What are the benefits of membership?
As a PRSA member, you’ll have access to:
- More than 21,000 colleagues through our members-only directories and discussion forums.
- More than 50 FREE webinars, live and on demand, throughout the year.
- Exclusive discounts on PRSA conferences and events.
- Industry publications (print and digital).
- Award-winning case studies.
- The Business Case for Public Relations™ and the PRSA Code of Ethics, which offer values, principles and practice guidelines that define professionalism and success.
National membership dues are $255 annually plus a $65 initiation fee. Local dues vary by chapter; as of Jan. 1, 2017, PRSA Oregon Chapter dues are $50/year.
Special pricing is available for associate members and graduate students. If you have fewer than two years of experience in public relations and join as an associate member, you receive a complimentary one-year membership in the New Professionals Section. (Please note: This offer may not be combined with other offers. Certain restrictions apply. Offer not valid for current associate and renewing members.)
We understand membership is an investment. Consider these frequently asked questions below to further prove how the advantages of membership benefit you – and your employer.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is PRSA?
The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the world’s largest and foremost organization of public relations professionals with a community of more than 21,000 members across the United States.
What is the PRSA Oregon Chapter?
The PRSA Oregon Chapter’s nonprofit organization mission is “to advance the art and science of public relations in the public interest” by supporting our members and community. The PRSA Oregon Chapter is one of the most active in the nation serving nearly 300 professional communicators in Oregon and SW Washington.
Who are we?
From recent college graduates to the leaders of the world’s largest multinational firms, PRSA members represent nearly every practice area and professional and academic setting within the public relations field. In addition to the 21,000 members across the U.S., there are more than 10,000 students who are members of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at colleges and universities here and abroad.
Founded in 2017, the PRSA Oregon Chapter is led by an all-volunteer member board of directors and includes nearly 300 members who work in public relations and communications roles representing agencies, Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, non-profits and everything in-between. About 25 percent of the chapter’s members are accredited in public relations.
Members live and work throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington (including Longview, South of Centralia and West of Yakima) including in Vancouver, Bingen, Camas, Portland, Tigard, Tualatin, Hillsboro, Beaverton, McMinnville, Salem, Stayton, Eugene, Springfield, Corvallis, Bend, Roseburg, Ashland, as well as along the Oregon coast.
What do we do?
PRSA provides professional development, sets standards of excellence and upholds principles of ethics for its members and, more broadly, the multi-billion dollar global public relations profession. We also advocate for greater understanding and adoption of public relations services, and act as one of the industry’s leading voices on the important business and professional issues of our time.
The PRSA Oregon Chapter hosts a number of events for professional development and networking opportunities, for instance the popular Meet the Media series. Building on the collective 60 years experience of Oregon’s local chapters, the PRSA Oregon carries on the tradition of strong programming serving members at every stage of their career. Programs include Accreditation in Public Relations, awards ceremony, annual conference, a mentors network, and more.
How do I get involved?
If you want to volunteer to support the PRSA Oregon Chapter mission, please contact our volunteer coordinator by sending an email to [email protected] We have leadership, committee and one-time service opportunities to match your availability and meet your professional development goals.
How do I update my contact information?
Go to our national website: www.prsa.org/myprsa. Once you’re logged in, click on “My Profile” in the right-hand column. On your profile page, click on the appropriate “edit” buttons to update your information. After you’ve made your changes, just click on “submit.” That’s all there is to it. Your updated information will be automatically shared with our chapter.
How do I find our member directory?
Once again, go to our national website: www.prsa.org/myprsa. Once you’re logged in, click on “My Networking Tools” in the right-hand column. You’ll see a number of search options. To search for PRSA Oregon Chapter members, click on the drop-down arrow under “Chapter.” Scroll down. Click on “PRSA Oregon Chapter” then click on “go.” Our member directory will appear. You can also use this tool to search for members in other chapters.
How do I find out about PRSA webinars?
Go to the national website and visit their Online Training section.
How do I connect with my local peers and colleagues?
The PRSA Oregon Chapter offers three signature events each year – an all-day conference, an awards ceremony and our annual chapter membership meeting. Each month, there is usually a networking event and another event focused on professional development, such as our Meet the Media series or panels on specific industry topics. We also host an accreditation in public relations preparation course each year. Upcoming events will be featured on the events calendar at prsaoregon.org.
How do I learn more about my member benefits?
Visit the Member Benefits section on our national website.