As a communications coordinator with the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, Morgan Randall contributes to numerous tactics and strategies on behalf of her school. Some of her tasks include providing content for the Arts & Sciences magazine that is put out twice a year, managing a monthly e-bulletin that gets sent out to faculty and staff, making necessary edits to department websites, and completing billing for departments requesting photography services through Homewood Photography. She also supports the Director of Communications and team with various projects.
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Currently resides: Baltimore, MD
Randall earned an M.A. in Contemporary Communications from Notre Dame of Maryland University.
Why did you choose a career in Communications/PR?
I’ve always enjoyed writing and storytelling, so I decided to explore the Communications field since there are so many areas within it that are relevant to that passion.
How did you get into your current position?
During my last job search, I reconnected with a supervisor (from when I was a college intern) and she informed me of a job opening in her department that was exactly what I was looking for at the time.
How do you stay on top of industry related news/trends?
Websites like Forbes and PR Newswire are useful in regards to staying informed, along with speaking/meeting with people who do similar work at Hopkins.
How has being a PRSA member benefited you?
PRSA has provided me with resources like Webinars and information about conferences (which are discounted) as well as ways to network with others in the field on a local level through the Maryland Chapter.
Who is your role model and why?
Besides my mother, who is outgoing and a great problem-solver, Damon Dominique and Jo Franco (it’s hard to name one without the other) are my biggest role models right now. On YouTube, they are simply known as Damon and Jo and they travel around the world, exploring different cultures and learning new languages along the way. Their videos show that you can truly be a world traveler on a budget, meet people abroad, and experience the charming nature of a city like a local. They’ve also taught me not to let material things or just being too comfortable in a situation hold me back from pursing my passions (they move a lot so they have to be minimalist to an extent).
A career in Communications/PR can be stressful at times. What do you do to relax?
Hot yoga is the best way to clear my mind and just focus on my body.
What are your passions/interests/hobbies?
Reading, writing, photography, and researching historical events through primary sources (like archives.gov), documentaries, etc.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
Sometimes I do writing exercises where I write from the perspective of a stranger (while on the metro, at the park, etc.) and just imagine what their internal monologue might be like or how they live their life based on what I see in that moment.
Best piece of advice received:
Not to let fear govern your decisions.
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