I can’t have favourites in this job; I should offer encouragement or admonisment, as appropriate.
Yet I’ve become self-conscious over one coincidence. Many of the PR students I hold up for special praise share a first name in common. There’s Katy Jameson and Katy Marshall, mentioned previously in this blog; Katie King, an energetic student journalist; and Katie Matthews, who has written about her memorable visit to Number 10 Downing Street in the current issue of Behind the Spin and who spoke up in my support in a debate this evening. I could go on: Kate Adams is missed and Cat Cook is remembered at this university.
Is this a coincidence, or is there some form of bias at play? I have a sister named Catherine, though she’s always been known by her second name, Clare. Among my closest friends is a Kate and a Katy, though none has any connection with public relations.
Perhaps I’ll have to go for affirmative action, or move up the alphabet like tropical hurricanes. Laura and Lauren, you’re next. (I don’t know anyone called Larry.)