After some heartfelt discussion between all the Hey Receiver crew, we have decided to say farewell to this blog. It’s been an incredible ride, and we have all learned so much from this experience.
I want to say some big thanks before I let the other writers sign off. First, I would like to thank all of our profile subjects who took the time to give us some insight into the many ways to be a communications professional: Eugene Knapick, Marina Arnaout, Siobahn Kelly, Ab. Velasco, Sue Edworthy, Linda Andross, Matt Earle, Lisa Charleyboy, Ian Buck, Eden Spodek and Jodi Salem, as well as our Next Generation profile subjects Annabel Lee, Mata Kranakis and Beth Lucente. Your thoughtful advice and being able to internet-meet all of you was one of my personal highlights of working on Hey Receiver.
I’d also like to say a special thanks to Dr. Wendy Freeman, Graduate Program Director for the Master of Professional Communication Program at Ryerson University. Her support, encouragement and enthusiasm for Hey Receiver has meant so much to us.
When we started Hey Receiver, our goals were simple: 1) to further our writing and blogging skills and 2) to keep hanging out with each other … Read More »
For over a year now I’ve been riding the ups and downs of launching, editing, and writing for a blog. Like so many other projects, Hey Receiver began as an idea that was thrown around one night over beers. Classmates and I were approaching the end of our time at Ryerson and were thinking of ways to fill the experience gap that was awaiting us. We figured a communications blog would be a good way to build some skills and get a foothold in the industry, and we were right. It wasn’t always easy and lots of things didn’t work out the way we planned, but it was damn fun and it allowed me to sharpen my chops and meet lots of people, so I couldn’t have asked for much more.
Here are some key takeaways from my experience:
Look and Feel. Aesthetic is important. Everything you publish says something about your blog, right down to typeface and photo selection, so make sure it says what you want it to say. Also, hold out for a name that’s a good fit; you’ll be using it a lot so make sure it’s memorable and something you can stick with for the long haul. … Read More »
I remember one of the first conversations we’ve ever had as a group in the MPC program: we groaned about how many of our friends and family didn’t understand what communications was. We even admitted that we weren’t completely sure ourselves what exactly we would be studying in a Master of Professional Communication program.
Now, two years after this initial conversation and one year after starting Hey Receiver, we have a much deeper understanding of what communications is as a field and our roles in it, but the quest to clearly define communications never really ends. That’s one reason why I love Hey Receiver. Our conversations are diverse in topic, focus and perspective, and they embrace how communications could relate to everything from branding to job searching to technology. As a contributor, I felt just as free to explore subjects without obvious practical applications as subjects that aligned with current industry best practices. So, before I say goodbye to this blog, I will take one more opportunity to ruminate over how simple answers are not always available in the field of communications.
Push vs. Pull
In communications, we often talk about senders and receivers. What I sometimes struggle to delineate is the responsibility … Read More »
As we gather here today to bid adieu to our much beloved Hey Receiver, I will also be saying goodbye to something on a more professional level. As many of our fair readers know, I have been an intern since graduating with my MPC. I’ve stood by my many (count them, SIX!) internships and even given advice to all my fellow interns out there, but I’m happy to say that I’m an intern no longer. After a year (well, 11.5 months to be exact) as an full time intern, I have finally found the perfect position for me.
My “Year of the Intern” did not come without its price on my professional pride and personal confidence, but I’m here to say to all you interns out there that the wait (however long) is totally worth it. Here are some quick tips on how to survive a bout of underemployment:
Don’t let anyone tell you that working as an intern is not a valuable experience. I’ve learned way more practical skills working as an intern than I ever did in school. Practice make perfect, even if you’re working for free.
Patience. Even if you’re offered a full time job, seriously consider if it’s … Read More »
Somehow, over a year has passed since we bold Hey Receivers launched this blog.
Originally, I began writing for the blog because I saw it as an excellent way to stay in touch with my classmates from Ryerson’s MPC program, and to build a viable portfolio of written content for the job application process. Over the past year, I got to enjoy the technical aspects of creating and maintaining a blog, and was challenged in taking on an editorial role as our blog evolved and I began working a full-time job.
Now, as we all look towards a different direction for Hey Receiver, I have few lessons learned to share.
1. If you’re starting a blog, choose something you can’t wait to write about – no matter how tired you are.
When we began this blog, all of us were super keen communication nerds just out of school. Granted, we’re all still super communication nerds. However, most of us now have full-time jobs working in the communication field. I found it incredibly challenging to work a 9 – 5 communications job, and the come home and write about communications some more. I didn’t expect that to happen. I think it’s important to keep the … Read More »