My 621 Blog

Monday, April 04, 2005


Having received Steve's comments about my "key journal" review, I may need to go another route. I 'm not saying I need to necessarily rework my research question but I may need to investigate other avenues. For instance, looking at subjects educational background, instead of simply concentrating on "their levels of success." How were they prepared academically for a career in public relations? What types of racial barriers have African-American practitioners had to overcome? I went back and found a few juicy nuggets in the Public Relations Review. We'll see what the others have to say when they look at my draft.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Research Issues

The Journal of Public Relations Research hasn't been much help...with regard to my topic. I thought I'd be able to find some pertinent info but no luck. My annotated bib is a culmination of articles and case studies from other PR sources, which I think is great but I'm not sure if they apply. I'm thinking that I may need to further revise my research question. I don't want to change my question or subject because I'm certain this is what I want to do for 693 but will it cut the mustard? I may need to dig deeper or try to tap into some outside sources in PR World.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Working with my problem

The library is my friend...The library is my friend...The library is my friend. Yes, I firgured if I tell myself that enough times, I will believe it. I thought I'd get to use this time to hang out at Halle but the hours are 8-5 during winter break. So, using an otherwise scheduled class period is out of the question. But on Sunday, March 6 the hours are 12 noon to midnight. That might be doable. I haven't even looked at chapters 3 & 4 from Blakeslee/Fleisher. But I think I might start digging into the readings tonight. Free day tomorrow. Since it is Winter Break, today would have been the perfect day to snuggle up and read at home but duty calls.

I'm liking myself right now and it's all about the comments I received from Steve on my research statement. I felt like I was soooooo offbase that I didn't know if I wanted to continue with the class but based on his comments, I'm cookin' with gas. I understand his saying my "problem" might be too broad or at least too difficult to prove. I think narrowing the focus of my question and focusing on the "successes" of my subjects is right on the money. I wish I had been in my right mind to think of that. But that's why Steve's the professor.

I totally understood where he was coming from--- in telling me to acknowledge my own background more in terms of bias and predispositions. I think in articulating my thoughts on paper, I held back when I should have been more forthcoming. I have to remember this is all in the name of solid research AND getting a good grade.

I've already begun looking at the Key Journal assignment. I'm just trying to decide which periodical to choose from. Now this is a project I'm actually looking forward to.

Monday, February 21, 2005

A Little Peace of Mind

I haven't kept up with this blog thing because I wasn't really sure if I was going to continue with the class. Yes, I'm graduating but I felt so uncertain about my research question, I almost opted to postpone the big day for another semester. Of course, I'm ready to graduate but I want this project, this research to be about something of interest (and value), maybe a point of reference and not a snoozer. I knew from day one my research would have something to do with black women. And since writing is the basis of public relations, I wanted to combine the two----I think I've done that.

Thankfully, I changed my mind about withdrawing from 621. I think I managed to clearly articulate the subject of my research in my final draft. Even better, I recovered a bunch of research articles from my ENGL 525: Advanced Public Relations Writing class. My PR advisor was also helpful in passing along additional resources:

Public Relations Practices (Sixth Edition) Allen H. Center & Patrick Jackson, 2003 Prentice Hall, Inc.

Other Suggested Readings¨

Public Relations Cases by Hendrix¨
The Practice of Public Relations by Seitel¨
Public Relations, Strategies and Tactics by Wilcox, Ault and Agee¨
Public Relations: The Profession and the Practice by Aronoff and Scott

Also, these journals, periodicals and newsletters:

Communications World
Communication Briefings
Public Relations Tactics
The Public Relations Strategist
The Public Relations Review
The Public Relations Quarterly
The Public Relations Journal
PR Newspr reporter
The Journalism Quarterly

I think somewhere in the midst of the above research, I should be able to find what I need and keep the "poodle" small at the same time.

I've also been given a couple of contacts to use as interview subjects. We'll see. This is obviously a work in progress.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Chapter 3

I finally have an idea of what I want to write about. I think reading the beginning of chapter 3 helped put things into better perspective. I'm trying to remember about the "poodle", keeping it small but it will be a challenge. I want to turn the words, "It's just 3 credits", into a song, so I don't overdue it. Look how long it took me to even come up with some vague idea of what I want to do.
I am excited about my research question but I already know it's going to need some fine tuning. The section on the literature review made a lot of sense. I don't want to be consumed with a lot dry reading and a list of sources. I'm all about integrating the lit review (when I get one) to related items and having it make sense. The first draft will set the tone for my next steps.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

The First Day of Class

This is my first day of class. I found out the book is not available in the bookstore, so I'll need to check out I'm not certain about my research "problem" but I know I have to be quick about it. There are only five people in this class. I know I have questions I'm just not sure what to ask yet. I think this will be a good class.