The PRD organizes an annual pre-conference that gives AEJMC attendees the opportunity to delve into a different topical issue each year.

The 2017 Public Relations Division pre-conference will be held on Tuesday, August 8, from 1-5 p.m. at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.  This year’s focus of the pre-conference will be working with journalists in an environment clouded with accusations of “fake news” and “alternative facts.”  The pre-conference will focus on how we can better prepare students to build trust with stakeholders, including members of the general public as well as media outlets.  The pre-conference will have three panels that will feature senior-level communication practitioners, Chicago-area journalists and broadcasters, and faculty who will discuss how they approach these issues in their classes.

The PRD is working with the Mass Communication & Society Division to host the pre-conferene, and the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication is sponsoring the event.

Registration for the pre-conference is $10, and you can secure your spot at the same time you register for the full conference at the AEJMC Registration Page.

2016 Pre-Conference on Leadership Across the Spectrum
The 2016 pre-conference was a series of round table discussions on emerging research in leadership, entitled Leadership Across the Spectrum: Teaching, Research & Service. It was sponsored by the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication. Presenters included scholarly and professional leaders Ann Barkelew, founding general manager and senior partner of Fleishman-Hillard Minneapolis; Roger Bolton, president of the Arthur W. Page Society; Tina McCorkindale, CEO of the Institute for Public Relations; and Karla Gower, Director of the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations.