PR Publications began in January 2017, which marks the beginning of my learning.
This class has had a significant number of highs and lows. From being frustrated because I couldn't understand any Adobe Programs, to having awesome designs to put on my online portfolio, I can honestly say the work (and frustration) was worth it.
The early days of this class were filled with uncertainty. I had no idea what kind of programs, let alone projects, we would create through this course. I originally had zero experience with Adobe Programs, so I knew I was starting from square one. This made the early days intimidating and frustrating. However, between the business card and the letterhead projects, I felt like I turned a corner. In my PR internship, I told my boss I was practicing InDesign in this class and he gave me some advice and opportunities to practice it more while on the clock. This was awesome, because I started to design flyers and brochures through my internship using InDesign and I can now confidently say I understand it and am proud of things I have created with it. Here are some of the designs I've made at work:
I take a lot of pride in my direct mailer project (shown in the first picture above). After finally getting super confident in InDesign, I was somewhat bummed to move on to another program (Photoshop) and start the learning process all over again. But, after creating that project, I realized I'm capable of using different programs. I also was very proud of my Carnival Cruise Line business card, too, since it was the very first project we had and mine came out relatively well. My Intro to Advertising group even used the business card I designed in PR Pubs in our campaign book (because our client was Carnival), so it was a win-win! The only assignment I feel I could have done better on is the video project. Toward the end of it, I just felt kind of content with how it was and didn't look for many more ways to improve it. I felt like every time I touched Premiere Pro I ended up taking steps backward, and so I left it as is. It's definitely not terrible, but with more time and patience I think I could've made it better. Realizing this has made me want to try and make a video with Premiere Pro, just so I can master the challenge.
This class has been one of my favorite classes in college yet. The combination of the lack of stress due to "complete or incomplete" grades, learning programs I genuinely wanted to learn, having designs to put in my portfolio and Croom's teaching style, has made grown as a public relations practitioner. I am now able to think both more creatively, and more effectively. This class was one I looked forward to going to each and every day and I can't believe how quickly it's flown by. I'll definitely miss having PR Pubs in my schedule.
Croom, thanks for putting up with my confusing (and dumb) questions from start to finish, and for being such a cool and inspiring teacher. You rock and I hope to have you as a teacher again in the future! We'll miss you!!!