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Hello, there! My name is Janelle Huelsman, and I am a graduating senior, studying public relations at Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. To pursue my many interests, I will also graduate with a certificate from Ohio University's Global Leadership Center and a minor in political science in June 2010. 

I am a self-declared "aspiring storyteller"; I want to tell the world stories by crafting and delivering messages to address issues that matter. This e-portfolio helps to tell my story--how I came to be an aspiring storyteller.

Four years ago, I was a freshman and an aspiring newspaper journalist with high hopes of being a political reporter at The New York Times. After spending a year in the newsroom, I learned that the traditional newspaper industry was not for me, but I was still eager to sharpen my writing skills and to find my passion. Following my time as a reporter, I gained experiences in a variety of other settings--the public relations department of a full-service advertising agency, inside the classroom of public relations courses, international consulting with the American Embassy in Poland and more--all of which are demonstrated throughout this portfolio.

Each experience, be it as a media relations intern, a leader of a student organization or a grassroots coordinator, has led me to where I am today. This portfolio intends to show my growth both professionally and personally and to highlight my passion to tell stories, which I have developed through my accurate reporting and writing skills and my ability to think and to plan strategically.

This is my story.

Work experience

Sep 2009Present

Public Relations Intern

Ohio University Communications & Marketing

•Wrote press releases and media alerts for events receiving local, regional and national coverage•Wrote stories for Outlook, Ohio University’s news and information Web siteAlso worked in the same position September 2007-June 2008.

Jan 2009Present

National Vice President of Advocacy

Public Relations Student Society of America

•Spearheaded research on the ethics of social media practices in the public relations industry and its incorporation in curriculum•Wrote guest posts for the PRSSA Blog and articles regarding ethics, advocacy and diversity in the industry on behalf of the Society

Jun 2009Aug 2009

Advocacy and Editorial Intern

National Coalition on Health Care

•Edited annual reports, Congressional testimony, grant proposals, promotional materials and Web content •Conducted national media outreach, coordinated interviews and wrote talking points, blog entries and letters to the editor for executive-level employees and Coalition members•Planned and attended a public event to address health care reform policy in Miami, which featured ten panelists and was attended by approximately 150 people, including Coalition members and private citizens•Wrote, edited and implemented the Coalition’s first-ever social media strategy•Continued contributions on a freelance basis

Sep 2007Jun 2009

Student Consultant

Ohio University Global Leadership Center

•Wrote a vision statement for the Hinduism community of New Vrindaban, W. Va., for inclusion in the Harvard University Pluralism Project•Researched Marriott International’s corporate social responsibility efforts in France and made recommendations to expand•Researched and provide recommendations to strengthen relations between Ohio and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland on the basis of technology transfer in the renewable energy industry•Researched microfinance as a poverty reduction strategy to make recommendations to the United Nations Development Program in Liberia; projected was awarded the Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education by the United Nations•Collaborated with students from Bangkok University and traveled to Bangkok to develop a marketing plan for a Thai agricultural firm

Jan 2008Feb 2009

Director of Public Relations (formerly

•Wrote press releases, booker memorandums and created media kits for national and international coverage of the first-ever national online student newspaper, which had an emphasis on the 2008 general election; efforts resulted in coverage by The Boston Globe, “The Martha Stewart Show” and’s “Young People Who Rock,” among others

Jun 2008Aug 2008

Public Relations Intern

SBC Advertising

•Responsible for project management and implementation for three national clients in the building products industry, including media monitoring, social media reports, impact reports, media lists, press releases, media mailings and new business research•Contributed to media outreach for a successful campaign to mandate residential fire sprinklers at the International Code Council Final Action Hearings in Minneapolis

Jun 2007Aug 2007

Community Relations Intern

O'Bleness Memorial Hospital

•Wrote, edited and designed Wellness Works, an internal newsletter sent to more than 800 employees•Wrote press releases for community events, which resulted in local media coverage

Sep 2006Jun 2007


The Post

•Wrote articles for the newspaper’s city staff, one of which was the No. 1 “Story of the Day” by


Sep 2006Present

Bachelor of Science in Journalism

Ohio University

Expected June 2010



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