What to do and where to go with an admittedly useless degree? [more inside]
Job_Offer_Filter: I'm a struggling freelance writer trying to (someday) break into the pr/communications field. I've just been offered a staff writer position at a small local newspaper. Does accepting the job inch me closer to my desired field? Or just burden me with a ton of unmarketable experience? [more inside]
How can I drown out my mother's constant advice giving banter? [more inside]
I have absolutely no comprehension whatsoever of how fiber optic cables can transmit information -- phone calls, emails, whatever -- by using light. Seriously, this makes no sense. Please explain it to me as if I'm a fifth-grader who makes decent grades in science class. [more inside]
Fellow freelancers and/or marketing gurus: where is the fine line between staying on a potential employer’s radar and being a pest--and how do I get as close to it as possible? [more inside]
Is there a way or tool to easily wed Twitter to Delicious, through sickness and in health? Preferably more health... [more inside]
How To Write Technical Training Films? [more inside]
Due to a raft of factors beyond my control, I have to give up my awesome but poorly paid and very demanding job as a reporter and seek a more 9-5 employment, with better pay. AskMe, can you help me identify my selling points for PR and communications jobs? [more inside]
Here's the deal, MeFi: I know absolutely nothing about computers, other than how to access the internet and use MS Word. However, I'm starting to think seriously about careers in media and communications, and I know being a decent writer isn't nearly good enough, especially in this economy. So, what programs should I start with? I'm thinking excel spreadsheets (sad I know), Outlook, Photoshop, maybe basic html coding? Bonus points if you can point me to any useful websites or books with introductory tutorials. Thanks!
Graphic Designers / Commercial Artists, Social Policy People, PR/Communications Professionals: where do your professions overlap? [more inside]
My PCI Simple Communications Controller has bitten the dust. [more inside]
So, awhile back I noticed a lot of people beginning a lot of their sentences with the word so. Suddenly, I was doing the same. Does anyone know if this has a specific origin in the culture? A character in a TV show, maybe?
I'm looking for a good personal voicemail service that can replace a home phone number. [more inside]
I'm working for a newer growing, small business (4-5 employees or so). We have to send emails containing the same information to existing customers. For example, we have to notify customers about their accounts (for example, their CC/billing information becomes outdated) or customers send us a question. We're looking for an efficient way to do this. [more inside]
Novel Research Filter: Help me describe phone culture/ etiquette in the 70's prior to the advent of answering machines. [more inside]
How do two people who are both a) super-sensitive to criticism, real or imagined; b) prone to being critical toward others; and c) married manage to coexist peacefully? [more inside]
9-11 Technology Filter: I have never been able to even get signal on my Blackberry 8200 (GSM) within 10 seconds of liftoff, so how were cell phone calls completed from hijacked planes on 9-11? Specifically, given the prevailing handset, carrier, and tower technologies present in the Boston, NY, and DC metro and intervening areas at the time, and given the flight paths and altitudes of the hijacked planes, how were passengers able to complete cellphone calls to loved ones? [more inside]
I've been asked to do a short job interview with some candidates for an intranet content manager position. I've never been on that side of the interview table before and need some help coming up with good questions to ask. [more inside]
Help me find a well-designed financial services site that is not stuffy! [more inside]
Sales Filter - What are some creative ways to communicate with and motivate an extremely mobile sales force? [more inside]
How does one make even make an attempt at getting an entry level job in the journalism or PR fields, when he or she has no real access to those fields (and no experience)? [more inside]
Where do I find a ranking of graduate programs in communications arts and sciences in the United States? [more inside]
How can I help my fellow employees get the most out of their benefits program via efficient, lively, multi-platform communications? [more inside]
Radio communications trivia: What is the meaning of the term "5 by 5"? [more inside]
One stop communications software? I use my laptop as a secondary moniter. I'd love one peice of software that could run full screen, and moniter or otherwise show the status of a few different services. 1-2 POP3 accounts, 1-2 RSS feeds, an MSN account, etc. [more inside]
Calling all AskMefites who work for a strategic communications firm or in corporate communications: how did you get your gig? [more inside]
Where can public relations/communications job postings be found? [more inside]
I am looking for a unified messaging service that would ideally provide fax (receive/send), voicemail, file storage, maybe email, ssl would be a big bonus. I've looked at several fax services, but they don't provide voicemail. I know there are many of these services available, but positive experiences and recommendations from Mefites would be most appreciated! Thanks in advance. BTW, $20 or under would be perfect.
PhD advice! I am starting a PhD program in Communications this fall. I'd like some general advice from those who have survived. I'm looking for ideas on wise steps to take as far as department politics, TAing, getting published, attending conferences, funding, trying to survive on no money, being in a relationship with a non-student, etc. [more inside]
What is this web revolution I see before me? [more inside]
For our next staff meeting I have been asked to come up with a brief exercise that will help a group of fairly experienced business writers sharpen their research/writing/editing skills. Can anybody share an exercise that worked for them or point me to resources on the Internets?
My company has an ISDN2 link with one of our suppliers to allow the transfer of large files. The link has been in place for about 5 years now. Lately the size of the files has been growing and subsequently the time taken to transfer the files has now increased to the point of it sometimes being quicker to actually bike a copy of the file round to them. What are the other options for us? In the UK if that has any bearing.
Working on a project dealing with the drum (that is, skin stretched over a frame) as a technology. I need to name all the applications of a drum I can think of, and their humanistic implications. I've got Drum as Music and Drum as Communication. But I mentioned exploring the fact that you can *feel* drums before other instruments, that they have a very physical aspect, and the prof said there are tons of applications in this category alone. WTF? Something about separating wheat from chaff with drums? Anyway, I have to turn in a proposal by 1 pm tomorrow, and I would love your help. Ideas on other applications?
I'm looking for a cheap, small, non-voice email only portable device with a long battery life that will work in NYC and has a good UI. [more inside]
I have to learn a new way to communicate in my workplace. That giant flushing sound you hear from the more inside is my career. [more inside]
Military question -- On a website I was reading recently, I came across this tidbit: "The military continues to experiment with command and control structures designed to delegate and drive decision making to the front lines." Can anyone tell me more about this? I'm interested in how the U.S. military (or any other) has overcome the problem of decision-makers being too far from the action. [more inside]
You are building a new home. What networking will you provide between your office/computer/router and a media closet in your living space? Between your office and a living room desk? Between that desk and the media closet? Details ? [more inside]
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