Every year, the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA) hosts its annual meeting celebration. This year’s theme was “A Look at the Future of American Journalism with Leadership of the Philadelphia Media Network.” The celebration took place on Thursday, June 22 at Liberty Hall in the new Museum of the American Revolution in Old City, Philadelphia.
The annual meeting serves three main purposes. PPRA praises its successful programming throughout the year, inducts the incoming Board of Governors and honors two award recipients. Every year, one professional is selected for the PPRA Fast-Track Award, and one student is selected for the Dr. Jean Brodey Student Achievement Award.
One of Temple’s own Klein College of Media and Communication owls was selected as the 2017 Dr. Jean Brodey Student Achievement Award recipient. Marissa Reale will be a senior in the fall and majors in Strategic Communication with a concentration in public relations. Marissa is heavily involved in Temple’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and Temple’s first, only and nationally affiliated firm, PRowl Public Relations. Marissa serves as Vice President and Assistant Firm Director, respectively. Marissa is a member of PPRA and regularly attends many of its networking events.
“I am so honored to be selected to receive such a prestigious award. It’s incredible to be recognized by such a fantastic organization. I love the opportunities this organization gives to students, as well as Temple University for being so connected to its surroundings,” recipient Marissa said.
KYW Newsradio’s Pat Loeb served as the moderator for the evening. Attendees also heard from Terrance C.Z. Egger, publisher and CEO of the Philadelphia Media Network, and Gabriel Escobar, editor of the Philadelphia Media Network’s three media properties — the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com.
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By: Kayla Boone