Faith’s Farewell

August 18, 2017

by Kacie Escobar 

Curley & Pynn was fortunate to be joined this summer by intern, Faith Fogarty, a recent graduate of the University of Mississippi who “wowed” us with her positive attitude and work ethic.  Read on for Faith’s account of her internship experience.

I had interned at several other places before joining the team at Curley & Pynn.  As I prepared for my first day, I woke up and found the most comfortable shoes I owned.  I was ready to run errands, clean and do other “intern work.”  Little did I know, my experience at Curley & Pynn was going to be so much more.

I was assigned a writing project right off the bat.

“Woah,” I said to myself.  “No one needs coffee or anything from Office Depot???”

On top of providing public relations counsel and marketing communications to several clients, Curley & Pynn puts in plenty of valuable time helping others succeed and grow in this profession.

Being an intern can be overwhelming, especially in an agency where something new is always happening.

One of the most important things I learned this summer was to simply ask questions.  Ask once, ask twice or as many times as you’d like, but don’t be afraid to just ask questions.  I’m sure there were times when I asked a million follow-up questions, but the team never hesitated to answer them.  I was a sponge, soaking up all the information I possibly could.

I learned another important aspect of “adulting” as well:  time management.  I give a great deal of credit to the team at Curley & Pynn because, as I quickly learned, working in an agency environment, having good time-management skills is the key to being successful.  Bouncing from one project to another on completely different subjects and with multiple clients, you must be able to manage time effectively.  Learning this hasn’t only helped me in the PR field, but in everyday life as well. To-do lists are my new best friend.

I strongly recommend the internship program at Curley & Pynn to every college student or recent graduate looking for more experience in the PR industry.  The Curley & Pynn internship program isn’t like most and that’s what I loved about it.

I could write a novel about the valuable experience, connections and knowledge I gained these past couple of months, but I know the work samples I’ve assembled prove it best.  I couldn’t be more grateful for the time and effort this team puts in to creating better PR professionals.

Positioning the Experts

January 12, 2011

by Kim Taylor

One of the best things about the Web is the speed at which new platforms are developed.  Among the latest and greatest is Quora, a “continually improving collection of questions and answers.”  Sounds a bit like Wikipedia for subject-matter “experts,” or a finely tuned version of Google.

Either way, the concept is intriguing.  You can ask or answer questions, position yourself or your client as a subject-matter expert, or browse three categories of questions (latest, open, or unanswered, and best) for items of interest.

Quora’s quest is to create a place where eventually everything you’d ever want to know is asked and answered.

Let’s say your client is an expert in the development of thin-film batteries.  He or she can ask or answer questions on the topic, positioning himself as an expert on the topic.  But, it doesn’t end there.  Others can edit the questions, add to the answers and organize it as they see fit.  But unlike Wikipedia, changes are tracked by person so it’s easy to see who’s helping or hurting your topic … and users of Quora can vote on answers promoting them as the “best” answer.

I’m not sure I’m qualified to judge the usefulness of Quora yet, but I already see tons of opportunities; and based on this list of reporters already exploring the site, PR should pay attention.

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