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Public Relations Grad Program Receives Top PRWeek Award

PRWeek Awards

From left, Denise Keyes, SCS senior associate dean; Tiphane Turpin, assistant professor in public relations and corporate communications; Julie Dixon, deputy director for the Center for Social Impact Communication; and Carolina Bonilla, program manager, celebrate Georgetown's PR Education Program of the Year award.

March 5, 2012 – PRWeek magazine recently named Georgetown’s graduate degree in public relations and corporate communications PR Education Program of the Year.

A panel of distinguished public relations professionals chooses the recipient of the award, sponsored by the industry’s leading trade magazine.

“Georgetown clearly demonstrates it is pushing its students to learn through experience and new digital tools,” one of the judges noted. “It’s a refreshing approach to teaching.”

Tremendous Honor

The university’s School for Continuing Studies (SCS) offers the master’s in professional studies program in public relations and corporate relations.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized by our industry peers for the work that we’re doing,” said Denise Keyes, a senior associate dean at SCS. “We feel strongly that our students leave the program well-positioned to succeed as leaders in the ever-evolving communications landscape because of our foundation in strategy and how closely we work with industry to bring the real world into the classroom. This award is a testament to the hard work of our faculty, staff and students.”

The program emphasizes strategic thinking skills, integrates real-world clients such as Volvo and Facebook into the classroom, advances the profession through innovative research and helps the community with pro bono communications work.

Supporting Nonprofits

Launched in 2007, the program has provided valuable communications support to more than 100 nonprofits, including HandsOn Greater DC Cares, The Catalogue for Philanthropy, Capital Partners for Education, The Fishing School and many more.

PRWeek also noted that “Global Communications in the Age of Social Media, one of the program’s most popular courses, gives students weekly client challenges and blogging assignments that require them to examine social media practices around the world.”

For more information on the award, visit PRWeek website.

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