Congratulations on receiving recognition by APTA for your outstanding professional achievements! If you want to notify your local media or alumni publication(s) about your award, simply follow the steps below.
Step 1. Identify your local media and other points of contact.
Step 2. Obtain your photograph taken at the Honors and Awards ceremony rehearsal from Senior Honors & Awards Program Specialist of Member Engagement Alissa S. Patanarut, MPP, at email@example.com.
Step 3. Download the Word document template for your award from the list below. and customize the text in the template with your information where indicated.
Step 4. Cut and paste the customized template text into the body of an email.
Step 5. Send the email to any media or other publications you think might be interested. (See "Contact Your Local Media" below for more tips.)
Questions? Contact Colleen Fogarty, Senior Public Relations Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703/706-3216.
Award Announcement Templates
Catherine Worthingham Fellows of APTA (.doc)
John H. P. Maley Lecture (.doc)
Mary McMillan Lecture
Dorothy Baethke-Eleanor J. Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching (.doc)
F.A. Davis Award for Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Educator (.doc)
Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New Academic Faculty Member (.doc)
Minority Initiatives Awards
Signe Brunnstrom Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching (.doc)
Practice & Service Awards
Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Practice (.doc)
Lucy Blair Service (.doc)
Marilyn Moffat Leadership (.doc)
Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant (.doc)
Outstanding Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistant Team (.doc)
Chattanooga Research (.doc)
Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry (.doc)
Helen J. Hislop Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professional Literature (.doc)
Jack Walker (.doc)
Jules M. Rothstein Golden Pen Award for Scientific Writing (.doc)
Eugene Michels New Investigator (.doc)
Marian Williams Award for Research in Physical Therapy (.doc)
Federal Government Affairs Leadership (.doc)
PTA Advanced Proficiency Pathways (APP) (.doc)
Public Service (.doc)
State Legislative Leadership (.doc)
Mary McMillan Scholarship (.doc)
Minority Scholarship (.doc)
Contact Your Local Media
Today's media is locally focused. Outlets prefer working directly with the subjects of their stories. This helps both you and the reporter. You are able to establish an important media connection for the future. The reporters' jobs are made easier because they can contact you directly to ask questions or request photos.
Reporters also prefer getting their news via email or online submission. Because of this, we are providing our honors and awards recipients with an email template that can be customized and sent directly to the media outlets of your choice.
Tips for Placing Your Local Story
Community newspapers and network television stations are generally receptive to news featuring local residents. Receiving an award from your professional association is a perfect example of this.
Below are tips for submitting your news via email or online submission to your local newspaper, television station, or alumni publication.
- Visit the website of the local paper(s) or television station(s). Click on the tab that says "Contact Us" or "Submit News," which can usually be found at the bottom of the web page.
- Follow the website's instructions for how to submit a news tip. Depending on the size of the local paper or news station, you usually have 1 or more of the following options:
Option 1: Fill out the contact form and submit your news through the website.
Option 2: Contact the phone number listed on the page and ask to whom you should submit your news.
Option 3: Identify the local news, health, or business editor and email or call that person to ask if they'd be interested in receiving your news.
- Be sure to let the reporter know that a photo is available upon request.
- Follow up by phone or email within a week if you haven't heard back. If you follow up once and don't hear back, the outlet has probably decided not to run the story.