Submitted by Blaine Dunford
WebNotes turns the spotlight on member Matthew Scales, Public Affairs Officer for the Maryland Port Administration. In this Member Focus, you’ll get to know Matthew, hear about how he got started in PR and advice he has for other young professionals.
In addition to his work for Port of Baltimore and Cruise Maryland, Matthew is also pursuing his Masters of Science in Communication Management at Towson University. Learn how Matthew started on the path of PR and communications through this Member Focus.
Working as a Public Affairs Officer: My duties involve escorting media around the six public marine terminals at the Port of Baltimore. I serve as one of the spokesmen at the Port, handle the Port of Baltimore and Cruise Maryland’s social media accounts, write speeches, media advisories and press releases to generate local, national and international media attention.
Why I chose a career in Communications/PR: After taking a course in teaching, I decided that was not the career for me. In networking with a few people, they recommended public relations and advertising. I always enjoyed writing, working with people and speaking. I can also be creative!
Education: I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University, with a dual concentration in public relations and advertising. Currently, I am back at Towson pursuing my Masters of Science in Communication Management.
How has being a member of PRSA benefited you? I feel being a part of PRSA has helped me gain more knowledge within the industry, along with networking opportunities.
Best piece of advice received: Listening is key. Listen more than you speak in order to learn as much as you can.
Anything else you’d like to share with readers: Do not settle for any job/position. Make sure it’s a place you can see yourself grow and be passionate about.
Connect with me on LinkedIn and Twitter @mscales01.