Red Sage Communications, Inc. has an opening for a Web production artist and the BBB serving North Alabama seeks a Communications Coordinator. Check out our local PR job listings.
Come join the fun with a summer social hosted by NAPRCA at Below the Radar!
Enjoy some craft beer (other beverages served as well), appetizers and great conversation with your local peers.
Who: All PR pros – whether you are a member of NAPRCA or not!
When: Thursday, July 17 | 5-7 p.m.
Where: 220 Holmes Avenue NE, Huntsville, AL 35801
One drink ticket per person.
Back in 1991, the North Alabama chapter launched a community projects program to give local PRCA members an opportunity to share public relations skills with non-profit agencies in need of assistance. It had a good run and helped a lot of deserving organizations.
In 2014, we’re bringing it back.
Introducing the PRo Bono Project
The PRo Bono Project allows Tennessee Valley nonprofits to apply for free public relations strategic planning. The nonprofit group outlines what they need. NAPRCA members help show them how to achieve it. This is community service at its best and a great way to network with peers.
We have one organization already selected, and we’re opening the application process to select another (see farther below) — kicking off an annual cycle of assistance that connects us to our community in significant ways.
The Inaugural PRo Bono Project: Better Business Bureau of North Alabama
At our April membership meeting, Michele Mason of the North Alabama BBB explained they want to take advantage of the local BBB’s 50th anniversary next year. They have intentions to pursue two simultaneous objectives: create a campaign that uses this anniversary to convey messages about the BBB, as well as host an event to announce the objectives of the BBB’s Character Foundation.
Are you a member of PRCA and interested in helping to craft a plan? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll have a meeting in June to start the brainstorming process.
Process for Nonprofits to Compete for PRo Bono Project Assistance
We’d like to choose another project this year. We are certain there are plenty of organizations that want strategic help, so we’re going to have to be selective. We may eventually move to a separate selection committee–but for now, the NAPRCA Board will gather and evaluate requests.
What kind of help are we willing to give?
Truthfully, the process will be selective and subjective. We’re going to pick something that we believe will be invigorating for our members. Something that has well defined and realistic objectives. Something that we can impact in a meaningful way.
Applying is as easy.
In a one page essay, tell us about your need and what you’re trying to accomplish. Also tell us why you think you’d benefit from PRCA’s help. Be sure to include contact information, a link to your organization’s website and timeline requirements. Then attach it to an email and send to email@example.com with the subject heading “PRo Bono Project 2014.”
We’ll let you know that we have received your application and we may even ask a few follow-up questions to help us decide. We’ll take applications through June 30, 2014. We’ll announce winners on this website the last week of July.
Good luck applicants!
Marcey Anne Sykes, a senior public relations major at the University of North Alabama, is the 2014 recipient of the North Alabama Chapter of the Public Relations Council of Alabama’s Michael K. Simmons Memorial Scholarship. She will be honored at the May 21 luncheon meeting of NAPRCA, held at Redstone Federal Credit Union.
The award is $2,000 toward the recipient’s tuition and fees for the Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 terms. The scholarship is open to students majoring in public relations or public relations-related fields of study such as public communications, marketing, mass communications, or journalism. Students must be enrolled in a university located in north Alabama and have completed at least one semester of coursework to be eligible for the scholarship.
The award selection is based on grade point average, extracurricular activities, a faculty recommendation and an essay.
At UNA, Sykes is a member of the varsity tennis team, National Leadership Society, Phi Kappa Phi academic honorary, and UNA PRIDE (Public Relations Individuals Dedicated to Excellence), which is the university’s student public relations organization. She is also a freelance photographer/videographer and has a 3.95 GPA. Sykes is from Iuka, Miss., and was a a student and member of the tennis team at Northeast Mississippi Community College before transferring to UNA.
The North Alabama Chapter of PRCA established the Michael K. Simmons Memorial Scholarship Program in 1974, with the purpose of encouraging students to explore the public relations profession and to introduce them to PRCA and the important role a professional organization can play in the early stages of their career. Funds for the scholarship are raised from individual member donations, professional development events and workshops.
The Public Relations Council of Alabama seeks to promote the development of public relations practitioners through continuing education and increased awareness about the profession.