Advancing the Profession and the Professional

Chartered in 1947, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the world’s largest and foremost organization of public relations professionals. PRSA provides professional development, sets standards of excellence and upholds principles of ethics for its members and, more broadly, the multi-billion dollar global public relations profession. We also advocate for greater understanding and adoption of public relations services, and act as one of the industry’s leading voices on the important business and professional issues of our time.

Who are we?

PRSA is a community of more than 21,000 public relations and communications professionals across the United States, from recent college graduates to the leaders of the world’s largest multinational firms. Our members represent nearly every practice area and professional and academic setting within the public relations field. In addition, there are more than 10,000 students who are members of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at colleges and universities here and abroad.

Want to accelerate your career?

PRSA can help!

Code of Ethics

Learn more about the PRSA Code of Ethics.


PRSA can help you extend your network of professional contacts. Our 16 Professional Interest Sections put you in touch with other PRSA members who share your particular knowledge and expertise, and offer you niche conferences and learning opportunities. In addition, our 110 PRSA Chapters and 10 Districts connect you with other local professionals in your area.

Professional Recognition

Each year, PRSA offers you the chance to gain the recognition that your public relations programs deserve. Our Silver Anvil evening is the oldest and most prestigious industry award event, a true celebration representing the pinnacle of public relations achievement. Other PRSA awards honor individual accomplishment, tactical excellence and achievement in specialized practice areas.


Our professional development programs and industry conferences were the first of their kind, and continue to be imitated for their cutting-edge topics, thought-leading speakers and knowledge- and skill-building practicality. We also offer the industry’s only accreditation program: the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) program.


Our award-winning periodicals, daily news updates and blogs help you stay on top of emerging trends and industry news. Plus, our vast, easily searchable database gives you instant access to research, articles, white papers and Silver Anvil Award-winning program case studies organized by subject, industry and business outcome.


Our diverse human experiences and perspectives link us together. As public relations and communication professionals and purveyors of the truth, we seek to understand diverse points of view in our communication roles—and the reasons behind them. It is this intentional curiosity to understand that creates a culture of inclusion and the needed spaces to share and find belonging, community, and strength. This includes diversity of race, ethnicity, religion, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, country of origin, culture and diversity of thought, class, socioeconomic status, life experiences, learning and working styles, personality types and intellectual traditions and perspectives, in addition to cultural, political, religious and other beliefs.

At NCPRSA, we celebrate the differences that unite us in shaping truthful and powerful stories and making an impact in supporting the continuous development and promotion of NC public relations and communication talent from the Triad to the Coast.