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K-State Today

November 8, 2013



Public relations students help support international programs office

By Mary Pyle and Jenny Jirovec

The international programs office and the MC 280 Public Relations Writing class have joined in a collective effort to apply the academic abilities of the public relations students to real world scenarios, while promoting the initiatives of the office.

"The office of international programs has given the public relations writing class an incredible opportunity to practice what they are learning,” said Barb DeSanto, professor at the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications. “Students gained the experience of writing for a real-world client and have been rewarded with seeing their work adopted and put to good use by the office.”

MC 280 examines various forms of contemporary public relations writing, with special emphasis on preparation of messages for different media and audiences.

"This is the most valuable type of learning because it combines knowledge with application," said DeSanto. "It also shows the beauty of collaboration; my students are so thrilled to realize that their work is valuable, and they also have a new appreciation for the work that OIP does to advance the K-State learning experience."

During International Education Week, Nov. 11-22, featured articles written by the journalism students will appear in K-State Today to further elevate international awareness across campus. As part of the collaboration, the K-State chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America also serves as one of the co-sponsors of International Education Week and will actively assist us in promoting the International Education Week events.

"We were excited to receive such quality assignments from the students, and they provided us with suggestions and solutions that we will be able to immediately apply," said Mary Pyle, assistant to the interim associate provost and program coordinator. "International Education Week offered us a perfect home to start giving the students visibility for their efforts."

Future stories will also be posted online.

For further information about the Office of International Programs contact Mary Pyle at mpyle@k-state.edu.

For further information about the article and the MC 280 class partnership, contact Jenny Jirovec at jirovec@k-state.edu.