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January 2018  

Upcoming Chapter Meeting

January Chapter Meeting featuring Roby Brock, CEO of Talk Business and Politics

Friday, January 19
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Little Rock Club

Register for this Arkansas PRSA meeting

Kick off the New Year with PRSA! Join us on Jan. 19 for officer installations and Roby Brock's annual business and politics forecast.

As the CEO of Talk Business and Politics, Brock will give his prediction for the local business and political climate, as well as discuss how national politics could potentially impact Arkansans at the state level. We will also install our 2018 officers.

About Roby Brock

Roby Brock

Roby Brock is the CEO of Talk Business & Politics, an 18-year-old multi-media news organization reporting on business and politics in Arkansas.

Under Brock's direction, content is driven through many channels such as the Talk Business & Politics TV show, which airs Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. on KATV Channel 7, 10 a.m. on KAIT’s NBC affiliate, and 10:30 a.m. on KFSM Channel 5 in Northwest Arkansas.

Brock also moderates radio programs on NPR affiliates statewide and a daily digital newscast at TalkBusiness.net. In partnership with Hendrix College, Talk Business & Politics conducts statewide polling on political and business issues throughout the year.

TB&P also reports through a subscription magazine, daily e-newsletters and web reports featuring state business profiles, industry developments and current political discussions. In September 2016, Talk Business & Politics acquired the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal and is expanding its coverage in this region of the state.

Fast Forward

February Chapter Meeting: Why Representation Matters
Friday, Feb. 16
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Little Rock Club

Join Arkansas PRSA in February for a fireside chat with Jenifer Daniels, APR, founder and managing director of Colorstock. Jenifer will discuss the importance of diversity in visual storytelling and why she thinks it's important to say that #WeSeeColor.

Our chapter's annual PRSSA agency/industry tour day will take place Feb. 16, so we'll have several students join us for our meeting. 

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Upcoming Chapter Meeting

Why representation matters: a fireside chat with Jenifer Daniels, APR, Founder & Managing Director of Colorstock

Friday, February 16
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Little Rock Club

Register for Arkansas PRSA Chapter Meeting

Launched in August 2015, Colorstock offers images of Black, Asian, Latinx and other ethnically diverse people at work and at play, reflecting their nuanced lives in realistic ways. Join Jenifer as she discusses the importance of diversity in visual storytelling and why she thinks it's important to say that #WeSeeColor.

Moderated by Pam Jones, president and lead strategist at Culturally Connected Communications, this fireside chat is an interactive alternative to traditional presentations. If you have questions you'd like to submit, please email them to presidentelect@arkprsa.org by Tuesday, Feb. 13.

About Jenifer Daniels, APR

An award-winning brand storyteller and strategist, Jenifer Daniels transitioned to techpreneur launching Colorstock, a culturally intelligent stock photo marketplace. Jenifer has delivered talks on branding, strategy, and startups at TEDxCharlotte, CUNY, IABC World Conference, Charlotte Startup Weekend, and Netroots Nation. She has been featured in The New York Times, Detroit Free Press, HuffPostLive, BBC News, Essence, and SiriusXM. Jenifer is a social impact investor of 100+ women owned-ventures, a New Leaders Council Fellow, and former board chair of Sustain Charlotte.

Our chapter's annual PRSSA agency/industry tour day will take place Feb. 16, so we'll have several students join us for our meeting.

Fast Forward

March Chapter meeting: The Art of Positive Communication for Leaders
Friday, March 16
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Little Rock Club

Join Arkansas PRSA in March as Dr. Julien C. Mirivel introduces us to the art of positive communication. His talk is built on the premise that “the spoken word, spoken honorably and well, can make a difference that no other form of communication can equal.”

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Call for Nominations: Diamond and Crystal Awards

The chapter is currently accepting nominations for the annual career achievement awards: the Diamond Award (for those outside the profession of public relations) and the Crystal Award (for members of the Arkansas chapter of PRSA). Nominations are due by Friday, Jan. 5 at 5 p.m. to Becca Green, APR, immediate past-president, at beccainlr@gmail.com. Awardees will be chosen by the Past Presidents Council in January and honored in Spring 2017.

The Diamond Award

The Diamond Award is an external award presented by the Arkansas Chapter of Public Relations Society of America to an individual who, in the opinion of the Past Presidents Council, has made significant contributions resulting in the enhancement of the image of Arkansas, and who has performed outstanding service to the State in which the principles of public relations have played a major part.

Criteria:

  1. Nominee’s personal or professional contributions have enhanced the image of Arkansas.
  2. Nominee’s public relations practices played a major part in these enhancements.

Eligibility:

A recipient of the Diamond Award can receive only one such award in a lifetime. No award can be presented posthumously.

Nomination Procedure: 

  1. Nominations may only be made by current members of the Arkansas Chapter of PRSA.
  2. The number of nominations for the same person is not limited.
  3. No member may nominate his or her employer, a client or anyone associated with him or her in the practice of public relations.
  4. Nominators must submit a nomination form and biographical sketch of the person being nominated (not to exceed 1,500 words.)
  5. Optional support materials such as newspaper/magazine articles or letters of support may be included with nomination form.

Download a nomination form for the Diamond Award here.

Crystal Award

Members of the Past Presidents Council may award the Crystal Award to an internal member of the Arkansas Chapter of PRSA who, in the collective opinion of the council, has made significant and continuous contributions to the public relations profession over a period of years and / or their career.

Criteria:

Nominees for the Crystal Award must meet the following criteria. Eligible candidates must be:

  1. Current member of and in good standing with the Arkansas Chapter of PRSA.
  2. Experienced in serving the Arkansas Chapter of PRSA through one of the following:President OR Elected board member OR Committee member for period of one calendar year or twelve consecutive months
  3. Accredited in Public Relations (APR).
  4. Experienced in supporting the community through their public relations efforts as evidenced by their resume

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. A recipient of the Crystal Award can receive only one such award in their lifetime.
  2. The Crystal Award may not be presented posthumously.

Nominating Procedure:

  1. Nominations may only be made by current members of Arkansas Chapter of PRSA.
  2. No member of the chapter may nominate his or her employer, a client, or anyone associated with him or her in the practice of public relations.
  3. The number of nominations for the same person is not limited.
  4. Nominations may be withdrawn by the nominating member before a vote by the PPC is taken.
  5. Nominators must submit a nomination form and cover letter including a biographical sketch of the person being nominated (not to exceed 1,500 words). Optional support materials such as newspaper/magazine articles or letters of support may be included with nomination form.

Download a nomination form for the Crystal Award here.

Nominations should be sent to Immediate Past President Becca Green, APR, at beccainlr@gmail.com by Friday, Jan. 5, by 5 p.m.

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PRSA National

MyPRSA

Have you explored MyPRSA? MyPRSA is PRSA’s members-only, secure, private community that empowers PRSA members to create meaningful communication and share resources. In addition to this versatile community and resource library, you will have access to all of your membership account information. Be sure to take advantage of this valuable member benefit.


 New Member Promotion 

Refer a friend through December 31, 2018, and the person referring will receive a $40 Amazon gift card. The new member gets the $65 initiation fee waived when they use the FRIENDS18 code.  Here are the details  https://www.prsa.org/refer-a-friend/

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Member News

We want to hear your good news. Notify Nikki Heck, APR, at membership@arkprsa.org to be featured in the next newsletter.

New and Reinstated Members

Welcome to the members who joined or rejoined our chapter during the last quarter of 2017! We look forward to getting you plugged in to Arkansas PRSA.

  • Donna Bragg
  • Debbie Nuttall Davis
  • Marisha DiCarlo
  • Craig Douglass
  • Whitney Hickerson
  • Mary Claire Hill
  • Tyler Lindsey
  • Meg Mirivel, MA
  • Stacy Peterson
  • Nathan Pittman
  • Rebecca P. Pittman
  • Aaron Sadler
  • Elizabeth Anne Wasson 

 

Connect with a Mentor

Interested in finding a PR mentor? Nikki Heck, APR, is leading our chapter’s efforts to connect emerging leaders with experienced pros in our chapter. If you’d like help getting connected with a potential mentor, contact Nikki at nheck@cosl.org. Visit our website to learn more about the mentor program.


Maximize Your Network: Join a PRSA Committee

Looking to make new connections, get more involved in PRSA and help advance our field? Sign up to participate on a PRSA committee. We can use your help with Programming, Hospitality, Prism Awards, PRSSA student/chapter outreach, Membership, Communications and APR process/programs. Email Sarah Kinser, APR, at skinser@arcf.org to learn more.

Our chapter is also forming a committee to explore programming for PRSA Diversity Month in August. If you're intrested in being a part of this committee, email Pam Jones at pam@thec3firm.com.


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Marketing and Communications Associate
Rock Region METRO

 

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