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Fake News: Intentional Confusion in Mass Media

Jun 20 11:30 am - The Wright Place

Fenner will be speaking on intentional confusion in mass media, also known as “fake news.” Remember the tobacco industry in the 70s, which spent a lot of money on research on anything that could be a cause of lung cancer other than smoking. They published a popular science-type journal which was distributed to thousands of doctor's offices, political organizations, politicians, etc. around the country. The idea was that they didn't have to downplay the harmful aspects of smoking; they just had to create enough confusion so that the public would think that there were lots of competing causes. What can PR professionals do to minimize these problems? Can the tactics of agnotology ever be used for good?

Fenner is an experienced communicator who has led the UWF team to top finishes at regional and national tournaments. Participating in collegiate speech and debate provides students with the advanced critical thinking and communication skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. Before coming to UWF in 2014, he established a competitive speech team at Florida Southern College, where he coached students to 32 national titles.

Thursday, June 20, 2019
RSVP/Purchase Tickets by Monday, June 17

11:30 am - 1 pm
(11:30 - 11:45 am networking followed by lunch presentation)
First United Methodist Church of Pensacola
6 E Wright Street
Pensacola, FL 32501

The cost of this program includes lunch.
Members - *$20
Non Members - *$25
Students - *$12

Paypal.me/FPRAPNS/20 – members
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RSVP to [email protected]

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Networking Power Hour | Patriot Nutrition

Jun 11 7:30 am - Patriot Nutrition

Grab a healthy breakfast before work + network with area professionals on Tuesday, June 11. All are welcome! And we’ll be sharing info on the upcoming FPRA Annual Conference in August.**Everyone who attends + buys a shake will be entered to win a Patriot Nutrition gift card

Come shop local + meet some cool people!

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Public Relations Professionals Honored at FPRA Image Awards

Apr 24 4:25 pm - Pensacola Yacht Club

The annual Image Awards competition serves to recognize the best in public relations. FPRA Image Awards for the Pensacola Chapter were presented for programs (Division A), printed tools (Division B), online/audio/visual tools (Division C) and student projects (Division D) of public relations. Entries were judged on a written summary and work samples. A team of judges recommended one of three awards. Judges Awards are for PR actions or products that were successfully completed with limited funds. An Award of Distinction designates submissions that met a standard of excellence, and an Image Award is for submissions considered to have met a standard of excellence and is the best submission in its category.

In each division, judges may also present an award to the top Image Awards in a division. Those awards are a Grand Image Award in Divisions B, C and D or a Grand All Image Award for Division A.

The following were honored for public relations programs:

Steve Esser and Brandi Gomez of Gulf Power received the Grand All Image Award and an Image Award for Hurricane Michael Social Media Sentiment
Visit Pensacola received an Image Award for Pensacola Tourism Works
Visit Pensacola received an Image Award and Judges’ Award for the Tall Ships Event
UWF Institutional Communications received an Award of Distinction and a Judges’ Award for their University of West Florida 100K Degree Campaign
UWF Institutional Communications received a Judges’ Award for the University of West Florida Virginia College Closure
Escambia County School District Public Relations Team received an Award of Distinction and a Judges’ Award for the Ransom Kicks Back Shoe Drive

The following were honored for printed tools of public relations:

UWF Institutional Communications and UWF University Advancement received an Award of Distinction for the University of West Florida Foundation Annual Report.

The following were honored for online/audio/visual tools of public relations:

Sarah Whitfield, Santa Rosa County Public Information Office, received an Image Award and Judges’ Award for the Santa Rosa County District One Video Series
Visit Pensacola received an Award of Distinction and a Judges’ Award for The Pensacola Experience Consumer E-Newsletter
Billie Nicholson, Robert Nicholson and Betty Williams of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, received a Judges’ Award for Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pensacola Chapter Online Newsletter

 

The following were honored for student projects in public relations:

Kristin O’Bryan, UWF senior and intern with Escambia County School District Public Relations, received an Award of Distinction and Judges’ Award from FPRA Northwest Florida Chapter for the Ransom Middle School: Kicks for a Cause PR Campaign

FPRA’s Pensacola chapter offers professionals and students an opportunity to meet with other people in the public relations community, to participate in professional development t opportunities and to network with others in the PR field. Chapter activities are posted on the FPRA Pensacola Chapter Facebook page and visitors are always welcome. 

 

Volunteer Florida and UWF Students Honored at FPRA Image Awards

A check was presented to Volunteer Florida for the Florida Disaster Fund and three UWF students were each awarded $500 scholarships at the 2019 Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Pensacola Chapter’s Go For the Gold Image Awards luncheon held April 11 at the Pensacola Yacht Club.

In December 2018, FPRA Pensacola held a holiday social at Perfect Plain with the American Advertising Federation Pensacola, Pensacola Designers Group and Emerald Coast Film Group benefitting the Florida Disaster Fund. The groups were able to raise $1,035 through a silent auction and Perfect Plain’s generous donation of 10 percent of the profits from the social. “Volunteer Florida is thankful for this generous donation to the Florida Disaster Fund,” said Kerry Anne Schultz, Vice Chair of the Volunteer Florida Commission. “Hurricane Michael hit the panhandle last October, but the recovery process is just getting underway. Our partner organizations will be on the ground for months to come, helping rebuild homes, schools and businesses.”   

 

FPRA Pensacola awarded three $500 scholarships to deserving public relations students from the University of West Florida.

Leah Thornton, a junior at UWF, was awarded the Scott Harrington, APR, CPRC scholarship. She currently interns for the Santa Rosa County Public Information Office.
Kristin O’Bryan, a senior at UWF, was awarded the Eileen Perrigo, APR scholarship. Kristin currently interns for the Escambia County Public Relations Office.
Katlin Rouse, a junior at UWF and the student liaison to the FPRA Pensacola Chapter, was awarded the Horace W. “Pete” Olcott scholarship.

Each student was selected from a pool of applicants who completed an application process and a brief essay. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must be a junior or senior majoring in public relations, a student member of FPRA, have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and be in good standing within the Communications Department at UWF.

FPRA 80th Annual Conference

Aug 05 12:00 am - Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, 1000 Pga Tour Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Join FPRA for the 80th Annual Conference, Aug. 5-8, 2018. Learn more and register today! Early bird pricing ends July 16.

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Public Relations Professionals, Media Person of the Year Honored at FPRA Image Awards

Posted: Apr 24, 2018

PENSACOLA, Fla. (April 24, 2018) – WEAR ABC 3 TV reporter Allie Norton was named Media Person of the Year, and area public relations programs and practitioners were honored at the 2018 Florida Public Relations Association Pensacola Chapter’s Grand Slam Image Awards luncheon held April 19 at the First United Methodist Church of Pensacola.

FPRA Pensacola Chapter has a long standing tradition of recognizing a local media professional as Media Person of the Year, an award that expresses appreciation for the vital relationships public relations professionals have with members of the media to bring news stories to light. It is based on nominations from chapter members. According to FPRA Pensacola President-elect Sarah Whitfield, the 2018 recipient, Allie Norton, was recognized for her “professional coverage of local headlines.”

The annual Image Awards competition serves to recognize the best in public relations. 

FPRA Image Awards for the Pensacola chapter were presented for programs, printed tools and online/audio/visual tools of public relations. Entries were judged on a written summary and work samples. 

The following were honored for public relations programs:

Naval Education and Training Command Professional Development Center (NETPDC) Public Affairs Officer (PAO) Ed Barker received the Grand All Image Award, an Image Award and a Judges’ Award for Navy College Shifts to Virtual Delivery.

Gulf Power received an Image Award for McCrary Battery Energy Storage Demonstration by Kimberly Blair, Brandi Gomez and Rick DelaHaya

Gulf Power received an Award of Distinction and a Judges’ Award for Social Media Coverage of Hurricane Nate by the Gulf Power Corporation Communication Team.

Escambia County School District Public Relations Coordinator Kim Stefansson received a Judges' Award for Workman Orchestra Rises Like A Phoenix.

The following were honored for printed tools of public relations:

NETPDC PAO Ed Barker received a Judges' Award for Navy College Program Mobile App. 

The following were honored for online/audio/visual tools of public relations:

Gulf Power received an Image Award for the Gulf Power Website by Steve Esser and Nick Seabrook.

Gulf Power received an Award of Distinction for the Gulf Power Symposium App by Steve Esser and Nick Seabrook.

Visit Pensacola received a Judges' Award for The Multicultural Pensacola Experience.

Sponsors for the Grand Slam Image Awards luncheon included Salz Studio and Eight Fifty Media.

 

The Florida Public Relations Association is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. The Pensacola chapter meets the third Thursday of each month at the Wright Place at First United Methodist Church of Pensacola. Monthly programs focus on professional development for the public relations practitioner. For more information visit http://www.fprapensacola.org or like us on Facebook.

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Pictured above: (1) Allie Norton, WEAR ABC 3 TV reporter, is the FPRA Pensacola Chapter 2018 Media Person of the Year.

(2) Ed Barker, public affairs officer for the Naval Education Training Command Professional Development Center, received the Grand All Image Award, the highest award for public relations programs in Image Awards competition.

 

For more information, please contact:

Amy Minchin

Vice President of Communications

Phone:  251-599-5125

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.fprapensacola.org

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FPRA Pensacola Awards Student Scholarships

Posted: Jan 19, 2018

 

The Pensacola chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) has awarded three $500 scholarships to deserving public relations students from the University of West Florida.

Susanna Rogers, a senior at UWF and the student liaison to the FPRA Pensacola chapter, was awarded the Eileen M. Perrigo, APR scholarship. Rogers serves as an intern for Escambia County Commissioner Doug Underhill.

Christopher Bonanno, a junior at UWF, was awarded the Scott Harrington, APR, CPRC scholarship. He interns for the UWF Athletics Communications Department as well as for the Escambia County public relations officer.

Alyssa Lee, a senior at UWF, received the Lt. Col. John W. Dillin scholarship. In 2017, she completed an internship with NASA’s George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. 

Each student was selected from a pool of applicants who completed an application process and a brief essay. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must be a junior or senior majoring in public relations, a student member of FPRA, have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and be in good standing within the Communications Department at UWF.

Learn more about the scholarships awarded by FPRA Pensacola in the Professional Development section of our website.

Pictured above (left to right): Susanna Rogers, Christopher Bonanno, Alyssa Lee

 

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FPRA Pensacola Chapter honors Media Person of the Year and installs new board

Aug 17 11:45 am - First United Methodist Church, 6 E Wright Street, Pensacola 32501

The Pensacola Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association honored several outstanding individuals and installed the 2017-2018 board of directors at its August luncheon.

The 2017 Media Person of the Year was recognized as Lani Suchcicki, planning editor for the Pensacola News Journal. She was nominated by several peers within the community, being described as the “hero of the media world.”

Several FPRA Pensacola Chapter members were also honored with special awards. Brandi Gomez, Gulf Power, received the President’s Award, while Sarah Whitfield, Santa Rosa County, received the Member of the Year award.

In addition to the celebration, the new FPRA Pensacola Chapter board was installed.

The new officers include: president, Brandi Gomez; president-elect/VP membership, Sarah Whitfield; past president, Nicole Stacey, Visit Pensacola; treasurer, Megan Siefert, ProHealth; secretary, Mandy Fernandez, Baptist Health Care; vice president of programs, Josh Newby, Council on Aging of West Florida; vice president of networking, Mallory Wilson, Sacred Heart Foundation; vice president of Image Awards, Kim Stefansson, Escambia County School District; vice president of communications, Amy Minchin; vice president of accreditation, Sonya Daniel, APR, Escambia County Supervisor of Elections Office; at-large, Cam Johnson, Cox Communications.

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Nominations are open for the 2017 Media Person of the Year

Posted: Jun 15, 2017

 

Know a news media professional that goes above and beyond to cover stories? Or helps you get your press releases printed?

Nominate them for the Media Person of the Year. 

 

Submit this quick form.

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2017-2018 Board of Directors Slate Has Been Announced

Posted: Jun 15, 2017

The search committee has announced its slate for the 2017-2018 FPRA Pensacola Chapter board of directors:

 

President - Brandi Gomez
President-elect/VP of Membership - Sarah Whitfield
Secretary - Mandy Fernandez
VP of Finance - Megan Siefert 
VP of Image - Kim Stefansson
VP of Programming - Josh Newby
VP of Networking - Mallory Wilson
VP of Communications - Amy Minchin
VP of Accreditation & Certification - Sonya Daniel, APR
At-large - Cam Johnson
Past-president - Nicole Stacey

The Pensacola chapter members will have the opportunity to nominate someone from the floor during the July chapter meeting and then a vote will be held at that same meeting. The new board will be inducted at the August chapter meeting. 

The July chapter meeting will be our annual Media Panel Luncheon on Thursday, July 20, at First United Methodist Church of Pensacola from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Get your questions ready. This is a meeting you do not want to miss. 
 

RSVP today for the July 20 meeting by emailing [email protected]

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Pensacola Chapter Members Honored at local Image Awards

Apr 20 11:30 am - First United Methodist Church, 6 E Wright Street, Pensacola 32501

Area public relations programs and practitioners were honored at the 2017 Florida Public Relations Association Pensacola Chapter "Sparkle Like a Diamond" Local Image Awards on April 20 at the First United Methodist Church of Pensacola. The Image Awards competition serves to recognize the best in public relations. We also celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Pensacola chapter.


FPRA Image Awards for the Pensacola chapter were presented for programs, printed tools and online/audio/visual tools of public relations. Entries were judged on a written summary and work samples.


The following received an Image Award and Judges’ Award:


NET PDC’s news release for BIBS on COOL by Ed Barker

 


The following received an Award of Distinction:


Gulf Power’s news release for Lineworker Appreciation Day by Rick DelaHaya, Natalie Smith and Gordon Paulus, APR, CPRC

 


Santa Rosa County’s video for Can’t Stop the Feeling by Sarah Whitfield

 

 

Congratulations to our winners! We hope you will consider entering the FPRA Golden Image Awards at the state level. The deadline to enter is May 30th.