Kristen Bantin's Blog

Facebook Maniac November 3, 2011

Filed under: PRCA 2330 — kbantin @ 3:31 pm
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Facebook is a social media website that has grown bigger than anyone could imagine. I signed up for Facebook around my sophomore of high school, because my sister went away to college and I wanted to be able to keep in touch with her and see pictures. Little did I know I would still have a Facebook 5 years later. I thought it would just be a trend, but I unfortunately fell in love with it and would probably be categorized as addicted to it now.

I use Facebook today for many reasons. One is to share pictures with friends and family. My mom and sister have a Facebook as well as friends that I am many miles away from and I like to upload pictures to keep them updated on my life.

I also use Facebook to communicate with friends and family whether it be through chat or just by writing on someone’s wall. I also can message them which is great.

Another reason I use Facebook is to stay in touch and updated on information for my sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. We have a private group on Facebook and use it to communicate with each other and give out important information.

There are so cons to Facebook though, like the safety issues it brings with it. It can be unsafe, as well as cause problems if you are not careful as to what you put on your Facebook.



PR and Journalism.. what’s the difference? September 19, 2011

Filed under: PRCA 2330 — kbantin @ 2:34 pm

Many people think that Public Relations and Journalism are pretty much the same thing. There is the assumption that if you are a journalist, you can work in PR, but this is not true. While PR and journalism are the same, they are also different.

Public Relations and journalism have a mutual relationship, meaning that PR needs the press and the press needs PR. Journalists rely on PR for stories, because many times they go to PR professionals to get the information they need to write a story. PR professionals rely on journalist in return to write a good story about an organization, person, or event. They rely on journalists also because journalism is one of the biggest media outlets out there. Both are hesitant with each other because they have to trust one another to give accurate information.

I think this video: offers a good look at the relationship between PR and journalism.

I think the reliance of PR is getting smaller, though has not been eliminated yet, due to newspapers dying off. Newspapers are not as popular as they use to be so PR professionals are having to rely on other forms of media and such to relay their messages and stories. PR is turning to social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook. These social media sights are popular today but one day these too will die off and PR will have to look at another way to spread their word.


Misconceptions about PR September 9, 2011

Filed under: PRCA 2330 — kbantin @ 3:41 am

Although Public Relations is only a minor for me, when I tell people about it, they wonder why I picked PR to minor in. I think this curiosity comes from myths and misconceptions of public relations. Having a mom who has worked in the PR field for over 26 years, I was able to ask her about some misconceptions and myths she has come across. A few misconceptions that she has faced are: only women work in public relations, PR is all about talking or “being a people person,” and it isn’t hard. 

I think movie roles have a huge impact on the misconception that only women work in public relations. The idea that women are better communicators and have a pretty face for PR can add to this. Although women are popular in the PR field, there are many positions men work as and are good at it. The myth that PR is all talking, is partially true but Public Relations professionals have to do more than know how to talk. This myth ties in with the myth that it isn’t hard. If PR was only about talking, then a college degree or higher education would not be necessary. But, PR involves writing press releases (which is not something just anyone knows how to do), having a good mutual relationship with clients, being able to solve problems and conflicts, and much more. The list can go on and on. Some believe they can do what PR professionals do on their own, and they may think they can, but they can’t as well as someone who is trained. I think people need to research PR more and movies should portray the profession better in order for these misconceptions to disappear.