Dear Chapter Members,
It is truly my honor and privilege to serve as the new President of the Board of the New Jersey Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
First, a shout out to my predecessor Loren Waldron of MWWPR, whose competent and cheerful board leadership I will do my best to emulate. Thank you, Loren!
Forty years ago, when I started my first job as a daily newspaper reporter for the Coatesville Record in Pennsylvania (pay: $15 per story, plus mileage), I could never have imagined that I would find myself in this position.
What motivated me to be a newspaper reporter in the first 15 years of my career is what motivates me today in public relations—love of a well-told story. And, as a corollary to that: clear and concise communications.
After all, to what do we owe most of modern-day chaos and confusion, whether in the home, workplace or world stage? Poor communications (my wife will tell you that).
As your new chapter president, it is my job to lead a volunteer board of highly motivated PR professionals who wish to leverage their considerable experience and knowledge to advance the practice of PR in New Jersey and the region.
Let me emphasize the word “volunteer.” The board does its work for love not money, and they have much to offer you, our members, in the year ahead.
First, great programs with great content designed to help you network, get ahead and burnish your skill sets. If you haven’t attended one of Ken Jacobs’ “Senior Pros” events, don’t miss the next one! Ken keeps us high on the learning curve. See his report in this newsletter. On October 19, I am leading a seminar on brand journalism in Rahway, NJ. Please join me!
Also, we share the knowledge we gain from our events and professional practices in this newsletter. Be sure to read Sean Fallon’s article on our most recent “Meet the Media” event.
I could go on, but I’ve been asked to keep this missive to 300 words. I look forward to meeting you at one of our events, and I will write again in our next newsletter.
President, Biddle Communications and Public Relations LLC