BPRSDC Welcomes Leading African American Pubs for “Meet Our Press” Event This Week!

2012 BPRSDC “MEET OUR PRESS”

September 19, 2012 at the Thurgood Marshall Center, Washington DC

The Census Bureau recently reported that the minority population now comprises 40 percent of the US population. How will the changing US demographics play a part in the growth of minority media, particularly publications serving the African American community?

Join us, this Wednesday, as we welcome editors and reporters from leading African American publications. Confirmed panelists include:

Register today at: http://bprsdc_meetourpress.eventbrite.com. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non members. Join today and gain free access to this event! If you are already a member, please be sure to confirm that your membership is still active.

Don’t know if your membership is active? Contact BPRSDC Membership Chair, Natalie Dean, at nbdean2@gmail.com.

The National Black Public Relations Society is Coming To DC!

The National Black Public Relations Society has decided to host the 2012 NBPRS Conference and Career Fair in Washington DC!

BPRSDC will be in attendance to support the national organization and we encourage you to join us for this great event! To learn more please visit the NBPRS website at http://www.nbprs.org or read below!

2012 NBPRS Conference & Career Fair

Washington, D.C. will host the 2012 NBPRS Conference and Career Fair at Howard University, Thursday, October 25 – Sunday, October 28, 2012. The conference will provide four inspiring days of networking, training and honoring those who have paved the way for African Americans in the PR field.

NBPRS is partnering with Howard University and will kick of the conference with workshops and a job and internship fair for students at the 2012 Howard University School of Communications Job and Internship Fair on Thursday, October 25th. The professional sessions will then begin on Friday, October 26th and continue through Sunday, October 28th.

Register now! Early bird registration is $199 for members through Oct. 1. Additionally, as part of the NBPRS Membership Drive, through Oct. 15, conference registrants can receive a free NBPRS membership for one year for a special rate of $249.

Themed The Network@Work: Facing Challenges, Taking Charge & Changing the Game, the conference will offer solutions for the practice of public relations with a focus on effectively managing change and transitions against the backdrop of today’s economic turbulence.

Participants will learn:

  • How the convergence of public relations, marketing, and diversity can create cutting edge communications and social media strategy that give them a seat at the table and their businesses a competitive edge
  • How to initiate and influence the global conversation about their corporate and personal brands, connecting them both to causes around the world and to other cultures in meaningful ways
  • How to evaluate their skills and experiences and turn them into a plan to start or grow their own public relations business
  • The regulatory environment that governs PR strategy and provides for effective executive counsel and issues/crisis management
  • Case studies about companies that have tapped into the explosion of mobile technology and how PR drives their strategy, execution and measurement of results
  • Best practices on using new technology to listen to what employees, their teams and their target markets are saying about their brand

Public relations professionals at all levels, journalists, marketers, recruiters and college students will make their way to Howard University for powerful workshops, insightful general sessions and networking events that are designed to enhance their professional development. Attendees will hear from renowned experts in the field, attend workshops, network for career and business opportunities and visit with various vendors and exhibitors.

To register, please visit http://nbprsconference2012-esli.eventbrite.com.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please visit http://www.nbprs.org

BPRSDC Sept. Event: 2012 “Meet Our Press”, hosted during 2012 Congressional Black Caucus Week

2012 BPRSDC “MEET OUR PRESS”

September 19, 2012 at the Thurgood Marshall Center, Washington DC

The Census Bureau recently reported that the minority population now comprises 40 percent of the US population. How will the changing US demographics play a part in the growth of minority media, particularly publications serving the African American community? Join us as we welcome editors and reporters from leading African American publications including Heart and Soul Magazine, Uptown Magazine, Radio One and more!

Register today at: http://bprsdc_meetourpress.eventbrite.com. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non members. Join today and gain free access to this event! If you are already a member, please be sure to confirm that your membership is still active.

Don’t know if your membership is active? Contact BPRSDC Membership Chair, Natalie Dean, at nbdean2@gmail.com.

The Root.com Is Hiring Part-time Public Relations Contractor

Part-time Public Relations Contractor

The Washington Post is looking for a part-time public relations contractor to work on a range of high quality and effective public relations services including creation and implementation of national and industry public relations plans. Candidate must be detail-oriented and ready for a fast-paced work environment.

Main Responsibilities:

-          Build industry publicity program for The Root including promoting the site’s new initiatives and success stories.
–          Find creative opportunities to publicize The Root’s political coverage including working with TV/radio outlets, bloggers and other media outlets.
–          Develop and execute PR plans for The Root’s special events or other editorial projects.

Requirements and Qualifications:
–          Strong written and verbal communications skills
–          Minimum two years experience in media relations, ideally within a news/media/technology organization
–          Proven ability to work with print, broadcast, online press and bloggers to develop and place a wide variety of consumer and trade stories
–          Must be able to work proactively and initiate leads while working within a cohesive team atmosphere

Please send a cover letter and resume to:

Kris Coratti
Director, Communications
The Washington Post
press@theroot.com

Can’t make the Politics of PR II event? No worries!

Can’t make the Politics of PR II event? No worries! Send your questions to the speaker via BPRSDC Twitter or BPRSDC Facebook and we will post answers directly from the speaker during the event!

Want to ask your questions in person? Register today at http://bprsdc_politicsofpr2.eventbrite.com! More information below.

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Healthcare reform, the Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act, International Policies, and tax cuts for small businesses. How did all of these policies affect the minority community? How did the White House communicate this year’s most controversial legislation and policies to the minority population?

Kevin Lewis, White House Director of African American Communications, will join us again for a second installment of The Politics of PR II, August 22, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Many thanks to the Thurgood Marshall Center for serving as the host venue for this event.

Register here.  Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non members. Join today and gain free access to this event! If you are already a member, please be sure to confirm that your membership is still active.

Don’t know if your membership is active? Contact BPRSDC Membership Chair, Natalie Dean, at nbdean2@gmail.com.

TRANSPORTATION & PARKING 

Metro: The venue is walking distance from U Street Metro. Parking: Limited free parking is available at the venue. Additional parking is available via the U Street Parking Garage located on U Street, between 14th and 15th Street. Street parking is also available.

QUESTIONS

For questions, please contact Alana Hill, president at alana.jhill@gmail.com or Natalie Dean, membership chair at nbdean2@gmail.com.

2012 NBPRS Conference & Career Fair, Washington, DC

2012 NBPRS Conference & Career Fair

Washington, D.C. will host the 2012 NBPRS Conference and Career Fair at Howard University, Thursday, October 25 – Sunday, October 28, 2012. The conference will provide four inspiring days of networking, training and honoring those who have paved the way for African Americans in the PR field.

NBPRS is partnering with Howard University and will kick of the conference with workshops and a job and internship fair for students at the 2012 Howard University School of Communications Job and Internship Fair on Thursday, October 25th. The professional sessions will then begin on Friday, October 26th and continue through Sunday, October 28th.

Register now! Early bird registration is $199 for members through Oct. 1. Additionally, as part of the NBPRS Membership Drive, through Oct. 15, conference registrants can receive a free NBPRS membership for one year for a special rate of $249.

Themed The Network@Work: Facing Challenges, Taking Charge & Changing the Game, the conference will offer solutions for the practice of public relations with a focus on effectively managing change and transitions against the backdrop of today’s economic turbulence.

Participants will learn:

• How the convergence of public relations, marketing, and diversity can create cutting edge communications and social media strategy that give them a seat at the table and their businesses a competitive edge
• How to initiate and influence the global conversation about their corporate and personal brands, connecting them both to causes around the world and to other cultures in meaningful ways
• How to evaluate their skills and experiences and turn them into a plan to start or grow their own public relations business
• The regulatory environment that governs PR strategy and provides for effective executive counsel and issues/crisis management
• Case studies about companies that have tapped into the explosion of mobile technology and how PR drives their strategy, execution and measurement of results
• Best practices on using new technology to listen to what employees, their teams and their target markets are saying about their brand

Public relations professionals at all levels, journalists, marketers, recruiters and college students will make their way to Howard University for powerful workshops, insightful general sessions and networking events that are designed to enhance their professional development. Attendees will hear from renowned experts in the field, attend workshops, network for career and business opportunities and visit with various vendors and exhibitors.

To register, please visit http://nbprsconference2012-esli.eventbrite.com.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please visit http://www.nbprs.org

BPRSDC Aug. Event: The Politics of PR II, featuring White House Director of African American Communications

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Healthcare reform, the Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act, International Policies, and tax cuts for small businesses. How did all of these policies affect the minority community? How did the White House communicate this year’s most controversial legislation and policies to the minority population?

Kevin Lewis, White House Director of African American Communications, will join us again for a second installment of The Politics of PR II, August 22, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Many thanks to the Thurgood Marshall Center for serving as the host venue for this event.

Register here.  Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non members. Join today and gain free access to this event! If you are already a member, please be sure to confirm that your membership is still active.

Don’t know if your membership is active? Contact BPRSDC Membership Chair, Natalie Dean, at nbdean2@gmail.com.

TRANSPORTATION & PARKING 

Metro: The venue is walking distance from U Street Metro. Parking: Limited free parking is available at the venue. Additional parking is available via the U Street Parking Garage located on U Street, between 14th and 15th Street. Street parking is also available.

QUESTIONS

For questions, please contact Alana Hill, president at alana.jhill@gmail.com or Natalie Dean, membership chair at nbdean2@gmail.com.

AFRO-American Newspaper Celebrates 120 years

An announcement from AFRO:

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This year, 2012 marks the 120th birthday of America’s oldest Black family owned newspaper, and our popular Character Education program turns 15. Now that’s alot of candles!! And to top all this off, the AFRO is launching a partnership with PBS to bring digital history to students, teachers and researchers. Now, that’s the icing on the
cake! So, we invite you and your company to be a part of History and share in the celebration by partnering on one special event recognizing the Washington Afro’s 90th Birthday! Let’s blow out the
candles together.

The Afro has been the voice of the Washington African American community for 90 years. On June 6, 2012, 12:30 pm (Doors open at 12 noon) the Afro will be recognizing long time partners at a luncheon at the Carolina kitchen, 6501 America Blvd., Hyattsville, MD 20782.

Please join us in honoring 120 years of covering the community!

Please contact Edgar Brookins at 202-332-0080/ edgarb@afro.com for more information.