March 2021 SCPRSA Newsletter Print


UofSC Bateman Team is made up of, from left to right: Contessa Davis, Stephanie Justice, Hannah O’Toole, Ali Pardue, Olivia Dodds.

What is 'on the line' when you are uncivil both in-person and online? The UofSC Bateman Team's campaign seeks to inform and emphasize the importance of digital civility and what we as public relations professionals can do to address this critical public issue.
Follow the team's Instagram | @onthelinesc

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President's Report

From the President

Pamela McNeely Flasch, director of public affairs, BJWSA

I hope your 2021 is shaping up to be a rewarding and positive year for all of you!

Our board had a timely and memorable chat with the PRSSA Bateman Team from the UofSC. They talked about Digital Civility, something we all need like we need oxygen! Thank you, Contessa Davis, Hannah O’Toole, Stephanie Justice, Olivia Dodds and Alexandrea Pardue for your excellent program! Kudos to their advisors, Kelly Davis, APR and Ashley Dusenbury, APR for their guidance!

Many thanks to those of you who joined us for our Black History Month Lunch & Learn with Peter Woolfolk. In his lengthy PR career, Peter has seen the right and wrong ways to develop content and events with diversity, inclusion and equity top of mind. We’re grateful to have the insights he presented.

March 11 at noon, we turn to another hot topic – the First Amendment – featuring UofSC media and Internet law professor Eric Robinson to discuss what public relations professionals need to know about the First Amendment and free speech. Get details here.

Thank you to those who have renewed or recently joined! We are always looking for ROI for our members, so please step forward if you have something to share.

With best regards,


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Mercury Awards

Each year, our chapter recognizes distinguished leaders in the practice of public relations, through their service to SCPRSA and the community, and in public relations education. The deadline to nominate someone for an individual award is tomorrow, March 3, at 5 pm.

Award categories, criteria and other details can be found at:


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Save the Date

We’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Mercury Awards and look forward to recognizing the best in public relations work—virtually—on April 29, 2021. Details coming soon!

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Professional Development

The first amendment & Public relations with eric robinson

Join media and Internet attorney and University of South Carolina professor Eric Robinson to get the latest on:

  • Basics of the First Amendment including application to non-government entities 
  • First Amendment protection for public relations and corporate speech 
  • Legal issues to watch for in PR including libel and privacy 
  • Q&A


Register now

Members: $15 | Non-Members: $25 | Students: $10

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APR News!

Congratulations to Tamara M. King, APR for achieving the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential, demonstrating her expertise and competency in the field of public relations. Tamara is Community Relations director for Richland Library. In her role, she develops, directs and implements communications strategies to key stakeholders and audiences of Richland Library. Tamara also supervises the Office of Development, which supports the Richland Library Friends and Foundation along with the library volunteer program. Tamara is an award-winning public relations professional with more than two decades of experience in broadcast television, public relations, marketing, strategic communications, media and crisis communication training and program management.

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PRSA Membership Promotion

Refer to for details.


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Get Involved

Joining a chapter committee is one of the best ways to get involved and make an impact.

If you are interested in serving on the membership committee please contact Membership VP, Tiffany Norton.  

Or maybe programs and professional development is your passion. In that case, you will definitely want to connect with Professional Development VP, Adrian Grimes


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