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The National Public Relations Associations in the World

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It would be impossible in this volume to describe all the national public relations associations in the world today. It may government; to establish and promote high standards of individual professionalism and public service; and to develop awareness that the professional communicator is an integral part of the decision and policy-making process. The NAGC conducts the following programs: monthly luncheon meetings, a monthly newsletter, a directory of members, the semiannual Journal of Public Communication, a job clearinghouse, workshops and seminars, and an annual award for excellence.

Membership is open to persons employed (or unemployed and looking for a job) in federal, state, county, or local government internal/external information or communications, or nongovernment persons engaged in public relations "whose professional activities will enhance, further, or support the objectives of NAGC." Current membership is over 800. Dues are from $22.50 to $10, depending on category of membership.

The National School Public Relations Association, founded in 1935, is a professional voluntary organization dedicated to advancing the cause of education through responsible communication. It offers the following services to the more than 30,000 educators and board members in school districts, state departments of education, and other educational agencies: newsletters on current issues in education, audiovisual productions, national seminars every summer, staff development workshops for school systems and state education agencies, custom-designed consultant services, and communication program evaluations for school systems.

Available are professional memberships ($25 annual dues), associate ($15) and student ($10) memberships. Professional membership services include a monthly newsletter, a hotline counseling service for public relations problems, a national public relations resource bank, research assistance on educational topics, a professional accreditation service, a job clearinghouse, and a public relations speaker service.

The Religious Public Relations Council, Inc., an interfaith, nonprofit professional association of more than 600 members, studies and papers; to conduct meetings and to plan congresses and events with a view to improving knowledge of international public relations practice; to foster the highest standards of public relations competence and practice, especially in the international field; to undertake such activities as may be of general benefit to all members; and to grant authorization to public relations national associations in good standing to organize the triennial Public Relations Congresses according to the IPRA rules.

Membership is open to persons of known public relations competence with five years' continued practice whose activities in the field are considered to be of international significance. The Council of IPRA has members from 45 countries. Seven world congresses have been sponsored by the Association, the most recent in Boston in November, 1976.

The Chinese Public Relations Association (Taiwan), founded in 1956, has as its objectives to strengthen liaison in the public relations circle; to study theories on public relations; to carry on the system of public relations; to promote enterprise development and growth, and to uplift the democratic spirit. It publishes books, pamphlets, and a handbook on public relations, and a periodical carrying domestic and overseas studies in public relations, articles, comment, and local news. It has joined the IPRA, the PRSA, the Pan-Pacific Public Relations Federation, and other national public relations organizations. It also sponsors lectures and seminars on public relations and helps outstanding student members to find employment. Membership is open upon recommendation to scholars in public relations research, those Canada. It has as its aims "to maintain high standards in public relations and to advance the knowledge, skill, and status of those engaged in this field." It administers a voluntary accreditation program of public relations people, publishes Communication, a periodical distributed to its members, maintains an updated register of members distributed annually, sponsors an annual national conference of professional public relations people, coordinates surveys determining the socioeconomic and financial state of public relations in Canada, provides career guidance materials for schools, stimulates colleges and universities to offer courses in communications leading to degree courses in public relations, gives awards of excellence to public relations people, and encourages special projects through its Education and Research Foundation. The Society has about 1,240 members and 70 associates. Dues are $65 annually. Members must be employed full-time in public relations or teach a public relations course recognized by the society; associates must have a stated interest in a public relations career or have completed a recognized public relations course.

The Dutch Public Relations Association (Nederlands Genoot-schap voor Public Relations), founded in 1946, is the oldest public relations organization in Europe. Its purpose is to promote the development and proper application of the profession, expand knowledge of public relations, and promote contacts and exchanges of experience among its members and between it and other public relations associations abroad. It maintains a professional code, organizes lectures and two professional publications, and promotes scientific research and education in the field of public relations. The organization has 340 members, most of whom pay about $112 annual dues. Membership is by examination, which since 1968 has been given under government supervision and is acknowledged by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

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