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Winners of our First Emerging Professional Scholarships: Sarah Curran and Kate Bloomburg with Chapter President Peggy Fleming
Digital Analytics Workshop with WebSpec
Kathy Holdefer asks a question of Erin Moynihan about Best Practices for Working with the Media
Sharing Good Times
2016 Annual Members Only Holiday Luncheon
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How to Use This Website

The Greater Des Moines Chapter website resides within the national organization's website. To navigate around the chapter website, use the menu on the left side of our pages. To navigate the national level website, use the horizontal navigation bar across the top of the page.

About Us

We provide a supportive and collaborative environment for professionals from all communications disciplines in Central Iowa. Join us for continuing education, professional development, mentoring, and networking opportunities.

Clarion Awards - Enter by April 10, 2017!

The Greater Des Moines Chapter invites you to enter the prestigious AWC 2017 Clarion Awards! This is a national-level competition, open to all communicators. We think your work deserves to be in the spotlight.

Entering the Clarion Awards is a great way to gain recognition as one of today’s top communication professionals. The competition is open to everyone: Women and men, individuals and organizations, AWC members and nonmembers, students and international professionals are all invited to submit their work.

Past winners include Iowa entries such as: Meredith Family Circle Magazine, Insta-Pro International in Urbandale (Tori Sorensen), and Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Outside Iowa winners include such diverse entrants as The Wall Street Journal, Goodwill Industries International, and Cherokee Nation Businesses, as well as individuals, companies, non-profits, small businesses, consultancies and media companies of all sizes.

Award opportunities lie in more than 100 categories covering many aspects of advertising, education, fundraising, graphic design, internal communications, magazines, marketing, feature writing, online journalism, public relations, radio, television and special events. Peer judges review the work based on budget size, so all entries are considered fairly.

To qualify, more than half of any entry must have been published, broadcast, or implemented between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016. All entries must be submitted by the final deadline of April 10, 2017. For further details and online registration, please visit the Clarion Website.

Professional Development and Skill Building Programming

We typically offer monthly professional development programs from September thru May with skill building workshops and informal discussion meetings throughout the year. Here's what's coming next.

April 19, 2017: Deconstructing Fake News and Alternative Facts with Jennifer Konfrst

How can we, as communicators and as citizens, provide information ethically and effectively in today's media climate? How do we ensure the sources we're using are credible and how can we make sure our work doesn't get caught in the "fake news" filter? Jennifer Konfrst has been studying recent claims of "fake news" and "alternative facts" in her role as a political communication and PR professor at Drake. She'll discuss how to identify fake news and how to make sure communications have credibility amid the noise. She'll also discuss the threats to ethical communications practice posed by the idea of "alternative facts."


We'll again be at West Bank, 1601 22nd Street, West Des Moines, Iowa. Doors open at 11:30, business meeting at 11:45. and program at noon.
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