ATU Student Wins Professional Public Relations Award

Braden Jones Prism Award 2023
Arkansas Tech University student Braden Jones (right) has earned statewide recognition for his work in public relations.

Arkansas Tech University student Braden Jones earned a 2023 Prism Award from the Arkansas chapter of the Public Relations Society of America in recognition of his work as an intern with The Communications Group (ComGroup) in Little Rock.

Jones, a senior journalism student with an emphasis in public relations from Warren, was recognized in the creative tactics category for his leadership and execution of the inaugural ComGroup Classic.

The event brought Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) members from across the state to ComGroup’s headquarters in April. According to a news release from ComGroup, “professional communicators provided students insight into a full-service agency and shared knowledge about how to maintain the highest quality standard in service and performance.”

As a result of Jones’ work during his internship for ComGroup, the agency created a resident intern position in order to maintain his services through summer and fall 2023.

“The experience I have gained during my time as a Grouper has been unmeasurable,” said Jones in the ComGroup news release. “As president of the Arkansas Tech PRSSA chapter, I saw a need for an opportunity like this and chose to create an event that gives back to students in the state who share my interest in public relations. I knew my ComGroup team would be more than willing to step up and provide that opportunity for my peers.”

After serving as president for ATU PRSSA in 2022-23, Jones is serving as vice president during the 2023-24 academic year.

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