About the Author

Mary Sterenberg is an assistant professor of practice with the Ohio State University School of Communication and co-advises the Public Relations Student Society of America chapter and its student-run public relations firm The PRactice at Ohio State. She teaches writing and public relations courses such as writing for strategic communication, strategic message design, strategic media planning and public communication campaigns. Beyond the classroom, she works closely with local employers to create internship and career pipelines for Ohio State communication students, and meets often with students to critique resumes and foster connections between students and local professionals. She has received multiple awards for her teaching and mentoring. Mary also supports the School of Communication’s alumni newsletter, social media channels and website news content.


Mary came to Ohio State in 2011 after nearly 10 years working in health care public relations with the Ohio Hospital Association. During her time at OHA, she managed a daily email newsletter sent to thousands of hospital leaders, media and legislators, contributed to several statewide advocacy campaigns and launched the association’s social media presence on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Prior to her work at OHA, Mary worked in print news media.


Throughout her career, Mary has freelanced for publications such as Columbus CEO, The Columbus Dispatch and Columbus Monthly. She also provides executive and media writing coaching. When she’s not working with students and writing, she’s wrangling her three kids and proudly wearing her soccer mom badge (yes, in a minivan).


Mary earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio Northern University and her master’s degree in journalism from Ohio University. Feel free to email her at Sterenberg.2@osu.edu or connect with her on Twitter (@maryIV) or LinkedIn.


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