An 'Ulster PR Student Blog' has been created on WordPress, the content for which will be largely written by students from any year group in the School of Communication across a number of UG programmes which have a public relations component.
Students can use their posts to comment on topics associated with public relations and lobbying - for instance: particular topics which come up in their lectures; thoughts raised by guest speakers who talk to PR classes; PR campaigns, case studies and examples they see; dissertation topics; their personal perspectives of life as a PR student; their experiences on work placement; taking their first steps on the PR career ladder; events and activities they attend outside modules such as those arranged locally by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and their responses to discussions of PR on social media.
Students who wish their contribution to the Ulster PR Student blog to be accepted as an EDGE activity must make at least 4 blog posts over an academic year.
They must also provide me with details of the extent to which they have promoted their post across a range of social media and of the responses which have been generated.
The commitment level required will obviously vary from student to student, depending on the number of posts they actually write.
However, I would suggest that to research, draft and produce a finished post, including appropriate links and visuals, and to then promote it through a variety of social media would take approximately 5 hours.
So in order to have their work accepted as an EDGE activity, each student would need to make 4 posts over the year.