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Public Relations: Professional Organizations
Created for students pursuing a major or minor in public relations.
"The Association for Women in Communications is the one organization that recognizes the complex relationships that exist across communications disciplines. Modern communicators must demonstrate competence in varied disciplines and be able to network and make career moves across the broad spectrum of communications fields. Disciplines represented within the association include print and broadcast journalism, television and radio production, film, advertising, public relations, marketing, graphic design, multi-media design, and photography. The list is continually growing as the profession expands into the newer media" -- From the website (About Us).
"The Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management is the confederation of the world's major PR and communication management associations and institutions, representing 160,000 practitioners and academics around the world. The Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management is a not-for-profit organisation based in Switzerland. The Global Alliance's mission is to unify the public relations profession, raise professional standards all over the world, share knowledge for the benefit of its members and be the global voice for public relations in the public interest.
The Global Alliance relies on the efforts of communication professionals to tackle common problems with a global perspective. By partnering with regional, national and international bodies to increase professionalism in public relations and communication management, this Alliance works to enhance the collaborative professionalism of the industry among its constituents around the world. The Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management is a not-for-profit organisation based in Switzerland" -- From the website (Who-we-are).
"Like many other Hispanic professional organizations that came of age in the 1980's, the Hispanic Public Relations Association was established in 1984 by a group of Latino practitioners who believed that the creation of an organization dedicated to serving their specific needs and interests was the most effective way to promote professional advancement in the field.
The first spark for the organization came from founder David Garcia, who worked then with Fleishman Hillard Public Relations. Garcia believed that other PR organizations' well-intentioned efforts to embrace multiculturalism were more geared to serving the needs of the organization than they were to Hispanic practitioners. Garcia initially discussed the idea with Myrna Gutierrez and John Echeveste, who agreed and began working with Garcia on plans to establish the organization.
HPRA was formed at a time when Hispanics were beginning to fill many corporate, non-profit and government PR positions in the Los Angeles area. The first official meeting brought together a group that included, among others, Esther Renteria, Rose Soto, Emma Carrasco, and Mari Bellas, who became the founding members. The first order of business was to establish a name, and after several brainstorm sessions, the group settled on HPRA. The organization was loosely modeled on its journalistic counterpart, CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California" -- From the website (About Us).
"The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a global network of communication professionals committed to improving organizational effectiveness through strategic communication. Established in 1970, IABC serves members in more than 70 countries for networking, career development and personal growth. Learn more about what we offer for students, professionals and corporate groups who want to take their business communication skills to the next level" -- From the website (Home).
"The International Public Relations Association (IPRA) was founded 60 years ago, when in the late 1940s several Dutch and British public relations (PR) practitioners discussed the notion of organizing public relations professionals into a transnational society. The objective was to raise standards of public relations practice worldwide and improve the quality of PR practitioners. IPRA was formally established in London on 1 May 1955.
Today, IPRA is a worldwide organization with members in both established and emerging countries. It is governed by a geographical representative Board and run by a Secretariat in the UK. IPRA represents individual professionals, not agencies or companies. IPRA is recognized as an international non-governmental organization by the United Nations and has been granted consultative status by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)" -- From the website (About).
"Since its founding in 1998, the National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS) has served as an advocate for black professionals in public relations, media relations, corporate communications, investor relations, government affairs, community relations, and related fields.
Run by professionals for professionals, NBPRS addresses the diverse needs of its members through programs and partnerships that provide cultural and competitive advantages.
NBPRS has chapters in the major media markets and offers peer-to-peer support, mentorship, networking, job opportunities, internships, and career advancement strategies for professionals engaged in corporate, government, agency, non-profit, and private practice" -- From the website (About Us).
"Since 1935, the National School Public Relations Association has been providing school communication training and services to school leaders throughout the United States, Canada, and the U.S. Dependent Schools worldwide. NSPRA's mission is to advance education through responsible communication. We accomplish that mission through a variety of diverse services that we provide to Our Members and to other school leaders who contract with or buy from us. With over 75 years of experience, we have a reputation in the field for practical approaches to solving school district and agency communication problems" -- From the website (About).
"The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the nation’s largest professional organization serving the communications community with a mission to “make communications professionals smarter, better prepared and more connected through all stages of their career.” Our membership collectively represents more than 30,000 members comprised of communications professionals spanning every industry sector nationwide and college and university students" -- From the website (About).
"Founded in 1967, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the foremost organization for students interested in public relations and communications. We advocate rigorous academic standards for public relations education, the highest ethical principles and diversity in the profession. PRSSA is made up of more than 10,000 students and advisers organized into 300 plus Chapters in the United States, Argentina, Colombia and Peru. We are headquartered in New York City, and led by a National Committee of PRSSA and PRSA members. We have a rich history of support from our parent organization, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), which offers professional development, networking opportunities and news" -- From the website (About).
Public Relations at Lee University
The B.A. and B.S. in Public Relations are designed to train students interested in professional or academic work in the area of corporate, nonprofit or agency public relations. The courses in the major provide students with the tools and tactics necessary to fulfill their calling as public relations professionals who think critically and creatively with a biblical worldview. In Fall 2011, the Lee University Public Relations program earned international accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America, receiving a Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR) and becoming the first Christian University to receive this certification. Approximately 40 schools internationally have been awarded CEPR. - Lee University
Lee University is one of only approximately 40 schools internationally to be awarded a Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR). Earn your Bachelor's Degree from the first Christian University to have earned international accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America.