Video: Ethics Month Interview with Nonprofit and Corporate Communications Professional Dianne Callahan

Biola University public relations student Collin Callahan sat down with his stepmother Dianne Callahan, area director for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, to talk about ethics and glean some advice for entering the public relations industry.

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Five Easy Ways to Participate in the PRSSA Community Service Initiative

So you got your letter of confirmation in the mail — you’re going to the PRSSA 2014 National Conference in Washington, D.C. Congrats! And now you’re thinking, “But how can I contribute to the Community Service Initiative and make a difference during my short time in D.C.?” This year it’s easier than ever to participate [...]

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Tools That Every New Chapter Should Know About

Congratulations, you’ve been granted a charter to become a Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America! You and your team have worked for this, and after the initial excitement passes, you realize that it’s time to get to work. As a new Chapter, there is a long list of things to do on [...]

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Why Public Relations Students Need to be More Ethical Than Ever

As public relations students, we need to constantly remind ourselves that the world of communications is more complex than ever before. We may have to go a step further in our ethical practices than our mentors did.  Though these precious people in our lives have done some amazing things, found success and made an impact [...]

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Women CEOs Will Continue Breaking Through Glass Ceiling

Recently, an intriguing article was written about the future of women as CEOs.’s Dale Buss published a strikingly optimistic piece, citing statistics that claimed women in the C-suite would be more prevalent in the coming years. While reading a piece that answered questions instead of asking them was enjoyable, I noticed a disconcerting theme [...]

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Getting to Know the BEPS

In the public relations industry, ethics can have a few blurred lines. But have no fear — there’s an app and a committee for that. That’s right, the PRSA Code of Ethics is now mobile and available for all Android and iPhone users. The app even gives users email access to the PRSA Board of [...]

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Intern Talk: Why a ‘Fake It Until You Make It’ Mentality Will Kill Your Credibility

It’s your first day on the job and you have a crucial decision to make. Should you ask as many questions as humanly possible or will you adopt the all-too-popular “fake it until you make it” outlook? It’s true that adopting this mentality has potential to lessen anxiety and build confidence, but when it comes [...]

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September “Ethics and PRSSA” Twitter Chat Recap

Thank you to everyone who participated in our September 2014 Twitter Chat, “Ethics and PRSSA.” Specifically, we’d like to thank our co-hosts, Vice President of Advocacy Eric Winkfield and Vice President of Public Relations Ethan Parry (tweeting from the @PRSSANational account) for leading the conversation. Join us on Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. ET for the next [...]

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What to do When Your Boss Asks You to Compromise Your Ethics

As young professionals entering the workforce, we may soon be forced to make the dreaded decision of what to do when a boss asks us to do something unethical. I know it’s easy to say, “This won’t happen to me.” But it might. And if it does, you need to be ready to react appropriately [...]

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BuzzFeed Battles Ethics in Plagiarism Scandal

BuzzFeed’s Viral Politics Editor, Benny Johnson, was fired after BuzzFeed executives discovered over 40 counts of plagiarism on the site, according to a blog on In the late evening on Friday, July 25, BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith issued an online apology to BuzzFeed readers. “After carefully reviewing more than 500 of Benny’s posts, we [...]

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