Welcome to PRSA Blue Ridge Chapter

The Blue Ridge Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is a professional association serving Central and Southwest Virginia public relations practitioners. Since 1992, the chapter strives to bring together professionals to enhance the practice, provide an exchange of experiences and ideals, and promote professional development.

Media Speed Networking Event

Interested in pitching your story idea to multiple, respected journalists in one hour? Want to learn how the local media chooses stories for air or print? We're holding a Media Speed Networking event on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Green Ridge Recreation Center from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

John Carlin - WSLS-TV

Orlando Salinas - WDBJ7-TV

Matt Chittum - The Roanoke Times

Joey Self - WFIR News Talk Radio

Josh Eagan - Growing Up In The Valley Magazine

Kurt Rheinheimer - Leisure Media 360

Tom Field - Valley Business Front

This event is sponsored by American National University, with facility support from Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism.  Come mingle with journalists including:

When Crisis Communications Saves Lives

LUNCHEON AT HOTEL ROANOKE - Thursday, Oct. 9. When most public relations professionals face a crisis, they work to keep it out of the media. But what do you do when you need the media to help end the crisis? In our instant age of communication, balancing speed with accuracy and key messaging can be a challenge even for the most seasoned of PR professionals.

Corinne Geller with Virginia State Police and Teresa Hamilton Hall with Appalachian Power will discuss “When Crisis Communications Can Save Lives” by exploring a 2010 Roanoke County incident where every second counted in regards to informing the public and saving a young teen’s life. 

Learn about the impact of social media in gaining investigative information, tracking a murder suspect, searching for a missing girl, meeting media demands, and,ultimately, helping bring about a happy ending.

Summit Awards Gala is Coming

It’s time to register for the chapter's premier event of the year – the Annual Summit Awards Gala – on Friday, Nov. 7, at Hotel Roanoke. Cocktails and dinner will be followed by the awards presentation. This is a great event for all chapter members to attend, even those who did not submit awards entries. It is an evening to celebrate the good work of our chapter, as well as network and socialize. Bosses, clients, and spouses are encouraged to attend, as well. Click here to register online and reserve your seats today!

Are You Ready to be a Leader?

Are you a leader? Would you like to consider a future leadership role as a committee chair? Or would you like to get involved as a committee member or on a special initiative/event?

Please let the current chapter leadership know by filling out this chapter involvement form and returning it to President-Elect Chuck Lionberger, APR, at 



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Upcoming events

25 Sep 2014 1:00 PM (EDT) • Green Ridge Recreation Center
09 Oct 2014 12:00 PM (EDT) • Hotel Roanoke - 110 Shenendoah Ave NW, Roanoke, VA 24016
07 Nov 2014 6:00 PM (EST) • Hotel Roanoke, 110 Shenandoah Ave., Roanoke, VA 24016


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