Live While We’re Young

By: Bailey Purpura

Check out some of the fun activities we did while exploring London and Dublin. We got the opportunity to explore the streets of some amazing places. Some would say we were getting lost in all the right places. Those people would be right. We definitely had the experience of a lifetime.

London Agency Experience

By: Danie Minor and Karianne Johnsen 

Global Ad and PR students watching the presentation given by Jed Hallam.

Global Ad and PR students watching the presentation given by Jed Hallam.

Three of our team members visited Mindshare UK on Tuesday where they met with Jed Hallam, the head of digital strategy. He spoke about his career background, agency history and global communication experience. Afterwards, on behalf of International Wit, team members asked his take on how Mindshare positions client campaigns to reflect different cultural contexts, specifically humor, as a global agency with some key global brands.

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Oh, The Places We’ll Go!

By: Ryan Wilzoch

Last week, we decided to let viewers know what we were most exited about for while studying abroad. If you missed it, click here to find out! This week, the group thought we should take a more serious approach to what class activity we are most excited for. As a class, we are visiting a variety of places such as: PR firms, ad agencies, and even the Cadbury Chocolate Factory. As you can imagine, we are eagerly awaiting our trip for more reasons than one. Find out what we are each excited about in this short video:

To check out what we are talking about, click the links below:
Goodyear UK
Cadbury Tour
London College of Communication
Marry Crotty PR
Trinity College
Ketchum PR

Don’t be so Riddikulus!

By: Ryan Wilzoch

International Wit decided to take a little break from its average posts. The group decided to have a little fun to let viewers know what we are most excited for during our time abroad. Check it out here:

To learn more about Harry Potter World click here.
To find out more about BeautyCon click here.

Firsthand Experience, Secondhand Advice

By: Karianne Johnsen

This week our Lead Researcher, Karianne, sat down with her friend Gloria who was an exchange student at the University of Leicester in Leicester, England during the spring of 2014 through Kent State’s study abroad program. Check out her view on British humor and what it was like for her to live in England!

How to “Catch” on to British Humor

By: Julia Sprowls

Studying abroad is an opportunity that students do not easily forget. We got in touch with Caroline Clunk, a student from GrandRapids, Michigan who studied abroad for a semester in Ormskirk, England. She said it was one of the best times of her life and something she will remember with great fondness forever.

“Nine years after I went, I still think and talk about it often,” said Clunk.

We often hear about sights seen and places toured while abroad, but we wanted to know where and how the use of humor overseas was shocking. We asked Caroline to shed some light on the humor she experienced while studying at Edge Hill College in the small market town of Ormskirk near the coast of northwestern England.

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What’s so Punny?

By: Ryan Wilzoch

Let me ask you a question. What makes you laugh? Is it the way Tina Fey impersonates Sarah Palin? Is it that hilarious new vine you saw? Maybe it’s the way someone says something just at the perfect time.

This week we went around Kent and asked students what makes them laugh. Surprisingly, I got a lot of the same answers. Kids love to watch comedy television and only watch commercials they expect to be funny. Oddly enough, most students said GEICO and Doritos had the best commercials of all time.

Who would expect insurance companies to make you laugh? Insurance companies are normally serious and dry, but when it comes to commercials, everyone is talking about them. Click the video above to hear more of what Kent students have to say!

Thanks to everyone who participated!

About Global Ad and PR

As a short-term, study abroad course offered through Kent State University, students in the School of Journalism have the opportunity to venture through the United Kingdom and Ireland to compare advertising and public relations practices to the United States. This course is offered during the spring of 2015 with the extended trip abroad in May after exams are completed.

Throughout the semester, students are divided into separate teams to research an area of interest they will become an expert in. Through interviews, observation, primary and secondary research, each group will build a website to house their collected insight while in the United States and abroad!

For more information on our Global Advertising and Public Relations course, please visit: www.mindthegapr.wordpress.com

You can also read up on the past trips taken in 2012 and 2013 on www.kentinlondon.com/  

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Illustration by Christopher Darling