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Intersections:

PRSSA 2014 National Conference By Ali Geary Once a year, hundreds of public relations students and professionals meet, trend on Twitter, and indulge in their coffee-craving, busybody manners. This year students and professionals gained a deeper passion for the industry at the Public Relations Student Society of America’s (PRSSA) 2014 National Conference, “Intersections: The Meeting Place of Communications and Culture,” held in Washington, DC. The five-day conference included agency tours, nationally recognized keynote speakers, specific area-related workshops, networking events, and socials. Eighteen members of the Illinois State University (ISU) Chapter of PRSSA immersed themselves in the rich culture and captivating experiences in the nation’s capital. These members attended the Conference from Oct. 10 to 14. Members returned with awards, memories, and networks to maintain the growth and development of this Chapter. Friday morning began with agency tours at 10 offices in Washington. A key reason for the Conference is to understand the industry more deeply with hands-on experience as well as connect with professionals and peers. The opening event titled, “An Evening at the Embassies,” was the first opportunity for Chapters to meet in continued on page 5

October 2014

Professional

Development

By Bridget Anders

Interviews and the steps leading to a desired career often frighten young professionals. Organizations, such as the Public Relations Student Society of America, prepare members to enter the “real world” through professional development opportunities. On Tuesday, Nov. 7, the executive board of the Illinois State University Chapter of PRSSA hosted a professional development workshop for members to combat these fears and prepare for what is next after graduation. The workshop was divided into six areas of advice. To recap the workshop, these were the highlights members learned. During networking events, always have your elevator pitch prepared and business cards ready. Bring questions, focus on helping the people you meet rather than immediately asking continued on page 6

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October 2014 Newsletter  

This issue of PRemier includes the 2014 PRSSA National Conference, a professional development workshop, the October member of the month, a l...

October 2014 Newsletter  

This issue of PRemier includes the 2014 PRSSA National Conference, a professional development workshop, the October member of the month, a l...

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