It’s the easiest of assumptions, the belief that an education is all that is required to succeed. Public relations is deemed a collegiate field – its knowledge will be earned through pages and ink, the seminars that detail techniques. All other concerns are to be addressed with experience and simple wisdom. There is no need, it’s thought, to pursue a practice beyond the university. All credits have been earned. All requirements have been met. There’s nothing left beyond the search for a client.
This is incorrect.
Public relations is an ever evolving profession. Unlike its contemporaries, it is not defined to a rigid code of rules or expectations. Its demands (and subsequent philosophies) shift with each day. It is therefore imperative that those within the field are kept in constant contact with each other and all new ideas – through the Public Relations Society of America.
Began in 1947, the Public Relations Society of America is an organization (the largest of its kind within the world) dedicated to the practice of earning favor with the masses. Through forums, educational workshops and more it seeks to explain the art of understanding the common man and how he can be reached. Persuasion is mastered; research techniques are learned; and individuals are offered new information to help them create sustainable careers.
Over 30,000 members can be found within the Public Relations Society of America – and, while this represents but a fraction of those who are part of the field worldwide, it still brands this as the most valued foundation. Over 100 chapters are available throughout the nation (with the Society itself centered in New York), allowing for easy access and easier camaraderie.
Public relations is not the simplest of ideals to define. It’s forever changing, forced to keep pace with the times. But the Society helps to lessen that strain and ensures all facts are made available – when they are needed and when they are wanted.