PRSSA National Headquarters periodically publishes podcasts for our members. These podcasts cover a variety of topics including internships, career advice, industry news, current events and much more. See below for podcasts available.
A Year in Review
2020—2021 Vice President of Brand Engagement Zach Ferenchak is joined by 2020-2021 Vice President of Digital Communications Katy Belanger and 2021—2022 National President Rachel Meltzer to discuss a PRSSA year in review. The three talk about some of their personal highlights from the past year, share favorite memories, and offer advice for students as we welcome the start of a new PRSSA year.
International Student Perspectives on Public Relations
Vice President of Brand Engagement Zach Ferenchak interviews Yunjing Zhang in the second episode of Student Stories. Zhang is an international student originally from Xian, China who now studies public relations at Penn State University. She serves as the diversity chair for Penn State PRSSA and as a PRoud Council member for PRSSA National. In this episode, Zhang discusses her experience as an international student, her interests in public relations and PRSSA, and some pieces of advice for fellow international students interested in Public Relations.
Highlighting the Black Student Experience
Vice President of Brand Engagement Zach Ferenchak interviews Kiki Hartmann, a senior at Southern Illinois University and Chapter president of SIU PRSSA. In this episode, Hartmann discusses her student journey, her thoughts on representation in public relations, and offers advice for fellow students on their career journeys. This episode is part of PRSSA’s celebration of Black History Month that takes place throughout the month of February.
Conference Planning in a Virtual World
The inaugural episode of Student Stories, a PRSSA podcast, focuses on conference planning in a virtual world. Join vice president of brand engagement Zach Ferenchak as he interviews Rachel Meltzer, vice president of events and fundraising, and Kix Patterson, Memphis PRSSA Conference Planning Committee member as they discuss the future of conference and event planning. Topics such as cross-Chapter collaboration, diversity and inclusion, and new virtual experiences are all discussed. Also, get a sneak peek of what members can expect from PRSSA’s 2021 District Conferences.
PR With the Pros
This PRSSA national podcast series takes students into the minds of public relation professionals to discuss the field, receive career advice and learn more about the Society. Hosted by PRSSA student leaders, PR With the Pros started in 2017. Since then, each episode is focused on a different theme.
PRSSA National’s Vice President of Professional Development Kayla Holley interviews Tipping Point Communication’s Vice President of Client Strategy and Relations Jamie Frumusa. The two talk about the importance of mentors, the value of APR certification, what Frumusa looks for when hiring a new grad and more! Tipping Point is an award-winning public relations and media agency. Founded in 2005, they’ve delivered public relations and media services to a wide range of clients, specifically in the hospitality and education fields. They specialize in helping brands find their voice by creating authentic connections and memorable experiences that help build lasting relationships with clients and customers.
Rebecca Ann Owen
In this episode of “PR With the Pros,” Vice President of Career Services Zane Landin interviews Rebecca Ann Owen, a recent graduate of Boston University who now works for BCW as an account coordinator in the firm’s health care practice. Owen gives insights into how she landed her dream job out of college, what the role has been like so far and offers tips for students who are graduating this May.
Adrienne Wallace, Ph.D.
This episode features Adrienne Wallace, Ph.D., the Faculty Adviser for the Grand Valley State University PRSSA Chapter and a recipient of the 2019 Dr. F. H. Teahan Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award. She discusses what she thinks of the Adviser role, mentorship, and what makes an outstanding Adviser. Courtney Fougle, the student who nominated Dr. Wallace, is also featured to discuss why she nominated Dr. Wallace and her outstanding characteristics. Hosted by McQue Wilson, PRSSA 2019–2020 vice president of member services.
During this podcast, Radick, vice president of public relations and content integration at Brunner, discusses his experience in crafting the most buzzed-about 2017 Super Bowl commercial, agency life and why every public relations student/professional should join PRSSA/PRSA.
During this podcast, DiSalvo, vice president of health care at Ogilvy Public Relations, discusses what sets Ogilvy apart from other media companies, the unique challenges of public relations in the health care sector and how his involvement in PRSSA/PRSA influenced the course of his impressive career.
Vice President of Brand Engagement Cat Kalogeros interviews Alexis Woody, CEO of Ren Public Relations. Ren Public Relations is a public relations firm in Columbus, Ohio that specializes in marketing consulting, social media strategy, public relations, and influencer management. Woody discusses the founding of Ren PR, her experiences in the field, and advice for students looking to excel in public relations and beyond.
In this episode of “PR With the Pros,” Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion Haniya Shariff interviews Tamarra Thal, an external relations specialist at IBM. Thal discusses her experience as a Black woman in tech public relations, her thoughts on how brands and organizations are celebrating Women’s History Month and advice for students trying to navigate the industry. Thal also offers some of her favorite apps and more in a public relations lightning round
Tina McCorkindale, Ph.D., APR
This episode features McCorkindale, president and CEO of the Institute for Public Relations, who discusses her work on the IPR signature study, “Mind The Gap: Women’s Leadership in Public Relations,” and offers leadership advice for aspiring practitioners. Hosted by Ashleigh Kathryn, PRSSA 2019–2020 Immediate Past President.
This podcast features an interview between Anthony D’Angelo, APR, Fellow PRSA, PRSA chair, and Ashleigh Kathryn, vice president of professional development for PRSSA National. The conversation is about ethics in the public relations industry.
On each episode, host Joe Dunay — former PRSSA vice president of professional development — looks to uncover the processes and experiences that build great communicators, while guests tell the story of how they work, navigate their careers and stay on top of rapidly changing industry trends.
How To Stand Out in a Competitive Job Market
with TR Straub
In this episode of “The Process” from PRSSA, TR Straub, a corporate affairs and diversity and inclusion executive search and leadership advisory consultant at Russell Reynolds Associates, provides insight on how emerging communications professionals can navigate job searching and building a personal brand during COVID-19 and beyond.
Leveraging Your Network and Experience
with Alex Ebanks
On this episode of “The Process” from PRSSA, Alex Ebanks, manager of brand public relations at the Coca-Cola Company provides insight into building relationships, experiences and opportunities as a new professional. Once networks are built and experiences had, Ebanks explains the importance of leveraging what you’ve built to unlock even greater success.
The Process of Understanding Audiences
with Mike Fernandez
On this episode of “The Process” from PRSSA, self-proclaimed American Nomad Mike Fernandez — senior vice president and chief communications officer at Enbridge — provides insight into understanding audiences, why context outweighs content and how to build sustainable processes through diverse educational experiences.
Changing the future of Public Relations & Communications
with Ray Day
On this episode of “The Process,” Ray Day — vice chair of integration and innovation of Stagwell Group’s marketing and communications agencies — gives advice about changing the future and being a leader.
PRSSA Hidden Gems
This PRSSA national podcast series highlights the multitude of exclusive member benefits of the Society. Hosted by the National Committee, PRSSA “Hidden Gems” started in 2017.
During this podcast, 2017–2018 Vice President of Career Services Demi Wolfe discusses the numerous benefits and opportunities students can utilize through the PRSSA Internship Center.