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Why I Am a frank Scholar

Posted: May 4, 2016

Dr. Natalie Tindall, associate professor in the Department of Communication at Lamar University, tells us about her experience at frank (scholar), the launch of the first ever frank (scholar) project and her efforts to build a new future for public relations.

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Context Matters: Ask the CDC

Posted: March 10, 2016

Even the best of intentions can fall flat if you don’t consider the context in which they will be received. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) learned this the hard way last month when it issued a report discouraging pregnant and “pre-pregnant” women from drinking.


Telling Women’s Stories to Drive Change: An Interview with The Goddess Project

Posted: March 8, 2016

In honor of International Women’s Day, I talked with Sara Landas and Holli Rae, the filmmakers behind the new grassroots documentary, The Goddess Project, about their film, the role of media in driving change and why it is important to tell stories about women’s lives.

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5 Black Artists Driving Change that You Need to Know

Posted: February 11, 2016

Art provides a unique engine for driving social change. In it's various forms, art can foster empathy through storytelling and provide a face for various issues. From poetry to visual art to music, art can reach new audiences in ways that touch their lives, give them hope and inspire them to take action. So, here are five black artists you need to know.

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Saving men one mo-bro at a time

Posted: November 19, 2015

Novemeber is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and for many men that means shelving their razors and breaking out the mustache wax for Movember. For those in the business of public interest communications, Movember provides us with some insight as to what works and what falls short in reaching men on health issues.


How To Win Faster: Learning from the women’s movement 95 years later

Posted: August 26, 2015

Today marks the 95th anniversary of the United States adoption of the 19th amendment that granted the women the right to vote. Some factions of the women's movement went on to advocate for women's rights to site on juries, an effort that took some 56 years. However some movements won more quickly than others. Research tells us why and gives us a lesson in how to win faster.


Rebranding The Single Mom

Posted: May 25, 2015

Why this mom thinks it’s time to rebrand the single mom.