How to Craft Concise and Compelling Copy Across Communication Media

Do you want to elevate your writing or the content your staff produces? And, engage the media, impress clients and colleagues, and achieve results with strong, powerful and clear copy?

PRSA Boston offers workshops to help you succeed – the Jack Jackson ART OF WRITING workshops. The two workshops commemorate Jack – a former president of PRSA Boston, longtime PR pro and college professor – by continuing to promote his love of writing and teaching.

The ART OF WRITING workshops feature interactive, smallgroup learning for today’s multi-disciplined PR professional. Both sessions are taught by an accomplished subject expert who will sharpen your writing to help you and your colleagues excel in today’s rapidly changing PR environment.

WRITING EFFECTIVE CONTENT FOR PR + BLOGS+ SOCIAL MEDIA

Instructor: Writing Coach Ken O’Quinn

JUNE 1 & 8 AT BU – BY RESERVATION

WORKSHOP OVERVIEW:

  1. Develop solid news judgment: the journalist’s perspective.
  2. Learn the writing process: organizing, successful interviewing, packaging for readability.

III. Craft the opening: structure for leads, high impact leads, leads that fail.

  1. Review the press release circa 2017: Wall Street Journal insights, describe visuals, filler, believable quotes.
  2. Write pitches that work.
  3. Become a blogging and tweeting pro: essentials and pratfalls.

* Particularly suited for early career, fast-rising and mid-level professionals.

Meet Writing Coach Ken O’Quinn – @kenoquinn

Ken (writingwithclarity.com) is a highly sought-after career writing coach. His clients read like the who’s who of corporate communications and PR agency titans including: Chevron, Burson-Marsteller, Fleishman, John Deere, Motorola, MSLGroup, Oracle, Raytheon, and Visa. Ken draws upon his journalist roots at Associated Press and is a longtime member of PRSA Boston.

About Jack Jackson

A former UPI reporter, producer for WCVB-TV, PR agency executive, and Adjunct Communication Professor at Stonehill College, Jack was known for his sharp, incisive writing, and his passion for helping the next generation of PR professionals. As a way to remember Jack, The ART OF WRITING workshop will meet critical writing needs in the PR and communication community.

 

REGISTRATION

Time: Thursday, June 1 & 8, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Boston University, College of Communication 640 Commonwealth Ave., Room 213

Fee: $225 for both sessions, same individual (dinner included).

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Yankee Chapter to Honor Van McLeod with Pat Jackson Award – April 12

Van McLeod will be honored posthumously by the Yankee Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America with its Patrick Jackson Award on Wednesday, April 12 at the Capitol Center for the Arts.  Van was NH Commissioner of the Arts. He demonstrated the importance of building relationships among many publics as he championed the arts and culture in our state.

The award recognizes a professional who is not in the public relations field but nonetheless successfully uses public relations principles to benefit his or her organization and society while demonstrating a track record of building relationships which earn trust.

Previous award recipients include Lew Feldstein, Governor Walter Peterson, John Swope, Michael Hickey, Dr. James Squires and Bishop Gene Robinson.

Joan Goshgarian of the NH Business Committee for the Arts will accept the award on behalf of her late husband.

The event will run from 5:30-7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

 

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Communicating for Change

Whether the change comes from reorganization, an acquisition, merger, downsizing or new strategic direction, there are unique components to a change situation that demand special communication considerations for your employees and external publics, especially those “resistant to change.”

The Husson University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the Yankee Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) are sponsoring a session, “Communicating for Change,” to learn the science and strategy behind effective change communications and how to prepare a successful communications plan.

The breakfast working session is scheduled for Friday, March 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Center for Family Business at Husson University.

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PRXNE17: PR Means Business

April 28, 2017
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Join us in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York for the 2017 PRSA Northeast District Conference, PRXNE 2017, on Friday, April 28, 2017. More than 200 public relations practitioners from the seven-state PRSA Northeast District are expected for this day-long conference packed with keynote presentations, case studies, panels and much more. Plan to network with colleagues and emerging professionals, and hear from experts across the industry.

Early Bird Registration is Now Open!

This year’s theme is “PR’s Role in Economic Development and The Bottom Line”

Everything we do as Public Relations practitioners must directly support The Bottom Line. Our ideas, strategies, tactics, and measurement must all be tied directly to the business goals and the success of our organizations and our communities. We have seen a tremendous boom of economic development in the Finger Lakes region, throughout New York State, and across the Northeast District, and so much of our work as PR practitioners has supported these efforts, whether through tourism, cultural development or the success of the companies we work for.

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Ferociously Fun Networking Event

April 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats have extended an invitation for YPRSA members to attend their “Ferociously Fun Networking” event April 10 at 5:00 p.m. YPRSA members will be able to network enjoy raffles, ballpark fare food, happier hour, raffles, and more!  All YPRSA members can receive two (2) complimentary mixer and game tickets and be some of the first fans to check out the new renovations at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

Tickets will be available for pick up the evening of the event at Will Call. If a member would like to provide a raffle prize from their organization, please bring it to the event. The evening’s DJ will be sure to announce a winner during the mixer!

Register Now: http://www.nhfishercats.com/networking

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THE WHY OF THE BUY: PR & Community Engagement

Join Yankee PRSA on November 15 at 3 p.m. at Red River Theaters in Concord for the chapter’s annual meeting and enjoy a panel of savvy pr experts discuss community engagement.

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Communicating for Change, Nov. 18 in Burlington, VT

Your Organization May Be in Need of Change, But Are Your Publics?

Whether the change comes from reorganization, an acquisition, merger, downsizing or new strategic direction, there are unique components to a change situation that demand special communication considerations for your employees and external publics, especially those “resistant to change.” The Champlain College Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the Yankee Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) are sponsoring a session, “Communicating for Change,” to learn the science and strategy behind effective change communications and how to prepare a successful communications plan.

Presenter Rosemarie Rung, APR, has over 20 years of experience leading a Fortune 50 company through a variety of change situations and will explain the unique characteristics of change.

Time:  9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

Location: Champlain College, Center for Communication and Creative Media Room 221, 375 Maple Street,  Burlington, VT 05401

Cost: $25 PRSA members; $35 non-members; students $5-$10 (based on cost of meal).

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Celebrate PRSA Ethics Month at Yankee Chapter’s Trivia Night – Sept. 28

Bring your smartphone and/or tablet and join Yankee Chapter PRSA September 28 at the Red Blazer Restaurant & Pub (72 Manchester Street, Concord, N.H. 03301) for a cold beverage. Since September is PRSA’s Ethics Awareness Month, the Yankee Chapter will celebrate with a night of interactive TRIVIA fun.

This event kicks off at 5:30 p.m., with the first round of trivia starting at 6 p.m.

We’ll have prizes for trivia questions covering topics from the latest news headlines, PRSA history, Code of Ethics and Professional Values.

Admission is free.

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Yankee Chapter PRSA Awards Scholarship to Champlain College Senior Margaret Kuchinski

Annual Scholarship Sponsored by EDvestinU®

Margaret Kuchinski, a senior at Champlain College and a resident of Delmar, N.Y., has been awarded the 2016 Yankee Chapter PRSA Scholarship. This year for the second time, the annual scholarship is sponsored by EDvestinU®, the NH Higher Education Loan Program’s nonprofit Student Loan Lending and Refinancing Program.

“Margaret’s keen understanding of the value of public relations in the marketplace combined with her enthusiasm and initiative makes her a perfect choice to receive this scholarship award,” said Yankee Chapter President Liz LaRose, APR. “The Yankee Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is pleased to provide this grant to a college senior whose academic career exemplifies the highest standards of our profession. And this year, we are proud to have the support of EDvestinU®, whose sponsorship made this scholarship possible.”

At Champlain College, Kuchinski is pursuing a major in public relations and a specialization in marketing. She is an active member of the college’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and serves as the group’s PR director. In addition, she acts as a liaison between the Communications and Creative Media department and transfer students. This past summer, Kuchinski worked as an intern at the Vermont Brewers Association, where she spearheaded the first-ever social media giveaway for the 2016 Brewers Festival. Kuchinski has been recognized by college faculty for her strong work ethic and her commitment to both academic and professional excellence. She is the daughter of Anne Marie Couser and Bill Kuchinski of Delmar.

 

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Measurement Base Camp – September 15

One-day intensive session will help you learn to master measurement

Thursday, September 15

Durham, NH

Most communications professionals have listened to at least one, if not many, lectures on how to do measurement right. The challenge is, once they’ve heard the theory, how do they implement it at their place of work?

What sounds great in a lecture hall or at a conference can end up being a complex situation when one is faced with a limited budget, no staff, and competing priorities. That’s why you should attend Measurement Base Camp – a one-day intensive training session that will cover all things measurement.

Hosted by Paine Publishing in partnership with PRSA’s Yankee Chapter, it will be held this fall on Thursday, September 15, 2016 in Durham, New Hampshire.

Presenters include Katie Delahaye Paine, CEO, Paine Publishing; Doug Chapin, CEO, CyberAlert; and Heather Fysh, Senior Analyst, CyberAlert.

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Register by August 12 for the Early Bird Rate!
Attendance is limited to a maximum of 30 people so that all attendees can receive hands-on, individualized attention.

Early bird registration is now available. Attendees must register by August 12th to receive the early bird rate.

  • PRSA Member Rate: $250 (early bird rate is $200)
  • Regular Rate: $300 (early bird rate is $250)

A portion of the proceeds will support the James H. Bradley PRSSA Grant for active Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapters, associated with the Yankee Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (Yankee PRSA).

Don’t miss this opportunity to master measurement.
Register today!

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