PRSA — Advancing the Profession and the Professional

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the nation’s largest community of public relations and communications professionals. We provide training, set standards of excellence and uphold principles of ethics for the global public relations profession. As a leading voice in the PR industry, we also advocate for greater understanding and adoption of public relations services.

PRSA’s 21,000 members represent nearly every practice area and professional and academic setting in the public relations field. In addition, more than 10,000 college students are members of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

If you want to make contacts, be recognized for your work, enhance your professional skills, stay on top of emerging trends and otherwise accelerate your PR career, PRSA is the organization for you.

Call for Speakers: Boston PRSA Social Media Summit

The 5th annual PRSA Boston Social Media Summit will take place May 12, 2017 at Bentley University. We are looking for speakers who:

  • Inspire others with their expertise and knowledge on cutting edge social and digital media trends
  • Have an interesting case study to share
  • Are willing to share their expertise with others

If this is you – or if you have a recommendation – please reach out to Erin Callanan.

Jane Law, APR

Congratulations to Jane Law, APR National Delegate-at-Large

Yankee Chapter’s own Jane Law was elected to the position of 2017 national Delegate-at-Large at the PRSA Leadership Assembly on October 22. Delegates-at-large serve a one-year term and represent PRSA members who are not affiliated with a chapter. The delegate-at-large positions require that the candidate hold an APR or serve or have served as a board member of a Chapter, District or Section. To be considered for the position, candidates should be outstanding in their ethical conduct, their participation in and commitment to PRSA and their professional achievements and recognition. Characteristics of each candidate also include leadership experience with PRSA and/or other professional associations; in-depth knowledge of PRSA, including an understanding of PRSA’s governance structure and broad knowledge of the public relations profession.

In her application, Jane noted “I strongly believe that PRSA members who have no chapter or section affiliation should have as much of a voice in the strategic direction and operations of the association as those who do have a more direct, closer affiliation with PRSA (through a chapter, district or section). As a Delegate-at-Large, I could help provide that voice for those unaffiliated members.”

Congratulations, Jane!

Bradley Scholarship Awarded to Kathryn Schmeltzer

Kathryn Schmelzer, a senior at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and a resident of Concord, N.H., has been awarded the fifth-annual James H. Bradley Memorial Scholarship by the Yankee Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

“The James H. Bradley Memorial Scholarship was established to honor James (Jim) Bradley, a founding member of the Yankee Chapter who passed away in 2010,” said Yankee Chapter President Erin Hathaway. “The Chapter is proud to recognize Jim’s contributions to the profession of public relations by helping future professionals achieve their goals.”

At SNHU, Schmelzer is pursuing a major in communication and a minor in public relations. Prior to attending SNHU, Schmelzer was a graduate of NHTI, where she was the 2013 commencement speaker and received an award for outstanding professionalism. At SNHU, Schmelzer was one of a team of students to volunteer for environmental nonprofit Blue Ocean Society, creating the organization’s first social media marketing plan. Schmelzer is working as the social media and marketing intern at United Way of Greater Nashua this summer. Schmelzer was recently inducted into Alpha Chi, a national honor society recognizing the top 10 percent of her institution’s students, and she is a member of the SNHU Women’s Advocacy Group. Schmelzer has been recognized by university faculty for her strong work ethic and focus on academics. She is the daughter of Raymond Schmelzer Sr. and Barbara Schmelzer of Concord.