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Online Tools for Group Projects: Communicate and Collaborate

PR Program students are well aware that group projects are an important part of courses. Group project challenges can include the scheduling of group meetings at mutually convenient times and the creation of one cohesive final project from the individual contributions of each group member.

Luckily, a number of free online tools can help with these challenges. These are just a few of the many online tools available to make your group projects easier to manage.

If a group member is unable to make it in person for a meeting, use Skype to have them join virtually using the voice or video call features. Skype also has a screen sharing feature. Group video calling and group screen sharing are also available through Skype’s Premium Service.

Google Docs is a cloud computing service for creating, sharing, and editing documents online. It also allows for real-time collaboration with other users. Google Docs works on PC, Mac, and Linux platforms, and supports  formats such as .doc, .xls, .ppt, and .pdf.

Dropbox is a web-based file hosting service that also uses cloud computing. Dropbox allows users to store and share files and folders with each other. Each user gets 2GB of storage for free and there are subscriptions available for storage up to 100GB. By sharing folders, each group member can work together on the same documents.

Good luck on the ‘virtual’ collaboration!


Course postponement

Bad news for graduate students who were planning to take either Communications in the Corporate Sector or Communications in the Not-For-Profit Sector: owing to paperwork delays, we will not be able to offer those two new courses this winter. I want to express my sincere apologies on behalf of the PR programs – this hitch was unforeseen.

We are looking at possibilities for offering one or more of these courses before winter 2013, but I can’t be sure whether it will work out. However, it would help to know what our registration numbers might be. If you were planning on taking one or more of these two courses and know for sure that you would sign up for it in either spring or fall (assuming of course that your schedule allows), please let me know at elizabeth.hirst@mcgill.ca. I can’t promise anything, but it will give me a clear idea of your needs. Thanks for your understanding.


It’s not a PR job, but . . .

 . . . it could open a very wide door. If you have adminstrative capabilities, and are organized and professional, you could rub shoulders on a regular basis with people who hire PR grads. I’m talking about a one-day-a-week receptionist job at NATIONAL Public Relations. See the page at right called “Receptionist at National”. No specific deadline, but they are in a hurry.

The ‘Make It Happen Tip Sheet’ by Randall Craig

Looking for tips on communication strategies, social media do’s and dont’s, web design/delivery, and marketing?

Sign up for Randall Craig’s free weekly ‘Make It Happen Tipsheet’.

Randall Craig is a management consultant who has founded several successful start-ups and has served over 100 clients. He is the  author of 6 books including the Online PR and Social Media series and Social Media for Business and is regularly sought out by the media for his expertise.

Check out these postings to get a taste of advice you can get on a weekly basis in your inbox.

The Power of a (Broken) Promise

Social Media Stop Sign 

Viewpoint: Is the Cloud for the Birds?

Viewpoint: The case against social media regulation



Looking for publicist

Nick Patulli at Crowley Arts Centre has an urgent need for an experienced, bilingual publicist for a theatrical production that is coming up soon. (Oct. 22) Contact him at 514-656-5672 ext. 202.

All Beef Media is Looking for Savvy Interns!

Got a tip that All Beef Media (www.allbeefmedia.com) is currently looking for savvy interns!

This company specializes in social media content services including strategy, execution, training and consultation.

A great opportunity to get your foot in the door….if you’re interested, check out their website to contact them directly!

Add/Drop Period Ends Tuesday September 13th

Since classes began on September 1st, many of you are checking out classes to see what workload you can handle and what best fits your schedule. We like to call this the ‘Shopping -for- Classes’ period.

Well the time has come to commit!

You have until Tuesday September 13th to officially change sections, add and drop courses. If you drop a course, you will get a full refund LESS a $20 course drop fee.

If you still have not firmed up your choices, then you can withdraw from a course until Tuesday September 20th. You will get a full refund less a $20 course fee BUT you will have a grade of W on your transcript.

Remember if you miss these deadlines, you will be responsible for any course -related fees.

Seeking casual worker for a day or two

The Department of Career and Professional Development (Continuing Studies)  is looking for someone who could work full-time for a couple of days ($12/hr) on a short-term education special project, doing data search and paperwork. No experience required.

Contact me (elizabeth.hirst@mcgill.ca or 514-398-8745)  for further info. 

(Note: This work is in no way connected to anything the regular clerical staff (now out on strike) would be doing. It is a separately funded special project for which the department would be hiring a casual person even without the strike.)

SQPRP Networking Event – September 24th. Register now!

Calling all PR students and Alumni…

The SQPRP Young Professionals are hosting a networking event on September 24th, 2011 at the Hyatt Hotel…and one of the panelists is our very own….Elizabeth Hirst!

The theme for this event is Public Relations and Strategic Visions.

Other panelists/speakers include Bruno Guglielminetti from the Cabinet of Public Relations NATIONAL, Jason Patuano of McDonalds Restaurants, Pierre Bouchard of INDICO Communications, and  Denise Vaillancourt of STM. The event will end with a networking Cocktail PRMixer.

Register now as there are limited spots available at http://www.sqprp.ca/contenus/evenements/Colloque-annuel-des-Jeunes-professionnels-de-la-SQ.aspx.

Students get a discounted registration fee of $75 (if you are an SQPRP member, it’s $65) and Junior SQPRP members is $85.

This is an event not to be missed! Check out the page on the right entitled SQPRP Networking Event for a detailed program (in french).

Reminder: ELAN AGM & August Schmoozer happens today!

The English Language Arts Network of Quebec (ELAN Quebec) is holding their 7th annual Annual General Meeting and August Schmoozer today, August 29th!

Here are the event details:

AGM: 6pm-8pm
Schmoozer: 8pm-10pm
Location: Cabaret du Mile End (5240 avenue du Parc) (just north of Fairmount)

Non-members are welcome to attend as observers.

You can also find more information about ELAN on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy networking!

Position in immigrant integration

Instructor Frédéric Boisvert reports a job opening at his organization (CAMO – Comité d’adaptation de la main d’oeuvre) for someone with a degree and a couple of years’ relevant experience. The person who takes on this six-month (possibly renewable) contract will put together a promotional and recruitment strategy to bring in immigrants and follow them through the process of getting official recognition of their competencies. See the page at right “CAMI offre d’emploi”. Deadline Sept. 7.

Register by September 1st to avoid late fees!

Save money (that you can use for a textbook) by avoiding late registration fees!

Course registration for Fall 2011 continues until Thursday September 1st for newly admitted and returning PR program students.

If you register after September 1st, you will be charged a $25.00 late registration fee. Late registration takes place from September 2nd to 13th.

To register for courses, login to your student account through your MyMcGill portal page or Minerva for Students .

And if you are looking to fulfill compulsory credits, required courses that are on offer include: ‘Basics of Public Relations’, ‘Communication Planning’,  ‘Cases in Public Relations’,  ‘Internal Communication’, ‘Ethics in Public Relations’, ‘Public Relations Event Management’, and ‘Internal Stakeholder Communication’.

Now get registered!

Who’s Posting in the McGill PR Facebook Group? Transcanada Trail, That’s Who!

Just a reminder to check our Facebook and Linkedin groups regularly because our colleagues are posting interesting information, including job postings!!  Check out the one below by Leslie Quinton!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/17234264232/?view=permalink&id=10150290698764233#!/groups/17234264232/

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=3737332&trk=myg_ugrp_ovr

TRANSCANADA TRAIL is hiring a Communications Advisor! Your role would be to collaborate and improve communications tools including brand management, publications, internet and social media, provide cmmunications support and advice as required, including developing and implementing communication plans, strengthen social media tools with monitoring, regular updates and analysis. All candidates should have an undergraduate degree in Communications or a related field with 2-3 years experience in communications.

You must be bilingual, have a strong underestanding of social media, strong verbal communiation and interpersonal skills, ability to deal with people at all levels, strong leadership capability and ability to work effectively in a team environment

CONTACT: Julie Brouard [JBrouard@tctrail.ca]

*Check out the page on right entitled “Transcanda Trail Communication Advisor” or the facebook group for more details on this job posting! Thanks Leslie!

ELAN Quebec: English Language Arts Network

Are you interested in the arts community in Quebec?  Are you an artist?  Do you want to do  work for arts based organizations?

If you have said yes to any of the preceding questions, then the English Language Arts Network of Quebec (ELAN Quebec) is an organization you should know about.

Created in 2005, ELAN Quebec is a multi-disciplinary community of over 8,500 artists and cultural workers in Quebec. As per the ELAN Quebec website, the organization aims to:

  • Provide support, services and networking opportunities to English-speaking artists of all disciplines in all regions of Quebec.
  • Promote the work of artists so they receive greater recognition and visibility.
  • Collaborate with sister organizations to coordinate and instigate support services, such as professional development and mentorship opportunities.
  • Build bridges between English-speaking and French-speaking communities.
  • Advocate on behalf of English-speaking artists and their community in critical areas such as funding and public broadcasting.
  • Promote arts and culture as a means to enrich education, develop the creative economy and serve as a motor for economic development.

Job opportunities and internships are regularly posted on ELAN Quebec”s Community News section. Recent organizations that have posted positions include Centaur Theatre, Studio XX, Black Theatre Workshop and the Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC).

You can learn more about ELAN Quebec by attending their upcoming 7th Annual General Meeting and August Schmoozer on August 29th.  Here are some event details:

Monday August 29
AGM: 6pm-8pm
Schmoozer: 8pm-10pm
Cabaret du Mile End (5240 avenue du Parc)

RSVP to agm2011@quebec-elan.org by August 23rd

Members in good standing can vote (membership is $25/year). Non-members are welcome to attend as observers.

Once you join ELAN Quebec, you will receive their newsletter. You can also follow ELAN on Facebook and Twitter.

So get out there and schmooze with the artists and arts based organizations of Quebec!

PR jobs at Media Job Search Canada

Looking for a media related PR position within Canada?  Interested in being a publicist, promotions assistant, event coordinator, or media relations specialist?

These types of positions  are regularly posted on the Media Job Search Canada website. Taking a look through today’s listings revealed postings from Astral Media, Banff Centre, CBC Radio, Bell Media, Rogers, and Pfizer.

You can also subscribe to Media Jobs  Search Canada’s daily RSS feed to receive the latest ad postings. Check it out!

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