MEMBERSHIP > PROFESSIONALS
In addition to the benefits provided by the state organization, FPRA Pensacola offers a variety of professional development opportunities on the local level, including:
The Pensacola Chapter meets the third Thursday of each month at the Pensacola Bay Center at 11:45 a.m. to hear timely presentations from seasoned public relations practitioners, exchange career experiences, network with fellow public relations practitioners, and conduct general business.
The chapter offers quarterly opportunities to network in settings other than chapter meetings. Whether it’s a more relaxed social gathering or a Behind the Scenes Tour of a media outlet, the chapter is committed to fostering relationships among its members and with the media.
The Northwest Florida Local Image Awards competition is conducted annually by thePensacola and Northwest Florida Coast Chapters of the Florida Public Relations Association to recognize outstanding public relations programs in the region and to encourage and promote the development of public relations professionalism. The local Image Awards also serves as a forerunner to the Annual Golden Image Awards, a statewide competition, that allows members to measure their work against other public relations practitioners around the state and receive recognition for that work. Workshops are held by the local chapter to help members prepare their entries.
Preparation and guidance is provided to chapter members interested in achieving the internationally recognized rank of Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), and a second tier credential, Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC), for more seasoned members. The APR accreditation is administered by the Universal Accreditation Board, a consortium of public relations professional organizations that includes FPRA. The CPRC credential is only offered through FPRA. Accreditation and Certification are voluntary certifications.
These tools are provided for members to keep them connected and up-to-date on chapter news, member accomplishments and public relations related job openings.
FPRA offers leadership opportunities to its members to help them hone and enhance their leadership skills. Members have the opportunity to gain experience by serving in a leadership position and working with a group of public relations professionals to lead the chapter. Many local FPRA leaders have gone on to serve on board of directors at the state association level.
Personally, leadership in FPRA helps build confidence, boosts your professional reputation and is a great experience to include on your resume. Organizational and motivational skills gained through chapter/state board or committee leadership positions can also improve and enhance work performance in your paying job.
The state association hosts the annual conference with assistance from all 15 chapters. The conference features nationally known speakers and offers members the opportunity to stay current on public relations techniques and practices and enjoy networking with other public relations professionals.
Available positions in public relations are posted on the statewide job bank at www.fpra.org.
FPRA offers its members an array of resources including a Web site, the bi-monthly Association newsletter, e-facts, White Papers on industry topics and issues and the annual Association membership directory. The Web site also includes a member’s only section and FPRA store.
Membership in the network is open to any FPRA member of the association who Is accredited by FPRA or a North American Public Relations Council (NAPRC) affiliated organization; Is actively engaged a substantial amount of their time in providing public relations counseling services to top-level management; Has ten years of experience in public relations; and Has spent a minimum of three years as a full-time counselor, either in private practice or within his or her organization. Benefits include special programming such as the mid-year meeting and annual conference breakout sessions. Other special functions, as well as an annual business meeting, are held in conjunction with FPRA's annual conference.