Professional and Scholarly Organizations

Here's a partial list of professional and scholarly organizations in the communication field, as well as some well-known public relations firms and a few PR blogs.

Professional Organizations

American Advertising Federation

American Association of Advertising Agencies

American Marketing Association

Canadian Public Relations Society

Council of Public Relations Firms - An organization that represents the business of public relations.

Entertainment Publicists Professional Society - A New York City- and Los Angeles-based membereship organization of marketing and publicity professionals working in the entertainment industry.

Institute for Public Relations - Source of free downloadable white papers on measurement, evaluation and other topics of interest to PR practitioners and faculty.

International Association of Business Communicators - San Francisco-based global network of 12,000 PR practitioners

International Public Relations Association

Public Relations Society of America (National Headquarters) - Based in New York City, this is the largest organization of public relations professionals in the world, with 20,000 members. PRSA's Web site includes links to professional resources, a Job Center, publications for PR practitioners, conferences, networking, a list of chapters, and awards.

Public Relations Society of America, Buffalo-Niagara Chapter - This is the local chapter of PRSA, and students are welcome to attend its events if they are members of the Public Relations Student Society of America.

Public Relations Student Society of America (National Headquarters)

Public Relations Student Society of America, Buffalo State Chapter - If you are considering a career in public relations, join the campus chapter of PRSSA for hands-on PR experience, chapter programs featuring PR practitioners as guest speakers, and opportunities to attend Buffalo-Niagara PRSA chapter programs!


Scholarly Associations

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Association of Internet Researchers

International Communication Association

National Communication Association

Public Relations Society of America, Educators' Academy


Public Relations Agencies


Cision (formerly Delahaye Group)


E3 Communications

Eric Mower and Associates

Fleishman Hillard

Gelia Wells & Mohr

Hill & Knowlton


Manning Selvage & Lee


Porter Novelli

Stanton Communications

Travers Collins & Company


PR Blogs

BlinnPR Report - Media relations perspectives from a boutique agency

Corporate PR - Commentary on the current and future practice of corporate public relations

D S Simon Vlog Views - A video blog by Doug Simon featuring commentary and opinions on PR and marketing

Edelman 6 A.M. - Analysis and professional insights from the president and CEO of Edelman

For Immediate Release, The Hobson & Holz Report - Comments on PR and technology by Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson

Flack, The - Peter Himler's blog, intended to "shine a brighter light on the subtle role public relations plays in politics, popular culture, journalism, business/finance, entertainment, consumer marketing and sports"

Judy Cushman's Blog - a blog for senior communications professionals

Lubetkin's Other Blog - Steve Lubetkin comments on news, journalism and public relations

Media Guerrilla - An inside look at tech PR from Mike Manuel

PRSSA Blog - Students in the Public Relations Student Society of America discuss issues pertaining to public relations

Reputation Management - Comments on developing, maintaining and recovering reputation

Shel of My Former Self - Thoughts about the field of organizational communication by Shel Holtz

What's Next - Written by BL Ochman, this blog offers how-to's, promotional materials and links on a wide variety of topics.



Jack O'Dwyer - gives updates on the public relations field, including the rankings of the top PR firms and professional issues.

PR Place - provides information about public relations and marketing communications, including addresses and hot links to organizations, publications, online news services, databases, and journalism interest groups.

Ragan Communication


Deb Silverman at PRSA Leadership Rally

At the PRSA Leadership Rally--As Chair-Elect of PRSA's Northeast District, I attended PRSA's two-day Leadership Rally, a leadership training program for incoming PRSA chapter presidents and district chairs in New York City in June 2007. Seated at my left is Rhoda Weiss, PRSA chair and CEO; standing, left to right, are Randall McKey, Miami Chapter president-elect; Chris Lynch, PRSA Board of Directors; Tom Nutile, Boston Chapter president-elect; Sandy Poneleit, Southwest Missouri Chapter president-elect; Jennifer Byrd, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter president-elect; and Emma Inman, Hampton Roads Virginia Chapter president-elect.

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