PRSA Surpasses Fundraising Goal To Endow Multicultural Scholarship

PRSA, the nation’s leading professional organization serving the communications community, announced today it has reached the $50,000 goal needed to establish the PRSA Multicultural Scholarship Endowment following a successful fundraising concert event last evening sponsored by PepsiCo. The scholarship assists and recognizes young men and women from underrepresented backgrounds for outstanding academic achievement and their commitment to the practice of public relations. “We are beyond thrilled to reach this important milestone, which will help guarantee that diverse students get the chance to continue their education and embark on careers as…

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PRSA Announces ICON 2020 Virtual Conference, To Take Place October 26-29

This year has been, and continues to be, a challenging time for public relations and communications professionals. As PRSA explored options for the safe delivery of an in-person International Conference in Nashville, Tennessee in October, it became increasingly clear that it would not be possible to guarantee social distancing and other safety measures that would be necessary to achieve that desired goal. As a result, PRSA is launching its first fully digital gathering for professional communicators and students of the profession. ICON 2020 will be held Oct. 26-29 and feature…

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PRSA Responds to Reports of PR Staffing Changes at FDA

In response to news reports associated with the termination of an FDA spokesperson and public relations consultant related to misinformation addressing convalescent plasma therapy, T. Garland Stansell, APR, PRSA’s 2020 Chair, issued the following statement: “PRSA’s Code of Ethics, which serves as the guiding principle for professional communicators, advocates for the free flow of accurate, honest and truthful information. All organizations, from government agencies to corporate environments and nonprofit entities, should be committed to protecting truth as a core value essential to serving the public interest and contributing to informed…

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PRSA Leadership Commits to Improvements in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

There has been some criticism of the PRSA online recently about a number of things and they have publicly commited to changes in their inclusion, this is what was released on their website, to read the site visit here. In the midst of these very turbulent times, a variety of urgent voices and constituencies are rightly telling the world that changes need to be made to address decades and decades of social injustices and systemic racism. At PRSA, we’ve found ourselves looking inward and reaching out across the full spectrum…

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Unexplained Financial Discrepancies, Unanswered Questions Met with Silence from PRSA Leadership

Members of a national U.S.-based public relations professional association are demanding answers, amid failures by organizational leadership to reconcile ongoing assurances of positive financial stability, despite a recent history of management statements conflicting with tax filings, unexplained data flip-flops in “audited” financials, and violations of its own Ethics Code – including: A CEO whose abrupt departure in July 2019 was only announced the day after he vacated his office’s Wall Street headquarters in New York, with subsequent questions about inconsistencies ignored; A Chief Financial Officer who – for 10 months…

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