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Join us for a Graphic Design Troubleshooting 101 Workshop

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Graphic Design workshop graphicMany public relations professionals are required to do a graphic design project from time to time, even if you have never received proper training for it. Now is your chance to get a crash course on the fundamentals of design from an experienced professional. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a novice at design, join Karlos Taylor for a hands-on workshop to brush up on your skills!

The director of Graduate Graphic Design at Mississippi College, Taylor will lead this special session to teach PR professionals effective techniques for contending with the content, space and budget limitations that are common in the workplace. He will share basic graphic design standards and troubleshooting tips, so you can enhance your skills on the spot and walk away with practical tools to be applied immediately.

Workshop information

  • Facilitator: Karlos Taylor
  • What: A graphic design, troubleshooting 101 workshop
  • When: Wednesday, May 17
    9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Where: Mississippi College (room and parking details are coming soon!)

This professional development opportunity is open to PRAM Central members, in addition to non-members and those in other PRAM chapters throughout Mississippi.

Registration options

  • $40 = Early Bird for PRAM Central members (must be received by Friday, April 28)
  • $50 = Regular Fee for PRAM Central members
  • $65 = Non-Member Fee for someone not in PRAM Central or a member of another PRAM chapter

Download the Graphic Design Workshop registration form.

How to register

To reserve a spot for the workshop, submit a completed registration form and payment. Participants can pay by check or credit card. Please make all checks payable to: PRAM Central Chapter. Registration is non-refundable.

  • Option 1: Email your completed registration form to Erin Barham at erin.barham@medicaid.ms.gov; pay by check or credit card by contacting Matt Westerfield at 601-359-6148.
  • Option 2: Mail your completed registration form and check to:
    Erin Barham, APR
    Mississippi Division of Medicaid
    550 High Street, Suite 1000
    Jackson, MS 39201

More information and details will be posted on this page as it becomes available. If you have questions or need more information, contact Erin Barham, APR at erin.barham@medicaid.ms.gov.

LEC summer 2017 internship opportunity

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LEC’s Director of Communications announces the opportunity for a college student majoring in the field of Communications, or a related field, to gain valuable experience in a summer internship at a leading Industrial Automation Engineering firm. Intern will work directly with the Director of Communications on all aspects of internal and external communications activities to gain knowledge and experience in real-world communication endeavors. Intern will assist with new and ongoing public relations, marketing and advertising efforts. Intern is not entitled to wages or any sort of entitlements for time spent in the LEC Internship Program.

Internship Schedule
Internship will begin May 30, 2017 and continue until August 4, 2017. Intern has the option to begin internship prior to May 1 and to extend internship past August 4, if desired.

Intern will work a minimum of six (6) hours per week, with the option to work additional hours, if desired by Intern. Intern may select preferred work days (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) with the understanding the schedule must receive prior approval from the Director of Communications.
Internship Application and Submission Deadline
Interested candidates should email LEC’s Director of Communications Liz Densmore to apply for the position. Ldensmore@LECINC.com

The deadline to submit applications is Friday, March 31, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Primary Learning Objectives

  1. Assist with development of creative concepts and marketing strategies.
  2. Coordinate with graphic designer to translate creative concepts into print, online and other collateral materials.
  3. Develop content for promotional materials including, but not limited to direct mail pieces, print and electronic newsletters, website and social media content, news releases and other materials as needed.
  4. Assist with copy editing for the various promotional materials defined above.

Specific Tasks to Accomplish

  1. Intern will assist in developing concepts and ideas for current and new company Communications-related activities and publications.
  2. Intern will participate in meetings, events and activities related to LEC Communications endeavors.
  3. Intern will write copy for LEC collateral materials, news releases, newsletters, publications and social media outlets.
  4. Intern will assist with creation, development and proofing of company materials and publications.

Additional Information

  • LEC’s Director of Communications will guide, oversee and assist Intern with all activities.
  • Intern will be under direct supervision of LEC’s Director of Communications.
  • Intern will be provided with opportunities to receive real-world experience in a safe, positive and instructional environment.
  • Intern will have 100% access to LEC’s Director of Communications at all times.
  • Intern will be provided invaluable learning experiences under the supervision of a communications professional with over 16 years of communications experience.
  • LEC’s Director of Communications will actively participate, monitor, direct, oversee, and have final review of and authority over any and all of the Intern’s activities.
  • LEC provides that the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the Intern.
  • LEC recognizes, maintains and understands that the Intern is not entitled to a job LEC at the conclusion of the internship.
  • LEC recognizes, maintains and understands that the Intern is not entitled to wages or any sort of entitlements for time spent in the internship.

About LEC
Leaders in Industrial Automation Control Engineering and IIoT Communication LEC provides industrial automation and control engineering, and industrial IoT enablement and cloud platform services of the highest quality with an unending commitment to our Clients, Strategic Partners and Communities. Through Client and Partner engagement, technical innovation, research and investment in the brightest human resources, we engineer smarter systems to achieve complete satisfaction of those we serve. With each project our goal is to establish a new standard of quality and professionalism.

About LEC’s Director of Communications
Liz Hogue Densmore brings over 16 years of communications-related experience to LEC’s executive team, where she is responsible for all aspects of external and internal communications and human resource-related activities.

Her previous positions as a television news reporter and anchor, media representative at the Mississippi State Department of Health, and Director of Public Relations and Marketing at the USA International Ballet Competition have prepared her to expertly meet the marketing needs of LEC. Liz is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism with an Emphasis in Public Relations and Minors in English and Theatre.

Liz was selected as one of Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women for 2015 and as a 2017 Top 50 Under 40 Business Leader by the Mississippi Business Journal. She was recently named “Public Relations Practitioner of the Year” by the Public Relations Association of Mississippi’s (PRAM) Central Chapter. Liz serves as VP of Membership for PRAM Central, is a Rankin County Chamber Ambassador and a member of the Junior League of Jackson.

Jackson Academy looking for a graphic designer

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The Graphic Designer is responsible for the design and production of Jackson Academy’s printed and web publications, advertising, and web maintenance to aid in advancing the mission and goals of the institution. The position reports to the Director of Marketing & Communications.

A bachelor’s degree in graphic design or equivalent as well as proficiency in Microsoft Office or Apple equivalent products, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign required. Knowledge of WordPress, Final Cut Pro, HTML, CSS, and photography is beneficial. Two or more years of experience in design are preferred.


  • Website maintenance and support
  • Maintain advertising budget and accounts
  • Create and design print and web advertising
  • Develop email communications and maintain databases
  • Work cooperatively with various departments to implement advertising material, promotional material, and coordinate fundraising and admission goals
  • Create and update electronic message boards
  • Design print and digital publications including yearly magazine and weekly e-newsletter
  • Maintain the Jackson Academy brand elements and marks
  • Work with vendors including but not limited to printers, media outlets, advertisers, and ad agencies
  • Support the Interactive Media Coordinator with graphics for social media
  • Assist with video production including editing
  • Advise on campus signage including banners, plaques, and wall murals
  • Assist photographer as needed
  • All other duties assigned

Applicants should send their resumes, cover letters, and samples of their work to Patti Wade, Director of Marketing & Communications, at communications@jacksonacademy.org. Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background screening.

It’s time to renew

by Sandi Beason
Jennifer Gray

Jennifer Lyles Gray, PRAM Central President


It is time to renew and we hope you do! Engaging in a professional networking organization has a multitude of benefits ranging from continuing education and professional development to building lasting relationships with those in your field and simply getting your name out there.

According to an article by  The Thriving Small Business, a key to effective networking is to make yourself known. We want to help you do this! People know people! We want to get to know you and help you form lasting relationships through this network of vibrant and innovative communication professionals.

As your incoming PRAM Central president, it’s my duty and honor to recite on repeat the membership benefits our organization presents its members:

  • We feature new and exciting speakers at monthly meetings and conferences whose refreshing perspectives can be taken with you and applied or influence your endeavors.
  • We enable and support your pursuit of national professional accreditation, which demonstrates your mastery of strategic communications and your commitment to your field.
  • You are first to know about job openings and opportunities to further your career.

To receive full calendar year benefits, we would like you to renew or join by March 15th at the latest so you are eligible to attend our first of two yearly conferences available to members and have the opportunity to enter in professional development awards. Click here for a new member form or a renewal form for existing members:

PRAM Central New Membership Form 2017

PRAM Central Renewal Membership Form 2017

I have personally and professionally benefitted from this organization by being involved, listening, and learning. The colleagues I have met through PRAM Central continue to serve as an invaluable resource for collaboration, discussion, brainstorming and knowledge for me and I only hope I have impacted the chapter as it has impacted me.

I hope you’ll join us as we continue to better ourselves and better each other in 2017, because your success is in turn our success. I’m looking forward to an amazing year ahead!


Jennifer Lyles Gray
Field Publications Editor
Southern Farm Bureau® Life Insurance Company

2017 President
PRAM Central

Professional Development Summer Workshops

by Sandi Beason

Mark your calendar! Starting this summer PRAM Central will host a variety of professional development workshops. These workshops will be an opportunity to receive continuing education, refine your skills, and get practical tips and tools on relevant public relations topics. Save the date for these confirmed workshops:

  • June 7: Social media workshop with Sophie Wolf at Millsaps College
  • July 21: APR Boot Camp with Dr. John E. Forde, APR, Fellow PRSA at Mississippi State University

The workshops will be open to any PRAM Central member, and other PRAM chapters throughout Mississippi. Be on the lookout for more details at our next member meeting in March!