Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Bringing Sexy Back

At Wayne State, the public relations major is very journalism based, which isn't a bad thing. I did an informational interview with a PR program alumnae; she told me being a strong writer definitely helped her land internships and her current job. The onslaught of article writing: edited, published, unpublished and classwork strengthened her writing abilities.

According to Creative Editing (2011) by Dorothy A. Bowles and Diana L. Borden, “Professionals making hiring decisions for mass media and public relations consistently rank good language skills at the top of every ‘desired qualifications’ list.”

Of course, one does not simply become a good writer over night. And it’s next to impossible to perfect skills for which one does not have a foundation. What exactly am I getting at? Well, take a gander at this brotip:

Not only can proper grammar attract the opposite sex (or the same), but it can also land you a job. And not just any job, but the job you want.

So, pay attention in your grammar class!

Keep your textbooks! They are truly great references. I have two AP stylebooks, Working with Words (word cannot express my love for this book!) and countless other grammar books and stylebooks on my shelf.

Also, invest in page tabs and sticky notes. Use them to mark pages and sections you reference a lot. Hell, break out the highlighters!

Invest in a basic grammar book, as well. The professor who taught my journalistic grammar and style and news editing classes carries one around with her at all times. Aside from teaching cranky college students, she owns a publishing company and also freelance edits. I always heed her advice.

So even if you are a public relations major, don’t write off grammar.

Rock out, kiddies.

- Jasmine

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