Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Jas N Smith - School PR Pro & Communications Strategist

I am Jas N Smith. I have a great deal of experience in media and public relations, and I am currently looking for a position in the communications, public relations or related fields.
My background includes serving as a communication director, PR coordinator, social media manager, on-line community manager, and working as a television journalist. 

Most recently, I have served as communication director for the Hattiesburg Public School District, where my responsibilities included handling: 
  • media relations
  • internal & external communications 
  • crisis management
  • public relation strategies
  • project management
  • community relations
  • event management
  • social media management 
  • vendor relations
  • policy development
 ...and many other duties that I feel would be applicable to a variety of other situations.

In 2016, I was recognized as the State Communicator of the Year by both the Mississippi School Public Relations Association AND the Mississippi Association of School Administrators.  I've also earned recognition and awards for newsletters (print & electronic), publications, handbooks, and photography.

Additionally, I have worked in television and network newsrooms, retail environments, and done small business communication support. In these positions, I developed the ability to meet strict broadcast deadlines, problem-solve in a fast-paced environment, and resolve a variety of issues.  In my most recent position, I also oversaw the operations of the HPSD Print Shop and Communication Department staff and interns.

In recent years I have been asked to present to students at universities about communication, public relations, social media, and community building. William Carey University has asked me to conduct an annual session for graduate students related to communication for schools. I am also a regular speaker for various community events, faith-based organizations, and parent workshops.

I am proficient in office software, HTML, copy-editing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Please see my resume for greater detail on my experience and education.

Here are a few news stories that I was interviewed for:

I also filmed and edited some videos to highlight different things happening around the district.

I am confident that I can offer the communication and public relations skills you are seeking for your organization. Feel free to email me at jasnsmith@gmail.com for more information. 

Thank you.

Jas N Smith

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