PRCA launches young public affairs professional prize

The PRCA has launched a young public affairs professional of the year award, accompanied by a £500 prize in memory of PRCA founding fellow Douglas Smith.

Doug Smith: passed away seven months ago
Doug Smith: passed away seven months ago

Applicants should submit an article no more than 400 words in length on the subject of ‘Speaking up for public affairs: what does the future look like for our industry?’.

This should be supported by a 300-word endorsing statement by someone you work with on a day-to-day basis.

It will be judged based on the following criteria: innovative approach to public affairs; enthusiasm and dedication; contribution to team morale and ethos; willingness to pass on knowledge / mentoring, and contribution to politics and community outside of work.

Applications must be sent to douglassmith.award@prca.org.uk by Friday 30 August. Applicants must be 25 or younger on the date of closing.

A shortlist will be announced approximately four weeks later with a networking night for young professionals in public affairs in the autumn.

Simon Pugh, account director at Weber Shandwick, who will be one of the PA Group judges, has blogged on what makes a good young public affairs professional.

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