Are You Fine-Tuned?
By Leilani Needham, Intern
Writing is an essential skill to have in public relations and it is a skill I have yet to develop. Being at Fusion has given me an opportunity to draft press releases and learn AP style writing. I feel I am improving but can always be a better writer.
It is really important to fine-tune your writing and, most importantly, editing skills. Suzanne McGee, director at Fusion, gave us some great advice. She stated, “If the only thing you gain out of this internship is editing skills, it will be one of the greatest assets to you.”
Coming to Fusion has really helped me to understand AP style. It is difficult to break habits and stop writing like I’m in class, but it is possible. If you are not familiar with AP style, The Wall Street Journal and New York Times are great examples of publications that follow this writing style.
The AP Stylebook is a great tool that I have used often. Get it and use it in your papers and classrooms (unless your professor dictates a different style). If you’ve decided to pursue PR as a career because you were trying to avoid writing, it might be a good idea to rethink a different profession.