A Note from the President
Dear PPRA Members,

Our programming season is already in full swing, and we have quite the lineup for you!

Whether you're new to PR or a seasoned professional, you've likely wondered how to make your pitch stand out in a crowded inbox . On September 30, a top-notch panel of journalists - including reporters from USA Today and Associated Press - will share their expert advice. You won't want to miss this opportunity to hear directly from national and local reporters about how their needs are changing and how you can help them meet those needs.

PPRA continues its commitment to college students and young professionals with the second annual Networking 101 event on October 13. Join us for tips on authentic and effective networking to help you land your dream job.

He offered Kanye West a job and turned Drake's "Hotline Bling" into a #NoSavesies campaign during a snowstorm. Now you can hear from the man behind it all, Sgt. Eric Gripp of the Philadelphia Police Department, during our How to be Brave on Social Media program . (I can't wait for this one!)

Thank you to everyone who came out for our kick-off social event in August during Center City Sips and our fantastic DNC Wrap-Up program last week. It's always great to see new and familiar faces at our events and to leave with new contacts and fresh ideas!

I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming programs and encourage you to renew your membership to take full advantage of all that PPRA has to offer - including discounts to all of these amazing events!

Ashley Berke
2016-2017 President
Philadelphia Public Relations Association

Here's What You Missed
Sips Happy Hour
On August 21st, PPRA members celebrated the start of the 2016-2017 year by drinking and mingling at Dilworth Park during Sips, presented by the Center City District.

Member Mondays
Our popular Member Monday feature continues, featuring Q&As with all-star members  Ike Richman,  Christanna Ciabattoni, Bill Wedo, and  Niki Gianakaris . Head over to our  blog for more about their work and to learn from their expert advice.

"After the DNC" Panel
On September 14th, we heard from the local PR professionals who led the DNC and contributed their expertise to share Philadelphia's story on a national stage. Check out #PPRAProgram for memorable moments.

Upcoming Events
Friday, September 30th, 11:30am - 1:30pm
From success stories to #PRfails, a panel of top-notch journalists will share true stories of what works and what doesn't when trying to get your pitch to the top of the pile. 
Thursday, October 13th, 5:45pm - 8:00pm
How can you practice networking in a way that is authentic and effective? This event will feature keynote remarks and a Q&A session with Justin Pizzi, VP of sales and marketing at Saxbys Coffee, followed by a speed networking opportunity with professionals from a broad cross-section of the communications industry.
Wednesday, October 19th, 8:30am - 10:00am 
Join in for expert tips on finding the right hook for a campaign, getting buy-in from the boss and C-suite, and responding to critics - plus lessons learned after taking the leap.

Gold Medal Luncheon Honoring Jane Golden
Thursday, November 3rd, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Jane Golden is the founder and executive director of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Golden has received numerous awards for her work, and the Gold Medal Luncheon will mark the first time she is recognized by a public relations group. PPRA is honored to recognize Golden for turning the national and international spotlight on the city of Philadelphia. 

Local Media Happenings
  • Sheena Lester has joined the staff at The Philadelphia Daily News as assistant news editor.
  • As of 8/29, Paul D. Davies has been named deputy editorial page editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, replacing Josh Gohlke, who resigned to return to his home state of California.
  • Richard Donnelly, the owner of Philadelphia Weekly and the South Philly Review, purchased a South Jersey chain of weekly newspapers (Sun Newspapers, including nine South Jersey papers and one in Princeton) from Elauwit Media for an undisclosed amount.
  • Lauren McGrath, former assistant lifestyle editor of Philadelphia Magazine, has left the publication. 
Know of a recent media change? Email us! 

Photo of the Month
PPRA members attend Billy Penn's "Who's Next: Communications" award ceremony at the
Red Tettemer O'Connell + Partners
 office to celebrate our honored members and
to spread the word about PPRA membership.

  • September is Hunger Action Month, and Philabundance kicked off the national campaign to fight hunger with a press event on Sept. 8 to raise awareness. Amanda White led press efforts, securing attendance from  6abc, NBC 10, FOX 29, CBS 3, KYW Newsradio, and the South Philly Review. L earn more about the campaign here.
  • Sarah Maiellano, Alex McKechnie, and Nina Scimenes were involved in the grand opening of the Museum of the American Revolution's plaza dedicated to Gerry Lenfest. Philly Pops performed outside and breakfast was served by Brûlée, exclusive caterer for the museum. Read more on Philly.com. 
  • According to a company press release, Bellevue Communications Group announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with veteran reporter Walt Hunter to provide media training and media protocols for police departments, fire departments, and emergency responders.
  • David W. Brown, Visiting Assistant Professor of Instruction in the School of Media and Communication at Temple University, has been awarded the 2016 David Ferguson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Relations Education from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
  • Sarah Maiellano, who started with the Philly POPS in August 2015, has been promoted to Assistant Director of Communications. She is responsible for all media relations, social media, and writing of public-facing material. 
  • Sharla Feldscher announces her partnership with daughter Hope Horwitz, establishing Feldscher Horwitz Public Relations (FHPR). The firm has a general base of clients that includes entertainment and attractions, senior health care, law, education, and much more.
Win an award? Speaking on a panel? Landed an amazing media hit? 
Email us your good news at  info@ppra.com.

New faces have joined PPRA. Make sure to say hello if you see them at one of our next events!
  • Adrienne Brown, Philadelphia Bar Foundation
  • Alethia Calbeck, PHLCVB
  • Anthony Campisi, Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy
  • Carly Gardner, Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
  • Danielle Hagerty, Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
  • Deanna Crusco, University City Science Center
  • Elliot Griffin, Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy
  • Emily Hart, Pennsylvania Ballet
  • Emily Storz, Drexel University
  • Erin Dwyer, Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy
  • Max Weisman, Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy
  • Molly Yun, Center City District
  • Pamela Yau, City of Philadelphia
  • Pete Peterson, Bellevue Communications Group
  • Samantha Byles, Bellevue Communications Group
  • Samantha Dinon    
  • Tory Harris, WHYY
Meet Philly's TV & Radio News Directors 
Presented by NATAS Mid-Atlantic, discuss the latest trends in news and digital and learn about behind-the-scenes decisions that go into news coverage. Register for the 10/5 event here using code 92106 (password MeetND) for discounted registration.

Your dream career could be a few clicks away. Visit PPRA's Career Corner for more details on the following positions: 

Public Relations Account Manager
Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.
Instructor/Assistant Teaching Professor
Drexel University
Public Relations Account Coordinator
Hornercom Inc.
Director, Community Engagement
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Have a job you want to promote in the Career Corner to reach nearly 300 PR professionals in the area? Click here to post your job !