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Diversity Choice- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly November 12, 2009

Filed under: PRCA 3333 Assignments — aschlum1 @ 7:26 pm

On November 9th at 7:15 p.m. in the Russel Union theatre, I went to see the international film, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. The Cinema Arts series at GSU provided this film to the students, faculty, and staff for only $3. It was somewhat surprising to see that the audience was not very large or diverse. I believe this is because it is harder to attract students to films that are not very popular in the United States and these films are not very appealing to them.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly represents the French culture mostly because it was shot in France and the film is in French. The focus of the movie was more around the life and hardships of one man, but it still held a good representation of different elements of the culture in France and Europe.

I enjoyed the film a lot and would definitely like to attend another film like this. I learned from this event that there is not  great deal of students that take advantage of the different films shown on campus. People could learn a great deal about different cultures, languages, and people if they were to watch these international films and attend some of the diversity events, but many students do not.

Compared to an American event, the audience is what was probably the most surprising. At an American film or movie being shown, it is likely that there will be a lot more people. International films have a smaller target audience than American films do at GSU.

It was interesting to watch a different kind of film than I am used to. Before going I was somewhat fearful because I had no idea what the movie would be about and if I would even understand it. After the event I was very happy that I attended and excited to learn information about a different culture and country other than my own.

The film was a success in itself and everyone seemed to enjoy it. I think that for international films to be more successful at GSU, they might want to make them free because many college students are not willing to pay money for different types of movies.

Below is a picture of the book that the movie is based on:

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How some components play a part in International PR, post #2 November 10, 2009

Filed under: PRCA 3333 Assignments — aschlum1 @ 9:15 pm

In this post, I would like to talk about the framing theory and how it plays a part in International PR and the media. According to a study taken from Management 360, the framing theory and the concept of framing bias suggests that how something is presented (the “frame”) influences the choices people make.

In my opinion, the United States media is a great example of how the framing theory is used. In my International Public Relations course at Georgia Southern University, we were asked to watch a certain news channel for one week and record international information that we heard and saw. All the different groups in my class had different stations to watch and we were to present the information that we saw over that week. This project really made me realize how different the news can be, depending on what channel you are watching. The same story, could be completely different if you are watching FOX or CNN.

This relates to the framing theory because what a news station wants to show, they will show. What they do not want to show, they will not. Many Americans believe that they are getting all of the facts about a situation from a news station, but it could be completely biased. I think it is important for people to understand that all the information about an event, story, or situation is not always given on the television or the radio. There is always hidden information in every story.

This also has to do with international information that is given on the news, because after watching for a week straight, I really began to realize that there were not a great deal of international stories. Most of the groups that presented, who all watched different news channels, seemed to feel the same way. In my opinion, this means that news channels in the US seem to censor international stories and news from other countries.

By doing this project, it made me start to think more about the information that I hear. I now will go to a variety of different stations to get my news, and I will do more research on a story after I hear it.

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Original Diversity Post November 3, 2009

Filed under: PRCA 3333 Assignments — aschlum1 @ 9:12 pm

According to Dictionary.com, diversity is: a point of difference. This is a VERY simple definition of the word diversity, but a precise one. Diversity, to me, means being around people who are different, in any way.

In this post I am going to focus on the student’s at Georgia Southern University. At GSU, according to Campuscorner.com, there are 16,100 students that are currently enrolled. 52% of the students enrolled are female, and 48% are male.

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When it comes to race, according to the statistic given by campuscorner.com, GSU is not as diverse as I thought. The student’s race that are enrolled breaks down like this: 11,720- White Non-Hispanic, 3,760- Black Non-Hispanic, 215- Hispanic, 186- Asian or Pacific Islander, and 35- American Indian/Alaska Native. These means that over 70% of the student’s enrolled at GSU are the same race.

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Although these statistics show that the race of students at GSU is not extremely diverse, I do believe that GSU offers a large amount of diversity events that one can attend around campus. All throughout the semester, there is event after event offered on the diversity calendar  by the Multicultural Center that students can go to learn more about diversity all around the world.

I think that one thing that GSU can do to better their diversity is to make the campus and school more appealing to people of different races and ethnicities. This would be a great job for a public relations professional that works for the university. I think that if GSU made some advertisements that were more appealing to a variety of different races, then their campus could become more diverse and even offer more diverse courses and activities for the students of GSU.

Diversity is an important aspect of any university and I look forward to seeing what kind of diversity activities GSU offers while I am here.

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Guest Speaker Reaction #2 October 20, 2009

Filed under: PRCA 3333 Assignments — aschlum1 @ 6:42 pm

Today in my International PR class, Elizabeth Albrycht spoke to us via Skype from Versailles, France. Albrycht has been living in France for 6 years and has worked for 20 years in public relations. She worked in New York throughout the 90s and then went to persue and finish her Masters degree. She teaches courses such as International PR and PR at ISCOM and Paris School of Business. Albrycht says that her students speak mostly French, but she teaches in English. There are 17 countries represented in her classes from Asia to North America.

Albrycht went on to speak about strategy and public relations. She said that people want to be communicated with and given good information. They also want to be treated as an individual and with respect, honesty, and kindness. These are all important aspects in PR because in public relations we are always trying to form relationships. It is easy to get tripped up in cultural differences, especially language. As a PR professional, you have to realize that there are individual and collective approaches and you have to know how to navigate with each country. The strategies and tactics that you use will be different with each country and region.

After she went over some of these topics, we had some question and answer sessions. Unfortunately, we ran out of time and had to cut the questions a little short.

I really enjoyed Professor Albrycht speaking to our class. This is the first time I have ever heard a speaker via Skype, and although there were some complications, overall it went smoothly. She did a great job with all of her topics, and kept me interested the whole time she was speaking. When you are using video chat, it is sometimes hard to interact with the audience so they might lose interest, but that did not happen while Mrs. Albrycht was speaking to our class. I very much appreciate her taking the time to speak to our class and I hope it will not be the last time we hear from her!

 

International PR Personal Interview September 29, 2009

Filed under: PRCA 3333 Assignments — aschlum1 @ 7:23 pm

I interviewed Danielle Olowoya. She is from Nigeria and lived there for almost ten years before moving to London. She lived in London for three years and then moved back to Nigeria to attend high school. She now attends Georgia Southern University. Danielle tries to go back to Nigeria whenever she can. Below are the questions I asked Danielle and the answers that she gave me:

1. How does the media operate in Nigeria?

  • The media operates pretty much like the media in the U.S. There are independent TV and broadcasting stations and newspapers that cover the nows on both foreign and domestic affairs, entertainment, and other issues. There are even gossip magazines just like over here that trail the lives of entertainers and the wealthy.

2. How does the media in Nigeria differ from the media in the United States?

  • It doesn’t really differ, but the quality of advertising could be better. The quality of television commercials is still underdeveloped and I still think it can be improved.

3. What is your view of global business?

  • I think global business is a great thing because it allows countries that may be more developed to invest in other countries and improve their economies. It supplies more power to different countries, provides employment opportunities, and improves relations between countries.

4. What has surprised you most about the cultural differences between the U.S. and Nigeria?

  • In my culture, I think we’re very focused on our family and respect, especially for your elders or those older than you. Here, sometimes people get a little too self absorbed in their quest for wealth.

5. Is public relations a major that you are familiar with in Nigeria?

  • Yes it is, many people major in it in Nigeria.

6. How did you feel initially about being a part of a different culture?

  • I felt very comfortable. It wasn’t anything really new to me because I had visited the United States multiple times before moving here.

7. What advice do you have for an American seeking employment in your country?

  • I think they should do their research and see the kind of environment they would most like to work in, what the salary is like, etc. Also, a good degree/educational background, is important if you want a good paying job.

8. What are some of the more prominent jobs in Nigeria?

  • The most prominent jobs are mostly jobs that involve finances, like bankers, accountants, CEO’s and general managers of companies, doctors, lawyers, actors/actresses, architects, project managers, and politicians.

9. How do the commercials and advertisements differ between Nigeria and the United States?

  • The commercials and advertisements are no different from here, but the quality (like the quality of cameras used) is much lower here. But other than that, it’s pretty much the same.

10. How has moving to America affected your views on employment and the media?

  • I think my country could definitely improve on the quality of advertising and create more employment opportunities because for a lot of college graduates over there, it is difficult to find work.

11. Do you know of any PR firms in Nigeria, if so, which ones?

  • I know of a PR firm called Image Consultant Nigeria, Richardson and Briggs.

12. Name the main differences in the way the media operates in America and Nigeria.

  • There are not many differences, but the main one is that the American media is more organized and advanced in terms of the technology used.

My interview with Danielle went very well and it was interesting to hear her answers to all of my questions. With her being a young adult and having been to the United States many times before she moved here, I believe that her transition to a different culture was a little easier and less shocking. I learned a lot about the Nigerian culture by interviewing Danielle and I believe this assignment gave me an understanding of the different channels of media all across the world.

 

Guest Speaker Reaction #1 September 25, 2009

Filed under: PRCA 3333 Assignments — aschlum1 @ 5:01 pm

On Thursday, September 24,  Dr. Sun-A Lee came to speak to my International Public Relations class. Dr. Lee is originally from South Korea, but moved to Arizona to get her masters degree. She is now a teacher at Georgia Southern University. She started off her presentation with some facts about diversity around the world. Some of these facts were shocking to me because I have never thought about statistics like this in a world scale. Some of the information she gave us was:

  • There are 6.8 billion people in the world. 60.4%- Asians, 10.9%- Europeans, 14.5%- Africans, 5%- North Americans, 8.6%- South Americans, 0.5%- Oceanians
  • 51% are Female and 49% are Male
  • Only 1% of the world is college educated and less than 1% own computers
  • 50% of the people in the world suffer from malnutrition

Dr. Lee gave us some more facts, but these are the ones that shocked me the most. She went on to talk about stereotypes, prejudice, racism, and ethnocentrism. She also spoke about culture in South Korea and stereotypes of different cultures and people around the world.

I really enjoyed Dr. Lee speaking to our class. She is a vibrant, fun, and outgoing woman and I learned that just by hearing her speak for about an hour. I learned a lot about different cultures and stereotypes that people can have and I also learned that a lot of these are false. At the end of Dr. Lee’s presentation, she showed our class some pictures of South Korean foods, weddings, houses, night life, palaces, and universities. This was interesting to me because I had never seen many pictures from South Korea and I thought it was absolutely beautiful! I am thankful that Dr. Lee was able to come speak to us and I really enjoyed myself during her presentation.

Below is an image of where South Korea is located in Asia:

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Diversity Calender- Condoleezza Rice September 12, 2009

Filed under: PRCA 3333 Assignments — aschlum1 @ 7:44 pm

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On Tuesday, September 8, 2009, Condoleezza Rice came to speak to a jam-packed audience at Georgia Southern University. Rice served as the 66th secretary of state of the United States from 2005 to 2009. The audience consisted of over 4,000 students, faculty, staff, and other people from around the southeast.

The audience was extremely diverse, with a variety of different people. The culture that Rice represented was American, but she represented people from all different backgrounds. Rice spoke about how her family hero, her “Granddaddy,” was born, no one in America would ever expect for an African American woman to serve as the secretary of state of our country. She went on to say that all throughout the audience there were Asian Americans, African Americans, White Americans, and so on and that we all make up our great and diverse country.

I learned a great deal from Rice’s speech because I got to look at different events from her point of view. She spoke about 9/11, international and foreign affairs, and the challenges that America faces every day. I would, without a doubt, attend this event again because I am always open to hearing people speak and hearing different opinions.

Although this speech and event was not necessarily from a different culture, it brought all different cultures and races together to hear one woman speak. I think this event was a success and I left the building feeling proud to be an American and to live in a country that is accepting, free, and diverse.

For more information and a short biography of Condoleezza Rice, please visit the following link: Condoleezza Rice