Dear PPRA Members,

Spring is my favorite season and it's a busy one for PPRA!

We love celebrating our members at every stage of their careers.  Join me in being #PPRAProud for the award ceremonies coming up.   It all kicks off with one of our signature events, the Hall of Fame luncheon on May 1.  

We will induct Gregg Feistman, Assistant Chair for Public Relations and Associate Professor of Practice at Temple University.  He will be welcomed into the prestigious group of Hall of Famers who precede him.  We will celebrate his accomplishments during this special luncheon that highlights his career. Reserve your ticket here.

Mark your calendars now because at the Annual Meeting Celebration on June 13 (details to come!), we will be kicking off the 75th anniversary of PPRA! We will also be turning the spotlight on PR's rising stars. Nominations are open for the Dr. Jean Brodey Student Achievement Award and the Fast Track Award.  Nominations are due May 10.  I encourage you to submit a nomination for students going above and beyond in the classroom, in their internships or young pros in the field.

Warm Regards,

Nina Scimenes
2018-2019 President
Philadelphia Public Relations Association
PPRA members attended an exclusive tour of  NBC10  and  Telemundo62 
on April 10. Attendees received a  behind-the-scenes tour of the brand-new news operations in the Comcast Technology Center.   
Several PPRA members hit the Big Apple on April 5 for an exclusive tour of some of the industry's top media outlets in New York City: CBSN, ABC, NBC News, Bloomberg and the New York Times!
On April 3, PPRA hosted the annual "Careers 101: From College to Career" event for students and young professionals. The panel included  Bonnie Grant (Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau and PPRA Hall of Famer),  Thomas Logue  (Senior Associate, AKCG - Public Relations Counselors),  Marissa Reale (2017 Dr. Jean Brodey Student Achievement Award Recipient),  Samantha Retamar (Community Projects Coordinator, NBC10), J ennifer Robinson (Founder, Purposeful Networking) and  Anthony Stipa (PHLCVB and PPRA Treasurer).
Thank you to Philip Gabriel Photography for capturing this event! 
View all Careers 101 photos here. 
Dr. Bill Cowen, PR Program Director at Villanova University, PPRA Past-President and Hall of Fame member, is serving the Oxford University Press as a reviewer for the upcoming first edition textbook,  Strategic Media Relations in the Age of Information: An Evidence-Based Approach.

Ellen Feist secured  Eastern State Penitentiary in a feature in The New York Times about its journey to adopting a new mission and vision for the future of the organization. Click here to read the full article.  

Gregg Feistman is presenting as part of a panel at the Institute for Public Relations "The Bridge" conference in Washington, D.C. The presentation is titled "Diversity Assessment: Beyond Ticking Off The Boxes."

Angelica Flynn recently joined AKCG - Public Relations Counselors as an Account Executive handling proactive media relations efforts and strategy development for clients. Prior to joining AKCG, she was a public relations specialist at Rutgers University where she managed and optimized data related to Rutgers' PR efforts.

Colleen Scott , a graduate of Rowan University and former president of Rowan's PRSSA Chapter, recently joined AKCG - Public Relations Counselors as an Associate after serving the firm as an intern in 2018. Colleen supports a variety of client activities, as well as the firm's social and digital media team.

Hope Horwitz notes that Feldscher Horwitz PR has had wonderful success with the 2019 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival so far this year! It appeared on the cover of the Inquirer (above the fold!) on April 3rd and 4th, as well as on the cover of the Burlington County Times and page 2 of the Wall Street Journal on April 4th! An AP photographer came to the kick-off event as well. 

Erin Jay was accepted into the Pen & Pencil Club in Philadelphia, America's oldest operating press club.
Taking a page out of PPRA Hall of Famer Joanne Calabria's original book that made the Philly night light up pink for Susan G. Komen breast cancer awareness, fellow PPRA Hall of Famer  Larry Rubin and Rubin Public Relations successfully had numerous Center City venues and Boathouse Row go blue for the nonprofit Philadelphia Police Foundation's third annual  "A Night for Blue" fundraising event supporting Philly's cops.

Lauren Woodard notes that The Kimmel Center unveiled its 2019-20 Broadway Philadelphia season with a themed press event on March 18 in the Hamilton Garden rooftop space. The afternoon included a reveal of the 14-show season, as well as a Broadway-themed luncheon for attending press, influencers, media reps, and donors. 

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Janelle Burelle has been hired as the new morning and noon anchor at CBS3, joining the station from CBS2 New York. She has replaced Rahel Solomon. Read more here.   
PPRA PRoactive 


New faces have joined PPRA. Make sure to say hello if you see them at one of our next events!
  • Emily Cummins, Visit Bucks County
  • Angelica Flynn, AKCG - Public Relations Counselors
  • Wendy Romano, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Natalie Vogel, College of Physicians of Philadelphia 

Your dream career could be a few clicks away. Visit PPRA's Job Bank for more details on the following positions:  
  • Director of Communications, Please Touch Museum 
  • Marketing and Communications Manager, KenCrest 
  • PR and Media Relations, btc Marketing
  • Strategic Communications Manager, Research for Action
  • Marketing Communications Manager, JEVS 
  • Senior Writer/Account DirectorTierney
  • Communications Manager, The Philadelphia Orchestra 
Have a job you want to promote in the Job Bank to reach over 300 PR professionals in the area?  Click here to post your job !