From The Rock

Launching season 2 of our podcast – Off the Rock, On the Record

By | August 02, 2018

Welcome to season two of Off the Rock, On the Record! We’re really proud of the content we’ve compiled for this season, and we can’t wait for you to hear what’s ahead.

We’ll be releasing an episode every Thursday for the next six weeks. If you’re subscribed to our blog, that’s great! You’ll get a notification when each podcast guide is posted, and we’ll include a link for you to use to listen.

But, if you have an iPhone, you can subscribe directly to our podcast on iTunes so you never miss an episode. Thanks for tuning in!


If you’ve worked in PR for a while, you’ve likely encountered coworkers with degrees in strategic communication, advertising, marketing, or even journalism. While each college and university seems to have a different name for their program, enrollees are seeking positions in the same field – public relations.

Beyond the name, it’s apparent that schools have different views on what courses make up a “public relations” degree. Some students are required to take design, while others focus on journalism, and still others on marketing and business. This means that recent graduates enter the PR field with very different skill sets and understandings of our profession.

I spoke with Carlee Smith, a recent graduate of Arkansas State University, and Ashley McDuffie, a current student at Mississippi State University, about public relations education and their specific programs.

Click here to find our podcast, Off the Rock On the Record, on iTunes.

If you’re curious to explore this topic further, we’ve compiled a few articles and blog posts to help.

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