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New Year, New Book of Lists

Happy New Year! H&A is starting 2017 on a good note – we are featured in the San Diego Business Journal Book of Lists 2017. We are ranked #15 on the Public Relations Agencies list. H&A is also noted as one of 13 agencies listed with a female principal. If you would like to download a copy, click here (you can find us on page 25).

We can’t wait to see what else 2017 has in store for us and our clients!

Taking Adult Education to the Highest Level

Marcela Gomez is a student who benefited from adult education and stayed with it all of the way from intermediate English as a Second Language (ESL) classes through earning her Master’s Degree at California State University San Marcos. She then circled back to help students who have the same challenges she had at a Palomar College – where her journey began.

To read more about Marcela’s awe-inspiring story, click here.

Writing Tips to Spice Up Bland Topics

The PR world is often fast-paced and full of excitement. But sometimes you get stuck with a not-so-exciting topic to write about or present on. While the task of turning something that may seem dry or uninteresting into something that people would care about may seem daunting, there are several ways you can spice it up for your audience – visuals, industry experts, and intriguing data.

To learn more about transforming a boring topic into a compelling piece of work, click here.

Garfield High School’s 19th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon

This afternoon, our office attended Garfield High School’s 19th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon at the Prado. The students from Garfield High School’s Culinary and Hospitality program along with chefs from The Prado and Cohn Restaurant Group put together an incredible buffet-style Thanksgiving spread for nearly 400 people.  The menu consisted of fresh salads, garlic mashed potatoes, chorizo stuffing, roasted turkey and too many desserts to fit on your plate.

To accompany the delicious food, Garfield High students shared inspirational stories about how they persevered through hard times and how the teachers and counselors at Garfield brought hope and encouragement back into their lives. Garfield High School is a continuation school where at-risk youth are provided with comprehensive services through the use of exemplary instructional strategies, flexible scheduling, and guidance and counseling services.

We have been proudly supporting and attending the Garfield Luncheon since its inception and invite people to learn more about the school by clicking here.

We hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Press Release Ideas for Any Industry

More often than not, creating a topic for a press release is easy – your client just won an award or is hosting an event. But sometimes writer’s block creeps in and finding something to write about is difficult. You want to get press for your client, but don’t want to waste anyone’s time with fluff.

So what are some good ideas for any industry? Click here to learn more.

Our Clients Scored Three Out Of Three Last Night At The 43rd Annual Press Club Awards

Congratulations to three of our outstanding clients– East Village High School, Clairemont High School and Honorable Thomas P. Nugent, who were recipients of awards at San Diego Press Club’s 43rd Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards! At this year’s event, there were approximately 1300 entries with around 450 awards in first, second and third combined. This is among the largest regional competitions in the United States, making it a huge honor for our clients to be recognized. As PR professionals, our work is first and foremost about being effective in everything that we do for our clients.

East Village High School took first place, being recognized under “General Writing for External Publications” for a press release featured in the Union Tribune entitled, “San Diego Early/Middle College, Now East Village High School, Offers a High School Diploma and a Whole Lot More.” The release announced the new name change of the high school, and its partnership with San Diego City College.  East Village High, a high school located in San Diego Unified School District, offers students a four-year high school diploma as well as up to two years of college credit — absolutely free.

Additionally, an on-line student recruitment brochure on behalf of Clairemont High School and the website design on behalf of Honorable Thomas P. Nugent for his mediation website, received third place honors behind big names such as the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego County Bar Association. For the Newsletter and Website categories, the judges took into account overall design as well as the copy and audience.

We couldn’t be more proud of our clients!

Check out the winners here: