Gail Ramsey is an Assistant Professor of Media and Communications at Chestnut Hill College. She has been a member of PPRA since 2016.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gailwhiteramsey (under construction)
After a successful career assisting lawyer with evidence presentations at trial, Gail began a career in academia. The influence of media on trials is Gail’s most passionate area of academic interest and study. It is the stuff she teaches and writes about. Specialty: Litigation Public Relations
PPRA: Who are your clients and what projects are you working on right now?
GR: At the college, I oversee the public relations concentration. I challenge my students in public relations courses to advocate for causes they care about like, social justice, rights, equality, etc. I share with my students that public relations skills can help them change the world. Next semester, we may explore messages surrounding the death penalty.
PPRA: What is the favorite part of your job?
GR: On the job, before I became a professor, I worked with families caught between tragedy and pursuits of justice. It was nice to help families unfamiliar with how to navigate the press on high-profile cases become more comfortable with sharing their stories.
As a professor, seeing students so engaged in their studies bring me joy. It is common to have perfect attendance, students arriving early, and students discussing things after the class has ended.
PPRA: What was your latest and greatest accomplishment at your job?
GR: This may be a simple latest and greatest accomplishment, but I would say in the sudden pivot to remote instruction in the spring, all my students in every class finished strong.
PPRA: What one piece of advice would you give to your fellow PR pros?
GR: I am not big on giving advice, but I would share that when advocating on behalf of the many different genres of clients we work with, research and relationships are crucial to storytelling.
PPRA: What book or movie could you read or watch again and again?
GR: Many books and movies.
Books: “A Murder, a Mystery and a Marriage” by Mark Twain and “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway.
Enjoyed: “Good Self, Bad Self” by Judy Smith. I enjoy Most things Olivia Pope-esque
Movies: “Up Close and Personal” (Jon Avnet) 1996
“The Birds” (Alfred Hitchcock) 1963
“The Greatest Showman” (Michael Gracey) 2017
PPRA: What’s your favorite spot in Philly?
GR: I love many of the eateries near the college in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, and looking forward to gathering again post-pandemic to all the fabulous spots.
PPRA: If you weren’t in PR, what profession do you see yourself in and why?
GR: That’s an easy one. Between teaching and caregiving, I daydream about writing romance and mystery on exotic beach locales. I am a storyteller and so finding ways to create worlds, characters and motives is my next chapter.
PPRA: Favorite Philly Food?
GR: Soft mustard Pretzels!