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Off the Clock Social

Feb 20 5:00 pm - Old Hickory Whiskey Bar, 123 Palafox Place, Pensacola FL 32502

 

Handcrafted cocktails and FPRA? What could be more fun? FPRA is hosting an Off the Clock Social on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Old Hickory Whiskey Bar.

Come network with other professionals and meet FPRA's State President Ryan Gerds, APR, CPRC. All are welcome!

 

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February Meeting: Thinking Outside of the News Release

Feb 21 11:45 am - First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, Wright Building, 6 E Wright St, Pensacola, FL 32501

Join us Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. for FPRA Pensacola's February chapter meeting. The luncheon will feature a panel discussion on how blogging and other creative mediums can further your brand and create engagement outside of the typical news release. Our panelists are some of Pensacola's best advocates for creative marketing and outside-of-the-box thinking.

Cost is $20 for FPRA members, $25 for non-members and $12 for students. Cost includes professional development, networking and lunch. Pay online via PayPal or pay at the door via cash, credit or check. 

RSVP by Monday, Feb. 19, by emailing [email protected]

 

Andy Marlette: Born and raised by underpaid public school teachers in Sanford, Fla., Andy Marlette graduated from the University of Florida and became staff editorial cartoonist at the Pensacola News Journal in 2007. Andy's editorial cartoons have become both hated and adored by daily readers. His work has been awarded by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors for best editorial cartoons on state issues and former Governor Charlie Crist referred to himself regularly as Marlette's biggest fan, despite the fact that he was also regularly a target in cartoons. He also writes editorials and opinion columns for the PNJ, which often draws ire from local and national officials.

 

Phil Nickinson: Phil Nickinson served as editor-in-chief of Android Central from 2009 to 2016. In a previous life he spent more than a decade in the newsroom of a 

two-time Pulitzer finalist newspaper in his hometown of Pensacola, Fla.

 


DC Reeves: D.C. Reeves is a Pensacola native who has spent time as a sports writer, marketing professional, and web editor. He covered Florida State and Alabama football for four seasons before coming home to work for the Studer Family of Companies in 2015. He’s passionate about crafting the perfect message, or at least having fun while trying to find something so elusive. He also opened Perfect Plain Brewing Company in late 2017.

 


Lindsey Steck: A Pensacola native and University of West Florida graduate, Lindsey Steck has spent time in corporate communication in the National Football League, political communication in Washington, D.C. and now has taken on a new role as marketing associate for Visit Pensacola. She specializes in social media marketing, integrated marketing and communications through blogging, traditional writing and whatever other hat she decides to put on for the day. Steck’s favorite thing about communication is the ability to make music out of madness. She enjoys a fast-pace, creative work environment with a hard deadline.

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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. 

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Apply for the 2016 FPRA Annual State Conference Scholarship

Jul 01 5:00 pm -

Pensacola Chapter: 2016 FPRA Annual State Conference Scholarship Application

The FPRA Pensacola Chapter is offering a scholarship to attend FPRA’s 78th Annual Conference, at Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort, Aug. 7-10, 2016. The scholarship will be awarded to an FPRA Pensacola chapter member, whether they have attended previous annual conferences or not, who demonstrates a professional and financial need. Winners will be selected by the current Pensacola Chapter Board or past-presidents if a board member applies. For information on the annual conference, visit fpra.org/professional-development/annual-conference-details/.

Scholarship Eligibility:

  • Must be a current professional member in good standing with the Pensacola chapter.
  • Current and past Pensacola Chapter board members are eligible.
  • Previous Pensacola Chapter scholarship winners are not eligible.
  • Member must demonstrate a financial need for the scholarship.

The scholarship includes conference registration only, a $725 value. The recipient is responsible for transportation, hotel and other costs associated with the annual conference. A submitted application implies acceptance of these terms. Click here to download the application. 

DEADLINE IS Friday, July 1 by 5 p.m. Send application to [email protected]

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Public Relations Professionals Honored at 2016 FPRA Image Awards

Apr 20 11:30 am - First United Methodist Church of Pensacola

Area public relations programs and practitioners were honored at the 2016 Florida Public Relations Association Pensacola Chapter Local Image Awards April 20 at the First United Methodist Church of Pensacola. The local 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 received the Grand All Image Award:

  • Pensacola International Airport Transforms into Pensacola Intergalactic Airport – Emagination Unlimited

The following received an Image Award:

  • Pensacola International Airport Transforms into Pensacola Intergalactic Airport – Emagination Unlimited

The following received an Award of Distinction:

  • United Way Employee Campaign – Gulf Power Company
  • University of West Florida Luna Settlement Media Kit – Megan Gonzalez, Matt Rowley, Alyssa Townsend
  • 2015 Taste of the Beach Website – Nicole Stacey, Leslie Perino, Katie King

The following received a Judges' Award:

  • United Way Employee Campaign – Gulf Power Company
  • Corporate Sponsorship Packet – Brandi Gomez, Council on Aging of West Florida
  • University of West Florida Luna Settlement Media Kit – Megan Gonzalez, Matt Rowley, Alyssa Townsend

 

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 Pensacola Bay Center. Monthly programs focus on professional development for the public relations practitioner. For more information visit www.fprapensacola.org or visit us on Facebook.

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Welcome Grace Tennyson!

Posted: Oct 07, 2015

We would like to extend a warm welcome Grace Tennyson. Grace was selected as the 2015-2016 FPRA Pensacola Chapter Student Liaison. She will graduate from the University of West Florida with a communication arts degree, specializing in public relations, in April 2016.

As a student at the University of West Florida, Grace is active in several organizations: Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honors Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, the American Marketing Association, and Kappa Delta Sorority. While attending the university, Tennyson worked as a Resident Assistant in the Department of Housing and Residence Life, and currently is employed as a Career Peer for the Department of Career Services. She has had the opportunity and enjoyment of serving on the Dean of University College Search Committee, the Undergraduate Student Staff Selection Committee, and as a Recruitment Counselor for the College Panhellenic Council.

Grace is from Irvine, California and enjoys spending time with her friends.