JS Account Leaders Earn PR Accreditation

ATLANTA (March 17, 2010) – Jackson Spalding’s Stephanie Fitzsimmons and Megan Jentz have successfully completed the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations, entitling them to use the APR professional designation.  The announcement was made by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), a consortium of nine professional communication organizations that directs this competency certification program.

“Earning the APR reflects a mastery of the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to succeed in our increasingly complex profession,” said Felicia Blow, APR, 2009 chair of the Universal Accreditation Board.  “Practitioners who achieve the designation are demonstrating their commitment not only to our profession, but also to a strong code of ethics and to the betterment of their organizations and clients.”

The accreditation program aims to improve the practice of public relations by assessing competence in 60 areas of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) associated with the profession.  The examination is designed for public relations professionals with at least five to seven years of job experience and/or a bachelor’s degree in a communication field.  Candidates who successfully complete the rigorous process, including presenting his/her portfolio to a Readiness Review panel of three peers and sitting for a  computer-based examination, are granted the APR.  Professionals earning the APR must maintain their credential through continuing professional development, providing leadership to the profession and by serving their local communities.

“We salute Stephanie and Megan for their diligence and commitment to the APR process over the last 12 months,” said Glen Jackson, co-founder of Jackson Spalding.  “Their achievements mirror our mission to advance our industry and our firm.”

Fitzsimmons joined Jackson Spalding in 1999 and works on the Delta Air Lines, Purchasing Power and Wood Products Council accounts.  Jentz joined the firm in 2007 and is a team member for Orkin, LLC, Western Pest Services and United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta’s Early Education Commission.

About the Universal Accreditation Board

The UAB was established in 1998 by a coalition of public relations professional organizations that today includes the Agricultural Relations Council, Asociacion de Relacionistas Profesionales de Puerto Rico, Florida Public Relations Association, Maine Public Relations Council, National School Public Relations association, Public Relations Society of America, Religion Communicators Council, Southern Public Relations Federation and Texas Public Relatinos Association.  Each organization contributes resources and senior-level volunteer members who represent all segments of the public relations profession.

For more information about the UAB and APR designation, visit www.praccreditation.org