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Upcoming Event: Crisis Communication: Staying Cool When Things Heat Up

PORTLAND, Maine (April 9, 2015) — The Maine Public Relations Council (MPRC) has announced it will be broadcasting its next professional development live between two locations in Maine.

On April 17, attendees will be able to learn everything about communicating under fire, from developing an emergency communications plan to handling the media and coordinating crisis responses.

Speakers include Chet Lunner, Homeland Security consultant, former editor, one of the original designers of the TSA and leading communication expert; as well as, Marnie MacLean, award-winning reporter, tornado chaser and New England news junky. The presentation will take place at the Husson University in Westbrook and be broadcasted real-time to the New England School of Communication in Bangor, with the ability to ask the speakers questions.

What: Crisis Communication: Staying Cool When Things Heat Up
Where: Husson University, 3 County Road, Westbrook
New England School of Communications, 1 College Circle, Bangor
When: April 17, 2015
Time: Networking and breakfast from 8am to 8:30am, program from 8:30am to 10am
Cost: MPRC Members: $20, Non-members: $35, Students: $10.
Networking and breakfast will be provided at both locations.

“Being able to provide sessions to public relations practitioners across the state has always been a priority for our organization,” said Kelly Barden, MPRC President. “We hope to be able to broadcast future sessions in Bangor, Portland and throughout the state.”

Professional development sessions and workshops are held on the third Friday of each month. For more information on this event and to register, visit

About the Maine Public Relations Council
Now in its 39th year, with over 250 members statewide Maine Public Relations Council is a professional association of Maine public relations practitioners. MPRC is dedicated to the professional development of its members and a greater awareness of the role of public relations in the world today. It is a member of the Universal Accreditation Board. More information is available at

MPA Better Newspaper Contest timeline

It’s that time of year again!
The Maine Press Association Better Newspaper Contest will begin soon and packets are being prepared for all paid-up members.
Here is the timeline for this year’s event for your planning purposes.
Friday, April 24: Contest entry materials released to members
Monday, June 15 Contest entries due from members
Friday, June 26: Contest entries sent to judges
Friday, July 1o: “Of the Year” nominations due from members
Friday, July 31: Contest decisions due from judges
Saturday, Oct. 17: MPA Fall Conference and Awards Banquet