Upcoming PRSA opportunities

Chapter Impact Campaign

  • PRSA is kicking off its Chapter Impact Campaign this month, to support students of diverse backgrounds in their pursuit of careers in public relations and communications. By working together, PRSA, Chapters and the PRSA Foundation can make a significant impact on our profession by providing education and career opportunities to deserving students and building a diverse workforce.
  • PRSA is asking Chapters to share PRSA Foundation information and find creative ways to help support fundraising activities that benefit the PRSA Foundation.
  • A campaign toolkit for chapters, with background information and suggestions for different ways to participate, has been posted in the MyPRSA Chapter Leadership Community. Contact Beth-Ellen Keyes, the Foundation’s director of operations and programs, with questions.
  • Participating Chapters will receive a digital badge for their websites acknowledging their commitment to diversity and student support through their donation to the PRSA Foundation.

Membership Promotions

  • WELCOMEBACK18—waives the $35 reinstatement fee for anyone rejoining PRSA (more than six months of not being a member) at the $200 or $255 membership levels only. Valid through December 31, 2018.
  • JOINPRSA18—waives the $65 initiation fee for new members joining PRSA at the $200 or $255 membership levels only. Valid through December 31, 2018.
  • CHAPTERS18—provides a free chapter membership (up to $100) for new members joining at the $200 or $255 membership levels only. Valid March 1 – April 30, 2018. Please do not post the promo code or the graphics until March 1, as the code is not live until that date.
  • NEW! – Social media toolkit for CHAPTERS18 has been posted to a new community – Resources for PRSA Chapter Social Media Managers. Please encourage your social media volunteers to join this community.

Virtual Career Fair Coming Up

  • PRSA is hosting its second annual Virtual Career Fair April 18 from 1-4 p.m. ET.
  • Please share this with anyone you may know who would be interested in either attending as a jobseeker or exhibiting as a hiring employer.
  • More information at this link, or contact John Kesaris, PRSA’s corporate development and industry partnerships coordinator.

Chapter Event Promotional Opportunity

  • Let colleagues know what’s happening in your region and show prospective members that our chapters offer relevant activities for learning and connecting with other communication professionals. PRSA lists chapter events on prsa.org/learn under Chapter Events and also in the monthly “What’s Happening” email to all members.
  • Use this link to submit events, at least two months in advance.

Questions/Comments?

Please let me know if I can help you with anything. And, contact PRSA Sr. VP of Membership Jay Starr at 212.460.0306 or jay.starr@prsa.org if you have questions about PRSA membership activities.

February panelists – the changing newsroom

The February Lunch N Learn will be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Tiburon Golf Club, 2620 Tiburon Drive in Naples. We will hear from a media Panel on how newsrooms are changing and evolving and public relation strategies to meet those changes. CLICK TO REGISTER

The panel will include:

Penny Fisher
Penny Fisher’s love affair with journalism began in rural southern Indiana. She grew up in a 500-person town just down the road from Milan, Ind., the real-life inspiration for the movie Hoosiers. Penny joined her high school newspaper staff during her junior year and has spent every day since devoted to the craft. In college, she worked as a designer and editor for the Vincennes University Trailblazer and the Ball State Daily News. In February 2007, she traded the hills of Indiana for the beaches of Florida and joined the Naples Daily News as a lead designer and later associate editor of The Banner. Penny served as the managing editor for seven community publications and for the Naples Daily News before being named the top editor in November 2016. Penny is geeky about design, passionate about good story telling and over the top with organization. She enjoys shopping, traveling, cooking and spending time with her sportswriter husband and her two kids Audrey, 5 and Alec, 3.

Julie Glenn
Julie Glenn is the Interim News Director and host of WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live. She has been working in southwest Florida as a freelance writer since 2007, most recently as a regular columnist for the Naples Daily News. She began her broadcasting career in 1993 as a reporter/anchor/producer for a local CBS affiliate in Quincy, Illinois. After also working for the NBC affiliate, she decided to move to Parma, Italy where she earned her Master’s degree in communication from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. Her undergraduate degree in Mass Communication is from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Fluent in Italian, Julie has also worked with Italian wine companies creating and translating web content and marketing materials. Her work has been featured in international, national, and local magazines. She has served as president of the local chapter of Slow Food where she remains on the board. Her interests include cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Darrel Lieze-Adams
Darrel Lieze-Adams serves as the Vice President of News for Waterman Broadcasting (NBC2 and ABC7). He has been with the station since 1997. During his tenure at Waterman Broadcasting the station has won four National RTNDA Edward R. Murrow’s for Investigative Reporting. Darrel says, “I believe investigative reporting is the foundation of a great news department.” The station has also won several Regional Awards including Best Station, Best Breaking News, Best Newscast and Best Reporting. The news staff has won many Florida Associated Press Awards too, including Best Overall, Best Newscast, Best Weathercast, Best Sports, Best Public Affairs, and Best Reporting.

Darrel currently serves on the ABC News Director Advisory Board. This is a select group of News Directors who give feed back to the network. He served as Board Chair from 2006-08. He has served on many local boards, including the founding board of the Southwest Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. He has also served on the Island Coast AIDS Network (ICAN) and Children’s Home Society boards. He is a 2003 Graduate of Lee County Emerging Leaders and one of Gulfshore Life’s 2008 Men of the Year.

Darrel came to Fort Myers from Minneapolis. He was the senior executive producer for KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities. A native of Motley, Minnesota, Darrel holds a degree in broadcast journalism and speech communication from St. Cloud State University. He grew up on a dairy farm in Central Minnesota. Darrel currently lives in Lee County and is the proud father of twin daughters.

Ring in the New Year with Chief Stephanie Spell

Chief Stephanie Spell will be the featured speaker during the January Lunch-N-Learn, Jan. 23, at the Hilton Naples. Stephanie will share how the Collier County Sheriff’s Office social media team used wit and an informal writing tone to engage and calm a frazzled community before, during and after Hurricane Irma.
In addition to the team’s around the clock coverage, nightly “Reality Checks” summed up each day’s events, providing followers with all the information they needed in one crisp and conversational post.
After the storm passed, the team posted CCSO drone and Aviation Bureau video footage that provided followers with visuals that showed them where the damage was and – just as importantly – where it was not. The agency’s Facebook page had a reach of 2 million during the week of the storm, evidence that CCSO was a go-to source for reliable Irma-related news.

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BIO
Chief Stephanie Spell heads the Community Engagement Department within the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. As a member of Sheriff Kevin Rambosk’s executive command staff, she provides leadership for several law enforcement bureaus, including Public Information and Media Relations, Crime Prevention, Planning and Research, Victim Advocate, Senior Services, Minority Affairs and Volunteers.
Chief Spell has been with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office since 1987. She is the co-author of the book “The People’s Commissioner Donna Fiala” (The Seymour Agency, 2017) and she was also named as one of the 2013 Women of Power by Florida Weekly. Chief Spell is an accomplished outdoorswoman who enjoys fly fishing, skeet shooting and adventure travel.

LUNCH N LEARN – THIS MONTH: Best practices in Storytelling with Video

This month, we join forces with the Naples Daily News for an evening Holiday Social and we welcome Amy Oshier to discuss the best practices in creating effective stories with video. Amy has served as the anchor for “Behind the Headlines” for USA Today Network (the parent organization of the Naples Daily News and News-Press) since January 2016.
She has received numerous awards for her reporting and anchoring in breaking news situations and for medical and investigative news pieces. She currently provides content for both broadcast and digital platforms. Amy is a graduate of the University of Florida.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
5-7 p.m.
Naples Daily News
1100 Immokalee Rd, Naples, FL 34110

Cost: $30 for PRSA, $38 Non-Members, $25 Students

Reservations must be made by Friday, Nov. 24, 2017.

*No-shows will be billed if no prior notice given and only checks accepted at the door. NOTE: To guarantee seating and meal, reserve online and pay through PayPal by FRIDAY, Nov. 24. No cash is accepted at the door. Checks are accepted and must be provided at the time of the featured event. No shows will be billed if no prior notice given.

October Lunch N Learn

LUNCH N LEARN – THIS MONTH
The importance of Ethics in Communication

Dr. Leonard Ferenz received his Ph.D. in Philosophy with a specialization in Medical Ethics from Georgetown University and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics in Washington, D.C.. He is now retired from a 25 year career teaching at the university level. Concurrent with his teaching career, Dr. Ferenz has served on several hospital, home health, and extended care ethics committees. He presently serves as the Vice President of the Character Council of Collier County. Dr. Ferenz has numerous publications in the field of medical and business ethics, he conducted an external ethics of audit of Collier County Government in 2003 and he was the key author of a character education program for the Collier County Public School system, known as the “Circle of Excellence”.
Dr. Ferenz was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, attended Denver University as an undergraduate, had a brief career as a stock broker and investment banking consultant before returning to school to earn his Ph.D. at Georgetown and commence his academic career. Dr. Ferenz is married and has a son who presently has no interest in philosophy or ethics insofar as he is only nine years old.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

11:30 Social; 11:50 Luncheon
Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail North

Naples, FL 34103

Cost: $30 for PRSA, $38 Non-Members, $25 Student
s

Reservations must be made by Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.

*No-shows will be billed if no prior notice given and only checks accepted at the door. NOTE: To guarantee seating and meal, reserve online and pay through PayPal by FRIDAY, Oct. 20. No cash is accepted at the door. Checks are accepted and must be provided at the time of the featured event. No shows will be billed if no prior notice given.

August 2017 Lunch N Learn – Best Practices and Practical Ideas for Your Clients, Businesses and Organizations

Naples Daily News and PRSA Present a Social Media Panel:

Current Best Practices and Practical Ideas for Your Clients, Businesses and Organizations

 

In partnership with the Naples Press Club and the Association of Fundraising Professionals

NPC and AFP members may register at the PRSA member rate of $30.00

 

Date:               Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Location:        Naples Hilton

11:30 a.m.       Registration and networking

11:55 a.m.       Welcome: Pam Fultz, President, Gulf Coast Chapter of PRSA

Sponsor Remarks: Bill Barker, President, Naples Daily News

Lunch

12:15 p.m.       Introduction of Emcee: Rachel Pierce, NBC-2

Introduction of Panelists (see below)

Q&A

1:10 p.m.         Adjourn

Cost:
$30 PRSA Members
$38 Non-Members
$25 Students

*No shows will be billed if no prior notice given and only checks accepted at the door. NOTE: To guarantee seating and meal, reserve online and pay through PayPal by FRIDAY, August 18, 2017. No cash is accepted at the door. Checks are accepted and must be provided at the time of the luncheon. No shows will be billed if no prior notice given. Thank you.

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Social Media Experts/Panelists

Name Organization Area of Focus
  Catherine Bergerson

 

Director of Communication and Marketing

Conservancy of SW Florida

Nonprofit best practices
  Jigsha Desai Digital Director

Naples Daily News

Media tools
  Georgia Beasley Director of TopicPulse Strategic Initiatives

Futuri Media

Media tools
  Matt Bernaldo Director of Digital

NBC-2

24/7 online news/story posting and monitoring
  John Miller Attorney at Law

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt

Legal aspects

Gary Meo guest speaker for June 20 meeting

For our June meeting, Gary Meo discuss media tracking and research, specifically how audience tracking and measurement options assist companies in understanding consumers.

Meo will also address methods to engage with audience members, utilizing media across all platforms, including television, online, mobile and emerging.

DATE:
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail North, Naples

Schedule:
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Networking
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Presentation

Cost:
$27 PRSA Members
$35 Non-Members
$20 Students

*No shows will be billed if no prior notice given and only checks accepted at the door. NOTE: To guarantee seating and meal, reserve online and pay through PayPal by FRIDAY, June 23, 2017. No cash is accepted at the door. Checks are accepted and must be provided at the time of the luncheon. No shows will be billed if no prior notice given. Thank you.

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Gary leads the division of Nielsen Scarborough that provides the sales and service of the company’s local-insights products for over 150 major metropolitan daily newspapers, alternative newsweeklies, magazines and digital companies nationwide.
Before joining Scarborough in 1995, Gary held marketing and research positions at Time Inc., People Weekly, LA WEEKLY, the Los Angeles Times and Hispanic Magazine.
Gary earned a BA degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton and is a graduate of the Executive Program in Management at UCLA’s John E. Anderson Graduate School of Business.

Presentation Material Below:

 

May 2017 Lunch N Learn with Stephen Dupont

This month we welcome back Stephen Dupont, vice president of public relations and branded content with Minneapolis firm Pocket Hercules. Stephen returns to explain why marketing and communications professionals need to re-connect with their customers (and other stakeholders such as employees, vendors or investors) through real conversations. Based on his recent cover story for Chief Content Officer magazine, Dupont will offer practical tips on how to reinvigorate stale content marketing programs with real conversations and add the type of context that can make your content more relevant, authentic — and worth sharing.

About Stephen Dupont: Stephen Dupont, APR, is VP of Public Relations and Branded Content for Pocket Hercules (www.pockethercules.com), a brand marketing firm based in Minneapolis. He has more than 25 years experience in public relations, marketing and branding. He is a frequent contributor to PRSA’s The Strategist and Public Relations Tactics publications, and writers about marketing, content and branding on his blog, stephendupont.co. His work has been honored with three Silver Anvils, and he has served as president of the Minnesota chapter of PRSA.

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DATE:
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail North, Naples

Schedule:
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Networking
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Presentation

Cost:
$27 PRSA Members
$35 Non-Members
$20 Students

*No shows will be billed if no prior notice given and only checks accepted at the door. NOTE: To guarantee seating and meal, reserve online and pay through PayPal by FRIDAY, May 19, 2017. No cash is accepted at the door. Checks are accepted and must be provided at the time of the luncheon. No shows will be billed if no prior notice given. Thank you.

April Lunch ‘N Learn speaker Sarah Owen, President SFCF

Sarah Owen will discuss Crisis Communications and share how the Southwest Florida Community Foundation worked with local partners, municipalities and victims’ families to assist in the aftermath of the Club Blu shooting in Fort Myers.

Sarah’s journey into the non-profit sector followed a career in investor relations, public relations and corporate communications. She worked for publicly traded companies on the New York Stock Exchange as well as private companies throughout the Southeastern United States.Sarah shares her leadership at the national, state and regional level. She is Florida delegate for the National Vision 20/20 Initiative, serves as chair of the Community Foundations of Florida (a member group of Florida Philanthropic Network), is a member of the board of the Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance and serves on the Healthy Lee Steering Committee.  The News-Press named Sarah their 2016 Person of the Year.

A graduate of Florida Southern College and the University of South Florida, Sarah holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education as well as certifications in environmental engineering from University of Florida’s TREEO Center.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

11:30 Social; 11:50 Luncheon
Vi Bentley Village, 701 Retreat Drive, Naples, 34110

Cost: $27  PRSA Members, $35  Non-Members, $20  Student
s

Reservations must be made by Friday, April 21.

*No-shows will be billed if no prior notice given and only checks accepted at the door. NOTE: To guarantee seating and meal, reserve online and pay through PayPal by FRIDAY, Feb. 24. No cash is accepted at the door. Checks are accepted and must be provided at the time of the featured event. No shows will be billed if no prior notice given.

First ever PR Conference at Sea

PRSA Sunshine District Conference – June 23-26, 2017

PRville 2017: The PRSA Sunshine District Conference at sea | Friday, June 23 – Monday, June 26, 2017

North Florida PRSA welcomes you to the Sunshine District Annual Conference 2017 home port! We are so excited to announce we are casting off the lines and shoving off from boring hotel-based conferences! We’ll spend three glorious days at sea mixing our professional development with pleasure boating on Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas. This is quite possibly the very first PR conference held on the high seas anywhere in the world.

We’ll have all the features you’ve come to love about the annual district conference with none of the boring stuff. You can even bring along a spouse, friend or traveling companion to enjoy this beautiful three-day weekend. While we’re at sea, we’ll be learning about the latest trends in our industry, building our skills and gaining experience through the shared stories from our top-notch speaker lineup.

This conference is truly a departure from the ordinary PR conferences. So don’t be a landlubber and reserve your seat today. Guarantee your PRVille registration at preferred rates by paying a refundable deposit of $200 per stateroom any time through April 8. Payment in full is due by 5 p.m. on April 9. Bon Voyage!