PRSA Nashville – May Meeting

DATE: Tuesday, May 17, 2016; 11:30am
Sambuca |
601 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Secrets of Successful Interviews: How to Choose and Coach a Media Spokesperson

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. The people from your organization who talk to reporters will shape your organization’s public image. Choosing and preparing your spokesperson is critical to your success with the news media.

Your best spokesperson for a news story may be an executive, customer or frontline staff person. You want to know how to choose the best spokesperson, whether the organization is responding to tough questions in a crisis or putting a human face on a feature story.

Led by Mimi Bliss (, an experienced media training and former TV reporter, this interactive session will show you how to:   
  • Identify your best spokesperson for a news story.
  • Prepare talking points that are short, simple and easy to remember.
  • Coach your spokesperson to avoid common interview mistakes.
  • Get your spokesperson ready for TV.

PRSA Nashville – June Meeting

DATE: Tuesday, June 21, 2016; 11:30am
Sambuca |
601 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Changes and Opportunities in the Opinion Pages

The opinion page of a newspaper gives voice to a range of viewpoints in the community.  You have the opportunity to tell your story and communicate a point of view through opinion articles.

David Plazas, Opinion Engagement Editor at The Tennessean, will share what you need to know about the opinion section, including:  
  • Coverage of hot community topics such as growth, affordability and transit
  • Why there’s a demand for “think pieces”   
  • Getting your op-ed or letter published in The Tennessean
  • Opportunities for online chats and more
  • Impact of social media on opinion journalism
  • The role of editorial board meetings
Come prepared with questions for our speaker, as we’ll provide plenty of time for Q&A.


The Nashville Chapter of Public Relations Society of America announced on December 12, 2012, the creation of the PRSA Nashville Scholarship Endowment Fund, established in testament to the chapter’s commitment to the future of public relations in Middle Tennessee.

The fund is a component fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization connecting generosity with need, and will be permanently endowed, ensuring the chapter’s resources will be available to support deserving students in Middle Tennessee for years to come. 

“PRSA Nashville has been privileged to provide an annual scholarship to students for more than a decade, and as the chapter continues to grow we wanted to strengthen our commitment to the next generation of communicators,” said Chapter President Todd Smith. “We are energized by the educational dreams that will be realized thanks to our endowment. This is a real milestone for public relations in Middle Tennessee.”

To read more about this scholarship endowment, please click here!

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