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Message from the new Chair, Jennifer Bartlett

Welcome to the Public Relations Division of the ICA. I am most honoured to be Chair of the Public Relations division and to serve the interests of our members. Under our past Chair Juan Carlo Molledas’ leadership we have grown to become a division 450 strong with one of the most geographically diverse memberships in ICA. We boast members from countries spanning the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa-Oceania providing a true diversity of interests, thinking and, importantly, friendships.

What excites me most about the public relations division is the vibrant and dynamic research agenda which is emerging. Our members are drawing on the strength of our diverse experiences to bring exciting new theoretical and methodological insights to our field. The problems we address, the insights to a changing social and communicative environment, and the partnerships we forge will be the basis for our division going forward.

The task we therefore take on in the Division is to provide a forum for building this community. The annual conference is our opportunity to meet and share our ideas. We are therefore proposing a number of initiatives to underpin our growth going forward. There will be a greater emphasis on discussion of ideas and papers facilitated by respondents and Chairs in each session. We are initiating a PhD and Post-Doc forum for fostering the newer scholars in our field allowing them to learn from senior scholars from around the world and build networks with their peers. And there will be a growing emphasis on connecting and recognising our members through ongoing communication, scholarly journals and forums, awards and of course social events at conferences.

I look forward to working with you over my term and invite you to take part in the many initiatives and events of the Division. Chiara as vice Chair will need your assistance in the work she is doing in developing the program and the discussion in the sessions and functions. You will have the chance to meet with Fredericke as Secretary as she builds the student forum, communication networks and manages the awards.  We have two existing funds to which Public Relations members can contribute to carry on our work – the Heath awards and the Grunig and Grunig awards. I urge you to make a tax-deductible donation to these funds when you renew your membership or at any other times – if we all make even a small donation we will have a strong foundation for serving our division.

I look forward to working with you over the next two years.



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