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UW Oshkosh PRSSA Volunteers For Red Shoes PR At The Fox Cities Marathon

December 8, 2016

OSHKOSH, Wis. (Dec. 8, 2016) — Members of The Dr. Julie Henderson Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh gained media relations experience by volunteering for Red Shoes PR, an agency from Appleton, Wisconsin, at the Community First Fox Cities Marathon presented by Miron Construction on Sept. 16 –18.

Students gained media relations experience by shadowing live and taped interviews with local TV stations and publications, corralling sources, gathering runners after they crossed the finish line, escorting runners to the media tent and making trips to the timing tent to get unofficial result times.

This is the first time that the Chapter has coordinated with Red Shoes PR, and it’s the first time the agency has worked with student volunteers. UW Oshkosh PRSSA members enjoyed the hands-on learning.

“You can only learn so much about media relations while sitting in a classroom,” said President of the UW Oshkosh PRSSA Katie Biersach. “I loved being able to get students out there in the real world for just a short amount of time. I am also very happy that the Chapter strengthened their relationship with Red Shoes PR because it could open up doors for more opportunities in the future.”

The collaboration idea sparked from an agency tour that the organization did last spring at Red Shoes PR.

“During our agency tour, members asked Red Shoes employees what they didn’t get out of their education, and the employees agreed that they lacked media relations experience,” said UW Oshkosh PRSSA Vice President of Events Carissa Brezinski. “This experience gave our Chapter the opportunity to see how media relations tactics are actually executed in a professional setting.”

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About The Dr. Julie Henderson Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

UWO PRSSA was founded in 1985 by Dr. Julie Henderson, former professor and PRSSA National Faculty Adviser. Recently, the Chapter has won the Star Chapter Award for the past two years and also placed second in the National Organ Donor Awareness Campaign in 2014.


About the Public Relations Student Society of America

The Public Relations Student Society of America (www.prssa.org) is the foremost organization for students interested in public relations and communications. Founded in 1968 by its parent organization, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), PRSSA includes more than 11,000 student members and advisers, and is active at more than 330 colleges and universities.