A Note from the President

We’ve been talking a lot this year about the benefits of the PRSA Nebraska chapter membership. I am excited to let you know about two new opportunities from our Midwest District (MWD) affiliation:

The APR Grant Reimbursement follows successful completion of your certification. Two members are eligible from each MWD chapter each calendar year.

The Conference/Event Grant Program. Applicants who attend PRSA-sponsored conferences or events at the national, district or local level are eligible. Among the criteria for this award is sharing your experiences with the chapter and the district within 60 calendar days of attending the conference or event. Your experience can be shared via “live” tweeting, as a live discussion, blog post, etc.

Both types of awards are on a first come, first serve basis, once the applicant has met all of the criteria and completed the processing guidelines.

For details, please feel free to contact me. I hope to see you this month at our Ethics Under Fire event!

Melodae Morris, APR, SHRM-SCP

Now is the time to join PRSA Nebraska!

Kick off this new season with a PRSA membership. You’ll get access to a robust community of 21,000+ public relations and communications professionals to share ideas and knowledge. And, when you register today using code FALL19, you’ll get the best deal of the year! 

"PRSA Nebraska has provided me with meaningful educational opportunities delivered by the best communicators in our region. There are so many talented professionals here in Nebraska to learn from. PRSA Nebraska connects all of us together to advance our profession and support each other." - Fa'iz Rab, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Nebraska Children's Home Society
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It's Ethics Month!

Public relations is built on the foundation of honesty, trust and commitment to serve the public good. As we celebrate Ethics Month this September, it’s important to remember that applying your ethical principles must be deliberate and a continuous focus throughout the year. 

PRSA Nebraska is excited to welcome Edelman’s Felicia Joy to Ethics Under Fire on Tuesday, Sept. 17! Joy, Senior Vice President with Edelman’s Corporate Advisory Practice in Chicago will walk PR and communication professionals through the steps to explain how organizations can instill core ethical values to strengthen corporate culture and brand trust.

We hope you will join us for this workshop-style, extended lunch!


Get Ready! Paper Anvil Submissions Open September 16th

Join PRSA Nebraska in honoring the new leaps and bounds YOU have reached this year. We invite the students and professionals with expertise to turn in their best campaigns to be evaluated for the Paper Anvil Awards.

PRSA Nebraska is proud to introduce a totally online award submission platform that allows you to:

  • Save submissions and return to edit at your convenience.
  • Efficiently fill out forms with auto-fill capability and responsive forms.
  • Complete the necessary documents without waiting on a third party.
  • Have multiple collaborators on one submission.
  • Copy submissions that you are applying to multiple categories.
  • Pay online.
Visit the PRSA Nebraska Awards page at on Monday, September 16th to start your Paper Anvil submission and save with early bird pricing! Here are the award deadlines:
  • Early Bird: Sunday, Sept. 29 at 11:59 p.m. - get  $10 off your submission fee!
  • Regular: Thursday, Oct. 24 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Late: Friday, Nov. 8 at 11:59 p.m. - All submissions received after October 24th will incur a $20 late fee.

Interested in sharing your time and talent by volunteering as a PRSA Nebraska Board Director? Time is running out! Nominations are due this Friday, September 6. Board members raise the profile of the PR profession in Nebraska, while developing management and leadership skills – and building friendships! Click here for more information. Nominations due Friday, September 6!

A long-running joke in journalism when a colleague transitions from journalist to PR professional is that they are "joining the dark side.” With news outlet ownership and newsroom staff consolidations, and the subsequent transition for companies from earned and paid media to owned media, where has that left journalists today? 

On Tuesday, October 15, hear three unique insider perspectives - from former print, radio and TV journalists - all of whom are now PR professionals (and have yet to see Darth Vader). Each of the former journalists turned light side PR pros will offer media relations tips to successfully engage reporters and editors who are stretched thinner than ever. The panel discussion will be moderated by former television journalist and PRSA board member, Jeremy Maskel.

When : Tuesday, Oct. 15

Where: Annie's Dance Hall, Camp Carol Joy Holling, 27416 Ranch Road, Ashland, NE

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

We also will celebrate well-known and widely respected PR professional, Rosalee Roberts, who will be honored as our APR and Fellow.


Did you know? The PRSA Nebraska Foundation manages the James W. Leuschen Fellowship, named in memory of the long-time PRSA Nebraska member and past-president. Offering one $500 award annually, the Leuschen Fellowship is seeking candidates for 2020 – specifically PR practitioners working to advance their career. Click here for more information. Applications are due by December 2, 2019.

There's still time to register! The PRSA Midwest District Conference provides an opportunity to connect with area leaders in communications, journalism, marketing and public relations. With top-tier speakers, hands-on workshops, panel discussions and robust Q&A, you'll be sure to come out of the conference with a new idea and plenty of new contacts!

UNL PRSSA Wins Star Chapter Award

It was more than just the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Public Relations Student Society of America (UNL PRSSA) chapter that was proud to have high-performing members involved in the organization - the national chapter recognized those efforts as well. On July 10, 2019, UNL PRSSA received the Star Chapter Award for the 2018-2019 school year, the fourth consecutive year of winning the award. This honor is the “gold standard” for PRSSA chapters working to achieve excellence, according to National PRSSA.

Join us as we congratulate them on this national achievement!

Support UNO PRSSA with a Taste of Italy

UNO PRSSA is hosting its 16th annual "Italian Night" benefit dinner and silent auction. Enjoy pasta, pizza, desserts, and more pasta on Sept. 12, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Security National Bank in Omaha. 

For tickets, contact Sarah Fixmer, UNO PRSSA events coordinator,
Tickets also are available at the door on September 12.

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