It’s been awhile since I last updated The Opinion Paige, but I’m resurrecting the blog for my Strategic Public Relations Communications class (also known as J452). If you’re new here, welcome! My name is Paige Landsem and I’m a junior at the University of Oregon studying public relations.
Before I neglected it, this blog focused on public relations, journalism, current events and sports. It was a jumble of thoughts, but now it’s going to be a more focused look at the intersection of sports and PR. I’d say those are my two favorite topics. There seems to be a never-ending stream of PR issues in sports, whether it’s an athlete doing some tremendous charity work in his community or getting in hot water for making a controversial comment.
While sports and PR are my two favorite topics, baseball and college football are my two favorite sports. Growing up, I’d listen to broadcaster Dave Niehaus bring Seattle Mariners games to life. My dad and I make a point of visiting the nearest Major League ballpark whenever we’re in a new place, and I count my Trevor Hoffman autographed baseball as one of my most prized possessions.
My love for college football began about 18 months ago during the Oregon Ducks’ run to the 2010 Rose Bowl game. It only grew this past season, when we went to the BCS National Championship (and yes, I’m still a little bitter about the loss).
Since sports and PR news dominate my life, I’m excited to use this blog as an outlet to examine those topics and engage with fellow sports fans to gain insight from their points of view.