The Bateman Case Study Competition is PRSSA’s premier national case study competition for public relations students, and gives you an opportunity to apply your classroom education and internship experiences to create and implement a full public relations campaign.
Bullying, both in person and online, has become a critical issue in recent years due to the rise of social media, as well as the rise in socioeconomic, cultural and religious differences as the United States becomes increasingly diverse.
The short- and long-term effects of bullying can be substantial – for the bully, the victim and even those who witness bullying. Bullying can lead to development issues, mental health disorders, sleep problems, school attendance issues and decreased academic performance.
The goals of the 2013 Bateman Case Study Competition goals are to increase awareness among children, teens, parents and other key audiences of the serious short- and long-term consequences of youth bullying (bullying between the ages of 10-19), and inform these audiences of the steps they can take to help prevent and report bullying.
There is no client-of-record for this competition as of yet – however, National Headquarters is still seeking a sponsor/client. If a sponsor/client is not secured by November, teams will need to identify and partner with one or more local organizations with similar missions to create a local cause-related public relations campaign.
Please review the documents below to learn more about the 2013 Bateman Case Study Competition.
All campaign updates will be emailed to the specified team contact and posted on the 2013 updates section of the PRSSA website.
The Bateman Competition doesn’t ask you to simply draft a proposal. In teams of four or five, you are challenged to research, plan, implement and evaluate a comprehensive public relations campaign. Research and planning are completed November through January, teams implement in February and final entries are due to PRSSA Headquarters in March.
After an extensive judging process executed by PRSA members and other professionals, three finalists are chosen to present their campaigns to sponsor representatives in May. The first place team receives $2,500 and a trophy; second place receives $1,500 and a plaque; and third place receives $1,000 and a plaque. All teams are recognized at the PRSSA National Conference.
Whether you are new to the competition or have participated before, review these past campaigns to see the creativity, thoroughness and strategic thinking that go into winning campaigns each year.
First established as the National Case Study in 1973, and later renamed to honor the late Carroll J. Bateman, APR, it challenges teams of students to research, plan, implement and evaluate a public relations campaign for an actual client. More than 75 teams enter the competition each year, giving students real-world experience that can translate to resume additions, portfolio pieces and even jobs. After an extensive judging process, three finalists are chosen to present their campaigns to the sponsor, who receives the right to ideas presented. Past sponsors have included the American Heart Association, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Visa U.S.A., Ford Motor Credit Company, and most recently, the United States Census Bureau. If your company is interested in enhancing the educational experience of public relations students, while also benefitting from their hard work, knowledge and resources, find out more about becoming a competition sponsor.