Platform Online Magazine is based at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. It started with a charge from The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations, which paved the way for a special section of our PR campaigns course. Students were competitively selected for a spot in the class, and nine students were chosen. The course began in January 2007, and consisted of creating an online magazine for PR from the ground up. Under the instruction of Dr. Meg Lamme, Mrs. Susan Daria and Mrs. Tracy Sims, the Platform team chose the publication name, determined its purpose, wrote the first issue’s content and designed the layout of the site. The site was completed and went live on May 3, 2007.


 

Learn more about Platform‘s creators.

Breeanna Beckham – Birmingham, Alabama

Breeanna-BeckhamMajor – Minor: Public Relations – English

Academic Achievements: President´s List; Dean´s List; Betsy Plank Public Relations Scholarship; Capstone Communication Society Memorial Endowed Scholarship; Linly Heflin Scholarship; John Felton Public Relations Scholarship; Franklin Davis Dubose Scholarship

Jobs & Internships: Intermark Group, Inc. – PR Intern – Summer 2006; Nominated for Best Advertising Intern in Birmingham by Intermark Group for the Apex Awards; Birmingham Museum of Art – Public Relations Intern – Winter 2005

Community Service: Gene Stallings Rise Center Volunteer; Prevent Child Abuse America; Girl Scouts of America

Organization Membership: Academic Honor Council – 2005–2006; Kappa Tau Alpha; National Society of Collegiate Scholars; Golden Key Honour Society; Kappa Delta Sorority; University Honors Program

Bethany Cobb – Oxford, Alabama

Bethany-CobbMajor – Minor: Public Relations – English

Academic Achievements: Capstone Scholars Day Scholarship; National Elks Lodge Scholarship; National Alumni Scholarship; Supply Store Book Scholarship; Dean´s List; President´s List

Jobs & Internships: Editorial assistant at City Magazine / Business Ink, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Community Service: Spent time with Katrina victims.

Organization Membership: Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society; University Honors Program; College Republicans; Public Relations Student Society of America; Student Alumni Association

Megan Frazier – Starkville, Mississippi

Megan-Frazier (1)Major – Minor: Public Relations – General Business

Academic Achievements: Dean´s List; Oliver Delchamps Scholarship; J. Kelly Sisk Memorial Scholarship; President´s List

Jobs & Internships: Greater Starkville Development Partnership – Public Relations Internship, 2005; University Programs – Director of Collegiate Life, 2006–2007; Alabama Panhellenic Executive Council – Director of Public Relations, 2007

Community Service: The Rise Foundation Volunteer; Children´s Miracle Network Fundraiser Organizer

Organization Membership: Alabama Student Society for Communication Arts – Homecoming Chair 2005–2006, 2006–2007, President 2007–2008; Alpha Lambda Delta; Blue Key; Cardinal Key; Creative Campus Representative; Golden Key International Honour Society; Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society; Mortar Board; Omicron Delta Kappa; Phi Eta Sigma; Phi Mu Sorority – Philanthropy Assistant 2004–2005, 2005–2006; Parent´s Weekend Chair 2006–2007; National Society of Collegiate Scholars; Sigma Alpha Lambda; Sigma Rho Chi – 2006
Craig Langley – Decatur, Alabama

Craig-LangleyMajor – Minor: Public Relations – Political Science

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List; Bishop Gaines Memorial Scholarship

Jobs & Internships: Governor’s Press Office – Summer 2006; Contributing writer for DatelineAlabama.com – Summer 2005

Community Service: Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter Volunteer – 2004; Helped Katrina victims

Organization Membership: Sigma Alpha Lambda; Future Alumni for Tradition and Excellence; Bama Paws
Chase Long – Troy, Alabama

Chase-LongMajor – Minor: Public Relations – English & Political Science

Academic Achievements: Arnold M. Barban Award for Excellence in Advertising and Public Relations; PRCA Outstanding Service Award; Public Relations Council of Alabama – 2006 Student Medallion Award; Oliver Delchamps Scholarship; J. Kelly Sisk Memorial Scholarship; Dean’s List; President´s List;

Jobs & Internships: U.S. Rep. Terry Everett – Intern – Summer 2006

Community Service: Alabama Boys State Counselor – 2004–2006; Public Relations Student Society of America´s Operation Easter Basket – 2004–2006; Alabama Student Society for Communication Arts – Fundraiser for Vance Elementary – Fall 2006; Habitat for Humanity Volunteer – Spring 2006

Organization Membership: Public Relations Student Society of America – Vice President 2006–2007; Alabama Student Society for Communication Arts; Alpha Kappa Psi; Kappa Tau Alpha – Vice President 2006–2007 ; Phi Eta Sigma; Alpha Lambda Delta; National Society of Collegiate Scholars – Treasurer 2006–2007
Jennifer Mitchell – Fort Payne, Alabama

Jennifer-MitchellMajor – Minor: Public Relations – Creative Writing

Academic Achievements: Presidential Scholarship; Dean’s List; President’s List; Public Relations Achievement Award – 2004, 2005, 2006; Second place in the COM 123 (Public Speaking) Speak–Off

Jobs & Internships: Rosen, Cook and Sledge – Runner; Corolla – staff writer; Office of Student Media – Marketing Department; Outdoor Recreation Center – Freelance PR & Advertising; Big Cheese Magazine in London, England, Summer 2006

Community Service: First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa – Leadership Team, Girls Small Group Leader; Campus Life – Associate Staff; Pour Cafe – Public Relations Volunteer; Relay for Life – Team Captain; Alabama Builds Champions’ Mentor; Alabama Action; Student Leader for Outdoor Action

Organization Membership: Sigma Tau Delta; Secretary, Phi Eta Sigma; Secretary, Alabama Student Society for Communication Arts; Future Alumni for Tradition and Excellence; National Society of Collegiate Scholars; Golden Key International Honour Society; University Honors Program; Kappa Tau Alpha
Haley Moore – Mobile, Alabama

Haley-MooreMajor – Minor: Public Relations – World Business

Academic Achievements: Dean´s List, Public Relations Student Society of America Outstanding Service Award – 2006–2007 year, Public Relations Council of Alabama Outstanding Service Award – 2005–2006; Outstanding Sales Performance Award for The Crimson White Advertising Department – 2005–2006; Veterans of Foreign Wars Speech Contest Scholarship – May 2004

Jobs & Internships: University of Alabama office of Public Relations–Media Relations Intern, Aug.–Dec. 2007; The Birmingham News–Advertising Intern Summer 2007; Southern Accents Magazine – Marketing Intern–Summer 2006; The Crimson White – Account Executive – Sept. 2005–May 2007; Mobile Bay Monthly magazine – Editorial Intern – Summer 2005

Community Service: Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger Thanksgiving Food Drive – November 2006; Public Relations Student Society of America´s Operation Easter Basket – April 2006 & 2007

Organization Membership: Public Relations Student Society of America – President 2006–2007; Public Relations Student Society of America – Treasurer 2005–2006; Student Executive Council, The College of Communication & Information Sciences – 2006–2007

Ross Reddick – Trussville, Alabama

Ross-ReddickMajor – Minor: Public Relations – Computer Science & Psychology

Academic Achievements: Dean´s List

Jobs & Internships: Resident Assistant – Parker–Adams Hall; Computer Science Department – Teaching Assistant – 2004–Present

Community Service: Active member of First Presbyterian Church Tuscaloosa; Ambassador for the College of Arts and Sciences; Beat–Auburn Beat–Hunger Food Drive; Habitat for Humanity.

Organization Membership: Kappa Tau Alpha; Residence Hall Association in Parker–Adams Hall – President; National Society of Collegiate Scholars; Sigma Alpha Lambda Leadership Honor Society; Golden Key
Miranda Yow – Birmingham, Alabama

Miranda-YowMajor – Minor: Public Relations – Computer Science

Academic Achievements: Dean´s List; President´s List; Alumni Academic Walk–On Scholarship – 2005–2006; Synovus Jack Parker Academic & Leadership Scholarship – 2004–2006; Alabama and Jefferson County Junior Miss Scholarship

Jobs & Internships: Synovus Mortgage Corp. – Marketing Intern; the University of Alabama National Alumni Association, Event Planning and Chapter Development Department – Intern

Community Service: The Rise Foundation Volunteer; Children´s Miracle Network Volunteer; You´ve Got A Friend Mentoring Program; Alabama Gymnastics Academy Volunteer

Organization Membership: Kappa Tau Alpha –2007; Public Relations Representative – Student Executive Council– 2006–2007; Phi Mu Sorority– Public Relations Chair and Song Leader– 2004–2007; Order of Omega Honor Society–2006–2007; Sigma Alpha Lambda–2005–2007; National Society of Collegiate Scholars– 2005–2007