From The Rock

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 »

3 PR lessons we’ve learned from the sports world

By | September 12, 2018

Sports can teach us all a great deal. From how to handle adversity to the importance of practicing your craft, athletics teach lessons that can be applied to so many areas of our lives. As a communications professional who has worked in and around the sports world for years, I’m... 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 – Carlee Smith

By | June 19, 2018

Have you met our newest full-time employee? We hesitate to call her “new” because she interned with us twice before joining as an account assistant! Carlee Smith is a recent graduate of Arkansas State University, and a shiny new Memphian. She supports our team on a number of accounts, providing... Read More »

Frightening PR: The unexpected interview

By | October 18, 2017

The second installment in our “Frightening PR” series focuses on something that strikes fear in the hearts of PR professionals across the globe: lack of control. Specifically, not being able to see or hear the message your client shares with the media until it runs in print or on air.... Read More »

OPR spotlight: Murray Lace

By | September 19, 2017

Account specialist and all-around rock star, Murray Lace is an integral member of our team at Obsidian. Recently, Murray celebrated her two-year anniversary with Obsidian, and we are grateful for her thoughtful insight and spot-on tactical execution. To celebrate Murray’s tenure with Obsidian, we asked her some questions about her... Read More »

Questions candidates should be asking in interviews

By | May 24, 2017

  It’s graduation time! And while many [fortunate] graduates may have already secured a full-time job, others have most likely discovered that landing that first job out of college isn’t as easy they thought it would be – and it often takes more than one or two interviews to get... Read More »

Mastering the climb of the PR agency ladder, rung by rung

By | April 30, 2017

For the most part, you will find a similar structure at many public relations agencies. The size of the firm can sometimes have an impact on the number and level of positions offered, as can the type of services and specialties the firm offers. However, as noted in this helpful... Read More »

Characteristics of an outstanding account manager

By | February 15, 2017

We are currently on the hunt for a new senior account manager at Obsidian, and I will be honest; we are very critical during the process of adding to our team. We can’t just hire anyone, though – we know exactly what we are looking for in our next hire.... Read More »

4 tips for developing professionally in your 20s

By | January 25, 2017

As a recent graduate from The University of Tennessee, I feel like it was just yesterday I was living the carefree college life. I didn’t have much of a transition from student to employee because I started working three days after graduation. Therefore, I quickly learned that life as an... Read More »