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TOW – Week 5, Avoiding Plagiarism

In PRCA 3330, Topic of the Week on September 21, 2010 by pgranth1

As with any profession that involves writing, a PR practitioner must always try and avoid plagiarism of all kinds. Plagiarism is a huge problem for those making a career in the art of writing. To help avoid plagiarism, I like to use the idea that you can never be too careful. It is better to overdo your citation than to lack citation where it is needed. Always do any research needed and make sure that you read entire pieces that you may be quoting from or using as sources. This way you avoid the problem of coming to a similar conclusion on your own and only later realizing it is the same thing that the source said and you didn’t attribute it to the source. My motto is that you can never be too careful and that you should try to be as thorough as possible when researching and writing.

Notes taken from Chapter 3 of Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques, 6th edition, by Dennis L Wilcox. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0205648282?tag=internationallis&camp=213381&creative=390973&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=0205648282&adid=0FXN7F44ZRKNJBDWB842&

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TOW – Week 4, NewsU

In PRCA 3330, Topic of the Week on September 21, 2010 by pgranth1

I recently took a course on NewsU that helps people learn how to clean up their copy and make it more readable and respectable. The course had topics on grammar, punctuation, AP Style, and spelling. I did well on most of these topics within the course except for the AP Style portion. I have always had trouble with formatting things a specific way, and this course did nothing but prove that I still don’t have it down.¬† In the other three subjects I did fairly well and pleasantly surprised.¬† It is obvious to me that I still need to focus on my formatting for AP style guidelines (which makes me wonder why High school even bothered with MLA since I haven’t had to use it since my senior year). Overall it was an informative course that helped me realize the specific areas in my copy that need help.

The course is located at http://www.newsu.org/courses/cleaning-your-copy-grammar-style-and-more

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TOW – Week Three, Comments

In PRCA 3330, Topic of the Week on September 21, 2010 by pgranth1

Comments are an integral part of any blog. The comments are an important way for the publisher of the blog to get feedback on how they are doing. It helps them tell whether they are doing well and connecting to the intended audience. They also help people reading the blog interact with the writers and feel more connected to the material and blog itself. In order to be a good commenter, one should remember to stay on topic. Don’t attack a person because they do not agree with how you feel. Make your opinion known but also allow others to have their own opinions. Make sure that any comments you leave either help or add to the conversation that is going on.

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Chapter Notes – Chapter 3

In PRCA 3330, Reading Notes on September 21, 2010 by pgranth1

Chapter three of Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques is about avoiding legal hassles as a PR practitioner. Some of the major points of concern for those involved in PR are libel and defamation, invasion of privacy, and copyright and trademark law. A good PR practitioner needs to be up to date on what constitutes libel and defamation and how to avoid doing so. They also need to be aware of current copyright and trademark law so as to avoid getting into hot water because of infringement on copyright or trademarks. The chapter also addresses the different regulatory agencies that a PR practitioner will have to be familiar with. These include the FCC, SEC, FTC, BATF and FDA.

All notes from Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques, 6th edition by Dennis L. Wilcox

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Topic of the Week – Grammar Girl

In PRCA 3330, Topic of the Week on September 1, 2010 by pgranth1 Tagged: , ,

I listened to the podcast of Grammer Girl’s article about swearing in writing. I found it interesting because for the most part, I do not care about profanity in my life. I use profane words often and have always considered them just words. The only time I ever “watched my language” was when in front of people of my parents’ generation and in front of customers at work. When the podcast described and framed the use of profanity in context I immediately recognized that I do this, but oftentimes not very well. I never think that if someone doesn’t know me, it can be taken wrong when I use profane language. I always just assume that people my age will be comfortable with my language because we are of the same generation. In the future I will probably try to watch my language in front of more people, but it will take some getting used to.

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Topic Of The Week – Social Media Use

In PRCA 3330, Topic of the Week on September 1, 2010 by pgranth1 Tagged: , ,

I currently do not use many social media. I have a facebook account and have just made a twitter for my PR class. I have never really understood the use of twitter except as a news gathering source. I generally do not care when someone has finished eating or is driving to their next destination and don’t generally feel like I am interesting enough to need to update the world of my actions and thoughts. I use facebook in order to keep in touch with people I cannot easily see or talk to on the phone.

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Reading Notes – Chapter 1

In PRCA 3330, Reading Notes on September 1, 2010 by pgranth1 Tagged: , ,

Getting Organized for Writing

A PR professional has an role of advocacy for the topics that they write about.

PR professionals spend a vast majority of their time doing computer related tasks.

Writing for PR should be readable and easily understood. Using various sentence lengths that average about 17 words effectively keeps information concise and readable. Paragraphs should be short whenever possible. Short, reader-friendly words are preferred over longer multisyllable words, and the present tense should be used when possible.

Always write so that someone unfamiliar with the topic can understand. Leave out jargon. edit to make sure there are not spelling errors, as well as wrong word use.

All reading notes are from Public Relations  and Media Techniques, Sixth edition, Dennis L Wilcox.

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