By: Dezaray Barr
On April 1st, 2016 IWU PRSSA had the opportunity to visit the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis, meet their PR team, and tour the museum. Arriving at the museum, thirteen members of our chapter were introduced to Jennifer Holland, the Director of Digital Communications, and Kimberly Harms, the Director of Public and Media Relations.
Both women described what their position entailed and allowed for the PRSSA members to ask questions. Holland left students with a business card and Harms gave students a list of typical questions she is usually asked with the corresponding answers. On the list was also some facts about the PR field that Harms chose to share with the group; things such as:
- Get to the point- don’t waste people’s time.
- Be flexible.
- Relationship building is the single most important thing you can do.
- Artwork, photos and video sell stories.
- It is okay to use the phrase, “I don’t know the answer, but I can find out for you.”
After meeting with these incredible women, members split up into small groups and toured the four floors of the museum. Once visiting each exhibit, the members debriefed over lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory.
Although eleven of the students returned to IWU at about 3:30, two members who had visited the museum and a third who had not had the opportunity to stay in Indianapolis and represent Indiana Wesleyan University at the PRSSA Countdown to National Conference Mixer.
Seniors Dylan Radford and Mia Anderson, and freshman Dezaray Barr arrived at IUPUI and had the opportunity to meet the National Conference Committee.
The PRSSA 2016 National Conference will be held in Indianapolis from October 21-25. For more information about this conference, or to register for the conference please visit http://prssa.prsa.org/events/Conference/.
Thank you to The Indianapolis Children’s Museum for hosting our students and allowing them to learn more about your public relations team.