[Fall 2012] M.S. in PR at Newhouse

Maple Leaf and Forest Canopy, Gatineau Park, Quebec. Ron Watts / Getty Images

This semester is different than last. No more graphic design and no more day-long classes. I’m taking what actually seem to be graduate-level courses in communication – Theory, Research, and Law – in addition to a course that helped persuade me to come here: PRL 614: Advanced Public Relations Writing for Digital Platforms.

In Theory we’ll be writing a theory and original research-based case study.

In Research we’ll be performing research for a local client that (ideally) will inform our PR Campaign activities in the Winter Semester.

Media Law is a more traditional course comprised mostly of course readings and exams on expression, obscenity libel, privacy and IP laws and court cases.

For Adv. PR Writing we’ll be presenting a PR/social media case study, a crisis communication mock press briefing, an online press kit, and regular writing assignments.

I’ll be writing some blog posts here as required for the writing course in addition to anything else that seems relevant. In addition to courses I hope to be elected to a graduate spot on one or more student representative committees through Student Affairs. Lastly, if have an interview this week for an amazing research assistant position that I’ll be sure to wrote about regularly if selected.

Side note: I just inputted all of my exam/due dates onto my calendar and while it would be a busy semester if I were chosen for both of the above positions, I’m not really nervous because I’ve done a good deal more work more many times over at Mount Allison University. Theory and Research may be covering concept that are foreign to me right now but I’m not concerned about my ability to master them and manage my time well if I’m fortunate enough to secure one or both of the above positions.

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About Geoff Campbell

Geoff Campbell is an Assistant Director, Communications & Marketing at American University.

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