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Sharing the Best of School PR Podcasts

The school communications profession is filled with creative, hardworking and generous public relations pros — with the podcasts to prove it. Whether the hosts have been recording episodes for a few years, or just a few months, these podcast picks are helping each other learn, grow and provide the very best service to their districts and communities. 

Join us all summer as we share a look inside the must-listen podcasts of the school PR community. As we add to our list every week or two, we encourage you to download, listen and share with others. 

Podcast Picks

School PR Podcast with Ryan Foran

Host: Ryan Foran, Chief Communications Officer, Arcadia (CA) Unified School District

Podcasting since: 2017

Ryan’s Favorite Episode: 42. Part 2 Coronavirus Communications for Schools

Listen Now: https://bit.ly/SchoolPRwithRyanForan

“I’m proud of the four-part Coronavirus Communications for School Series we did,” Ryan says. “Being this was one of the biggest and most important crises schools have ever faced, and the sensitivity of the polarizing topic, I wasn’t sure I wanted to talk about it while we were still in the midst of it. I’m glad I did however. 

“This series featured some of my most downloaded episodes ever, and people really appreciated the help and insights during a very difficult time. I received very kind feedback, and people were appreciative that they had a resource with tangible ideas and concepts that they could immediately use to help their school communities. These strategies will also stand the test of time and help for other crises and sensitive communication issues.”

Podcast Picks Sharing the Best of School PR

Communicating Education

Host: Krystyna Baumgartner, APR, VP, Long Island School PR Association and PR Specialist, Bay Shore Union Free School District (NY)

Podcasting since: 2020

Ryan’s Favorite Episode: 5. Interview with Dr. Catherine Knight

Listen Now: https://bit.ly/CommunicatingEducationLISPRA

“My favorite is the episode I recorded with Dr. Catherine Knight, the public relations professional for a district on Long Island who earned her doctorate in education with a dissertation on the importance of school communications professionals. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about her research and the ways she was able to quantify the impact of the profession. 

Off air, it also led to a very long and interesting conversation about some other projects we were both working on. It was a great opportunity to connect with a colleague I hadn’t had a lot of opportunities to talk to.”

Podcast Picks sharing the best of school pr

Mastering Social Media for Schools

Host: Andrea Gribble, CEO & Founder of #SocialSchool4EDU

Podcasting since: 2020

Andrea’s Favorite Episode: 53. It’s Time to Hire a Communications Student Intern

Listen Now: https://bit.ly/MSM-AndreaGribble

“I have a lot of favorites after 60+ episodes — but my top favorite was an interview with LeAnne Bugay, a student intern with the Bellevue Public Schools in Nebraska. It stands out because I know how hard school communicators work and this interview introduces an amazing idea — paid student interns! LeAnne did amazing work for the district and gained real world experience that landed her additional roles once she got to college. Every school across America has talented students like LeAnne, and I think they could benefit tremendously from implementing a similar program!”

Published on: June 29, 2021

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