September 2018 Print

President's Report

A Collaborative Statement on the Essential Value of a Free Press

On August 16, the Public Relations Society of America, along with eight other professional communication organizations, collaboratively expressed our support for the critical role of a free press and the First Amendment.

In today’s political climate, this statement is more than necessary.

More than 200 publications across the United States have included this statement, as we join the voices fighting for ethical journalism, and the freedom of thought and expression.

I hope this statement brings you as much PRSA pride as it does to me.

Shannon Hilaire,

2018 PRSA Nebraska President

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Calendar of Events

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018

Location: Community Engagement Center at UNO

Time: Lunch at 11:30, program begins at noon

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Ethics Panel Discussion: Are we conducting ourselves in a way that promotes PRSA? Aren't we supposed to be nonpartisan?

APRs from our chapter will be discussing the PRSA Code of Ethics along with current hot topics and real-world examples of how ethics plays a role in public relations.

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Beverly Kracher, Executive Director/CEO of the Business Ethics Alliance, and the Robert B. Daugherty Chair in Business Ethics & Society in the Heider College of Business at Creighton University. 

Panel Members:

  • John Melingagio, APR, Public Relations Manger, Bozell
  • Kellie Wostrel, APR, Vice President/Public Relations Manager, Swanson Russell
  • Kathleen Al-Marhoon, APR, Senior PR Strategist, Bailey Lauerman

You're Invited to PRSA Nebraska's Happy Hour

Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Monarch Prime & Bar for delicious cheeses, antipasti and a glass of wine or beer - or the special cocktail of the night, an Old Fashioned! At 5:30, we'll hear from Ethan Bondelid, the mastermind behind the Monarch concept and other really cool spaces in Omaha, will speak to us about his company, Maven Social, and how his authentic and boundary-pushing creative visions have changed Omaha's social scene. 

Tuesday, Oct. 16

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Monarch Prime & Bar

15th & Harney


$10 for members

$15 for non-members

(Ticket entitles you to one drink; cash bar for any drinks after.)

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PRSA National

PRSA Nebraska Board Member, Monique Farmer, APR, will be a featured speaker at the 2018 International PRSA Conference in Austin, Texas on October 9.

Monique will present on brand and reputation management. Brand and reputation management efforts are important for all organizations. Typically, these efforts are more pronounced within for-profit organizations, which tend to use branding to build and manage organizational reputation and to sell products. However, government organizations and nonprofit organizations also have brand and reputation obligations that sometimes go unrecognized. Through customer service, organizational pride efforts and storytelling, organizations can take control of their own brands and help build fact-based narratives in media environments that can sometimes come across as less than fully balanced.

There is still time to register for the 2018 International PRSA Conference. 

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Sponsor Spotlight

Bergman Incentives is a Silver Level sponsor for PRSA Nebraska

Mike Battershell, president of Bergman Incentives

Tell me about your business?

Bergman Incentives is based in Omaha and has spent the better part of the last 130 years helping our community strengthen relationships. Starting as a jewelry company in 1888 and moving into corporate incentives, promotional products and decorated apparel in the late 70s. In that time we have served the corporate and non-profit community through a service model that ensures mutual success and strengthening of our client’s brand and position in the market

How do you help PR professionals tell their story?

In an industry often viewed as a commodity, we work to understand client need, intent and strategic objectives and then filter for them the offerings available. Additionally, we are leading the industry in our technology solutions to help conferences, company picnics and data collection that delivers for the client and, more importantly, creates a positive user experience for the recipient. We understand that PR professionals are tasked with increasingly complex tasks related to the execution of messaging and we help ensure clarity for projects in our space.

 Why is supporting PRSA important to you?

Industry associations are threads that create the opportunity to share ideas, best practices and otherwise meet like-minded folks. PRSA has many of our friends, clients and generally good folks so we are happy to support and sponsor PRSA they have a platform for this to occur. Additionally, it helps us understand the needs of PR professionals by being part of the events, watching the industry chatter and generally being aware of what’s trending.                                                           

To do business with Mike, call 402.661.7929 or email                                                      

To learn about becoming a PRSA Nebraska sponsor, contact Fa’iz Rab at or 402.216.4326.

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Volunteer Opportunity

The annual PRSA Nebraska Paper Anvil Awards Gala will be held January 23, 2019. Share your expertise with the awards/gala committee and help us plan this year's event.

The awards/gala committee chairs are looking for:

  • Copywriters

  • Videographers

  • Organizers

  • Networkers

  • Decorators

  • And more!

If there is a skill you possess or want to hone, this is the place to be.

We will hold monthly planning meetings, but any time you can share will be appreciated. If you have any interest in or questions about the 2018 Awards Gala Committee, contact Kara Kostal or Laramy Overton.

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Membership Specials

The PRSA membership specials for the month of September are listed below. If you have any questions, please contact PRSA Membership Chair, Angelina Mangiamelli

More than three years of experience

  • Join as a Member ($260 annual dues plus a one-time $65 initiation fee).

Two to three years of experience

  • Join as an Associate Member 3 ($200 annual dues). Receive a FREE New Professionals Sectionmembership with promo code AM18.

One to two years of experience

  • Join as an Associate Member 2 ($155 annual dues). Receive a FREE New Professionals Sectionmembership with promo code AM18.

Less than one year of experience

  • Join as an Associate Member 1 ($115 annual dues). Receive a New Professionals Section membership with promo code AM18.

Former PRSSA member who graduated within the past two years

  • Join as an Associate Member, PRSSA Graduate ($60 annual dues). Receive a FREE New Professionals Section membership with promo code AM18.

Full-time graduate student working toward a public relations degree

  • Join as an Associate Member, Graduate Student ($60 annual dues). Receive a FREE New Professionals Section membership with promo code AM18.

Former PRSA member

  • Join as a Reinstating Member ($260 annual dues plus a one-time $35 reinstatement fee).


  • Members who have been in good standing for at least five years may qualify for retirement status ($50 annual dues). You must be employed less than 50 percent of the time. Contact Membership at for more information

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Special Announcement

Save the Date! The 2018 PRSA Nebraska Paper Anvil Awards will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Founders One Nine. Join us at a new time as we honor the professionals in public relations who have gone above and beyond. Additionally, we will be unveiling our new ONLINE entry process later this month. Follow PRSA Nebraska’s social media channels for details about the simpler entry platform. Who will be honored this year?

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