From The Rock

‘Don’t check the basement’ and other ‘horrific’ advice

By | October 31, 2018

If you’re reading this blog post on the day it goes live, Happy Halloween! I have to admit, I’m partial to this fall holiday for all of the spookiness it brings. My teenage years were filled with scary movies, haunted houses and ghost stories, a unique connection shared with my... Read More »

Relevant AP Style changes to incorporate into your writing

By | October 26, 2018

The Associated Press Stylebook is an ever-evolving style and grammar guide used by journalists and PR pros, alike. It’s often referred to as the “Bible for professional communicators,” as it definitively (for the most part) sets the standards for language usage within our professions. As the world changes, so does... Read More »

Why it’s important to always continue learning

By | October 10, 2018

As I approached graduation during my fourth and final year of college, I cannot tell you how excited I was to never have to attend class or submit homework again. Think about it – we spend the majority of our adolescence learning in a classroom of some sort. To finally... Read More »

Stand out as a PR student

By | September 05, 2018

Think about your favorite brand. Why do you like that brand? What makes you return to that branding? Why does that brand stick out to you? As PR students, we talk a lot about branding and tactics used to make your company or client stand out. We, as PR students,... Read More »

Staff Spotlight – Ashley McDuffie

By | May 18, 2018

Summertime means sunscreen, road trips and patio time. In the Obsidian office, it’s also a time when we welcome college interns to our office for the summer! This year, our Level 1 intern, Ashley McDuffie, joins us from Mississippi State. As a rising senior, Ashley has high expectations for her... Read More »

Organized and accountable: tips for staying on top of assignments as an intern

By | March 14, 2018

Being an intern is a lot of work. Being a full-time intern while finishing up your college degree online is even more work. After about a month of the trapeze act I currently call my life, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks on how to stay organized during... Read More »

Frightening PR: Fears of a new PR professional and how to overcome them

By | October 09, 2017

Fresh out of college, degree in hand, and you’ve landed your first PR job! In my case, I have internship experiences under my belt, so I knew a thing or two about working in an agency before I graduated. But, what happens when the only thing that you know is... Read More »

Tips For Wrapping Up An Internship

By | August 09, 2017

The sounds of ruffled pages and clinking mugs can be heard at the front desk of OPR as the summer interns pack up their belongings to head back to their universities. Similar sounds flood offices all over the world, as the not-so-new interns complete their final assignments before sweeping up... Read More »

Enjoying the roller coaster of a PR agency internship

By | August 02, 2017

This summer has been quite transformative for me. I will begin my senior year of college this August, so I’ve been coming to terms with the fact that I’m about to enter adulthood, which is terrifying and exciting. I was also able to travel more than 4,000 miles to spend... Read More »

How to recruit and cultivate gifted female leaders

By | July 19, 2017

When I was younger, my mom would never let me watch movies like Sleeping Beauty or Snow White because the princess would always need to be kissed to be saved. I was actually quite frustrated by this as a child. I didn’t understand why we tirelessly watched Mulan, even though... Read More »