College PR Officer Nominated for Top Award
Cornwall College's Press and PR Officer, Josie Scobling, has reached the final stages of this year's prestigious Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) PRide Awards.
Josie, 24, who is from Plymouth and works across the College’s seven campuses from Saltash to Camborne, has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Young Communicator category which recognises the excellent work of young professionals under 30 in all areas of public relations, who make a valuable contribution to the organisations they work for and show considerable promise as future leaders of the industry.
The PRide Awards recognise excellence in PR and communications across the UK and are judged by a panel of top industry practitioners. This year has seen 1,221 entries and regional winners will be announced at presentation dinners taking place in each of the twelve participating areas. The West of England dinner, which covers Cornwall to Gloucestershire, will be held on 29th October in Bristol.
To be shortlisted Josie had to submit a 1,000 word essay about her achievements within her role over the past twelve months alongside an article she had written for a national publication about the phenomenon of Twitter and a letter of recommendation from the College’s Head of Marketing.
After only eight months working as PR Assistant at Cornwall College, in her first PR role after graduating with a Broadcast Journalism degree from the University of Gloucestershire, Josie was promoted to Press & PR Officer in June 2009 and now coordinates the PR responsibilities of a team of 13 marketing staff across seven sites in Cornwall.
Josie said: “I’m delighted to be shortlisted for a PRide Award as entries are judged by leading PR experts so to have my work recognised at this level is a great achievement.
“I see great benefits in building strong relationships with local and regional media. Having only been in the industry for two years, I feel I have achieved a lot in this time and am fully committed to continuing my PR career through ongoing development.”
Sally Butler, Corporate Head of Marketing at Cornwall College added: “Josie is extremely self motivated within her role and her commitment and passion for PR is really making a difference to the reputation of the College. She exhibits maturity beyond her years but equally has a wicked sense of humour.”