One of the best parts about being a member of PRAM Central is that it plugs you into a network of professionals who represent a variety of disciplines and industries across the Southeast.
Those who join our chapter are also considered members of PRAM State, which connects PR practitioners across Mississippi, as well as the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF).
SPRF is made up of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi, the Public Relations Association of Louisiana, the Public Relations Council of Alabama and the Emerald Coast Public Relations Organization in Florida. Please explore the links below to learn more about all the resources available to members.
PRAM Central Facebook Discussion Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1738792329555468/?ref=bookmarks
PRAM State LinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12273177/
Southern Public Relations Federation: http://sprf.org/index.php
APR Accreditation: http://www.praccreditation.org
PRAM State: http://pramonline.org
AP Stylebook: https://apstylebook.com
PRAM State Job Bank: http://pramonline.org/jobs/
Mississippi Media Directory: https://www.mspress.org/page/MediaDirectory
A Letter From State PRAM's 2019 President
Does anyone ever ask you what you do for a living, and after you say, “public relations,” you’re met with a, “oh, how nice!”? You know they have no idea what public relations is. Let’s face it, some of us don’t even know what we’re doing half the time, which I think is part of the beauty of public relations. It’s everything, plus some. It’s an organized chaos of things, where we don’t know, but we DO know what we’re doing all at the same time. Other professions, such as attorneys, accountants, and teachers don’t have to launch into a five-minute explanation of what it is they do. People just know! It’s not our fault that PR professionals are EXTRA!
We’re writing stories, drafting statements for a crisis that may or may not ever happen, responding to reporters, planning events, creating and sustaining partnerships for ourselves and our businesses, creating social media plans to engage with our publics, developing campaigns, internal communication, external communication, figuring out which billboards you need to be on, what markets your new commercial should air in, etc. Not to mention the countless other things that pop up during the day that we take care of with style and grace.
We’re not just public relations professionals, we’re miracle workers. We’re the never-ending smiling face and solver of problems. Embrace who you are and what you do, because folks, I promise you that this job is not for everyone! It takes someone special to be a public relations pro, and I’m so very lucky to be in this field with all of you.
The next time someone asks what you do for a living, stand up tall and say with confidence, “Public Relations.” No explanation is needed.
Christen Hartley Duhé, APR
2019 PRAM State President