Tampa Bay PR Association Appoints First Ethics Officer

New role will increase emphasis on ethical conduct for PR and media professionals

(Tampa, FL / February 26, 2018) - The Tampa Bay Chapter, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), has appointed Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA, as the chapter’s first “Ethics Officer” with responsibility for assisting members in instances where a possible ethical conflict might exist in their business activities.

A long-time PRSA member, Hazlett has served on the Society’s Board of Directors as well as on its Board of Ethics and Professional Standards. He is an accredited member of the largest association representing public relations professionals and brings more than 40 years’ experience first as a public relations practitioner and, most recently, as a public relations professor at Curry College in Milton, MA.

“We are fortunate that, when he retired as a professor, Kirk chose the Tampa area as his new home,” says MaryMargaret Hull, APR, PRSA Tampa Bay 2018 president. “Ethical guidance is a critical issue for all public relations professionals, and I am pleased that we will now have the ability to formally offer assistance when needed.”

“I appreciate the confidence that the PRSA Tampa Bay leaders have expressed in my ability to provide guidance and counsel to our members as well as members of the general business community,” says Hazlett.

The PRSA Code of Ethics is widely regarded as industry standard and is founded on core values like advocacy, honesty, loyalty, professional development and objectivity to structure ethical practice and interaction with clients and the public.

About PRSA Tampa Bay

Since it was chartered in 1964, Tampa Bay PRSA has continued to provide a forum for addressing issues affecting the profession, and the resources for promoting the highest professional standards. It offers unequaled opportunities for improvement of skills and advancement of knowledge, as well as for exchange of information and experiences with other public relations professionals.

Contact: Colin Trethewey, APR / [email protected]

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