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Tomorrow: Save Careers, Lives by Choosing the Right Words During a Crisis 

PRSA Houston welcomes Peabody Award-winning investigative journalist, Stephen Dean, KPRC Channel 2, as its March luncheon guest speaker.


Dean will be sharing insights from his newly-released book PR Misfires: Under the Gun. In his more than 25-year career, Dean has seen many surprising and startling crisis communication mistakes. From officials locking reporters inside the closet of a burning hospital to a prosecutor shocked by his off-the-record comments on the evening news, Dean turns real-life missteps into practical and crucial advice for those who may find themselves under the gun in the face of the news media during a crisis. 


Read Dean’s full bio.


Register for this event.



Date:           Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Time:           11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location:      Briar Club    


Contact:       Paula Ruth, APR, 281-870-1717. 

Sponsored by 2011 Houston Space Fest
Other opportunities are available throughout 2011.
Contact Paula Ruth, APR, 281-870-1717.

Excalibur Award Call for Entries


PRSA Houston invites you to participate in the 2011 Excalibur Awards for Excellence Program. This annual competition honors outstanding professional accomplishments in the development and execution of comprehensive public relations programs and individual communications tactics.



·         March 24, 2011 - Early bird entries received by 5 p.m. get a $20 discount per entry.

·         April 8, 2011 – On-time entries due by 5 p.m.

·         April 15, 2011 – Late entries accepted until 5 p.m. assessed a $60 late fee per entry.


No entries will be accepted after 5 p.m., April 15.


Excalibur Award winners will be showcased at the 2011 Awards presentation and dinner in June, at which time Gold, Silver and Bronze Excalibur Awards will be presented to talented PR professionals. Additionally, one entry will receive the 12th Annual Grand Excalibur Award, an engraved steel sword recognizing the highest professional standards we strive to attain on behalf of our customers, clients, corporations and shareholders.


Please join the PRSA Houston Chapter in saluting the best work of the year by entering the 2011 Excalibur Awards and attending the awards ceremony.


Call for Entries Packet

2011 Excalibur Awards Website



Awards Entry 101 Workshop


Curious about what the judges look for in an award winning entry? Puzzled about why your great work isn't winning awards? Ready to make your Excalibur Award experience more rewarding? Then attend PRSA Houston's 10 Steps to Award Winning Entries workshop Wednesday, March 2, at 1:15 p.m., following tomorrow’s monthly luncheon, featuring KPRC Channel 2’s award-winning investigative journalist, Stephen Dean.


Julie B. Fix, APR, will be your presenter. Fix brings more than a decade of organizing and judging PR contests for the Texas Public Relations Association and PRSA Houston to this workshop. She will take the mystery out of preparing award entries (and explain how all those silly requirements for entries actually help judges).


Contact:       Meagan Stangle, 713-243-8879.


APR Study Group Begins Tonight

Is becoming Accredited in Public Relations one of your 2011 goals? No matter where you are in the process,  join the six-session Study Group beginning March 1.


This is the first in a series of events that will meet to review several topics:

Tuesday, March 1

Basic Concepts of PR; Publics and Public Opinion

Tuesday, March 8

Communications Theory and Diffusion

Tuesday, March 15

Research and Research Methods

Tuesday, March 22

Planning Process

Tuesday, March 29

Law and Ethics

Tuesday, April 5

Business Literacy


Registration for this event includes the entire series. Please register in advance as materials will be sent only to those registered.



Date:           Every Tuesday between March 1 and April 5

Time:           6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Location:      The Ammerman Experience

4800 Sugar Grove Blvd. Suite 400, Stafford, 77477

(Free visitor parking available on the top level of the
          parking garage.)


Contact:       Kelly George, APR, at 281-575-4009.

Save the Date! - APR Bootcamp Coming to Houston Aug. 17 - 20

PRSA, in conjunction with PRSA Houston, will present an APR Boot Camp in the Houston area Aug. 17-20, 2011. This four-day intensive program allows qualified candidates to prepare and take part in the Readiness Review™. If advanced from the Readiness Review™, candidates may then take the computer-based Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations on August 20 at a local Prometric testing site.


The boot camp is designed to provide a setting that will meet the needs of busy professionals whose schedules don’t permit extensive preparation time. The first three days of the Boot Camp will take place at the United Way of Greater Houston.


Candidate pre-requisites include:

  • Must be a PRSA member and/or a member of a Universal Accreditation Board participating organization
  • Approved application and Examination fee of $385 must be received by PRSA National
  • Must register for the Boot Camp one month in advance (required to clear Prometric examination authorization)
  • Download and complete the Readiness Review Questionnaire one month in advance of the Boot Camp

Check the PRSA National calendar of events for registration details in May.


Registration Fees for members of UAB Participating Organizations:

Day 1 – Readiness Review Preparation                        $80

Day 2 & 3 - Computer-Based Examination Preparation   $270

Full three days                                                     $350


More information about the Accreditation process.


Contact:       Kelly George, APR


Check This Week’s Job, Internship Postings on the PRSA Houston Job Bank

Advertising Sales Account Executive New

Company: The Buzz Magazines

The Buzz Magazines seeks a motivated and proven self-starter for outside advertising sales for our four community lifestyle publications.... [More Info]

Associate Editor

Company: The Buzz Magazines

The Associate Editor reports directly to the Editor and Publisher and oversees the general interest columns of the magazine, including... More

Consumer Media Pitching/Special Projects

Company: Field and Associates

Must be experienced working with and pitching national consumer media outlets. The ideal candidate is a self-starter, team player and... More

Director of Public and Media Relations

Company: Houston Community College

Responsible for managing public relations activities for Houston Community College HCC. Responsible for writing, crafting, positioning...  More

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Wednesday, March 16
Making History with Strategic Communications: Lisa Murkowski’s Re-Election to the U.S. Senate


When Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) lost the Republican primary election in August 2010, many pundits counted her out of the race. Only once before in U.S. history had a write-in candidate won election to the U.S. Senate. What followed her primary election loss is a fascinating case study about the role strategic communications can play on the national political stage.


Webinar attendees will get the inside story directly from Kristin Pugh Bundy, the Senator’s campaign communications director, and Mary Deming Barber, APR, Fellow PRSA, senior campaign communications volunteer, who will share strategy and lessons learned from this historic campaign.


Participants earn 1.0 APR Accreditation Maintenance Credits for a webinar. More APR Accreditation Maintenance Credit information


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