Faith’s Farewell

August 18, 2017

by Kacie Escobar 

Curley & Pynn was fortunate to be joined this summer by intern, Faith Fogarty, a recent graduate of the University of Mississippi who “wowed” us with her positive attitude and work ethic.  Read on for Faith’s account of her internship experience.

I had interned at several other places before joining the team at Curley & Pynn.  As I prepared for my first day, I woke up and found the most comfortable shoes I owned.  I was ready to run errands, clean and do other “intern work.”  Little did I know, my experience at Curley & Pynn was going to be so much more.

I was assigned a writing project right off the bat.

“Woah,” I said to myself.  “No one needs coffee or anything from Office Depot???”

On top of providing public relations counsel and marketing communications to several clients, Curley & Pynn puts in plenty of valuable time helping others succeed and grow in this profession.

Being an intern can be overwhelming, especially in an agency where something new is always happening.

One of the most important things I learned this summer was to simply ask questions.  Ask once, ask twice or as many times as you’d like, but don’t be afraid to just ask questions.  I’m sure there were times when I asked a million follow-up questions, but the team never hesitated to answer them.  I was a sponge, soaking up all the information I possibly could.

I learned another important aspect of “adulting” as well:  time management.  I give a great deal of credit to the team at Curley & Pynn because, as I quickly learned, working in an agency environment, having good time-management skills is the key to being successful.  Bouncing from one project to another on completely different subjects and with multiple clients, you must be able to manage time effectively.  Learning this hasn’t only helped me in the PR field, but in everyday life as well. To-do lists are my new best friend.

I strongly recommend the internship program at Curley & Pynn to every college student or recent graduate looking for more experience in the PR industry.  The Curley & Pynn internship program isn’t like most and that’s what I loved about it.

I could write a novel about the valuable experience, connections and knowledge I gained these past couple of months, but I know the work samples I’ve assembled prove it best.  I couldn’t be more grateful for the time and effort this team puts in to creating better PR professionals.


Everything Else

February 10, 2017

by Dan Ward

I read a tweet today in which George Orwell was quoted: “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed; everything else is public relations.”

We’ve written often on these pages about the changing industry of public relations and how we often tell client stories in ways that no longer involve journalists.

Orwell today could just as easily say that public relations is telling stories that deserve to be told, but which journalists do not see fit to print.


Do You Know What PR Is?

September 1, 2010

by Julie Primrose

If you’re reading this blog you probably already do, but it turns out a lot of people don’t know what the world of public relations is really all about.

A recent article by Adweek stated that 36 percent of Gallup poll respondents have a negative view of the advertising and public relations industries.  After reading the post, I started thinking about why more than one-third of the population dislikes our profession.  Surely there are people who legitimately dislike the industry.  Maybe they’ve been burned by a less-than-professional PR firm or have an ex who works in PR and has tarnished their perception of the entire industry.  If I had to bet though, I would say most people who responded negatively to the poll don’t have a very clear idea of what public relations professionals actually do.

My friends and family who are not involved in the PR world often ask me what exactly I do at my job.  I’ve been asked if I do publicity for celebrities, if I “play” on Facebook and Twitter all day,  and even if I twist the truth to improve our clients’ reputations.  With the latest addition of E!’s “The Spin Crowd” joining a host of recent movies and TV shows that deliver a less-than-accurate portrayal of public relations, it’s no mystery why so many people are confused about our profession.

Last weekend, my sister was in town and wanted to hear all about my new job at Curley & Pynn.  As a social worker, she has little experience with the PR profession and she wanted to know more about it.  If more people would take the time to learn what public relations really entails–strategic planning, relationship building, crisis management, community relations and so much more–they may have a very different opinion of the profession.

At least we rated above oil and banking, the federal government and seven other condemned industries!


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