PRSA Dallas

PRSA Dallas is the top-tier, professional public relations and communications organization in Dallas. Serving more than 300 public relations practitioners in North Texas, the chapter is comprised of unparalleled public relations and communications talent who impact all facets of the business-to-consumer and business-to-business markets in the North Texas region. We are agency leaders, corporate communication practitioners, crisis communication experts, investor relations executives, strategic counselors to the C-suite, media relations and social media gurus, freelancers, “wordsmith” pros and so much more.

We strive to increase and develop the knowledge, skill set and abilities of our members, honing their potential for leadership. PRSA Dallas members leverage the power of professional networking, educational programs and partnerships to open doors in their own career paths and gain a seat at the table as a trusted advisor. Join today!

Member Spotlight

John Janney, APR

1. Who (or what) introduced you to PRSA Dallas and how long have you been a part of the chapter? Dr. Barbara Shoemake introduced me to PRSA while I was earning my undergraduate in public relations. She was my academic advisor, a phenomenal writing instructor, and the advisor for my university's Public Relations Student Society of America chapter. I started my association with PRSA through PRSSA. I've been a member of the Dallas chapter since 2014. I currently serve as the PRSA Dallas Accreditation co-chair where I, along with Bernadette Davis, assist members who want to earn their Accreditation in Public Relations.

2. What is one piece of advice you would give new PRSA Dallas members and prospective members? Study. If you don't have a degree in public relations, get one or obtain the equivalent knowledge. It's one thing to earn media coverage or build communities on social media, but it's another to understand the theories of Grunig, Holtzhausen, Coombs and other academics. To grow as a professional, you need to understand how applying each theory impacts the type and quality of relationships between an organization and its stakeholders as well as how those relationships impact business objectives. So, my one piece of advice is to never stop studying.

3. Any hobbies or quirks to confess? I recently downloaded Pokémon GO because I wanted to see how they implemented augmented reality and GPS-driven real-world play. After catching a few pocket monsters and spinning several Pokestops for supplies, I discovered that I have to catch them all.

4. What is on your coffee table? Besides the latest issues of Public Relations Tactics and The Public Relations Strategist? I have "Georgia O'Keeffe: An American Perspective" by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths, which is a lovely collection of more than 100 of her paintings in one oversized coffee table book. I plan to add books of Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein and Shepard Fairey. I am currently working my way through Harvard Business Review's "On Communication," so it finds its way bouncing between the coffee table and my desk. I also have two Playstation controllers and a TV remote because my boys love FIFA and I love hearing them laugh.  

5. What is your favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurant? Noodle Wave is a Thai restaurant that makes the most delicious Pad Kee Mow I've ever tasted. I recommend the seafood upgrade, and to make it spicy.