June 23, 2015
by Connie Gonzalez
We’ve all been to school and learned grammar. From this learning experience, some of us take pride in the way we write. Some … could use a little extra help.
When I began working for Curley & Pynn, I realized just how important grammar is. And 13 years later I still feel the same way. People do not take pride in their writing anymore and social media is no exception. I cringe when I see misspelled words or misuse of a common word that was taught in elementary school. Grammerly has a great page on Facebook that posts funny, but helpful, ways to teach/remind people how to properly write, post or express what they are trying to say.
Even punctuation and phrases are a problem. I often wonder why people don’t take the time to learn the correct usage.
I’ve learned a lot from working at C&P. My job consists of a variety of things, but proofreading is a main requirement. On a daily basis, I can be tasked to proofread news releases, letters and magazines to name a few. But it doesn’t stop there. I take that proofreading skill into my personal life. I wish more people could have that same learning experience.
I have definitely made my mistakes, but the good thing about mistakes is we learn from them. I’m thankful for my learning experience as it continues to grow.
February 27, 2015
by Heather Keroes
In non-news news, while perusing Facebook last night I watched a number of friends argue over a black and white … no, a white and gold … no, a black and blue issue. The Internet is debating the color of this dress. And by Internet, I mean the majority of my friends on Facebook, their friends, most blogs, Taylor Swift and actual news websites – including our local paper, the Orlando Sentinel.
I have seen the dress. I have researched the history of the dress. I have no idea why I have spent time doing any of this, but does this dedication of valuable time mean that this dress is news?
CNN Money posted a story about the debate. CNN Money. Perhaps I’m a hypocrite by writing this blog post, further feeding the frenzy. It’s hard to say what should be categorized as news these days and what truly matters. Instead of writing a worthier post about net neutrality, I’m still stuck on this dress. And now, I’m taking the time to reflect.
As a public relations professional, I have had the opportunity to work with media on a wide range of stories, from theme parks to technology. But I have always felt strongly about the value of the news I was sharing. Unfortunately, as the dress story proves, news isn’t always about sharing valuable information, but about what draws the most attention. In this case, the dress is click bait, and you can count me among the hooked.