Public Relations

Top 3 Tips for Talking on the Radio

I spent three years volunteering as the weekly co-host of an hour-long talk radio show. It was a huge amount of fun, and while I don’t do it…

How to connect with bloggers: 5 tips for PR companies

I’ve been blogging for more than six years, which means that every day I am inundated with requests from PR agencies and companies wanting me to promote their…

Five things NOT to do in a news release

I receive at least a few news releases every single day in my inbox for new! and! exciting! health-type products, services, promotions and books. And to be honest,…

In the Media: writing tips

One of the women I work with recently sent out a few articles, and now I’m completely hooked on Ragan.com. Here are some neat tips you might find…

The Practical Guide: Toward vs. Towards

We all have those words that we use regularly but don’t really know how they’re supposed to be used. One of my sets of “problem words” is very…

The Practical Guide: Five tips for developing great public speaking skills

I have recently been doing some public speaking; last month I spoke at a conference in front of about 40 people, and then this past weekend I was…

Forms of Rhetoric: Spelling the American vs. Canadian way

I was recently looking through one of my favourite books, The Canadian Press Caps and Spelling 19th Edition (what? I’m a rhetorician. Naturally this would be one of…

The Practical Guide: What is a Noun?

Nouns form the solid base of a sentence. As taught in the education system, nouns are a “person, place, or thing”: they name people, places, and things so…

The Practical Guide: The Appropriate Use and Necessity of Hyphens

When I went grocery shopping at the Forks Market last weekend, I saw a sign at the Tall Grass Prairie Bakery that read: All day old bread for…

Forms of Rhetoric: Newspaper Layout

Gunther Kress and Theo van Leeuwen have written an article entitled “Front Pages: Analysis of Newspaper Layout”. Even if you aren’t involved in working with a newspaper, and…

The Practical Guide: Writing with Consistency

We do a lot of peer editing of our work in my Creative Writing class, and it is appalling just how many of my classmates’ stories are written…

What makes a magazine appealing?

Magazines are a highly competitive industry. Women’s magazines, in particular, are very competitive because of the number of top-selling magazines. Most of them have a focus on fashion,…

Affect vs. Effect; Accept vs. Except: how to use them

Affect vs. Effect My managing editor at The Uniter (hi Stacy!) mentioned earlier this week that she often stumbles over these two words when writing a piece, and…

The colon: how to use it in a sentence

A colon is a punctuation mark and, much like the comma, it works to organize sentences and break everything down for coherency purposes. Colons are most commonly used…