PR Interview #12: Arianne Williams, Britain’s Best PR Student Blogger 2016

It’s official – my reign as Britain’s Best PR Student Blogger 2015 is over…but I couldn’t see a better PR student (very nearly graduate!) than Arianne Williams to be this year’s winner. I had a chat with her about her life as a PR student, her greatest achievements to date and her future as a PR pro…

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PR in Education: are schools telling students if PR is the right career for them?

I mentioned a couple of blog posts back that I was planning this blog post. It’s something that’s kind of irked me for the last 3 years. I mean, it’s not, like, haunted my nightmares or anything, but it is something I often wondered about.

My school and careers advisers never told me that PR was a thing; I didn’t know it existed, I didn’t know what it was and I didn’t know that my A-Levels, talents and passions all tied in nicely to being a PR pro. We all know PR isn’t the most hugely studied course at uni, but how is it expected to be when 6th forms & colleges aren’t telling students PR is something they could consider studying?

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PR Interview #11: Alisa Mcdonald, PR Student in Bangkok

Well, it’s certainly been a while since I last did a PR Interview hasn’t it?! This one is particularly exciting to me, as Alisa went to my secondary school but moved to Thailand and not so long ago she cropped up on my Facebook timeline as a PR student in Bangkok! So I, of course, had to find out more.

Read on to find out about studying PR in Bangkok from Alisa’s point of view…

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5 tips on choosing a PR dissertation topic

Dissertation, dissertation, dissertation. The words on 90% of me and my fellow 3rd years’ lips atm (along with ‘shall we buy snacks?’ and ‘what time is Gogglebox on?’). The aim of this blog post is to help PR students like myself have an epiphany, which I had about a week and a half ago, about finding an area of PR that you won’t get bored of 2,000 words in.

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PRstack: the second book has been launched (and I wrote one of the chapters!)

Over the summer, I was really excited to be asked to contribute a chapter to the second PRstack – a how-to guide to marketing and PR tools. Naturally, the tool I chose was WordPress. Fast forward a lot of organisation, editing and production from Stephen Waddington and the team at Prezly, who made the book look as visually wonderful as it does, and it is officially here!

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PR Interview #10: Crosby Noricks, PR Couture

I’m SO excited about this interview!! I’ve followed San Diego based PR Couture on Twitter since I started studying PR: I keep up to date on all their blog posts about the wide world of Public Relations, interviews with professionals and PR girl jewellry, clothing and stationary (yes! Look here). I spoke to founder of PR Couture, Crosby Noricks, all about how she found Public Relations, her PR spin on a fashion blog and the highlights of running PR Couture…

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PR Interview #9: Leigh Greenwood, Slimming World

For this PR interview, I spoke to Leigh Greenwood, the PR Campaigns Manager for nationwide weightloss service Slimming World. Leigh gave me such a huge insight into how his work as a Journalist led him to work in PR, how a CIPR post-graduate diploma changed his career and the traits and skills aspiring PR professionals should have…

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Livi Wilkes, Britain’s Best PR Student Blogger 2015

Eeek! I’m so excited to be writing this post! Richard Bailey, PR Practitioner and Editor of online PR magazine, Behind the Spin, started up a series of #bestPRblogs and each week he would highlight a selection of PR student blog posts that stood out to him and feature them on Behind the Spin. At the beginning of April, myself and 4 other PR students in Britan were shortlisted and had April to impress Stephen Waddington, past President of the CIPR. This morning, I was announced as the winner and I could not be more chuffed!

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PR Interview #8: David Wilkes (aka, my dad!)

As you may know, the reason I started studying PR was because my Dad knew about the industry and reckoned I’d be good at it. Obviously, as a 17 year old who didn’t enjoy being told what I was and wasn’t good at, I was like ‘yeahhh yeah sure dad I’ll look into it….’, but when I actually did look into it, turns out he was right and skip forward a couple of years and here I am! So I’ve decided to have a twist for this interview and not chat to a PR Professional, but a Marketing Professional and someone I think is very wise (but then again, I’m probably biased).

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do you need a degree to work in PR?

The 2011 PRWeek/PRCA Census results showed that 89% of PR professionals have a degree. But, with the recent increase of student fees, not everyone wants/is able to spend 3+ years in education studying PR, which they could potentially work their way up in. So, is it possible to have just as good a career as someone who has a PR degree?

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