November Monthly Reading Round-Up: Thank Your Mentors, Diversity and Inclusion, Identify Weaknesses in Your Writing

With November wrapped up and the holiday season begun, it’s especially hard to stay current on industry news. But the Progressions Monthly Reading Round-Up is here to help. Below are eight interesting articles you may have missed:

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1. Survey: More execs want PR pros handling their brand’s social media

Author: Clare Lane

Publication: Ragan

Staffing firm The Creative Group released a survey revealing that marketing and advertising executives prefer public relations specialists to manage their social media over other corporate departments.

2. 5 Ways to Target and Identify Potential Influencers

Author: Priscila Martinez

Publication: PR Newser

Whether it’s celebrities or bloggers, influencers are becoming more important to brands in today’s social space. This article provides tips for finding the right influencers for your clients while keeping the brand in mind at all times.

3. Take a Moment to Say Thanks to Your Mentors

Author: Ron Culp

Publication: Culpwrit

Ron Culp, director of the graduate program in public relations and advertising at DePaul University, reflects on his mentors and encourages you to do the same.

4. Tiptoeing the Talk: How We Are REALLY Doing With Diversity And Inclusion

Author: Lynn Appelbaum

Publication: comPRehension

This article is a preview of a session presented by Appelbaum at the PRSA International Conference. The panel provided a behind the scenes look at diversity and inclusion in public relations by discussing several PRSA Foundation studies.

5. Transition to the Real World: A New Professional’s Guide on the Transition from Student to Young Professional 

Author: Ashleigh Mavros

Publication: The Edge

Members of the New Professionals Section of PRSA led a panel at the PRSSA 2015 National Conference focusing on how best to transition from being a student to being a young public relations professional.

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6. How to identify weaknesses in your writing

Author: Daphne Gray-Grant

Publication: PR Daily

Quality writing skills are the key to success as a public relations professional. This article presents a checklist for finding weaknesses in your writing and improving.

7. Thanksgiving Marketing Statistics You’ll Gobble About

Author: Laura Petrolino

Publication: Spin Sucks

The Thanksgiving holiday recently passed and Petrolino offered some fascinating marketing facts and information about Thanksgiving, Black Friday and more.

8. Keynote: Six Lessons Learned with Scott Williamson [National Conference Session Recap]

Author: Jeremy Ng

Publication: Progressions

This recap focuses on the keynote address offered at the PRSSA 2015 National Conference in Atlanta by Scott Williamson, vice president of public affairs and communications for Coca-Cola North America.

These articles are gathered and submitted by the PRSSA National Committee and the PRSSA publications team as well as occasional contributions from members, so feel free to pass along interesting articles to Emma Finkbeiner by email at

Emma Finkbeiner is the PRSSA 2015–2016 publications editor in chief. She attends Northern Michigan University and was a former editor in chief of the student newspaper The North Wind. Connect with her on Twitter @efink101 or LinkedIn.

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