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THE PROFESSION & THE PROFESSIONAL

ABOUT US

The Public Relations Society of America Blue Ridge chapter is a professional association serving Central and Southwest Virginia public relations practitioners. Founded in 1992, the chapter strives to bring together professionals to enhance the practice, provide an exchange of experiences and ideals, and promote professional development.

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View our 2020 Annual Report

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Upcoming Events

  • Volunteer with PRSA Blue Ridge!
    Volunteer with PRSA Blue Ridge!
    Fri, Jul 19
    Feeding Southwest Virginia
    Jul 19, 2024, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Feeding Southwest Virginia, 1025 Electric Rd, Salem, VA 24153, USA
    Join us at Feeding Southwest Virginia on Friday, July 12 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.! This event is FREE to attend, but space is limited! Grab your spot today!
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  • August Luncheon: The Best Pitch Starts with Strong UX Writing and Storytelling
    August Luncheon: The Best Pitch Starts with Strong UX Writing and Storytelling
    Thu, Aug 08
    Shenandoah Club
    Aug 08, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
    Shenandoah Club , 24 Franklin Rd SE, Roanoke, VA 24011, USA
    A good story is at the core of the human experience and every good website design. It's also the core of every brand communication—from pitches to crisis communications. What you say—and how you say it—on your website can establish trust and confidence or result in your pitches falling flat.
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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is observed in the United States during the month of May.
It recognizes the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the U.S.
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President: Hannah Shinault Deuyour (PRSSA Liaison) 

President-elect: Brittany Madonna

Secretary: Shayne Dwyer 

Treasurer: Chuck Lionberger (Accreditation Chair) 

Director-at-Large: Tiffany Bradbury (Communication Chair)

Director-at-Large: Alla Daniel (Sponsorship Chair) 

Director-at-Large: Allison Moore (Membership Chair)

Director-at-Large: Stephanie Smith (Program Chair) 

Want to get involved? We have opportunities for you to serve on committees! Reach out to Hannah for more information!

On February 8, 2024, winners of the 2023 PRSA Summit Awards were recognized! 
Winners of these prestigious awards are: 

CAMPAIGNS DIVISION:

Community Partnerships:

  • Gold:  Student Registered Apprentice Showcase - Roanoke County Public Schools with Roanoke City Public Schools

  • Silver:  Roanoke College R House – Roanoke College

 

Internal Communication:

  • Gold:  Va. Tech SCOM Internship Program – Va. Tech School of Communication

  • Silver:  Carter Machinery Employee Opinion Survey - LeadPoint Digital

Marketing Products or Services:

  • Gold:  Student Registered Apprenticeship Program – Roanoke County Public Schools

  • Silver:  Visit SoSi – Eddy Alexander

 

Public Relations Campaign:

  • Gold:  Safety Ambassador Series – Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office

  • Silver (tie):  Cardinal Bicycle PR Campaign - LeadPoint Digital

  • Silver (tie):  Good Samaritan Hospice PR Campaign – 5Points Creative

 

Special Event (Two days or shorter):

  • Gold:  Valley Metro Grand Opening – 5Points Creative

  • Silver:  RBTC TechNite – LeadPoint Digital

 

Special Event (Longer than two days):

  • Gold:  NRV Senior Games – Montgomery County

  • Silver:  25th Anniversary of Women at VMI – VMI Alumni Agencies

 

 

BEST IN SHOW (campaigns):  Va. Tech SCOM Internship Program – Va. Tech School of Communication

           

 

TACTICS DIVISION:           

Annual Report:

  • Gold (tie):  Illuminating Progress – Carilion Clinic

  • Gold (tie):  2021-2022 Annual Report – Institute for Advanced Learning & Research

 

Earned Media - Media Relations:

  • Gold:  Student Registered Apprenticeship Program - Roanoke County Public Schools

  • Silver:  BioTech Media Relations – LeadPoint Digital

 

Earned Media – Feature Stories:

  • Gold:  Toby’s Dream Foundation – Va. Tech School of Communication

 

Paid Media:

  • Gold:  FloTrace Digital Ads – LeadPoint Digital

 

Publications (Multipage):

  • Gold:  2021-2022 Annual Report – Institute for Advanced Learning & Research

  • Silver:  Pipe Material Education Program – Western Virginia Water Authority

 

Publications (magazines & newsletters):

  • Gold:  Alumni Review – VMI Alumni Agencies

  • Silver:  View Magazine – Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

 

Public Service Announcement:

  • Gold:  T-Rex Trail PSA – RVTV

  • Silver:  Buzz4Good – LeadPoint Digital

 

Shared Media – Social Media (written):

  • Gold:  Byrider Roanoke Customer Appreciation – LeadPoint Digital

  • Silver:  25th Anniversary of Women at VMI – VMI Alumni Agencies

 

Shared Media – Social Media (video):

  • Gold:  638 Days, An Adoption Story – Montgomery County

 

Video (two minutes or less):

  • Gold:  Safety Starts With You – RVTV

 

Video (longer than two minutes):

  • Gold:  25th Anniversary of Women at VMI – VMI Alumni Agencies

  • Silver:  52 Weeks of Reading – RVTV

 

Website:

  • Gold:  Franklin County Economic Development Website – LeadPoint Digital

  • Silver:  Roanoke College Website – Roanoke College

 

Writing:

  • Gold:  Speaking the Language of Hope – Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

  • Silver:  2021-2022 Annual Report – Institute for Advance Learning & Research

 

BEST IN SHOW (tactics):  Franklin County Economic Development Website – LeadPoint Digital

Again this year, the Chapter honored the memories of Alison Parker and Adam Ward who were tragically lost in August 2015 with the Adam & Alison Award for Media Excellence.  Chapter members nominated members of the media who exemplified excellence in media reporting.  The winner of the 8th annual Adam & Alison Award for Media Excellence is Patsy Montesinos from WDBJ-7.

 

Additionally, chapter members were invited to nominate a member for the Shooting Star Award, recognizing the individual who had made the greatest contribution to the advancement of the chapter and the public relations profession over the past year.  The Shooting Star Award was presented to Dr. Stephanie Smith from the Va. Tech School of Communication.

 

In a continuing tradition, the Blue Ridge Chapter presented a special award in honor of Lin Chaff, a founding member of the Blue Ridge Chapter who was widely respected in the public relations profession.  This award recognizes overall creativity in a tactic or campaign.  All entries were considered for this award.   The winner of the 2023 Lin Chaff Award for Creativity was presented to Roanoke Valley Television (RVTV) for their video entry, Safety Starts With You.

Membership

MEMBERSHIP

Joining PRSA National and PRSA Blue Ridge represents one of the best investments communication professionals can make in their careers. Membership in a recognized professional association can strengthen your resume, sharpen your skills, expand your contacts and enhance your standing with management or clients.  Join now! http://www.prsa.org/joinus/howtojoin

Check out the many benefits PRSA has to offer!

Workshops for continuing

professional skills development

Annual award recognitions

Sharing ideas with your peers

Exclusive online resources

for members

Monthly socials and

networking events

Membership Chair:

Allison Moore - allison.moore@ialr.org

CONTACT US

ADDRESS: PO Box 804, Roanoke, VA 24004

Current president: Hannah Shinault Deuyour  |  TEL: (276) 920-1552  |  hshinault@vt.edu

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