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CPRS Calgary Accredited Public Relations Professionals

By Kimberlee Jones, APR, CPRS Calgary Accreditation Chair It gives me great pleasure to announce  CPRS Calgary’s most recent APRs.  Samantha Peck, APR, Ran Ju, PhD, APR, and Amara Heppell, APR successfully completed the intensive process and were acknowledged at the CPRS Calgary virtual AGM in June and the CPRS National virtual Transformation 2.0 Conference…

New “Member in Transition” pricing helps you keep your membership when you need it most

Over the past few months, CPRS has been instrumental in leading the discussion and providing industry best practices around COVID-19. Now we’re addressing the negative impact of the pandemic on our public relations and communications colleagues. CPRS is proud to introduce a new membership category called Member in Transition, which provides additional support to individuals…

It’s not about the pancakes…

The July 10th Virtual Stampede Breakfast was proof that Community Spirit isn’t cancelled. Kristina Barnes, Manager of Communications and Media Relations with the Calgary Stampede took us behind the curtain to talk about how the Stampede adjusted to adapt to COVID-19. She walked us through the timeline from the realization they would have to cancel…

Applications being accepted for 2020 Susan Francis and Calgary Legacy Scholarships

The $1,000 Susan Francis Prize and $1,000 Calgary Legacy Scholarship is awarded annually by CPRS (Calgary) through the Communications + Public Relations Foundation to a student studying public relations/communications in a recognized program in one of Mount Royal University, University of Calgary or SAIT Polytechnic. The deadline for both scholarships is July 15, 2020 with…

Thoughts from a student perspective: How COVID-19 has changed the post-secondary experience

COVID-19 has changed the post-secondary world, but there is benefit in seeing the positive impacts it has enabled. One of the common themes heard is that the beginning of COVID-19 was the end of normalcy and with that comes a period of mourning. A recent article on CTV News highlights the loss of normalcy amid…

Apr 30 Event Recap: Connection, conversation abound around the virtual table

by Lisa Rushka, APR One of the key benefits of belonging to a professional association is the connection it brings. As CPRS Calgary shifted with the rest of the world, we recognized the importance of connecting with our members to touch base, check in, and discuss how COVID-19 was affecting our colleagues.  About 15 professional…

Public Relations Knowledge (PRK) Exam is May 15

Here’s why new practitioners write the PRK Exam: Serves to build your resume and allows you to stand out from other job applicants with demonstrated commitment to the profession. Provides proof of your knowledge of professional terms and concepts and demonstrates your writing skills and your ability to think critically. Acts as a building block…

Membership Month: Let’s band together as a united professional society now and always

It is more apparent than ever that we are stronger as a united community than separate and apart. Even if that means social distancing and taking precautions to stay safe from the global pandemic that is affecting us all on some level right now. Currently, the world is relying on the public relations and communications…

Why I joined CPRS: A recent PR grad’s perspective

What I learned at the CPRS Speed-Networking event for students on March 11, 2020 It’s Membership Month at CPRS! As a recent PR graduate from Cardiff University in the UK, I joined CPRS as a student member earlier this year. After studying and working in the UK for the past couple of years, I returned…

Politics & PR: Event Learnings

At an event held in late January, three Mount Royal University (MRU) speakers provided a summary of the 2019 federal election, focusing on how changes to the media environment – such as the effects of fake news, foreign influence and new PR strategies – impacted each campaign. A full room of PR practitioners attended the…