Your Public Relations and Communications Community
in Southern Arizona


PRSA’s Southern Arizona Chapter promotes the practice of public relations in Tucson and in cities, towns and unincorporated areas throughout Southern Arizona.  Since 1970, members benefit from monthly meetings, professional development seminars, Chapter communications, a local job bank, and an extensive member directory of public relations practitioners in Southern Arizona.

The Chapter’s Mentorship Program matches experienced professionals with industry newcomers, or those looking to improve their skills in specific areas. The popular PR101 workshops focus on a variety of topics that provide members a chance to share their expertise with local nonprofits, businesses and community groups.

Monthly luncheons, usually held at the historic Arizona Inn in the heart of midtown Tucson, update members on the latest tools, trends and topics through presentations by local, regional and national speakers. Guests are always welcomed.

The Annual IMPACT Awards recognize and celebrate public relations excellence in Southern Arizona. In addition,

PRSA Southern Arizona Chapter collaborates regularly with other professional organizations through joint luncheons and networking events.

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PRSA of Southern Arizona



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Chapter Events & News                                      

May 2014 Luncheon & Program


Tuesday, May 25, 2014 | 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Arizona Inn | Tucson, AZ

Planning & Strategic Thinking: "State of the PR Industry; What It means for Business Communicaitons." Presented by Professor Jerry Swerling, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.


Public Relations is undergoing revolutionary change, and that is good news for the profession, according to the USC Annenberg School Generally Accepted Practices (GAP) Study. The GAP Study is widely recognized as an important source of management-related information for the profession.                                                                                                      


Professor Swerling has almost 40 years of experience as a consultant, educator, policy advisor and communicator. He is a frequent speaker on trends in public relations and the state of the profession.        



Registration deadline: Friday, May 23, 2014 by noon.                                                    

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PRSA Western District Chair Chapter Visit and Presentation

Many thanks to WD Chair Katie Coates, APR for presenting at the April 22, 2014 Chapter Luncheon & Program. It was great to have Katie here to honor our APRs and to speak to the professional benefits and leadership development with PRSA. Katie had the opportunity to meet with the Chapter board after the luncheon to learn about Southern Arizona's achievements and to discuss how Western District and National may assist the Chapter in the future.

Southern Arizona Chapter board members include (left to right): Gina Babunovic, Jessa B. Turner, Terry Marshall, Katie Coates (Western District Chair), Elaine Nathanson, Jan Howard, Sarah Evans, Angela Hagen, and Evan Sullivan.


2014 Chapter Calendar

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2014 Professional Development Series Luncheon & Program Preview


PRSA National Events & News

APR Celebrates 50 Years of Success 
This year marks a special milestone for PRSA - the 50th anniversary of the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) credential.

Testimonial - Jan Howard, APR, Strongpoint Marketing, PRSA Southern Arizona Chapter

Testimonial - Jodi Horton, APR, Fellow PRSA, IDEAS@WORK, Inc, PRSA Southern Arizona Chapter 

The PRSA Southern Arizona Chapter Accreditation Chair, Elaine Nathanson, APR, Fellow PRSA, is available to answer questions about the value of Accreditation and assist you with the process. More information about APR.

Call for Nominations: 2015 PRSA National Board of Directors


PRSA’s Nominating Committee encourages dedicated members to apply for available PRSA Board leadership positions. Serving on PRSA’s board of directors is a prominent leadership opportunity, not only within PRSA, but within the entire public relations profession.


PRSA Nominating Committee Report to PRSA Western District

Click here for details and further information.


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