PR Fraternity Christmas Round Up

Here we’re again, it’s nearing closer to the Christmas break…finally! However, before you finish your last night scram of doing of your assignments before you head off home for Christmas, we decided to give you an overview of the semesters PR Fraternity’s events!

Without further ado, lets get started:

We started the year off with the Freshers Fair at Avery Hill campus and Greenwich campus! Our newly elected blog editor, Jess McKenzie, kicked off the blogging with her post about the different type of people you meet at Freshers Week.

The Freshers Fair collected a variation of attention from different students on unrelated courses! Luckily, we gathered a large amount of members from our PR & Communications course but we also gained members from courses such as; Politics, Nursing and even Economics!

A great way to start the academic year!

Our first official event was the PR Fraternity Welcome Event held at the Greenwich Tavern. This allowed all members from different stages on the course to network and get know to know one another before the REAL events commenced.

We were lucky enough to have our ex PR Fraternity President, Maisie Goldney, to speak to the PR members about the importance of taking every opportunity you’re given whilst being at university.

Our first academic event was presented by the lovely Orla Graham from Gorkana, who gave the PR Frat members an insight into social media monitoring via a workshop. This presentation gave us an opportunity to be interactive with the newer members of the fraternity as members were put into groups and were set a task to analyse a chosen campaign of their choice. Overall, this event allowed us as budding PR practitioners to gain knowledge on social media monitoring.

Just after the Halloween aftermath, after scrubbing our ghoulish fancy dress make-up off, we had Alex Brooks‘ presentation on ‘Social Media in the Real World’. This innovative and exciting presentation allowed us to understand the role of a Social Media Manager for an education establishment.

He gave us an overview on the varied channels of communications he has to cover on a day-to-day basis. This gave us an insight into what it would be like if we had to manage all of the different forms of communications effectively. His thought provoking presentation enabled us to discover the future of social media managing and how important it will become in the not so distant future.

We were joined by our honorary patron of the PR Fraternity, Colleen Harris, late October, where she discussed the ways of winning the personality wars in the 21st century.

Harris’ presentation covered issues such as social labelling, working in a male oriented world, and being able to create a reputable name for herself in the PR world.

She captivated her audience and gave us an insight into her creative and diverse career she has had. An all inspiring presentation overall!

Luckily, we were able to rope back some PR & Communications alumni to interview them on how they have gotten on since graduating from the University of Greenwich. Katie Swain from freuds and Joanna Ayre from Glass Digital Media Agency, were probed by current PR President Gerda Pinciute on how they have gotten to where they are now as PR professionals.

Our last event of the year was our Christmas social event, jointly held with the Marketing Society. This was a good way to let our hair down before the wave of assignments hit us. This allowed us to socialise with not only people from our own society but also gave us a chance to meet other wannabe marketing professionals too.

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We hope everyone who has attended these events have been inspired by our guest speakers! 13_the_gentleman_blogger_matthew_zorpas_yatzer

Do not fear, there is more to come next year with our honorary patron, Paul Simpson, an ex lecturer at the University of Greenwich and ex Head of PR at BBC Radio 1 & also ‘The Gentleman Blogger’, Matthew Zorpas (to the right), will also be joining us too!

So, watch this space PR fraternity members – there is a lot more to come in the new year!

Over and out until next year…

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