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The Institute of Public Relations has started its search for the Young Communicator 1999. Hackney LBC communication...
The Institute of Public Relations has started its search for the Young Communicator 1999. Hackney LBC communications officer Helen Reade was a finalist in 1998 and was presented with an IPR Certificate of Excellence.

Entries from young, dynamic PR practitioners across the country are now being accepted for the IPR's Young Communicator Award. Sponsored by Romeike & Curtice, the award recognises young PR practitioners who make a valuable contribution to the companies they work for and show considerable promise as future leaders of the industry.

The winner of the 1998 award was Debbie Wosskow, 24, Consultant Citigate Dewe Rogerson for her excellent work as a young PR professional. Judges said; 'Debbie demonstrated an amazing breadth and depth of PR knowledge beyond her job and her years and was extraordinarily perceptive about the industry.'

During her time as Young Communicator 1998, Debbie has spoken to PR degree students at Bournemouth University, and young people trying to break into the world of PR at the IPR careers day. She has also met with senior corporate affairs directors of major plc's, and listened to their views on how effective communication adds value to businesses.

Debbie said: 'In short, Young Communicator has provided me with

exposure to the industry in its many forms. Had I not been lucky

enough to win this award, I would have remained ignorant of

much of what the PR industry has to offer.'

There are two categories; under 25 and 25 to 30 with prizes awarded to a winner and two runners up in each section. The overall title of IPR Young Communicator 1999 will go to one of the category winners. Prizes, which include a luxury two week break for two in Marbella, courtesy of the Berners Hotel, London and two tickets to New York with Virgin Atlantic will be presented by Julia Carling at an Awards Ceremony at the London Aquarium on Thursday, March 11.

For more details about the Young Communicator Award and an application form contact Caroline Harwood on 0171 253 5151. Closing date for entries is Friday, 5 February, 1999.

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