President’s Corner – March 2017

The warm weather is here already, and March brings some exciting opportunities for our members with two events to enhance our role in public relations.

First, our meeting on Wednesday, March 15 will cover a growing issue facing public relations practitioners and our audiences: fake news. According to the Pew Research Center, “Facebook has 1.8 billion users, and 44 percent of Americans get their news from the site.”

Don Smith of the West Virginia Press Association will join us to discuss the growth of fake news and how as public relations professionals we can help combat it for our clients, corporations or non-profit organization.

Then, mark your calendars for Friday, March 24 and the Professional Development Seminar “Storytelling in a Digital Age” with the West Virginia University Reed College of Media at the new Innovation Center in Morgantown. Featured speakers include communicators from the Huffington Post, FleishmanHillard and more.

We will join with PRSA-Pittsburgh to get a unique experience in story identification for traditional and immersive storytelling, engaging audiences in the digital environments and more!

Hurry! Space for this event is limited and there is an early bird rate of $30 if you register before March 3.

Again, our annual Crystal Awards Gala is on Wednesday June, 14th at the Culture Center in Charleston. The Crystal Awards has grown to be one of the most competitive public relations awards in the nation.

Thank you, and I look forward to seeing everyone at one, or both of these events.