Six Otterbein students, including myself, had the opportunity to experience a Columbus Blue Jackets hockey game from a different angle.
On Tuesday, November 15, we attended the Columbus Blue Jackets versus Minnesota Wild hockey game with media passes. These passes presented us with an inside view of those who work behind the scenes; the public relations staff and the media.
We were able to speak with newspaper reporters, T.V. broadcasters and radio broadcasters. We watched them in action and asked them questions related to their jobs.
After speaking with the PR staff and media, we attended the press conference that followed the game. We were able to witness the question-and-answer-session with the media and the Columbus Blue Jackets’ coach, Scott Arniel, who shared his opinions about the game’s outcome.
Overall, the experience was beyond what I expected. I was excited to see everything I have been learning in both my journalism and public relations classes come to life.
We sat down with a current Otterbein student in the comm dept, Joshua Adkins, and asked him to tell us a little about himself!
Q: What is your major?
A: I’m a double major in public relations and journalism
Q: What made you decide to come to Otterbein?
A: I knew that Otterbein offered a PR major and that’s something I was really interested in. I sort of fell into journalism and love it just as much as PR. I love the comm. department.
Q: So how would you describe yourself as a student?
A: I like seeing my work as a finished product and a lot of hard work goes into both PR and journalism.
Q: What do you like about Otterbein’s communication department?
A: I like this department a lot because it’s so easy for anyone to get involved from the minute they step foot on campus.
Q: What have you been doing to prepare yourself after graduation?
A: Well before I graduate, I’d like to have another internship that will prepare me for a writing job with a firm or corporate company.
Q: Ideally, what would you choose to do with your education in the field of PR after graduation?
A: Well I’m really interested in copywriting for an agency or some form of writing job in a corporate setting.
Josh is also involved in PRSSA and an active participant in many events on campus and in the communication department. We look forward to seeing what Josh will accomplish in his very bright future!
1.) What is your
Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for
2.) What careers
have you had in the public relations and communications fields?
Account executive for a PR firm (Wilson Comm Group),
communications coordinator for Fairfield Medical Center, PR director for
Longaberger Baskets, Marketing Director for Cheryl and Co.
3.) What is your educational background?
B.A. in journalism and public relations with a
business minor from Otterbein.
4.) How did you
get your first job in the industry?
An internship with Clairy Communications my senior year,
and Sandy Cleary got me an interview and I was hired.
5.) What type of people do you/have you worked with?
Communications people are all outgoing, genuine, fun,
interesting, open-minded, creative, empathetic, and dedicated.
6.) What was your favorite job?
PR director at Longaberger baskets; it was more media
heavy and dealt with people on an international level.
7.) Explain your job in crisis communications
I dealt with executives who were dealing with a crisis
such as in oil refineries and nuclear power were accidents happen.
8.) What was difficult about it?
Keeping executives ethical and keeping your integrity.
9.) What did you enjoy about it?
I got to travel all over the world which was a lot of
10.) Where do you see yourself in five years?
Growing the marketing shop at Otterbein. We have added
four people since I have been here and now I am taking on more of a leadership
11.) What advice do you have for people going into these
Get an internship! They will help you the most getting
a job, as well as networking with others. You also need to remain ethical and
prepare for dilemmas ethically.
12.) What classes from college have helped you the most?
Any writing class helped. Photography and
broadcast classes has also helped me out in my careers. Having a business minor
helped me when I was had corporate jobs.
13.) Is there anything you wish you could have done
different in your education if you could have done it all over, i.e. a minor or
I wish I would have taken more psychology classes; you
tend to deal with “bad” people so I think that would have helped.
14.) Is there anything I did not ask you want to say?
Get your feet wet and have a tough shell. These
jobs can be overwhelming and you can’t please everyone. Be resilient and keep
A new course in health communication will be offered this spring, Introduction to Health Communication (COMM 1910). The instructor will be Dan Steinberg. We met up with him to get the latest scoop on this new course.
Why did you see a need for this new course?
Health Communication is a growing field. Even in these times of economic turmoil, the health field continues to add jobs. Exposing Otterbein students from numerous majors to health communication will help them learn valuable theories and skills to help them find jobs in the future.
What special skills will students learn in this course as opposed to
generic communication courses?
Of course everything will be geared to the health communication field and to communicating within the field. We will discuss terminology, learn how communication varies within the field, and learn about the healthcare field in general.
When and where will the class meet?
It’s scheduled for TuTh at 10 am I believe.
Will there be any special events or speakers who will enhance the
I hope to plan visits to hospitals as well as bring in healthcare speakers, yes.
How can a student access and apply to this course?
No application necessary… just register. Not only will comm majors profit from the course but those students already in the pre-health majors will benefit as well. I plan to teach the course at an entry level so any student in any major at even the freshman level will be challenged and can do well.
Keep up with us for all the latest info on this new course!
Current Otterbein student Haley Young, met with Sam Jaeger, a theatre grad from the class of ’99. Jaeger has hit the big screen in his ABC television hit, Parenthood. He returned to Westerville to debut his new film, Take Me Home.
To read more on the interview with Jaeger, go to this webpage!
The Otterbein communication department’s linked in staff is
receiving a facelift. Ruth Payne, Melissa Kent, Jazmyne Flowe are heading up
the new team that will be including new sources for links, as well as finding
internships for communication majors.
Kevin Lang, Lindsay Vilga, Samantha Francis will be
departing the LinkedIn group to focus on the Otterbein communication’s blog.
The new team will be showing different perspectives of Otterbein communication
students and will be in charge of the blog indefinitely.
Blog viewers will be seeing new segments featuring current
Otterbein communication students, as well as question and answer sessions with
Otterbein Communication alumni.
Look for the newest blogs to be coming out this week.
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