Prapat NujoyThe Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) named University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) alumnus Prapat “Jojoe” Nujoy, BA ’13, the 2015 winner of their New Professional Award of Excellence. The award is given to a public relations professional who demonstrates community spirit, focus and dedication and has worked for less than five years in the industry.

Nujoy is the communications coordinator for the Union Gospel Mission in Portland and volunteers as a photographer and newsletter editor with the PRSA’s Portland chapter. Nujoy says winning the award was totally unexpected.

“I am honored and humbled that I am receiving the award,” he says. The Houston, Texas native moved to Alaska at the age of 12. Before graduating from the UO in 2013, Nujoy earned a degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in music performance playing the bass trombone. He decided to attend the UO after he struggled to find a job with his music degree.

“I really had no idea what public relations was all about, but it sounded fun,” he says. While taking classes in the SOJC, Nujoy also enrolled in courses at the school of music, such as trombone choir and jazz band. “I guess I just went on faith that this would be a good career path.”

As communication coordinator, Nujoy says he wears many hats. He takes photos, produces videos, writes blog articles and creates content for the Union Gospel Mission’s social media sites.

“My favorite part of my job is that I get to help homeless people and those in need by sending out the mission’s message of ‘Feeding the hungry, Restoring the addict and loving our neighbors,’” he says. “This helps raise money for the mission to provide services on a daily basis.”

In addition to volunteering for the PRSA, Nujoy is also a University of Oregon Alumni Association Portland Chapter volunteer and serves as the photographer and communications chair. “I do these things because I see the value of the organization and what it does to help new and seasoned public relations professionals,” he says.

By Corinne Boyer, MS ‘15