’d prepped my portfolio, wore my favorite floral patterned pants and planned my day to have the interview in Seattle. The place was even…

Q&A With Peyton Lee: Fellow PR Student with a Massive Blog Following

As a PR major, I’ve learned something – we’re all a little bit linked. Whenever finding out someone else is in your niche field, it’s a cool connection. I’m not really a Tumblr user following my “Edgy Teen” ™ days, but I still check the website occasionally, and realized that a user, who I became…

Zelda Fitzgerald & Overlooked Crises

The roaring 20’s gets characterized as glitz, opulence and speakeasies, which isn’t a huge stretch. It’s easy to take the era immediately leading up to the great depression as one of opulence – and the characters that are in play during the 1920’s are typically shown to be people like Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of F….