Who in the World is Sarah Rachul?

By: Austin Ambrose and Sarah Rachul, @tex_ambrose and @SarahMRachul


Sarah Rachul, current Junior Assistant Director and rising Executive Director of our PR firm ImPRessions. Outside of the professional realm, how much does anyone know about Rachul? Well, here’s an opportunity to get to know the woman in charge. We’re breaking down the barrier. Maybe you’ll have more in common than being in ImPRessions.

Where are you originally from and where did you go to high school?

I’m originally from Westlake, Ohio which is just outside of Cleveland. I was actually homeschooled through high school because I was a competitive golfer and traveled so much for that, and for trips with my family.

Why did you come to OU to study strategic communication?

Well obviously the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism has an amazing reputation, as does its faculty. But a big part of me choosing this school in particular, was the opportunity to join award winning PR programs like ImPRessions and PRSSA. I not only wanted classes that could prepare me for the real world but professional organizations that would help me get a job.

Why did you join ImPRessions and why have you stuck with it all these years?

After my first ImPRessions kick off freshman year, I knew that I wanted to be Executive Director and that became my goal for the next three years. Besides working to achieve that goal, I loved all the actual work I did for ImPRessions. Getting to work with three different clients and generate portfolio work was amazing. I love that ImPRessions can help you build your brand and your reputation as a rising PR star, while you’re still in college.


What else do you do on campus?

In addition to my heavy involvement with ImPRessions and PRSSA, I am also a tour guide. Because of the time these commitments take, I don’t have a lot of time for other campus involvement. However, I was recently named the 2015-2016 Victoria’s Secret PINK campus ambassador so I look forward to my involvement with that next year.

What is your guilty pleasure movie?

My favorite guilty pleasure movie would be the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. The total length of the movie is 5 hours so the guilty part is that I’ll make snacks and watch the entire thing straight through on Sundays.

When you think of middle school, what song comes to mind and why?

I would have to say the song “Into the Woods” from the musical of the same name. When I was in middle school, I was an actress/singer/dancer and often performed in musicals. When I performed in this particular musical, we would play the soundtrack (and this song in particular) every time we were in the car. We played it so much that even my 1 year old cousin had the chorus memorized.

You’re stuck on a desert island, who is the one person with you and the one item you have?

I would have James Bond and a deck of cards. I choose James Bond because I figure that if he goes missing then someone is going to try and rescue him and when they do I’ll get rescued too. The deck of cards is to entertain us while we wait for the helicopter.

Some know that you are a big fan of Disney, what makes you such a fan?


Honestly there are many reasons Disney is so close to my heart. It’s the place my family has been visiting since I was a baby which means I’ve been able to gather 21 years worth of memories in Disney. When I think of my childhood, I think of every trip to Disney and when I think of my happy place, I think of walking down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. I also admire Disney as brand. They consistently top the list of companies with the happiest employees and the happiest customers. I could go on  and on but I’ll just say that when they claim to be the place “where dreams come true”, it’s not a gimmick.

What is your favorite thing about being at OU?

My favorite thing about being at OU also happens to be my least favorite thing about OU. I love the small college town feel at this school. I was immediately charmed by the brick lined streets and the tiny coffee shops on my first college visit. Living at OU is like stepping into a post card. However, you realize it’s just a little too small when you have to drive 40 minutes to the nearest Target.

What advice would you give an incoming freshman?

Don’t only get involved in what you think you should be involved in. Get involved with as many things that interested you because that’s the only way you’ll know what you really want to do. Also, there is no such thing as being over involved. There is no such thing is reaching too far or too high. “Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon!” – Brandt Paul.

Scripps College vs. Scripps J School [infographic]

By: Kerry Tuttle @kerrtut

Instead of writing about the differences between the Scripps College of Communication and the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Kerry Tuttle put it all in an infographic.


For all the Incoming Scripps Kids

By: Kelly Hayes @kmshayes

It’s almost here: the day when you finally walk through College Green and are officially a Bobcat. We are one giant happy family, with a few mishaps here and there. However, for all of you freshman new to the Scripps school, you made the right choice. Welcome to the happiest place on earth.

As a senior entering my last semester at Ohio University, I can only enter it with bittersweet feelings. This summer I spent my time interning at Ogilvy & Mather in Chicago, ready to enter the adult world… boy will I miss Scripps.

What to expect your first few weeks

You are going to go to many, many meetings. I encourage you to go to as many as you want. Sign up for every email list possible, because to find your niche in Scripps you have to try. I signed up for four email lists when I was a freshman – Thread Magazine, PRSSA, ImPRessions and RTDNA. I stuck with two: PRSSA and ImPRessions.

Don’t feel pressured

You do not have to stick to one track. If you want to write for the post and work with WOUB, go for it! The amazing thing about Scripps is that you have the advantage to do what you want to. You’re not stuck in one place because that’s the norm, we all have different paths within the Scripps school – and it’s made us better journalists, writers, editors, PR professionals, advertising gurus and broadcast anchors because of it.

Speak up and try

You won’t know if you like something until you try. Volunteer if it sounds interesting to you. I volunteered for so much in the beginning and it started to overwhelm me a little, but many people will be in the same position as you. And for all the seniors – we’ve been there and won’t bite. Scripps kids stick together.

Talk to your professors, they are much cooler than you think

I would give a shout-out to all of my favorite journalism professors right now, but I’d just be listing all of them. I’ve never had a bad professor, and they give amazing advice. When I had my phone interview for Ogilvy & Mather, I went to Professor Farkas asking for advice –it definitely was great advice because here I am, eight weeks into my dream internship.

Say Hi

Again, we seniors don’t bite. I always love meeting new people in Scripps and helping them out with anything they need. If you’re a freshman, say hi. I was a shy person my freshman year at those PRSSA and Thread meetings, but eventually I just said hi and it all worked out.

Be prepared for the best three to four years of your life

2014-07-10 18.09.06I say three to four because I’m graduating a semester early, but I wouldn’t be where I am today without Scripps. I’ve accomplished so much in my college career with the help of ImPRessions, PRSSA, my professors and friends. I will be very, very sad to leave this place in December, but I know I can always come back and visit the place that helped me get to where I am today: The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.


Successful Scrippsters

By: Sydney Gardner @sydneygardner

E.W. Scripps is more than a person or a school – it’s a state of mind. Students have studied at Ohio University’s Journalism school for decades, but it isn’t what they did in their four (or five) years at Ohio University that sets them apart. It’s what they did when they graduate that truly shows why Scripps is a name that carries prestige. I wanted to take a moment to highlight some recent and not so recent grads of Scripps that have found success beyond the bricks of Athens.

Aaron BrownAs a proud member of the Scripps’ Public Relations Student Society of America, no list of mine would dare to start without Aaron Brown. Aaron graduated from Ohio University in 2001 and has been a PR Success ever since. While at Ohio University Aaron was a proud PRSSA member and had internships at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and Babcock & Wilcox. In 2008, Aaron joined the team at Fahlgren Mortine Public Relations as an Associate Vice President. His hard work and Scripps-bred work ethic allowed him to rise to his current position of Senior Vice President. Aaron Brown has traditionally been the speaker at the first Scripps PRSSA meeting of the school year in the fall, so make sure to stop by and meet this success this fall!

Amanda Stefanik graduated from E.W. Scripps in 2012 and has been succeeding ever since. During her years at Ohio University, Amanda was a member of PRSSA, ImPRessions, AVW and Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. She also held various internships including one with the Miss Universe Organization. Upon graduation, Amanda accepted a job at PR Newswire where she currently works as Business Development Representative. Her role includes working with business across all industries to better their marketing and communication efforts.

Devin BartolottaDevin Bartolotta graduated from E.W. Scripps in 2013 with a focus in broadcast journalism. While at Ohio University, Devin interned with WABC-TV’s investigative unit in New York, NY, and with WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Devin was also a member of Omicron Gamma chapter of Delta Zeta Sorority, and part of the winning team at the first Scripps Innovation Challenge. After graduating Devin accepted a Weekend Anchor Position at Rochester, Minnesota’s NBC affiliate, KTTC-TV. Within her first year in a brand new state, Devin survived winter, adopted a puppy and won the Associated Press’ first place award in the 2013 Minnesota Broadcast contest for her “Hearts of Hope” story. Devin’s work at KTTC and her ability to move and make the most out of a career in a new place demonstrates exactly why she is successful Scrippster in my eyes.

I met Allison Jordan at the first PRSSA meeting of the 2012 school year. Even then, I, and many others, knew Allison would do great things. As the 2012-2013 president of Scripps PRSSA, Allison was able to show that she was already a professional and a leader even before graduating. While at Ohio University, Allison was able to leave her mark on Scripps though her commitment to PRSSA and her willingness to mentor any and every underclassmen that reached out to her. Upon graduating in Spring 2013, Allison moved to Chicago to work for Zocalo Group, but has recently accepted and Account Executive position at Global Prairie in Cleveland. Her hard work and attitude truly exemplifies what it means to be a Scripps success and a Bobcat Alumni.

Narrowing down the list of Successful Scrippsters was no easy task, but that’s what makes Scripps so special. The fact remains that there are so many graduates of Scripps that I and many others consider successful. Scripps breeds success, and it’s only for the sake of word count that this list ends at four of them.  Make the most of your years at OU – you never know where those experiences will take you, and good luck to all of our 2014 Scripps grads! (Even though you probably don’t need it.)


















Are Bloggers really Journalists?

bloggingAddressing the issues of journalism and blogging can be quite tricky. The negative connotations lent to citizen journalism make it hard for bloggers to be taken seriously. However, many blogs are run by renowned journalists and apply the tools of the trade learned in journalism schools across the country. So to answer the question if bloggers are journalists: yes… and no. It all depends on your answer of what a journalist really is.

Why all bloggers are journalists

If a journalist is simply someone that writes, every blogger is a journalist. Blogs are written; therefore the bloggers that write them can carry the title of a journalist. If a journalist is someone that spreads news, every blogger is a journalist. News can mean many things to many different people, but what you write about will always matter to one person, making it news. Similar to newspaper and magazine articles, blogs vary widely in topics. Niche markets can also be very popular with both bloggers and print journalists, making even the smallest population of consumers happy.

Why all bloggers are not journalists

As I have previously stated, blogs are easy for anyone and a good starter tool. This includes people that are not well versed in the forms of AP Style, how to format a blog and grammar rules. This leads to blogs and citizen journalism having an unprofessional connotation. This assumption of unprofessional writing does not bode well with the professional journalists of the world. However, what is a journalist? If a journalist is someone that has taken classes and graduated from a journalism school, while having professional training, all bloggers are not journalists. The negative connotation that comes with citizen journalism has a lot to do with journalists in the sense that they went to a journalism school and worked hard for their degree – unlike some citizen journalists. The notion that citizen journalists can do the same work as a trained journalist is ridiculous to someone that has endured 4+ years of training for a career in Journalism.

Overall, it can be hard to distinguish whether a blogger is a journalist. When it comes down to it, just look at the writing and content presented. If you find it professional, it doesn’t really matter whether that person attended a journalism school. Above all, listen to your gut and don’t back down when discussing what you truly believe in. After all, your most important client is yourself.

Gentry Bennet is a freshman studying Strategic Communications. You can follow her on Twitter at @Gen_andTonic.

What if Bobcats started their own PR Firm?

bobcatsThere have been many times that my friends and I have had discussions on how it would be if there were a PR firm that was owned and operated by Ohio University alumni? The answer: amazing!

We are already on a good start since there is our student-run PR firm, ImPRessions. So we have that going for us.

The mornings would most likely start out with the playing of the fight song or the alma mater to get our day going on the right foot, followed by sweet treats catered by Fluff Bakery.

Just about every desk would have an Athens brick, a “Pubs of Athens” poster, an Ohio University coffee mug, thermos and water bottle, and pictures of dear friends that we celebrated many nights with on the hallowed streets of Athens.

burritoLunch would be filled with the scent of Goodfellas pizza, and Burrito Buggy would have its own parking space.

There would be cubicle shuffles.

East, West and South Greens would designate different departments in the office.

There would be our own Scripps statue to give associates luck before client pitches.

Casual Fridays would most likely be, “wear your OU hoodie day.”

There would be an office cat named Rufus.

And of course, there would be a bar for the office with Jackie O’s on tap, where happy hour would be a regular occasion with recordings from The Bob Stewart band on repeat.

Working with only Ohio University alumni would give clients the opportunity to work with the most fun and driven people in the industry. If there is one thing that students in Athens know is how to work just as hard as they play.

Because of ImPRessions, students already have a small grasp on what it is like to be in an agency. We have around 100 colleagues and now 12 clients. We know how to support different clients to better the agency as a whole. ImPRessions is a group of students with high ambitions that know how to push each other in a positive way. With the backing of a journalism education and a think tank of bright, young Bobcats, in a real PR firm we would be an unstoppable firm with clients just as fun and hard working as we are.

– Ben Clos is a junior studying Strategic Communications. Follow Ben on Twitter at @BenClos1

Should You Switch Journalism Tracks?

JournalismEntering my freshman year at Ohio University, I wanted to be a journalist. To me, being a journalist meant working for a newspaper or magazine in New York City and writing every day for the rest of my career. This seemed exciting, but little did I know that this was only the very beginning of where journalism could take me.

I’ve always enjoyed exploring and trying new things, so I signed up for plenty of clubs outside of print journalism. One of those clubs was PRSSA. At the beginning of the year, I didn’t really understand what public relations consisted of or how to build a career out of it, so I kept a close eye on the strategic communications track in order to learn more.

Everyone talked about ImPRessions and how it went hand in hand with PRSSA, so second semester I decided to sign up for ImPRessions as well. After getting hands on experience and getting a better look at what public relations really is, I knew this was the right track for me. It took a lot of exploring and open-mindedness to discover that this was my path, but I am so glad that I took the time to look outside of the box.

As you probably know, it is very common to change your major at some point during your college career. Going away for the first time allows you to take a better look at yourself and what you want out of life. My views changed drastically in just one year of college, and will most likely continue to grow and develop as I do. With that being said, it is important to stay open to career changes or developments.

You shouldn’t worry about changing your major or track so much that you stay put where you are, because at the end of the day, it is important to be happy and enjoy your career. I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I stuck with a major that was no longer the right fit for me because I was scared of what may happen.

If you’re unsure what you want to do or what path you want to take; explore. Take the time to look into different avenues and make sure you talk to people in each of them. I wouldn’t have signed up for ImPRessions or learned as much as I did about public relations if I didn’t talk to people in the strategic communications track. There is no better way to learn about something than by asking questions and finding out the facts. Never be afraid of what may happen if you change your mind and remember to just go for it! At the end of the day, you will be happy you did. I am so glad I took the chance to explore the strategic communications and take the leap to change.

-Jessica Carnprobst is a sophomore studying strategic communications. Follow Jessica at @Jess_Carnprobst.