JCJC Director of Media & Public Relations named Senior Practitioner | People
The following is a press release from Jones County Junior College:
Jones County Junior College’s Media and Public Relations Director, Teresa Martin was recently recognized as a Senior Practitioner by the Southern Public Relations Federation. The criteria for the SPRF Senior Practitioner designation includes working full time for 15 years in the field, serving as an officer or board member at the chapter, state or SPRF level, being accredited by the NAPRC member organization, recognition of professionalism as evidenced by such awards as PRAM Practitioner of the Year, Lantern Award or similar honor and be a member in good standing. The SPRF organization consists of public relations professionals from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.
“I'm honored to receive this recognition from my peers because it is not easy breaking into a new career as you start a family! God has opened every door and has seen me through an inspiring and challenging journey. My colleagues have always been supportive and I thank them for helping me grow into this career,” said Martin.
The Ellisville resident has been the Jones County Junior College Director of Media and Public Relations for 15 years. Some of her honors include receiving the Sales and Marketing Professionals Professional Award in July 2011, a PRism for the JCJC TV commercial campaign in 2008 and the PRAM Bud Kirkpatrick Practitioner of the Year award in 2007. She has served the Pine Belt PRAM chapter as publicity chair in 1999, fundraising committee chair in 2000, workshop committee member in 2010 and she was on the nominating committee several times.
“I appreciate all of the honors and achievements but I am probably most proud to have been able to reach a PRAM chapter fundraising goal in 2000 which endowed the Michael Fatheree scholarship at USM. I believe in giving back and education is an excellent way to help an individual and a community,” said Martin.
As an active member of the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi, Martin served as President for two years in 2003 and 2004, as well as on the Scholarship Committee for 12 years. She has also received numerous awards for her work through this organization of college and university public relations professionals in Mississippi, including the CPRAM Grand Award for organizing and coordinating the JCJC-WDAM-TV Top of Class academic achievement television and public relations partnership program that continues today. Prior to working at JCJC, she was employed for ten years in the Omaha, NE-Council Bluffs, IA, and the Hattiesburg, MS television news markets as a news anchor, medical and general news reporter, photographer-editor and producer.