My first taste of event planning took place in the Spring of 2013. I was part of a group of four who were in charge of the Fort Hays State University Kansas Scholastic Press Association’s Regional Journalism Competition. We did tasks that involved contacting schools involved with notifications about payment, recruiting judges and volunteers, contacting departments on campus to reserve rooms, obtaining parking passes, and scheduling food for the day of the event. We also had to use our crisis communications skills when, because of weather, the event was cancelled less than 24 hours before it was scheduled to take place. With the help of Regional Director, Marcella Marez, I, along with Tiffanee Heinzen, Jordyn Wilkens, and Vernon King, Jr., worked together to put a great event together, even though the weather ruined the plans. This is used with permissin from Marcella, Tiffanee, Jordyn, and Vernon.
In the Spring of 2012, I was part of a group who worked on a crisis communication plan. Our topic was celebrity scandals. What we decided to do was create a scandal so we could form our own opinions and ideas on what steps needed to happen in order to get everything calmed down. We did research on various celebrity scandals and opted on a cheating scandal with country music star and NBC’s “The Voice” coach, Blake Shelton. I, along with members Jami Carlson and Megan Colson, were able to put together a plan that would need to be implemented if this scandal were to take place, not only for Shelton, but his wife, The Voice, and the woman involved in the scandal. A small portion of my main part was to focus on what pre-gathered information would be needed, such as for a planned news release. Another part of mine was the key messages, which involved the main points Shelton and his team should highlight to the public, along with how everyone could utilize blogs and social media. Finally, I wrote about trick questions Shelton, and everyone else involved may experience during interviews. This project is used with permission from Jami and Megan.
In the Spring of 2013, I was part of a Public Relations campaign class and we were assigned a project to help the Hays Chamber of Commerce with their “Shop Local” program. My group designed a plan to conduct research by gauging the community’s reaction to the “shop Local” program, and to see what their feelings were on shopping in the Hays area. After creating a survey and looking at the results, we were able to finish the rest of our research. This project was developed and used with permission by Natalie Fisher, Chason Lueth, Brandi Wright, and myself.
In the Fall of 2012, I was part of a research group that focused on cultural diversity. Surveys were created asking respondents to rate their level of cultural diversity in different ways. The survey was dispersed via e-mail to all students from Fort Hays State, Kansas State, the University of Kansas, and Pittsburg State University. When results came back, we measured the variables of diversity of living environment and cultural diversity awareness. My main focus, aside from putting the paper together, was the variables that were studied. This research project was put together by Kara Hackney, Vernon King, Jr., Alicia Coverdale, James Younger, and myself, and used with their permission.