Member Spotlight: Alexandra Booth

This Member Spotlight profiles Alexandra Booth, who is Public Relations Coordinator at DJ Public Relations. Alexandra joined the chapter this year and is a member of the Social Media Team on the Digital Communications Committee.

1. First news publication you read in the morning?

Besides checking several sources on Twitter, I read the Daily Skimm, a newsletter-type email by theSkimm that provides a recap of the latest news. I enjoy the writing style and conciseness of the news summaries each day.

2. First public relations job?

Public Relations Coordinator at DJ Public Relations, where I started this year after graduating from the University of Florida last year. After having had an internship working for an association, I now enjoy working in a different side of PR, with clients and different campaigns.

3. Most important career mentor, and why?

Betty Carlin, APR, who is Assembly Delegate on the 2018 PRSA Tampa Bay Board of Directors and Co-chair of 2019 PRSA Sunshine District Conference, and a mentor who has given me great advice about the industry as well as access to her network of public relations colleagues, which led me to my first internship and my current position. Also, she brought me as a guest to my first PRSA event, which inspired me to join the chapter a week later.

4. Top grammar, style or writing pet peeve?

Definitely use of the Oxford comma. My degree is in journalism, so it was drilled into me a long time ago that the Oxford comma is against AP style, and it’s stuck with me ever since.

5. Most rewarding accomplishment in public relations?

Too early to say really, since it’s so early in my career. But now that I’m situated as a new PR professional in Tampa and a new member of PRSA Tampa Bay, I’m really excited about what’s ahead.

6. Advice to new public relations professionals?

Network, network, network. It’s so important to connect with professionals in your field to not only learn from them, but to earn their trust and have them become your advocate to other professionals.

7. Job you would pursue if you weren’t in public relations?

A zoologist. I loved going to ZooTampa at Lowry Park as a child and still love learning animal facts.

8. Favorite movie?

As of late, my favorite movie is The Post.

9. Favorite vacation?

An RV trip with my family to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park when I was 12.

10. Any three dinner guests?

J.K. Rowling, John Mulaney, and Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for women’s education and recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

Graduation day at the University of Florida in 2017!

Betty Carlin and me at PRSA Tampa Bay’s 2018 Professional Development Day, held at The Vault.

At the American Museum of Natural History on a family vacation to New York.

In front of the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles on a road trip from Gainesville.

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