Indianapolis, IN., Oct. 23, 2016
– The Public Relations Society of America
(PRSA) awarded its highest individual honor, the Gold Anvil Award, to Douglas Ann Newsom, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA
. The award was presented at the PRSA 2016 International Conference
during the Sunday General Session on October 23 in Indianapolis, IN.
With more than 40 years of experience in public relations and education, Newsom is a trailblazer who set many firsts; including the first woman to win PRSA’s Educator of the Year Award in 1982, the first public relations educator to be president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in 1985, and the first recipient of the Educator of the Year award from the Public Relations Foundation of Texas in 2008.
"Public Relations has been my career path as long as I can remember. Many colleagues guided that path, offered advice and wise counsel." Said Newsom. "Doing the same for others is what I try to do through LinkedIn, articles, textbooks and during conferences. My mantra at TCU was 'the most important part of your education was learning how to learn.'"
Newsom is active in several national and international associations including PRSA, College of Fellows, the International Communication Association, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, the Society for Professional Journalists and the International Public Relations Association where she served on a committee that developed the 2011 IPRA Codes of Conduct.
“Dr. Newsom’s distinguished career in the public relations profession should serve as an inspiration and challenge to current practitioners,” said Mark W. McClennan, APR, 2016 PRSA National Chair. “I am honored to recognize her work with the PRSA Gold Anvil Award for Lifetime Achievement. She is an outstanding communications professional who has led the industry in all facets of practice and has also contributed to the preparation and training of hundreds of professionals."
Along with her association duties, Newsom is the Stephen Minister Group Leader for Trinity Episcopal Church, which is also a national Outpost for Volunteer Hometown Support for Veterans and their families.
One of the largest and foremost events for public relations and communications professionals, the PRSA International Conference offers professional development sessions led by experts in a variety of public relations disciplines. Conference attendees receive practical, actionable takeaways they can put to use immediately; the latest thinking on communication trends, strategies and best practices; a chance to meet and learn from the brightest minds in public relations; and the opportunity to network and build meaningful professional relationships.
About the Public Relations Society of America
is the largest professional organization serving the U.S. public relations community. With a mission to “advance the profession and the professional,” PRSA provides news and information, thought leadership, continuing education and networking opportunities; sets standards of professional excellence and ethical conduct
; and advocates for the business value of public relations
and greater diversity
among public relations professionals. Based in New York, PRSA comprises 112 local Chapters
; 14 Professional Interest Sections
that focus on specific industries and practice areas; and the Public Relations Student Society of America
(PRSSA), which is active at more than 320 colleges and universities