PRSA Oregon Awards

PRSA Oregon recognizes outstanding projects and programs with its annual Spotlight Awards and Awards of Distinction honors.

The 2018 Awards event is November 7 in Portland! Join Us! Registration & Information HERE

See our 2017 Spotlight and Award of Distinction honorees HERE

2017 Awards of Distinction Honorees: Taraneh Fultz, APR, Olga M. Haley Mentorship Award. John Mitchell, APR, Fellow, Lifetime Achievement Award. Dianne Danowski Smith, APR, Fellow, Ron Schmidt Community Involvement Award. Nicole Early, New Professional Award of Excellence.

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About Spotlights

There are dozens of awards programs for public relations and integrated communications, both locally and internationally. We all know the ones that are for show. The Spotlight Awards, along with our cousins, PRSA’s Silver and Bronze Anvils, are focused on the same criteria used to determine a candidate’s readiness to go through the Accreditation program: research, planning, implementation and evaluation. Entering in our awards program is a great way to benchmark your organization’s communications programs against best practice methodologies around the country. Our judges provide written feedback, in addition to scores, and you can use this insight to enhance your strengths and address your opportunities for improvement.

Ethics at work: how entries are judged

Entries will be judged by our PRSA colleagues in another jurisdiction. Two or more judges will review each entry, at least one of whom is a nationally APR accredited professional.  If there is a large discrepancy in the number of points awarded, an additional judge is brought in to render the final decision. Entries are also reviewed by a local audit committee for accuracy and completeness of results.

Nominees compete against themselves, not other entrants. If you did good work, and the judges agree, you’ll receive our state’s highest honor for public relations professionals, a Spotlight Award.

  • New Professional Award of Excellence

    The award is presented to a professional who has demonstrated his or her commitment to advancing public relations through career achievements, volunteerism, and the highest standards of professionalism.

  • Ron Schmidt Community Involvement Award

    Named for a man who had a regional and national impact on our profession and celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, this award may be given to an individual or an organization.

  • William W. Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award

    The William W. Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award reflects the leadership and commitment of its namesake. It honors the lifetime achievement of an outstanding leader in the field of public relations.