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AP Style April 28, 2009

Filed under: Responses — sbsullivan @ 8:28 am

Today in my Intro to Public Relations class, we discussed the Associated Press Stylebook.


We edited a news release using this style. This is the accepted style of writing for journalistic and public relations writing.


Swine Flu Scare April 27, 2009

Filed under: Personal — sbsullivan @ 8:12 pm

When I read the CNN story about the swine flu, I’m not going to lie, it made me very nervous. I am about to go out and buy a bunch of face masks and stay inside for a very long time. I am still wondering how long it will take the virus to spread, and hoping the CDC will be working on overtime to control the virus. This is what scares me the most, “When the flu spreads person-to-person, instead of from animals to humans, it can continue to mutate, making it harder to treat or fight off because people have no natural immunity.” Also the fact that 103 people died in Mexico. That’s a big number. That’s my whole Public Relations class…


Comment on Leigh Gunnels’ Blog

Filed under: My Comments — sbsullivan @ 3:02 am
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Leigh wrote about the more economically savvy Mercedes-Benz SUV.  I think this is an important step to becoming a more green society.


Comment on James Kicklighter’s Blog

Filed under: My Comments — sbsullivan @ 2:55 am

James is an inspiration to me. I commented on his About Page. He certainly is something!


Bayer Crisis Management

Filed under: PR Connections — sbsullivan @ 2:48 am

Question for all my Public Relations peers, how should Bayer have handled their recent fiasco differently?


Comment on Beth Agee’s Blog

Filed under: My Comments — sbsullivan @ 2:29 am

Today I commented on Beth Agee’s blog post about the Miss USA news. I agree with Beth in that Miss California did nothing wrong in stating her opinions. That is the whole point of the interview process.


UGA Professor/Murderer

Filed under: PR Connections — sbsullivan @ 1:18 am
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In today’s edition of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, there is an article about the recent shootings at UGA. The shooter has been a professor at UGA since 1994. He opened fire outside a community theater Saturday afternoon .Three people were killed and several others were wounded.

George M. Zinkhan III, the shooter, is on the loose. Police are currently searching for him in one of his three cars.

The quotes in this story are from people directly related to the issue at hand. It would be inappropriate for a public relations professional to add a quote, unless they were involved in the story. This story was published in order to let people know to be on the look out for this dangerous man. Included in the article are his picture and a description of his body build and the cars he drives. Public relations is involved in order to warn the community about this man. In our book, the different types of public relations are described. I believe this may be classified as either community relations or issues management. UGA must also use good public relations so their university isn’t portrayed in a negative light.

UGA President Michael Adams, said,

“The University community is shocked and saddened at this tragic event. Our first thoughts are for safety of the university community and for prompt apprehension of the person responsible. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those who have been affected.”

Public relations is very important in our news. It ensures that the public gets a fair view of what is going on. I feel it is important for journalists  to use public relations in their news writings. Usually, it is what is best for the company or organization, as well as the public.