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Early HTML and Digital PR at Auburn

Amanda Younce Davis - Early HTML and Digital Media at Auburn

OK, some will say this is self-serving … but it was a fun reminder for me how people have said … we were ahead of our time.   They’re right.  We were.

A kind note from a former student, Amanda (Younce) Davis, reminded me of our early HTML and digital PR at Auburn.

It is a reminder of how long we’ve been exploring HTML and coding in classes at Auburn. I remember the first HTML class I taught in the early 1990s. HTML for PR students began in about 2000.

These images represent some of the earliest examples. We started doing content marketing publishing online with stories about Auburn campus life at AuburnMedia.com.

One image is from 2003 (we began before that, but the Wayback Machine doesn’t have earlier images).

Then we began MarcomBlog, a mentoring blog featuring names you’ll still recognize today in the PR social media world.

And the last image is of Amanda’s digital resume from 2010/11. It is kinda fun to see people today writing about this kind of in class learning as “the new thing to do” and how “you better get started” right away!  Well, our students “got started” a long time ago.

Let’s not forget all the student digital resumes and portfolios, too. PRProspects.me represents a lot of our HTML and digital PR experiences.

Amanda Younce Davis -  Early HTML and Digital Media at Auburn

Examples of our early content marketing (before it was called content marketing) and more.

Marcomblog - Early HTML and Digital Media at Auburn

Examples of our early content marketing (before it was called content marketing) and more.

AuburnMedia - Early HTML and Digital Media at Auburn

Examples of our early content marketing (before it was called content marketing) and more.



4 comments

  1. You were indeed ahead of your time. Your students are always a joy to connect with over digital channels, and many have indeed gone on to rock the industry. They make me proud that I am doing this job!

  2. Thanks, Kami! The students make it all happen. Each new semester brings a new smile as I see their faces when we begin. Then, after they are gone, reminders come in from time to time – like Amanda’s. They all serve to illustrate how important digital has become in PR and marketing. It’s rewarding because it seems I get one or more emails a week from former students. Sometimes they have questions … other times they relate how what we did in class is what they are doing in their jobs today. I love that. Thank you for joining with us early on!

  3. Hey, Amanda, it’s a *big* shout out. ;) You were one of the most creative and bright students! I appreciated you reminding me of where we’ve come from and where we’re going.