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Excerpt: The Value of Our Role

18 November 2022

Reading Time: 3 minutes

AN excerpt from the book, When In Doubt, Make Applesauce! Core Habits of the Masterful Public Relations Professional, by Marc C Whitt (Cherrymoon Media, Lexington, Kentucky USA, Nov. 2022)

Strategic, Nov. 18, 2022 (Ireland, UK and USA)

The Value of Our Role.

The masterful public relations professional, through years of experience, understands the critical role PR plays. Whether you are part of an in-house team, an agency staff, or a full-time PR consultant, our efforts are crucial as they directly impact the success of the business or organization we represent by:

  •  Supporting their mission and values through our counsel and strategic ideas

  •  Advancing their brand through various means of authentic and ethical communication strategies that inform and engage the public and align with the organization’s mission and goals

  •  Providing senior leadership with measurable objectives, strategies, and tactics that will both identify and address the perceptions, needs, and wants of our targeted audiences while, at the same time, offering wise and mature counsel on the most innovative ways to advance communication, relationships, and organizational policies

  •  Foreseeing, interpreting, and preparing for issues and opinions that could impact peer and public perception

  •  Framing and shaping organizational positions that establish credibility with internal and external audiences

  •  Engaging and creating meaningful relationships that become productive and long-lasting and that encourage open, honest dialogue

  •  Addressing and solving critical problems and conflicts

  •  Making sure to deliver on your brand’s promise

  •  Maintaining open, honest, and transparent communication and relations with the media

  •  Maximizing the relational and marketing benefits of our plans and efforts

  •  Establishing best practices that others in the marketplace will wish to follow

  •  Performing all assigned tasks with the highest ethical behavior


Never, ever doubt the value you have for the business or organization you represent. People, including senior leadership and your staff, depend on you in many ways.

As one steadily develops to become the masterful public relations professional we have portrayed so far in this book, you will discover that your counsel will increasingly matter.

You hold a tremendous responsibility that you must never take for granted. But, like it or not, whenever people see you, they most often see the employer you represent.

When my three children were very young, I frequently took one or more of them to a movie on Saturdays. I was always mindful that even though I was “off the clock,” so to speak, I was still often viewed in my community as the PR guy who represented my employer, its mission and brand – even during my recreational times away from the office.

So, allow me to ask you a couple of personal questions that you need to ask yourself: When you encounter others, who do people see? Do they see the professional who embodies the values your employer claims it represents, and do you uphold those?

As we conclude, the message I want to leave with you is this: Being the master of your business or organization’s mission and brand is much more than simply overseeing their appropriate and consistent applications that the public will read or hear through stories, social media postings, advertisements, speeches, photos, websites, and print and digital publications – as crucial as these are.

The masterful public relations professional understands the deeper meaning behind mastering the mission and brand. It’s much more than managing their tactical objectives and applications.

To master the mission and brand, you must believe in and support the mission and brand. You can’t merely give them lip service along with a “pat and a promise,” as we like to say in the American South.

For you see, the PR professional who fully masters the mission and brand completely recognizes, appreciates, and supports them through their own words, deeds, and actions. It’s this holistic understanding that helps move this pro to the top of our profession.

In other words, when others see and hear you, they should also see and hear the heart of the business or organization you represent. And when this is achieved, you have risen to a new level of excellence. You have truly become a master of the mission and brand.

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Paintsville native announces his new book for PR pros — ‘When In Doubt, Make Applesauce! Core Habits of the Masterful Public Relations Professional’

Appalachian News, Nov. 17, 2022

As greater demands and expectations are placed on those who practice public relations, PR veteran and author Marc Whitt, a native of Paintsville, contends that we should advance ourselves to the ultimate level of professional skill and excellence: that of a masterful public relations professional.

Achieving the masterful status in our profession should become our North Star - our guiding light, he writes. These individuals are the profession's “cream of the cream of the crop,” according to Whitt.

But those wishing to reach the masterful level must embrace and practice eight core habits, as Whitt details in his second book, “When In Doubt, Make Applesauce! Core Habits of the Masterful Public Relations Professional.”

Whitt suggests in 11 chapters that a masterful public relations professional is a model of unquestionable character and integrity, an effective and strategic communicator, an exceptional networker and relationship builder, a "big picture" thinker and bold doer, a master of the mission and brand, an embracer of lifelong learning and available communication technologies, a servant leader and one who is resilient.

Adding to the book are more than 36 PR masters from six countries who share their wisdom and counsel in essays that support these core habits.

“When In Doubt, Make Applesauce!” is available in print and digital versions at Amazon and at most leading booksellers in the United States.


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News: Marc Whitt launches his latest book – When In Doubt, Make Applesauce! Core Habits of the Masterful Public Relations Professional

Strategic (Ireland, UK & USA)

2 November 2022

Reading Time: 3 minutes


AS greater demands and expectations are placed on those who practice public relations, PR veteran and author Marc Whitt (pictured) contends that we should advance ourselves to the ultimate level of professional skill and excellence: that of a masterful public relations professional. Achieving the masterful status in our profession should become our North Star – our guiding light, he writes. These individuals are the profession’s “cream of the cream of the crop,” according to Whitt.

But those wishing to reach the masterful level must embrace and practice eight core habits, as Whitt details in his second book, When In Doubt, Make Applesauce! Core Habits of the Masterful Public Relations Professional (CherrymoonMedia, 2022).

Written in a conversational, thought-provoking, and inspirational style, Whitt suggests in 11 chapters that a masterful public relations professional is a model of unquestionable character and integrity, an effective and strategic communicator, an exceptional networker and relationship builder, a “big picture” thinker and bold doer, a master of the mission and brand, an embracer of lifelong learning and available communication technologies, a servant leader and one who is resilient.

Adding to this exceptional book are more than 36 PR masters from six countries who share their wisdom and counsel in essays that support these core habits: Seth Arenstein, editor, PR News and Crisis Insider; Farzana Baduel, CEO, Curzon PR, and PR expert in residence at The Foundry, University of Oxford; Dr Beth Barnes, professor emerita, Department of Integrated Strategic Communication, College of Communication and Information, University of Kentucky; Dr Bruce Berger, professor emeritus of Advertising and Public Relations, College of Communication and Information Services, and founding director of The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations, University of Alabama; Jay Blanton, chief communications officer, University of Kentucky; Dr Felicia Blow, 2022 national chair of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and associate vice president for development, Hampton University, APR; Roger Bolton, president, Page; Deirdre Breakenridge, author, Executive Media and Communications Trainer, and PR strategist; Tina V Bryson, director of communications, Christian Appalachian Project; Chad Carlton, CEO, C2 Strategic Communications; Orla Clancy, founder and editor-in-chief, Strategic; Dr Jeanette DeDiemar, vice president for University Advancement & External Relations (Retired), Texas A&M University – San Antonio; Gini Dietrich, founder and CEO, Spin Sucks; Cliff Feltham, media relations manager (Retired), Kentucky Utilities Company; Jenni Field, founder, Redefining Communications, author, international speaker and host, “Redefining Communications with Jenni Field” Podcast; Dr Jim Gleason, professor emeritus of Communication, Eastern Kentucky University; J Alex Greenwood, principal and owner, AGPR, and host, “PR After Hours” Podcast; Kirk Hazlett, APR, fellow PRSA, adjunct professor, Communication, The University of Tampa, faculty adviser, UT PRSSA/UT Ad Club, PRSA Board of Ethics and Professional Standards, and director/ethics officer, PRSA Tampa Bay; Francis Ingham, director general, Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) and chief executive, International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO); Bob Jensen, senior managing director, Strat3 LLC, and former principal deputy assistant secretary, US Department of Homeland Security; Katie Neal, associate vice president, Media Relations, TimelyMD; Stavros Papagianneas, managing director, StP Communications, Brussels, and founder, Steps4 Europe and author; Dr Pam Parry, professor of Mass Media, Southeast Missouri State University, and author; Ben Pinnington, founder and managing director, Polaris Media Management, and author; Dr Kathy K. Previs, professor, Public Relations, Eastern Kentucky University, and instructor, Journalism and IMC, West Virginia University; Deborah Radman, CEO, Radman Communications LLC; Rachel Roberts, president, Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), and founder and CEO, spottydog communications; Morgan Roth, chief communications strategist, EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases; Linda Rutherford, chief administration and communications officer, Southwest Airlines; Annie Scranton, founder and president, Pace PR, and host, “The PR Pace” Podcast; Ericka Bahner Seifried, marketing communications professional and arts consultant; Dr Jane Tonge, FHEA, owner and director, BOOST Communications and Training Ltd.; Emma Warburton, account director, Weber Shandwick (Manchester, UK); Martin Waxman, MCM, digital strategist, LinkedIn Learning instructor, and president, Martin Waxman Communications; Mary Beth West, senior strategist and co-host, “#MsInterPReted” Podcast, Fletcher Marketing PR; Matthew Winston, executive director of Alumni Engagement, Binghamton University, and founder/principal, The Winston Advisory Pack; and Nancy Wiser, president, Wiser Strategies, APR, fellow PRSA.

When In Doubt, Make Applesauce! is available in print and digital versions at Amazon and at most leading booksellers in the United States, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Japan, Poland, Singapore, Spain, The Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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'PR Lessons Learned Along the Way' named among Best PR Books of All Time by BookAuthority

National News: BookAuthority, 2021

BookAuthority has announced that the book, "PR Lessons Learned Along the Way: Strategies, Tips & Advice for the Higher Ed and Nonprofit Public Relations Professional", by Marc C. Whitt, has made it to BookAuthority's Best PR Books of All Time: https://bookauthority.org/books/best-pr-books?t=13mi96&s=award&book=B089C8H9PN.
BookAuthority, as seen on CNN, Inc., Forbes, among other news oulets, collects and ranks the best books in the world, and it is a great honor to get this kind of recognition. 
The book is available for purchase on Amazon.

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19 Best New PR Books To Read In 2022

BookAuthority, January 1, 2022

As featured on CNN, Forbes and Inc – BookAuthority identifies and rates the best books in the world, based on recommendations by thought leaders and experts.

PR Lessons Learned Along the Way made it to the Best New PR Books


BookAuthority is pleased to announce that Marc C. Whitt's book, 'PR Lessons Learned Along the Way: Strategies, Tips & Advice for the Higher Ed and Nonprofit Public Relations Professional', made it to BookAuthority's "Best New PR Books for 2022" -- a distinction awarded to this book for 2020 and 2021, as well. 
BookAuthority collects and ranks the best books in the world, and it is a great honor for author Marc Whitt to get this kind of recognition. 
The book is available for purchase on Amazon.

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Five Books for Nonprofit Public Relations Teams

The Blake Agency, Atlanta, Georgia, 2021

RECOMMENDED BOOKS:

  1. PR Lessons Learned Along the Way: Strategies, Tips & Advice for the Higher Ed and Nonprofit Public Relations Professional

  2. The Nonprofit Marketing Guide: High-Impact, Low-Cost Ways to Build Support for Your Good Cause

  3. The Networked Nonprofit: Connecting with Social Media to Drive Change

  4. A Modern Guide to Public Relations: Unveiling the Mystery of PR: Including: Content Marketing, SEO, Social Media & PR Best Practices

  5. Laws of Promotion: The Quintessential Marketing Guide to Help Any Small Business or Nonprofit Put Promotion in Motion


Nonprofit public relations typically requires a broad scope of work that includes community relations, media relations, public affairs, and consumer relations. This sector is a dynamic landscape brimming with new knowledge every single day. Industry professionals must dedicate themselves to continuous learning so that they (and their organizations) are not left behind. Many do this through a healthy mix of newsletters, articles, and conversations with peers. Although this form of professional development is relevant, it’s not always practical and can lack depth. 

Another way to develop new skills and invest in professional growth is with books about public relations best practices and theories.

Books aren’t just for the up-and-coming public relations pros in school anymore. There’s a wide range of comprehensive, easy-to-read guidebooks that can help anyone, regardless of industry, become a more well-rounded professional for their organization. Better yet, there are books written specifically for those in nonprofits, with tips and advice to meet the unique challenges faced there.

Here are five books that every nonprofit public relations pro, in-house or agency, should read.

*The Blake Agency is not affiliated with the publishers or distributors of these titles, nor is The Blake Agency compensated for any purchases made through links.


PR Lessons Learned Along the Way: Strategies, Tips & Advice for the Higher Ed and Nonprofit Public Relations Professional

Among BookAuthority’s ‘Best PR Books of All Time’, PR Lessons Learned Along the Way; Strategies, Tips & Advice for the Higher Ed and Nonprofit Public Relations Professional by Marc C. Whitt is a must-have in any public relation specialist’s arsenal. 

Though only released in May 2020, PR Lessons Learned Along the Way has garnered mass critical acclaim. The title has been included on the Public Relations and Communication Association’s (PRCA) Recommended Read list, was the number one new release for PR books on Amazon in June 2020, and named The Best New PR Book to Read in 2021 by PR Intelligence

Whitt is a public relations veteran. As the current Director of Media and Strategic Relations at the University of Kentucky’s Office of Public Relations with over 35 years of public relations experience, he is well-equipped to write this instructional text. PR Lessons Learned Along the Way is full of the experiences and insights Whitt cultivated during his career in higher education and nonprofit public relations. The book gives readers ‘strategies, tips, and advice addressing pertinent topics of their role in higher education or nonprofit public relations: program leadership and management, crisis communications, social media, earned media, storytelling, philanthropy and donor communications, town and gown relations branding and much more.’

PR Lessons Learned Along the Way was written to ‘encourage, inspire, and hopefully lead you to consider ways to become an even more effective public relations professional.’

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'PR Lessons Along the Way' receives stellar reviews

By Poppy Humphrey, United Kingdom Town & Gown Association, Manchester, England, July 1, 2020

PR Lessons Learned Along the Way: Strategies, Tips & Advice for the Higher Ed and Nonprofit Public Relations Professional Lands Amazon’s “#1 New Release in Public Relations” Spot for June  

Higher Education PR Veteran Marc Whitt Authors Book Named to Public Relations and Communication Association’s “Recommended Reading List” and Recommended by United Kingdom Town & Gown Association Leaders

 Lexington, KY (June 30, 2020) – PR Lessons Learned Along the Way: Strategies, Tips & Advice for the Higher Ed and Nonprofit Public Relations Professional, a book that has already received rave editorial reviews by higher education and nonprofit leaders from across the United States and United Kingdom, maintained Top 5 status in Amazon Book’s “New Release in Public Relations” category for the month of June – most of those weeks at the Number 1 spot, announced Adam Turner, president of Cherrymoon Media, a publisher based in Lexington, Ky. The book is available in print and Kindle formats via Amazon Books.

The 272- page book, named by the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) to its “Recommended Reading List,” is by first-time author, Marc C. Whitt, a 35-year veteran of higher education and nonprofit public relations. Whitt currently serves as director of media and strategic relations at the University of Kentucky Office of Public Relations and Strategic Communications and is a part-time instructor at UK’s Department of Integrated Strategic Communication.  The foreword is written by nationally-respected higher education journalist Melissa Ezarik, senior managing editor of Connecticutt-based University Business magazine.

Whitt has written a book filled with strategies, tips and advice addressing pertinent topics for those in higher education or nonprofit public relations. More than 20 chapters cover topics such as program leadership and management, crisis communications, social media, earned media, storytelling, philanthropy and donor communications, town and gown relations, branding, event planning and much more.

Interspersed throughout the book are many of the career lessons Whitt said he has personally learned and experienced during his career. He has taken these experiences and insights and shares them with the reader in an open, honest, inspiring and insightful way, said Turner.

“PR Lessons Learned Along the Way is written in a conversational tone,” Turner added. “That was intentional on Marc’s part and true to his personality and character.  He wants the young, mid-career or senior professional to feel as if they are sitting down with him over a cup of coffee or glass of sweet tea talking shop as they learn from one another. Not only do I believe he has successfully captured this in the book, but so do many in the public relations profession who have reviewed it.”

Cooper Healey and Poppy Humphrey with the United Kingdom Town and Gown Association (www.uktga.org) have been enthusiastic readers of Whitt’s book since its release and have offered editorial reviews.

“Marc Whitt takes a complex subject and gives the reader straightforward, practical advice,” said Healey, chair of UKTGA. “One is reassured that the potential challenges associated with ‘town and gown’ can easily be overcome by following simple, common-sense guidelines. Not only limited to university, community and municipal issues, Marc deftly addresses the potential to enhance the economy by engaging with all sectors, particularly tourism. Marc writes in a comprehensive, easy to follow style with points clearly set out. A pleasure to read, this book is a must for all involved in the ‘town and gown’ debate.”

Healey’s associate, Poppy Humphrey, UKTGA’s North West Representative and an off-campus student affairs officer for Manchester Student Homes, concurs.

“(PR Lessons Learned Along the Way) is a true delight of a read that clearly sets out the strategic and practical approaches to developing expertise in the world of PR,” said Humphrey. “Marc Whitt draws on key principles harnessed throughout not only his career, but also intertwines these lessons with reflections from wider life experiences. Marc invites the reader to trip through the narrative, interspersing motivational and thought-provoking quotes which both challenge and inspire. Many of the principles can be applied not only in a work setting but as building blocks for life. Marc sets out a blueprint for successfully navigating the reader through the intricacies of managing town-gown relations, in both an eloquent and accessible way.”


About the Author

Marc Whitt is Director of Media & Strategic Relations at the University of Kentucky’s Office of Public Relations and Strategic Communications. He also serves as a part-time instructor in UK’s Department of Integrated Strategic Communication and is a former PR and marketing columnist for the national trade magazine, University Business.  During his nearly 35 years in higher education, Marc’s work has achieved measurable results garnering over 40 honors including back-to-back CASE Silver Medal Awards for Total Institutional Relations Program. In 2015, he received the James C. Bowling Excellence in Public Relations Award. Presented by the UK Journalism Alumni Association and UK Department of Integrated Strategic Communication, the award is given to the “outstanding public relations practitioner with ties to Kentucky.” That same year, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Eastern Kentucky University Department of Communication. In 2003, he was named an Honorary Alumnus of Campbellsville University.

Recently Onalytica, a firm that identifies social influencers, named him among the “Top 100 Public Relations Influencers on Twitter;” he was ranked 21st. Additionally, CASE Kentucky presented him with its Beth K. Fields Service Award for Leadership in Advancement.

In previous years, Marc has served on the Association of American Colleges & Universities Advisory Council on Communications and Public Affairs (two of his eight years as national chair), the CASE District III (Southeast US) Board of Directors and the International Town & Gown Association Board of Directors. He has consulted organizations such as the Christian Appalachian Project, The National Association of Music Parents, Witnessing History Education Foundation, among others.

Marc earned a Master of Arts Degree (1985) and Bachelor of Arts Degree (1982) from Eastern Kentucky University.

Marc and his wife, Jennifer, formerly of Paintsville, Ky., reside in Richmond, Ky., and are the parents of three children: Emily Fields (Mark), Elizabeth Muncie (Christian), and Jacob; and the grandparents of Annaleigh and Aubrey Fields.

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Sage Advice From a Seasoned Communicator

NonProfit PRO, January 20, 2021

Credit: Getty Images by 10'000 Hours

By Jeff Jowdy

Integrity and character come first — plain and simple.

That’s the bottom line shared by my friend Marc Whitt, a higher education advancement communications veteran, in his new book, “PR Lessons Learned Along the Way.”

“If, in our work, people can’t trust who we are and what we claim to be, then we lose the ballgame,” Marc told me.

Thus, began our conversation about advancement and his book.

Our integrity and character are the DNA of who we are Marc shared. It takes years to build a solid reputation but just moments to lose it, so it’s crucial we remember that whether we are on the clock or off, we represent our institutions.

One of the biggest challenges in fundraising is to get fundraising professionals out from behind the desk. It can be the same for public relations.

“It’s not a desk relationship; it’s public relations,” Marc said, citing the importance of meeting with media professionals, community leaders and people at your institution who can be sources for stories, connections and other information.

Marc pointed to the importance of tenure in the advancement sector. Thirty years ago, when he got his start, professionals were expected to work their way up.

“Now it seems like you start out high and you do a sidestep… there is no stair-stepping,” he said. “Regardless of what area in advancement you are in, it takes time for people to know and trust you.”

“There is a lot of merit to trying to have a good healthy tenure,” he said.

A proper understanding of the relationship between communications and fundraising is also important. They go hand in hand, Marc shared, but communications leaders too often are trained in the transactional and have neither experience nor understanding of fundraising relationship-building.

Marc told me about an early mentor, his first boss.

“He wisely told me it was very important to understand the basics of fundraising,” he said. “The philanthropy side is a significant area that PR people need to have a good understanding of. We need to do a better job of bringing our communications and development officers together.”

Marc believes that advancement professionals need to embrace social media as an important relationship-building resource.

“When social media started making its foray into our work and the public, you heard it described much more in terms of social networking,” he said. “I’ve noticed that over the last two to three years, you don’t hear as much about social networking as you do about social media.

“True social media is an incredible tool,” he said. “It can aid in so many ways in relationship-building.”

Marc believes that too many people get caught up in seeing the number of followers they have go up, acting more like “people catchers” than “people engagers.” Used correctly — to engage rather than to simply gather — social media can be one of the most important resources in a fundraisers toolkit when it comes to engagement and relationship-building.

Marc also has some basic advice for advancement professionals looking to grow in their effectiveness, their relationships and their careers: Be a sponge.

“Rather than coming in and being quick to come up with the plans, they need to take time to be able to observe the institution,” he said. “They need to reach out and sit down with people who have invested their careers there — listen and learn about the hits and misses.”

“It’s a PR position,” he said. “You need to sit down with donors. And if you’re in a fundraising capacity, you need to sit down with community leadership, media and others — just to get a good feel.”

Regular readers of Bedrocks & Beacons know I’m suspicious of professionals selling their wisdom — whether it be via a monthly subscription, webinar, consulting or a book — when their bio is light on in-the-trenches experience.

Marc is front and center with his 30 years of successful experience in higher education plus extensive involvement with the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

He’s what my father would have called “the real deal.”

“PR Lessons Learned Along the Way” is ranked by BookAuthority as the No. 1 Best New PR Book to Read in 2020, one of the Best 100 PR Books of All Time (No. 12) and one of the Best 6 PR Books for Beginners (No. 2). It’s targeted to higher education and nonprofit public relations professionals, but it’s a must-read for anyone in advancement work and in a nonprofit leadership role.

Jeff Jowdy Author's page

Looking for Jeff? You'll find him either on the lake, laughing with good friends, or helping nonprofits develop to their full potential.

Jeff believes that successful fundraising is built on a bedrock of relevant, consistent messaging; sound practices; the nurturing of relationships; and impeccable stewardship. And that organizations that adhere to those standards serve as beacons to others that aspire to them. The Bedrocks & Beacons blog will provide strategic information to help nonprofits be both.

Jeff has more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience and is a member of the NonProfit PRO Editorial Advisory Board.

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Richmond author’s book named among ‘Best PR Books of All Time’ and ‘Best Read in 2021’

The Lane Report, March 2, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. – “PR Lessons Learned Along the Way: Strategies, Tips & Advice for the Higher Ed and Nonprofit Public Relations Professional,” a book by Marc C. Whitt, of Richmond, Ky., has been named to BookAuthority’s Best PR Books of All Time list and ranked among its Best New PR Books to Read in 2021.

BookAuthority, a site for book recommendations by thought leaders, collects the most recommended books on business, technology and science – as featured on CNN, Inc. and Forbes. The site includes the most comprehensive collection of book recommendations from business leaders and experts such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Sheryl Sandberg and Jeff Bezos.

Whitt serves as director of media and strategic relations at the University of Kentucky and is a part-time instructor in UK’s Department of Integrated Strategic Communications. His book has also been named by BookAuthority to its list of Best PR Books for Beginners in 2021.

“PR Lessons Learned Along the Way” has been named by the Public Relations and Communication Association (PRCA), the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals, to its “recommended read” list, and was Amazon’s #1 “New Release for PR Books” (June 2020).

Whitt said his book was written for the young, mid-career or senior professional, or perhaps a college PR student who is learning the principles of the public relations profession. It is filled with strategies, tips and advice addressing pertinent topics including program leadership and management, crisis communications, social media, earned media, storytelling, philanthropy and donor communications, town and gown relations, branding and much more.

Whitt’s book is available through Amazon Books, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million and at most independent booksellers. 

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Central Kentuckians take part in Taps Across America

State News

By Amber PhilpottPublished: May. 30, 2022 at 10:44 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - If around 3 p.m. Memorial Day, you heard Taps being played you were not alone.

For the third year in a row CBS marked Memorial Day by inviting musicians from across the country to honor our fallen men and women who have served our country by playing Taps.

Last year’s call for musicians drew tens of thousands of videos from all across the world and this year two central Kentucky men picked up their instruments to play.

On a day where we stop to pay tribute honoring the countless lives who make our freedoms possible there is a sound we all recognize.

From the front yard to a cemetery Monday at 3 p.m. local time musicians like Marc Whitt in Richmond did their part by picking up their instrument and saluting the best way they know how.

Taps is the somber 24 note bugle call played at American military funerals and ceremonies.

For the last three years CBS has put the call out asking folks like Terry Thompson of Georgetown to step forward in their community, no matter where they are and play.

Taps Across America is just another way to bring the nation together.

No matter a red state or blue state, just a way both Whitt and Thompson can use the simple notes they play to recognize the sacrifice of so many.

Both Thompson and Whitt are members of the Madison Community Band.

Taps Across America was inspired after CBS Evening News “On the Road” correspondent Steve Hartman in 2020.