Chapter Committees

    If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact us.

    Accreditation Committee

    Earning APR status is a goal of many seasoned public relations practitioners. This committee helps practitioners prepare for PRSA's accreditation exam and administers the exam. "The designation "Accredited in Public Relations" (APR) indicates to both clients and colleagues that an individual has a high level of experience and competence, as well as a serious commitment to the profession. More and more employers are seeking accredited candidates for senior and management-level positions." Go here For more information on Accreditation in Public Relations.

    Awards Committee

    This committee organizes the chapter's annual awards program, the Pinnacle Awards, including arranging for judging and setting up the awards event. The PRSA Hampton Roads Pinnacle Awards recognize the value of public relations, validate the amazing work of our local colleagues and celebrate collaborative efforts and personal achievement


    Coordinates chapter programs to promote and create awareness of ethnic and cultural diversity in the public relations profession.

    Ethics Officer

    The Ethics Officer coordinates chapter ethics education programs to help PRSA members understand and apply the guideposts contained in the PRSA Code of Ethics.

    Media Directory Committee

    This committee coordinates with the producer of the Hampton Roads Media Directory and manages subscriptions to it.

    Membership Committee

    Attracting new members and retaining those we already have are the main goals of this committee. Committee members send welcome emails and serve as an ambassador for the chapter. All members can assist this committee by inviting potential members to meetings and passing along information about chapter activities to them.

    New Professionals COMMITTEE

    Plans activities and outreach to members who are newly entering public relations, either as recent college graduates or as former journalists.

    Nominating Committee

    This committee, usually headed by the immediate past president, oversees upcoming nominations for chapter officers and board members and conducts elections.

    PRSSA Advisor/Student Liaison

    The advisor provides a link between the Hampton Roads PRSA chapter and the Public Relations Student Society of America's Old Dominion University chapter. PRSA tries to nurture practitioners, starting at the college level.

    Program Committee

    The Program Committee secures interesting and informative guest speakers and panel presenters for monthly meetings, provides information on upcoming programs to the webmaster and newsletter editor, and sends out broadcast email to members announcing each meeting and its topic. Participants come from our area as well as other parts of the country. They represent the diversity of public relations - from the corporate world to the non-profit sector. The committee tries to make sure speakers' topics are varied throughout the year and appeal to as wide an audience as possible.

    P.R. for PRSA Committee

    Who could better communicate what PRSA is all about than members of our chapter? This is the function of this committee. Members distribute news releases about monthly meetings, special events and new officers to local media. When the speaker is someone of special note, such as the national PRSA president, the committee follows up with phone calls seeking more coverage. The committee also is responsible for monitoring references to public relations in local media and, if necessary, correcting erroneous information.

    Public Service Committee

    This committee employs the expertise of chapter members to help charitable organizations in Hampton Roads.

    Professional Development Committee

    The Professional Development Committee keeps members up-to-date on new trends, developments and activities in public relations. The committee usually sponsors a fall workshop for mid- to senior level public relations practitioners. Volunteers are always needed to help plan and put on the workshop.