Sturges Word Team Members Earn Accreditation in Public Relations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Dec. 2, 2010) – Melissa Sturges and Justin LaBerge recently earned their Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America. The designation requires participants to pass both an oral examination by a panel of three seasoned PR pros and a rigorous standardized test.

The program aims to improve the practice of public relations by assessing the competence of PR practitioners in 60 areas of knowledge, skills and abilities associated with the profession. Those who earn the APR must maintain their credential through continuing professional development, providing leadership to the profession and serving their communities.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are roughly 275,000 public relations specialists in the United States. Only 5,000 PR professionals have earned the APR designation.

For more information about the APR designation, visit

Sturges Word Communications is a full-service integrated marketing communications agency with special expertise in the public involvement/government, utility/infrastructure, development/real estate, financial/professional services, retail/hospitality sectors. The agency helps clients get results with experience and creativity applied to the right mix of communications tools including advertising, branding, community engagement, creative, crisis communications, event planning, public relations, social media strategy, and Web design. The firm’s work does what matters to clients – builds brands, moves product and manages reputations. Sturges Word is a member of the Worldcom Group, the largest network of independent integrated and public relations firms in the world.

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