Today is an exciting day, not because of a pending announcement from iTunes or a flashy new messaging system from Facebook, but because a research paper I co-investigated and wrote in my undergrad Public Relations Research class will be presented at the 96th Annual National Communication Association Convention in San Fran this afternoon! Congrats as well to my fellow teammates Katy Capers, Lauren Miller, Rebecca Holton and Kristin Eichbauer. You deserve a good pat on the back!
After pouring much blood, sweat and tears into our project and paper (including a 6+ hour stint at our professor's house running SPSS data and at least two all-nighters), we were delighted to hear that our little baby had been accepted to the conference. Which, by the way, speaks volumes of the quality of education at UGA's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, the fact that an undergrad research paper made the cut. And it speaks to the high standards that our prof, Dr. Sweetser, expected us to meet everyday. Though I didn't realize it at the time, I am so thankful for how hard Dr. Sweetser pushed us. Our conference paper has become a great talking point during job interviews, and even in some cases a point of leverage over the other candidates, and I largely have her to thank for that.
So I send my warmest thoughts and well wishes to Dr. Sweetser and Katy as they represent for us in SF today. The official title of our paper is The Role of Social Media in Non-profit’s Relationship with their Publics, and Dr. Sweetser will present it at the Connecting Publics via the Digital Bridge session scheduled for 3:30 p.m. this afternoon (6:30 p.m. EST). Click here to see the session page on the NCA website, and wish Dr. Sweetser and Katy good luck! I'm sure Katy will have a post up about the trip soon, so be sure to check out her blog for an update!