Blog posts

    AARP Iowa

    By / August 30, 2017

    My summer as an intern at AARP Iowa was a crash course in all aspects of communications. In fact, for the last part of the summer the entire AARP Iowa communications team was the two interns. And we did a lot. I wrote and rewrote press releases. I was responsible for updating the media contact… Read more

    Brandi Dye’s Top 5 Tips for Interviewing

    By / December 1, 2016

    To be clear, these tips are for interviewing subjects for stories, not job interviews. To my potential employers: Look! I know how to interview! I also have enough of an understanding of the current media environment to know that listicles generate clicks and shares. To my fellow journalism students: you know these tips, you eat… Read more

    The Brandi Dye Method to Writing a Professional Email

    By / November 28, 2016

    As a college student, sending professional emails often feels stiff and awkward. Emails are like a stuffy version of a text. But I spend a few hours a week pretending to be an adult and that involves sending lots and lots of emails. These nine steps are tried and true. I repeat these steps daily. To… Read more

    Midwest Living

    By / November 9, 2016

    My months at Midwest Living magazine have taught me a lot. In my journalism classes at Drake, we often talk about magazines are no longer magazines; they are brands. Working at Midwest Living has solidified that knowledge. A lot of what I do is fact checking stories, but those stories are not just for Midwest… Read more


    By / November 9, 2016

    All jobs and internships are learning opportunities. Being the Communications and Fundraising Intern at the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault was no different. I obviously learned about communications and fundraising and how those two functions support one another in non-profit work. Just because it is a non-profit, does not mean that IowaCASA does not need… Read more

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