Completed web site development – The University of Alabama


CONTACT: Ryan Burnett
Burnett Communications


TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The University of Alabama’s Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations recently launched an online magazine by public relations students for public relations students and educators, Platform (

“In line with the ideas of Web 2.0, Platform was designed by nine students as a resource and forum for public relations students and educators,” said Bruce Berger, professor and chair of the UA Advertising and Public Relations Department and director of The Plank Center. “They designed and developed all the content for the site to encourage connections among visitors and sources.”

The site, built by Birmingham Web developer Ryan Burnett of Burnett Communications (, addresses topics in careers, leadership, ethics, tips, and toolbox. Features include articles, an AP style quiz, podcasts, a blog (also accessible by RSS feed) and video interviews with Betsy Plank, UA alumna and chair of The Plank Center.

About The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations
The Plank Center was established at The University of Alabama in 2005 with the mission of developing leadership values and skills in public relations education and practice. Through a variety of programs, and in concert with other groups and associations, the Center is working to nurture the ethical and effective practice of public relations among leaders for today and tomorrow. For more information visit


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I am President of Outside The Box Web Design. My education includes a Bachelor’s in Education from UNCG and a Master's in Advertising and Public Relations from The University of Alabama. I will be getting married to my beautiful fiancée Zoë in August and creating her new site shortly thereafter (because changing domains is a pain). My company, Outside The Box Web Design provides custom-designed Web sites to small businesses here in Birmingham where I live.

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