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PRSA Members Invited to #BRPRSocial at Tin Roof

You're invited to sip, snack and socialize with the Public Relations Association of Louisiana (PRAL)Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Baton Rouge Social Media Association (BRSocMe) at the 2016 #BRPRSocial!

 Members of each association may attend the social for free and will get 2 drink tickets. Non-members are welcome to attend with a $10 ticket. All guests are invited to enjoy a tour of Tin Roof Brewery while sipping on their favorite Tin Roof brew.

WHO: PR Pros from around Baton Rouge (PRSA + PRAL + BRSocMe)

WHAT: #BRPRSocial at Tin Roof

WHEN: Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Tin Roof Brewing Co LLC - 1624 Wyoming Street, Baton Rouge, La 70802

 To RSVP and claim your ticket, click here. We hope to see you there!


PRSA|BR Has a Coffee PRess

It’s not Meet the Press, and it’s not even Face the City, but for a few local public relations people, their monthly get-togethers over coffee have attracted members of the local media.

In August, seven PRSA members were joined by Capitol Bureau reporters from the AP and The Times-Picayune, Melinda Deslatte and Jan Moller. Where the group usually discusses politics, current events and communication blunders, the presence of reporters helped add focus to the conversations and provided insights into the reporters’ worldviews.

According to Bettise Baker-Miller, the discussion included things such anonymous commentary and the anger that is seen in many blog postings and letters to the editor.

“We talked about anonymity in a website world, the vitriol as it is shown in letters to editors and blogs around the world, the role of the media today in light of shrinking news budgets and staff and  what is happening around Louisiana today, including the apparent communications strategy of our Governor,” she said.”

Termed Coffee PRess to reflect the informal nature of the gatherings, our local PRSA chapter will continue these discussions on a monthly basis. In addition to Bettsie, the August coffee at Brew Ha-Ha was attended by Bob Johannessen, Sadie Wilks, Lisa Stansbury, Mary Beth Chevalier, Susan Hunt and Parker Wishik.

Lanny Keller and Linda Lightfoot, both with The Advocate, have already agreed to join the group in September. There is no set agenda, so there is no telling where the conversation will begin and end, but it will always be interesting.


Manship School to Induct Three Into Hall of Fame

Advocate Founder Manship, Presidential Campaign Strategist Carville Among Honorees

BATON ROUGE – Charles P. Manship, the founder of Baton Rouge’s Morning Advocate Newspaper, famed political strategist and pundit James Carville and investigative reporter and author Kenneth Englade will be inducted into the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication’s Hall of Fame on Friday, April 23. The ceremony will be held at an evening gala in the school’s Holliday Forum at 7 p.m. PRSA Baton Rouge is a proud sponsor of this event. Read more... 


PRSA Baton Rouge launches new Web site

The newest resource to PRSA Baton Rouge Chapter members is here! The site will serve as your one stop resource to upcoming events and news of interest to PR pros in the Baton Rouge and surrounding area. Join us as we connect our members through social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, and offer opportunities to enhance your career through professional development and volunteer opportunities.


PRSA sets member education as 2009 priorities

The Board of Directors of the Baton Rouge chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has adopted a strategic plan designed to create better awareness for the chapter and to better distinguish PRSA from PRAL.

In order to accomplish these goals, the PRSA Board has adopted a plan for the next 12 months in which PRSA will devote its full attention to conducting several events that are independent from PRAL. These events will be planned and implemented solely by PRSA members, and branded as PRSA events. Of course, the events will be designed to meet the needs of members and non-members alike, with a focus on the continuing education of all public relations practitioners in the Baton Rouge region.

Although the specifics of each event have not yet been fully planned, the intent is to have three to four events designed around the following topics:

  • A professional education seminar;
  • A joint venture with the LSU Manship School, such as bringing in a national lecturer;
  • A joint venture with PRSSA chapter(s) at LSU, Southern University and/or other Louisiana colleges and universities; and
  • A member/new member social.

In order to adequately plan these events, PRSA is making the following adjustments:

  1. Eliminate monthly Board meetings. Instead, individual event committees will be formed and will meet with PRSA leaders to plan each seminar/forum; and
  2. PRSA will no longer serve as a co-sponsor with PRAL of the monthly educational membership meetings.

“Our stepping back from assisting with the planning of these meetings will allow us to give our full attention to creating other events that help us create awareness for PRSA,” said Rene Milligan, PRSA president. “We just felt very strongly that it was important to have events that are identified with each sponsoring group,” he said.


Rene stressed that the many PRSA members who are also PRAL members will continue to support the monthly luncheons and other PRAL efforts. The cost to attend the monthly luncheons for those who are members of both PRSA and PRAL will be the PRAL member rate. PRSA members who do not have PRAL membership will pay the non-member luncheon rate.

For more information on the new initiative, please contact Rene Milligan ( Rene.Milligan@LA.GOV ) or Bob Johannessen ( ).