By Richard Waters, University of San Francisco
Tuesday, August 8, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: PRD will host a preconference on working with media and developing trust with stakeholders in an environment clouded with fake news and alternative facts. The preconference is sponsored by the Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication, and we are co-hosting it with the Mass Communication & Society Division.
Wednesday, August 9, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Past Heads Luncheon and the Graduate Student Luncheon.
Wednesday, August 9, 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.: The five winning PRD GIFTS will be presented during a High Density session with our top five Teaching Paper competition winners.
Thursday, August 10, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Off-site tour will take place at the Art Institute of Chicago (registration required).
Friday, August 11, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.: a combined outgoing and incoming officers meeting will take place for all PRD committees and leadership team. These meetings are being combined to allow people to share ideas about what worked in the previous year in an easier manner with those who are joining committees or taking on news roles.
Friday, August 11, 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.: the PRD business meeting will be held. The move to a morning meeting is in response to member feedback about not being able to attend other divisions’ business meetings and socials scheduled at the same time when we had evening business meetings.
Friday, August 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Bill Adams/Edelman luncheon. Currently full, with waiting list.
Friday, August 11, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: PRD social will be held with more drink and food options than any other event in the history of PRD events. If you or your school is interested in sponsoring or attending the social, please contact Amanda Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, August 12, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: PRD is sponsoring an old fashioned ethics debate with the Media Ethics Division. Two teams will debate the ethics of advocacy for organizations, and a panel of judges will announce the winner after a Q&A with the audience.
All of these events are in addition to the 7 panels already announced; the top research paper panel featuring the top 3 open competition papers plus the winners of the Newsom Award and History Award; the top student research paper high density session being held in conjunction with the top student research paper winners from the Advertising Division; and two scholar-to-scholar poster sessions.