PRSA Defends the Right of Journalists to Report the News Safely and Without Fear of Reprisal

PRSA has a long-standing commitment to defending the First Amendment and a free, unencumbered press so when leadership learned on Friday, Dec. 18 that journalist and PRSA ICON 2020 speaker Marianna Spring, who specializes in reporting on disinformation for BBC News and World Service, is receiving death threats due to her reporting the organization forcefully responded. In an inews.co.uk column, Spring stated that her coverage of conspiracies associated with the coronavirus and the U.S. election had markedly increased the level of attacks on her personally, including threats on her life.…

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PRSA Defends the Right of Journalists to Report the News Safely and Without Fear of Reprisal

PRSA has a long-standing commitment to defending the First Amendment and a free, unencumbered press so when leadership learned on Friday, Dec. 18 that journalist and PRSA ICON 2020 speaker Marianna Spring, who specializes in reporting on disinformation for BBC News and World Service, is receiving death threats due to her reporting the organization forcefully responded. In an inews.co.uk column, Spring stated that her coverage of conspiracies associated with the coronavirus and the U.S. election had markedly increased the level of attacks on her personally, including threats on her life.…

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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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