Bateman Case Study Competition

Enhance Your Education

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.

2017 Campaign

PRSSA challenges participants of the Bateman Case Study Competition to develop a campaign on behalf of the Campaign to Change Direction, to change the culture of mental health in America. This Competition is sponsored by The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations and Edelman.

The goal of the 2017 Bateman Competition is to change the way we think and talk about mental health. Participating teams will achieve this goal, in part, through education on the Five Signs of mental suffering, which are: change in personality, agitation, withdrawal, decline in personal care and hopelessness.


Additional Materials Available for Campaign Use

Please remember when using the logos and graphics that you should make it clear that you are a supporter of the Campaign. The communication you send out and materials you produce should in no way appear that it is communication directly from the national Campaign.

Make sure that you are incorporating the Five Signs of emotional suffering in your Campaign and that you do not change the Signs or the language.  Remember, we are a national Campaign focused on mental health, wellness, and illness.  If you decide to focus on one area alone, you will not be incorporating the complete Campaign.

Email Sent Feb. 8, 2016

Dear Bateman Teams,

We hope you have all done a thorough job thus far regarding your campaigns (doing the research, determining your strategy, etc.) and are gearing up for the implementation phase starting next week. 

Due to some concerns and confusion we faced recently, we find it would be extremely helpful for some additional oversight/clearance to take place regarding your chosen partners for the Competition. With that said please follow the instructions below to help ensure you are on the appropriate path/track regarding your selected partners. We also encourage you to consult directly with Kristin Lee regarding any facets of your campaign that may need or warrant additional approval. If you have not checked in with Kristin in the past, please consider doing so before you implement your campaign.

Additional required steps:

  1. Please send to no later than Monday, February 13th any partner you’re using for the Competition. Provide your team name, chosen partner or partners name and/or organizations, companies, etc.
  2. Please be sure your campaign reflects (and includes) that mental health is important to everyone, not just the 1 in 5.
  3. Also, please know the focus of this campaign is not intended to be an anti-stigma campaign regarding mental health or to solely educate about mental illness. It is greater than that in scope and interest by the client. Therefore, to do well in this Competition, you will need to go beyond these facets.

If you have any questions or concerns, regarding this update, please contact Jessica Espinal at (212) 460-1476 or call PRSSA HQ’s at (212) 460-1474. Please remember to send the email regarding your partners by Monday, February 13.

Jeneen Garcia
Executive Director

Access a recording of the conference call held on Jan. 18 below. 

Competition Materials

Competition Scope

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 February, teams implement February through March and final entries are due to PRSSA Headquarters in April.

After an extensive judging process executed by PRSA members and other professionals, three finalists are chosen to present their campaigns to sponsor representatives. The first place team receives $3,500 and a trophy; second place receives $2,500 and a plaque; and third place receives $1,500 and a plaque. All teams are recognized at the PRSSA National Conference.

Past Competitions

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.

About the Competition

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. 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.