Samra Jones Bufkins, MJ, APR

Lecturer, Public Relations and Social Media, Consultant, and Writer in Denton, Texas

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Seasoned, accredited public relations professional now teaching public relations and social media courses in the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. Awarded the 2014 UNT Honor Professor award by the Student Government Association (student-nominated honor).

I'm "NPR famous" for an appearance on Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me, during which host Peter Sagal said my name sounded like either a character in Game of Thrones or a curse in Harry Potter.

I am passionate about social media. Other professional interests include strategic planning, PR/Advertising ethics, corporate social responsibility, crisis communications, media literacy and issues management.

I am available for consulting projects and public speaking. I've practiced PR in the energy, environmental, and healthcare industries, and am the leading social media strategist in the Mayborn School of Journalism. I served four years as the Dallas PRSA Ethics Officer.

I'm dedicated to PR Accreditation (APR--accredited since 1996) and fascinated with the rapid convergence of traditional and new media. I'm an active member of both the Dallas and Fort Worth chapters of the Public Relations Society of America.

I collect and use vintage fountain pens, because "slow communication" is a dying art in the age of nanosecond messaging. I am also on the verge of turning into the neighborhood crazy cat lady, and thanks to my turn on "Wait Wait" am threatening to open a giant Asian gerbil ranch.

Personally I love good food & wine, animals & the environment, music and "collecting" interesting people. I'm active in the Denton ACTS ministry through St. Mark Catholic Church. With my husband I sing in our church choir. I support the Alzheimer's Association Dallas chapter as an advocate and a member of their Communications Committee.

I'm also a rabid Kentucky basketball fan and watch almost all sports. I enjoy photography, making jewelry, sewing, long distance bicycling and all kinds of music. In my salad days I lived in or traveled to 23 countries, but now stay close to home and online devices.

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    • Mayborn School of Journalism