Marcia DiStaso Comments on How the Pandemic Has Affected PR Education and Jobs
Marcia DiStaso, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations Department chair, is quoted in “COVID on Campus: A Look into the Pandemic’s Effect on Future PR Pros” published in PRWeek on Aug. 26.
The article focuses on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected institutions of higher education including enrollment and new initiatives at CJC.
“The president of our school has said to our student body, ‘I’m asking you to get the vaccine and wear your mask,’ but frankly if a student in my class doesn’t want to wear a mask, they don’t have to,” said DiStaso. “It could get bumpy. As the pandemic and politics continue to intersect, we are expecting to see students with different expectations.”
New initiatives include a New York office for Public Relations Lecturer Natalie Asorey. Her mandate is to build an extension of the PR curriculum with classes and internship opportunities. In addition, the College has also added a Diverse Voices class and organizations for Hispanics, Blacks and Asians.
“That gives these students a family to grow with, helping them while they are here but also providing them with that connection as they go out into the profession,” says DiStaso.