Monthly Update

Jan. 9

In this issue …


Happy Career Development Month!
Vice President of Career Services Sarah Dougherty
Stay tuned in January for different tips to help you prepare for internship and entry level positions. Follow #PRSSACDM on social media to join the Career Development Month conversation and learn more from different articles and tips. The CDM Twitter chat will be Thursday, Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. E.T. Don't forget to check out listings on the Internship Center and use the Career Resources Manual to better guide your job search. Feel free to email Sarah Dougherty at with any questions.
New Year, New News — Stay Informed and Improve Your Writing
Publications Editor in Chief Krista Watson
The new year comes with new challenges and resolutions. This year, make it a priority to improve your writing skills and build your portfolio by writing for PRSSA publications. Be sure to follow the submission guidelines and check out the PRSSA Style Guide. Email Krista Watson at with any questions or topic ideas.
Also, keep an eye out for the next issue of FORUM, which is scheduled to be published mid-January. In the meantime, catch up on the latest issue here.
National Assembly Deadlines Approaching
National President Emma Finkbeiner
The PRSSA 2017 National Assembly in Seattle is quickly approaching. Are you the official delegate for your Chapter? Are you running for a National Committee position? Be sure to register for the event and submit all necessary materials by Feb. 15! Then, check out the National Assembly website for more information on the program and the beautiful city of Seattle. See you there!


Regional Conference Registrations Open
Vice President of Regional Conferences Nicole Price
Ready for your next PRSSA event? Consider attending any of the 10 Regional Conferences. Registrations are open and you won’t want to miss this opportunity. Check out the Regional Conference page for dates and other information.
Prepare for February’s FUNdraising Bowl
Vice President of Chapter Development Victoria Leigh Ward
Every Chapter faces financial obstacles throughout the year. Review Chapter News, last year’s FUNdraising Bowl Playbook and PRSSA Fundraising Tips online for fundraising ideas. After hosting your own fundraiser, submit your Chapter’s success story using the FUNdraising Bowl Monthly Application From February 1 to April 3. Remember to review the FUNdraising Bowl Guidelines for more information. Each monthly winner will be entered into the final drawing on May 31 for the grand prize of two free National Conference registrations.
High School Outreach
Vice President of Advocacy Andrew Cook
Would your Chapter like to receive the Star Chapter award this year? If so, now is a great time to plan out how your Chapter can fulfill the high school outreach requirement. Reach out to local schools to begin planning a visit for this semester. High school outreach sessions benefit the Chapter by giving members an opportunity to mentor future public relations students and become advocates for the profession. Don't forget to access the High School Outreach Presentation Template.
Share Your Chapter’s Story
Vice President of Public Relations Joshua Lachica
Interested in sharing your Chapter’s story? Consider writing a release for Chapter News to be published on the PRSSA National website. Writing for Chapter News is a great way to expand your writing portfolio and to practice writing news releases. Check out the PRSSA Style Guide for help with your writing.
What's Your Goal for 2017?
Immediate Past President Laura Daronatsy
As you craft goals for the new year, what professional goals do you have? Take time to think about what you want to achieve. If you're an underclassman, think about your dream internship. How will you get there? If you're a senior, think about joining PRSA and how it fits into your future. Make a step-by-step game plan for where you want to go this year and follow it.


Jan. 16 — Online distribution of FORUM