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COMMITTEES: Public Relations

The Public Relations Committee promotes the achievements of the Alpha Chi Chapter and its members; disseminates information about the Alpha Chi Chapter and its programs; assists the membership with publicizing information to the university, and the New England nursing community, as the committee deems appropriate; and produces promotional and informational multimedia for and about the Chapter.

Membership of the Public Relations Committee

The Public Relations Committee shall be composed of at least five members, including one student representative.  The chairperson shall serve a two year term.

Meetings of the Public Relations Committee

The Public Relations Committee shall meet as necessary.

Responsibilities of the Public Relations Committee

* Update the mailing list of agencies every year in the Fall, based on changes in the Boston College School of Nursing master agency list.
* Expand the mailing list of agencies each year in the Fall to include hospitals, community agencies, and schools of nursing not only in the Boston area but in Massachusetts and other New England states.
* Compile a list of the media which provide free public service announcements including:  Newton and Boston newspapers; local and Boston radio/television stations; university/alumni newsletters; and professional organizations' media such as the districts' and Massachusetts Nurses Association's newsletters, the American Journal of Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau International journal/newsletter.
* Update and expand the media list each year in the fall.  Include the following information.

* Names, Addresses, Editor or Producer's name(s), Telephone numbers, News deadline dates and fees
* Distribute Alpha Chi Chapter informational and promotional print to all media groups found on the list.
* Specifically, have media groups publicize the annual events, including:
* The Rev. Edward J. Gorman Lecture, The Winter Program, The Induction Ceremony, and The Annual Research Program.
* Utilize the Communication "How-tos", and other publications from Sigma Theta Tau International, such as:

* Hellier, A.  (1988).  Writing a newspaper column.  Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing, 3(2), 1-2.
* Howes, D.H. (1993, November & December).  Radio and television presentation skills.  Paper presented at the 32nd biennial convention of Sigma Theta Tau International, Indianapolis, IN.
* O'Connor, K.T.  (1990).  News Releases that Get Results.  Unpublished Manuscript.
* O'Connor, K.T.  (1994).  Publishing in lay journals.  Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing, 9(2), 1-2.
* McBride, A.B.  (1987).  How to handle the media:  On being interviewed.  Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing, 2(2), 1., and
* Robertson, L.  (1990).  Working with the media.  Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, 5(4), 1-2.

* Update and expand the policy, procedures, and responsibilities of the Public Relations Committee yearly based on the growth and changing needs of the Alpha Chi Chapter. 

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