Annie McGlaughlin, a senior public relations major and journalism minor, originally had plans to become the next Erin Andrews, starting out as a Sports Information/Broadcasting major. About a month into her freshman year, McGlaughlin realized that was not where her passion lied and switched her major officially to public relations – and she never looked back.
“Being a public relations major has given me the chance to find out what part of the field I find passion in. It’s such a broad major that I can go just about anywhere with my degree,” said McGlaughlin. “I felt switching from SB/SI was a better fit for myself and skillset.”
McGlaughlin’s favorite aspect of public relations is writing. Whether it is a press release or a newspaper article, McGlaughlin enjoys finding people’s stories and the world around her.
“My favorite part about writing is being able to paint a picture with the stories I write,” said McGlaughlin. “It’s a great experience to be able to talk to people about their experiences and how willing they are to tell their story.”
McGlaughlin, in addition to being involved with the Waynesburg University PRSSA Chapter, is the News Convergence Editor for the student newspaper, The Yellow Jacket. She also serves on the senior class gift committee, is an Account Specialist for Red Brick Communications and is a member of the women’s lacrosse team.
McGlaughlin spent her summer as the public relations and marketing intern for Sandcastle Waterpark in Pittsburgh, Pa. Her duties included: planning and implementing special events for guests, preparing press kits, planning social media content and learning the ropes of crisis communication management.
“My internship gave me a ton of hands-on experience that I can use in the future. My supervisor pretty much gave me full reign on the events I was planning and it was awesome to test my skills while bouncing ideas off of a professional in the field,” said McGlaughlin. “Theme parks had a rough summer with incidents so being able to learn about crisis communication, and how to handle it was a great experience. The opportunities I was offered will most definitely help me with my future endeavors.”
Throughout her time at Waynesburg, McGlaughlin has completed public relations work internationally. During the last two Christmas breaks, she has served in Bonaire, Dutch Antilles with the Department of Communication. She directly assisted the Trans World Radio, a Christian radio station stationed around the globe.
She said it led her to want to pursue a career helping people through her skills she has learned at Waynesburg.
“Being in Bonaire was one of the best experiences I could’ve asked for. I got to integrate my faith with the skills I learned in classroom at Waynesburg. All TWR asked for was our time and I was more than willing to give that.” said McGlaughlin. “The trip has shaped me not only in my faith, but as a person and student. I would recommend going on a mission trip to anyone. “
McGlaughlin hopes to integrate her faith into her career following her April graduation. She hopes to work in the nonprofit sector of public relations in the Pittsburgh region.
Emily Hackman is a senior public relations and electronic media student. She serves as the promotions director for WCYJ-FM, the news convergence editor for The Yellow Jacket, a captain for Relay for Life and is an active general body member of the Waynesburg University PRSSA Chapter. Emily is passionate about the promotions and entertainment industry, and hopes to combine these passions into a career post-graduation.