dHz Media promotes Thea Ness to Account Coordinator
Calgary, AB – dHz Media, a public relations agency for developers, resorts, and destinations, is excited to announce the promotion of Thea Ness from public relations intern to full-fledged account coordinator.
Ness began with dHz Media in January after being hired through the work experience program at Mount Royal University (MRU). Through MRU’s competitive public relations program, Ness honed her ability to tell stories for the public interest while learning in a real job setting.
“By teaching and mentoring young professionals we hope to contribute to the public relations community by developing bright and media-savvy consultants whose expertise will be of benefit to our clients,” says Scott Henderson, managing director of dHz Media.
After only a short four months with dHz Media, Ness is feeling exceptionally more confident about her skills as public relations practitioner.
“The public relations program at MRU provided me intensive training on media relations and writing for public relations. I was required to do at least 150 hours of volunteer or work experience before entering into my two work terms each totalling 450 hours, plus we are assigned class projects where we work with real clients on real projects,” Ness explains.
“Getting the chance to work for one of Western Canada’s leading public relations agencies providing intelligent, innovative services for clients is definitely an excellent way to gain some real world experience.”
Photo caption: Thea enjoying the perks of her job while skiing in Revelstoke during a small media tour in March
Photo credit: Thea Ness
“It’s always great to hear that a public relations student has received a full time job offer from their work experience employer. Success stories like this prove the value of the program and display how the work experience component of the degree prepares students for a career upon graduation,” says Ashley Archer, work experience coordinator, Public Relations.
A promotion from public relations intern to account coordinator is more than just a new title, Ness will also be given new roles and increased responsibilities. She will now draft press releases, correspond with clients and media when necessary and contribute her website development and content maintenance skills as well as play a key role in media pitching.
“My time at dHz Media has also inspired my school work,” states Ness who has just completed her course work for graduation. “I’ve realized that the communications world is changing and that PR professionals are having to adapt to this change to stay relevant so I chose to write my final thesis paper around this topic.”
As business moves forward over the summer Ness will work alongside other dHz Media team members to continue to deliver consistent ROI for clients.
About dHz Media http://dhzmedia.com/
As one of Western Canada’s leading PR agencies dHz Media works for some of the finest resort destinations and developers in Western Canada, with current and past projects in the Okanagan, Columbia Valley, Vancouver Island, the Rocky Mountains and Calgary. Clients have been covered in such well known media as: the ROBB Report, NY Times, USA Today, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, CBC: The National, Global National, CBC NewsWorld, Alberta Venture, Esquire UK, BC Business, the Vancouver Sun, Toronto Star and the Calgary Herald.