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Karen Russell
I'm a Kennedy Professor teaching public relations and media history at the University of Georgia.
Interests: mystery novels, baseball, social media, UW-Madison, classic movies, georgia gymnastics, my 10-year-old
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Congratulations, Trevor! I'd be quick to add you to the list of their great hires.
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I understand your rule, but it seems to me that you're not going back as the same person. That makes a difference.
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2010 on New job, no news at PR Studies
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Lots of good points here, Richard. I too especially appreciated the opportunity to meet the German scholars, who are making big contributions which deserve to be more widely known. I feel fortunate to have been part of this first conference and was glad to meet you and so many others I'd only known online or in print and add my kudos to Tom for getting us all together.
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2010 on Why history matters at PR Studies
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Mar 15, 2010
Thanks for the link, Richard, but more importantly for bringing up this issue of following. I can't believe it when students say they "feel closer" (or some variation) to a celebrity because they're following them on Twitter. I understand about parasocial relationships, but I think PR students should understand them, too. In the vast majority of cases, you're not getting a sneak peek into a celeb's life, you're just reading what they choose to promote about themselves in another venue. And they certainly aren't getting anything back from you, no matter how many times you @ reply them!
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2010 on The trouble with Twitter at PR Studies
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Thanks, Kevin and Katie. As I keep telling everyone, if Connect was just that one day, I'd do it every day!
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Stephanie and Lizzie, will pass along your comments to my class. Monghee and others who've started following my students -- thanks! On gender in PR, you might want to consult Grunig, Toth and Hon, _Women in Public Relations_ (Guilford, 2001); they've got lots of discussion on the whys and why nots.
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2009 on PR students welcome your tweets at Teaching PR
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Corinne, just checked and I'm still getting your feed. Bummer, though.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2009 on A technical note on my blog's feed at Teaching PR
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Hey Elyse! It's good to hear from you. I thought you were going to say you were inspired to start blogging again -- well, you see you aren't the only optimist. :-) Glad to hear you're in NYC and loving it. Keep in touch!
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2009 on The Week's Best, 12 January 2009 at Teaching PR
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Philip, thanks for the link -- will definitely read it. Nick and Gee-- both make a great point that students put stuff about us on the Internet all the time! Kaye -- just warned my students yesterday that anything on the Web is public whether you intend it to be or not. Even for those of us who are well-meaning but forget to notice if someone has the little lock in front of their tweets. :-P
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Philip, I guess I was surprised because I've been using social media and inviting/requiring students to participate for several years now and never had this type of comment before. I know some students don't like going public with blogs or Twitter but none have ever complained about ME doing it before. BTW, Facebook friending is a whole other topic that we should get into sometime! Richard and Angela: when I talked about teams they were clearly identified, and someone who really wanted to could figure out who was on which team. I wasn't talking about grades (which would bring in FERPA, as @doctorious mentioned) but giving feedback. I think Gee's tweet about "a rude awakening" is relevant here. (Yes, Richard, I have tenure.) I try to model social media use for students, and to me that means blending personal and professional. If I don't talk about my personal life because students are uncomfortable with it (re: Mihaela's comment) and don't talk about work (as Brigitta describes), there won't be anything to talk about, except maybe providing links to the bland and inoffensive. On more than one occasion I've asked a blogger to back down from criticism of a PR student for something they've posted online (including students at other schools), pointing out that they're still learning and are going to make mistakes. However, in this environment I think people need to be prepared for public evaluation -- pro and con -- of their work, and I don't think general criticism (not about grades and not naming names) is unfair. A student (I mean graduate!) like Tolu gets that, but I guess others are still figuring it out.
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