Public relations students from the University of Central Arkansas School of Communication presented to Conway High School students on March 31, 2017.
Treslyn Fletcher, Jordan Reynolds, Shelby Sites, Leia Smith and Julia Woods presented to five different classes. Jordan Reynolds and Shelby Sites are members of UCA’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.
“I was very excited to get to speak to high school students about public relations,” said Woods. “I didn’t even know what it was before college, so I’m glad they’re hearing about it now.” The presenters informed the students about PR, what PR practitioners do and skills they know, how to use social media effectively, and what PRSSA is and how it is beneficial to students. High school students are heavily involved with social media, so the presenters tried to work that into a large portion of their presentations. Students were asked to list reasons why they use social media, as well as start thinking about ways that their social media usage could help or harm their chances of getting a summer job or even a future career.
The Conway High students came from classes such as entrepreneurship, accounting, imaging and design, debate and oral communications. There was a mix of sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the classes.
To get the students more involved, they were shown an example of a LinkedIn page and then asked to fill out their own information on a handout. They wrote about past job and volunteer experience as well as skills and languages that they know. This activity was included to give them an idea of LinkedIn, because it is so important in the public relations industry.
Public Relations Student Society of America, or PRSSA, is a student organization for public relations and communication students. There are over 300 chapters with more than 10,000 students. PRSSA provides students with opportunities to broaden their knowledge and expertise, to get internships and to make connections for their future profession. For details about the national organization, visit their website here or for details about the UCA Chapter, visit their website here.
For more information, contact PR Specialist Jordan Reynolds, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-917-7040.