Can you imagine pitching media without email or distributing a press release without online forms? Think about how long that would take.
It’s been less than 20 years since people started adopting Web-based email as one of their main forms of communication, and using the Internet as the tool to do everything from read a trade publication to download a virtual press kit.
Some of the tools and activities of veteran public relations professionals would seem foreign to those entering the workforce today. For those of you who’ve been in PR for a while, you know you’re old when you remember:
1. Stuffing envelopes. And snail mailing press releases.
2. Blasting client news via fax. It seemed like a revelation.
3. Editing press releases—with red pens and proofreader’s marks.
4. Mailing press kit folders instead of virtual ones—not to mention attaching executive photos, business cards, etc.
5. Conducting press tours—in person.