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Public Relations Matters is a blog published occasionally by me, Barbara B. Nixon, Ph.D. (ABD). Topics you’ll find here include public relations, social media, and occasionally, grief.

A Bit About Me

Floral photographer, Christian, inquisitive, listener, wife & mom, nomad, geek, learner, witty, NASCAR fan, Auburn fanatic, creative, hip and spunky . . . these are just a few of the words that my friends and colleagues use to describe me. I’m passionate about social media and how we can use it to build relationships.

Besides being the author of this blog, I’m also the training manager at Shiloh Technologies and an adjunct professor of communication.

My journey to Northwest Arkansas was definitely a circuitous one, almost like one from Billy of Family Circus. After growing up in a small town in Maine, I moved to Atlanta for high school, then completed my BA and MA at Auburn University. I married my college sweetheart, Kevin Nixon, and together we have lived in Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Georgia, Florida, and now Arkansas; these relocations were a blend of military and corporate moves. Before moving to Florida, I held leadership positions at three Fortune 500 companies, and completed my coursework and comprehensive examination for a Ph.D. in Training and Performance Improvement at Capella University. My husband and I have four children: Kyle, who passed away at age 22 as a graduating senior at Auburn University; James, 22, a volunteer (with autism) at Dog Party USA; and Sam, 16, and Kat, 14, both in Springdale public schools.

You can find me on LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and other social media sites as barbaranixon.

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19 Responses to About

  1. Henry Garcia says:

    thanks for such a great blog for sharing your PR related knowledge and experiences ! =) i went through few of your posts and seriously they are highly informative for me atleast ! .. thanks again for helping me learn more about PR related stuff ! =)

  2. Marnise says:

    Hello Proffessor,

    I Just stumbled onto your blog while researching helpful PR sites for students. I unfortunately decided late what I wanted to do with my career after college and now that I am a junior at a small school lacking any type of PR program, I have been trying to figure out what to do to build experience and learn more about something I have become passionate about. I have successful switched my major to Marketing which is as close as I’ll get at this point. I have been looking at your class assignments and I am hoping with your permission I can go in and complete some of them as well. Your blog has been very helpful in teaching me things I would have learned in a regular program. I would love to email/chat with you further.

    Marnise T.

  3. Johny Fernandez says:

    It is amazing to read your story. You are doing amazing things here at SEU. Thank you for introducing us to the world of blogging.

  4. […] Post: Dedicated to First-Year Student Me: Thriving in Your First Year at SEU by Barbara Nixon […]

  5. Allison says:


    Where would a company in McLean,Virgina go to find a PR grad with social media skills to work for them?


  6. alex rozis says:

    Hi, Barbara

    I work in Los Angeles and the team I work with is interested in attending an AP Style boot camp. Wanted to know if you offer any courses in Los Angeles or know of any programs that are availiable on the West Coast.

    Thanks very much!

  7. […] actually got that one from Barbara Nixon who teaches Social Media for PR & Journalism at Southeastern University in Florida. That was an […]

  8. […] Post: Public Relations and Conversation Hearts by Barbara Nixon […]

  9. […] team, but I did because it felt right. And, I’m pretty sure that fellow higher ed bloggers Barbara Nixon, Brad J. Ward, Andrew Careaga, Eric Stoller, Tim Nekritz and Mallory Wood among many others would […]

  10. […] and knowledge which are of extreme importance for the work of PR specialists. According to Barbara Nixon, the author of the article, these 5 good practices are essential for every PR pro and especially […]

  11. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Barbara B. Nixon, DR4WARD. DR4WARD said: Setting the bar again! @BarbaraNixon CV includes hyperlinks to syllabi along w/links to presentations, etc. http://bit.ly/bbn-cv […]

  12. […] 2010-08-22T08:33:10  Updated my CV to include hyperlinks to all syllabi I've created/used since 2007, along w links to presentations, etc.: [link to post] […]

  13. […] Mann Interview Reactions July 13, 2010 cassandralight10 Leave a comment Go to comments Prof.  Nixon provided two Skype interviews with PR professionals Martin Waxman and Kneale Mann, both residents […]

  14. […] semester of blogging, I still consider myself a beginner, but thanks to a bunch of tips provided by Prof.  Nixon at the start of Intro to PR and some practical experience of merely attempting to blog, I can now […]

  15. […] cassandralight10 Leave a comment Go to comments In the first live class session this summer, my Intro to PR professor told the class that Public Relations works as a process by the acronym R.A.C.E.  (Research, Action, […]

  16. […] Ways to Keep Current in Public Relations News & TrendsThis post from Barbara B. Nixon on her Public Relations Matters blog provides PR students and practitioners with five simple ways […]

  17. […] Barbara B. Nixon wrote a post on her blog Public Relations Matters that incorporated a video (link provided at bottom of post) from Edelman Digital’s Phil Gomes.  The video was in response to a question she has posed to him – “What’s the one question you almost always use in a job interview?” […]

  18. Hi Andy! Here’s a link to some of the ways I’m using Web 2.0 in the classroom: http://learnercentered.wordpress.com/2008/08/07/facebook-skype-twitter-oh-my/ . Thanks for asking!

  19. Andy Drish says:

    Hey Barbara – I love the fact that you’re using web 2.0 in the classroom… How exactly do you use it? During specific activites… or just during lectures? Just curious. 🙂

    Andy Drish

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