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The Rundown with Erin Caldwell

This week I welcome my good friend Erin Caldwell, account executive with Edelman Public Relations’ Online Advocacy group in the Washington, DC office and the founder and managing editor of Forward, an online learning community for students and young professionals in public relations (of which I am contributor and podcast co-producer). So, fire up your favorite southern drawl and join us for this live internet broadcast.

As always, The Rundown is my weekly LIVE podcast featuring an analysis or summary of something by a knowledgeable person – and me.

During her time at Edelman, Erin has worked on a variety of accounts. Erin worked with New Communications, LLC, and the Society of New Communications Research, both based in Palo Alto, CA, and helped produce the New Communications Forum in March of 2006. Through this, she acquired experience in dealing with new media, specifically tracking and analyzing online conversations. We’re going to talk about those very online conversations, blogger relations and, of course, Forward.

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Forward Meet-up

Well, after faking a geek dinner with some of my PR heroes, I finally had the opportunity to really meet some of my PR folk face-to-face this past weekend. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. WAY more.

In what turned out to be the best Forward meet-up in Ohio this year, Erin Caldwell, managing editor; Paull Young, director of the Forward Podcast; and I, principal contributor, got together to discuss the state and future of young PR professionals; share some great dinners; and enjoy each other’s company. Forward, of course, is the on-line springboard for up and coming young PR professionals. Paull stopped by on his way back from Canada and Erin made the journey direct from DC. My ever-patient wife and I hosted the Forward meet up.

We spent some time wandering aimlessly through the rolling eastern Ohio landscape surrounded by horses, buggies, and our own voiced ruminations.

It was a great moment of social media flexing the social aspect of its name. Real people with real relationships from places in the world real far away meeting face-to-face to discuss the things that brought them together in the first place. No one knows this better in this space than Paull.

If you’ve not had your first meet-up with on-line faces, it’s all true what they say. You feel right at home. Of course, I was at home, but you know what I mean.

After a fresh change of batteries, the three of us recorded hours and hours of audio of our groundbreaking, intellectual discussion that was only interrupted by the sound of my wife pointing out that we’d been talking into the TV remote for three days. As it was too late to record any more, I dropped them off at the airport.

Thanks for the visit, Forward team, next time we’ll try to choose our recorders more carefully. Enjoyed every second. Peace.