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First Competitive Infographic Design Contest Announces International Winners

Gainesville, Fla. – The Institute for Public Relations conducted the first global Infographic Design Competition for students, focusing on PR research. IPR, along with the Executive Board of the PRSSA Chapter at the University of Florida, chose four winning designs that best communicated insights from IPR’s Signature Studies. The two grand-prize winners were Danielle Riley, University of Florida,  with “The […]

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IPR Welcomes Four New Trustees

Gainesville, Fla., December 16, 2015 – The Institute for Public Relations (IPR) announced the election of four new trustees: Stacey Tank, vice president of corporate communications and external affairs at Home Depot Peter Finn, managing partner at Finn Partners Dr. Marcia DiStaso, APR, associate professor at Pennsylvania State University Scott Farrell, president of global practice at Golin With the election of these four trustees, the […]


Millennials See Face-to-Face Networking & Socializing with Colleagues as More Important to Building their Reputations at Work than Older Generations

New Weber Shandwick and IPR Research Reveals Millennials Are Nearly Twice as Likely as Boomers to Focus on Their Reputations at Work  One in Five Millennials Believe Work and Social Media Reputations are Equally Important NEW YORK, December 10, 2015 – Research released today from leading global communications and engagement firm Weber Shandwick and the […]

The Institute for Public Relations (IPR) Annual Distinguished Lecture & Awards Dinner 2015

Mike Fernandez Honored with Alexander Hamilton Medal for Lifetime Achievement in PR

Download Full Speech : Alexander Hamilton Medal for Lifetime Achievement in PR: Acceptance Remarks by Mike Fernandez Mike Fernandez, Corporate Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cargill, received the Institute for Public Relations’ (IPR) highest award, the Alexander Hamilton Medal, at the 54th Annual Distinguished Lecture & Awards Dinner. The Hamilton Medal is given for major contributions to […]

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Frank Ovaitt honored with IPR’s Distinguished Service Award

On November 17th, Frank Ovaitt was honored for his nine years of service as IPR’s President & CEO at IPR’s Distinguished Lecture and Awards Dinner in New York City. Frank received IPR’s Distinguished Service award for his commitment to IPR and research that matters to the practice. Frank served the Institute twice as President and […]

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How Wells Fargo & Co. Uses IPR’s Best-in-Class Employee Communication Research

PR News features IPR Co-Chair Oscar Suris in Oct. 12 edition This week PR News featured IPR Co-Chair Oscar Suris as a guest author for “What Good Internal Communications Looks Like at Wells Fargo & Co.” Suris, executive vice president of corporate communication at Wells Fargo & Co., discussed three successful strategies for internal communications […]


Inaugural Jack Felton Medal for Lifetime Achievement Awarded to GE’s Gary Sheffer

October 7, 2015, Gainesville, Fla. – Gary Sheffer, Vice President of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs at General Electric, will be the first recipient of the Jack Felton Medal for Lifetime Achievement. Sheffer will be thanked for his major contributions to the advancement of research, measurement and evaluation in public relations and corporate communication at […]


Frank Ovaitt Receives Page Society Distinguished Service Award

Download PDF: Frank Ovaitt Receives Page Society Distinguished Service Award Download PDF: Frank Ovaitt DSA Acceptance Remarks CHICAGO, IL – September 29, 2015 – Frank Ovaitt has received the Arthur W. Page Society’s 2015 Distinguished Service Award, which is given to an individual who has helped strengthen the role of public relations in business and society. The […]


New-Look Communications Measurement Benchmark Launched: International Industry Collaboration Results in Barcelona Principles 2.0

London, 3 September, 2015 – A new look to the first international framework for measuring communications performance was unveiled today, reflecting the huge changes in the media landscape which have taken place. Barcelona Principles 2.0 was launched by the International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC) in London. The new framework was developed […]

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IPR Measurement Commission Seeks to Create Social Media Coding Standards

Goodwill Industries, Southwest Airlines, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will be the main participants in the study sponsored by IPR and CyberAlert, LLC. GAINESVILLE, Fla., August 4, 2015 – In its efforts to develop and promote standards and best practices for research, measurement, and analytics that contribute to ethical, strategic, and effective public relations, the Institute […]

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Global Leader in Corporate Communication Research to Receive IPR Pathfinder Award

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Dr. Anne Gregory will receive the 2015 Pathfinder Award the highest academic honor bestowed by the Institute for Public Relations (IPR) that is given in recognition of an original program of scholarly research that has made a significant contribution to the body of knowledge and practice of public relations. Dr. Gregory, professor […]