Some Teen Moms Just Never Learn

Amber Portwood of “Teen Mom” has been in the news several times over the past year or two for assault on her on-again, off-again boyfriend Gary Shirley. Now she is facing two years in jail for violating ALL terms of her probation, including:

— “Failure to behave well in society” — namely, drinking too much and hitting a person at a restaurant last month

— Failure to obtain a GED
— Failure to complete 6 months of anger control evaluation and classes
— Failure to pay probation fees
— Failure to set up a $10,000 college fund for her baby daughter

Lets hope her jail time will teach her how to be a good mother.


Worst Dressed Offenders Of 2011

Seventeen magazine puts out several lists each year of most influential celebrity, best dressed, and of course worst dressed. This year several of the celebrities noted were repeat offenders who have not learned from their past mistakes. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are known for not having the best fashion sense and this year it is no different. This year only Mary-Kate made the list along with Rihanna, Hayden Panettiere, and Ke$ha. Surprisingly, Lady Gaga did not make the list.

The Many Colors of Katy Perry

Katy Perry may be best known for her singing and crazy outfits on stage but this year it was all about her hair color. We have seen her go blue, when the movie “The Smurfs” came out, pink at several music award shows, and most recently she has gone blonde. From her ever changing hair color, many of her fans have multi-colored hair as they try to keep up with the singer/songwriter.


2011 Top 25 Hits

This has been the year of new artists such as Adele, Nicki Minaj, and Jason Aldean. In the beginning of 2011 not many people knew who Adele was and now as we move closer to 2012 she had the number one hit of 2011 with, “Rolling In The Deep.” Country artists have notoriously been towards the bottom of most popular song charts due to its small fan base, however country is starting to take over. Jason Aldean came in at number 23 with “Dirt Road Anthem” and this years best selling country song.


The Inside Track

“Here are the men who have the inside track. Here are all the expensive commodities, to which the rich seem appendages. Here is the money talking in its husky, silky voice of cash, power, celebrity” C. Wright Mills

The richest people in America are who we watch and admire. They have all the things that we are told we should aspire to have. When material possessions are what become most important in this country, which is what has happened, then cash does tend to speak in a seductive voice because it truly does equal power. 3 of the top 5 richest people in the world are from the United States. Without wealth we can’t have all the expensive commodities that make us popular.

Flo Rida now a Drunk Driva

The rapper Flo Rida will be participating in the “Back on Track” program which requires him to perform community service and take DUI classes. This is because of a recent traffic stop that lead to a drunk driving arrest. The report says the rapper, whose real name is Tramar Dillard, failed a field sobriety test. It also says he blew twice the legal limit to drive into a device to measure his blood-alcohol level, had bloodshot, watery eyes, and slurred speech.

Trump VS O’Donnell

Donald Trump and Rosie O’Donnell have been silent the past few months when it comes their opinions on each other, until now. On Wednesday afternoon Trump decided it was time to take another jab at O’Donnell by Tweeting, “same last name, same bad ratings-@lawrence and @rosie” and then linked to a clip of himself ranting about how Rosie’s show is “a complete and total disaster.” Rosie quickly responded with a long tweet on how billionaires sell tells and have “crappy” reality shows. Trump made the ultimate jab by tweeting that Rosie’s fiances parents are devastated their daughter is engaged to Rosie, “…a true loser.” In response Rosie called Donald and a** and linked to a Times article on Trumps top 10 failures. Apparently class and respect can’t be bought, no matter how much money you have.

The Digital World: It’s Only the Beginning

The world is changing and so are the people living in it. This means public relations is changing at a fast pace as well. In the future, I see public relations taking on more of a technological role by using social media as well as heading in a mobile and virtual direction.

Social media has taken the world by storm, ad if you haven’t hopped on the band wagon yet . . . well, you’re behind. Because nearly everyone uses some sort of social media, whether it be twitter or Facebook, it is important that PR professionals use it to their advantage now and in the future. Not only can social media be used to keep in touch and network with important people, but PR professionals can use it to tap into breaking news and to pitch stories. If the PR worker has many followers on twitter for the business or person that he works for and wants to get a story out about them, twitter and Facebook both pose very fast, easy, and free ways to pitch a story. Social media has also been creating new jobs in the public relations world. For every business or organization that has a twitter, Facebook, etc., there is a person behind the scenes managing it.

Smart phones are another aspect of technology that are coming on strong, which
means PR professionals should and will start using them to their advantage in the future. With a smart phone having almost everything a computer does, people are able to get information in a new way. Having the internet on your phone allows you to access information faster and wherever you want. This means that PR professionals will have to constantly update their information since people are constantly looking for it. This also means that PR work will have to direct the majority of its presence online. However, the PR worker’s job has also become easier because of smart phones since they can update information from wherever they are.

Technology is also changing PR in the sense that the print side of public relations is dying. Although there are people who still read the hardcopy of the newspaper, people are making a shift to getting their news online. It is much easier to go to google to find the topic or news story that you are looking for. Rather than flipping through pages, people are becoming more adept at clicking a mouse.

As the world of PR is currently changing to keep up with the fast pace of the digital world, I expect that it will continue to make adjustments. It may seem like the world has already changed so much because of the evolving technology, but it’s only the beginning.

PR isn’t just about taking people to lunch!

Every time I tell someone I’m a communications major, they always ask me what I’m planning on doing with my degree. My response is “I’m thinking about going in Public Relations”, than they respond by asking “What is Public Relations exactly?” Throughout my Intro to PR class I have learned that there is no universally accepted definition for public relations. Perhaps the reason why public relations has no universal definition is because it is so complex; no two PR jobs are exactly alike. Taking what I have learned from my intro to PR class, here is my own personal definition of public relations.

Public relations is about understanding people, and how they operate. PR professionals know people’s consumer habits, understand demographics, and can relate to the general public. Furthermore, public relations is about making a company look good by enhancing the company’s reputation in the eyes of their target audience. Because PR professionals job to “make people look good” they are often called then masters of “spin”.  (To “spin” a situation is to make people look at it in a more favorable light).  PR people are often employed during crises to recreate a company’s image, or to explain, the unexplainable. Public relations crisis management situations may include the BP oil spill, the President Clinton affair, and the Kardashian Divorce. Public relations people employed during a crisis have a goal to make the organization or individual look better in the eye of their target audience. Furthermore, PR people suggest campaigns  to these organizations in order to gain back the respect of the press, and key stakeholders.  For example, PR campaign  for the BP oil spill included BP making an “I’m Sorry Commercial”.

PR professionals themselves must be able to handle high stress situations, must be a good at multitasking/adapting to changing environments, an affective communicator, and must understand the public.  PR is perhaps one of the misunderstood and misinterpreted professions within the job market. Therefore, at its core, PR isn’t just able taking people to lunch, it’s about the “behind the scenes” reasons the public respect the company or individual the PR professional represents.


how technology has created PR 3.0

It has been said that the paper boy doing his morning run and the printed word has become obsolete in our technologically advanced society. Is there any information that you can’t get on the internet or on an iPhone? Moreover, as technology advances, public relations tactics must advance as well. It is safe to say that technology is the new outlet for PR professionals.

 Social media is a new trend that has shaped the way our generation communicates. The “Over the Fence” conversation with your neighbor has become obsolete because of social media. Sites such as Facebook and Twitter have shaken the world of PR. For example, breaking news is now communicated through a status update almost instantly. Sharing information on a website has never been easier than it is in this day and age. Social networking sites help promote businesses, organizations, and even help enhance and individual’s personal brand. In addition, social networking helps foster a two way conversation environment. Therefore, I think PR and Social Media are forever tied because of the social networking trend.


The technology will be a part of PR has to with accessibly. The internet, mobile phones, and various other devises make it possible for us to stay connected all the time. This gives PR professionals a very big job to do. PR people must stay on top of all media outlets. One of these major media outlets is the search engine GOOGLE. “Google-ling” information has become to easiest, quickest and most effective way to find information online. For PR professionals it now becomes easier to gather information, or look up news stories about a client or organization thanks to the search engine Google. Check out number four on the list of things that will change PR forever!

Technology will be a part of PR in the office as well. With the advancement of online pressrooms and virtual chat arena, such as Skype, it becomes easier for PR people from different countries to connect and share ideas. For example, press releases, news stories, client meetings, and story pitches can now be done face-to-face thousands of miles apart because of online press rooms, and sites like Skype.