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Dr Brigitta R. Brunner is an assistant professor at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA, where she teaches public relations at bothgraduate and undergraduate levels. Her research has been published in the Journal of Public Relations Research, Journal of Communication Management, and Journal of Promotion Management.

Chris Galloway (APR) is a Lecturer in Public Relations at Monash University (Gippsland campus), Churchill, Victoria, Australia. He hasBA, M.Comms., and M.Mgt (Distinction) degrees.

His research interests include the use of public relations techniques to advance the causes of protagonists in conflicts such as the Israel-Palestine conflict; the role of communication in organisational change; public relations in (and on behalf of) government at all levels, and public relations issues and crisis management. He is a jointeditor of Public Relations Issues and Crisis Management: A Case Study Approach (Thomson Learning, forthcoming, 2005).

Dr Karey Harrison has lectured in Communication and Media Studies at the University of Southern Queensland since 1992. Prior to 1992 she lectured in Philosophy for five years in the United States, including holding a prestigious Mellon Fellowship at Rice University from 1987-1989. Her particular research interest is in the way cognitive metaphors structure political, economic, scientific, environmental, and ethical discourses.

Nigel Jackson is Senior Lecturer in Public Relations at Bournemouth University, in the United Kingdom. Prior to this he worked in a variety of public relation posts in the political, charity, and commercial sectors.

Dr Jane Johnston convenes the public relations major and teaches print journalism at Griffith Universitys Gold Coast campus, Australia. She is co-editor of the text Public Relations: Theory and Practice (with Clara Zawawi), now in its second edition (2004, Allen & Unwin), and co-authored Breaking into Journalism with Mark Pearson in 1997. She is currently writing a media relations text, due for release (with Allen & Unwin) in late 2005.

Jane has just completed her PhD Communicating courts: An analysis of the changing interface between the courts and the media which investigates the communications practices between the courts and the news media in Australia. She has previously published a range of articles on the relationship between the courts, the media, and public information and developed of a set of media protocols with the Chief Magistrate of Tasmania, currently being considered for national adoption.Jane has alsoworked as a print journalist and in consultancy and in-house public relations roles. Her latest research interest (also collaboratively with Clara Zawawi) is in the democratisation of public relations.

Lucy Mart has a BA Hons in Public Relations from Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom. She is currently working as an Account Executive at Beth Cooper Public Relations ? an integrated communications agency specialising within the travel, tourism and lifestyle sectors.

Nick Linardopoulos is an auxiliary professor of communication at the Goodwin College of Professional Studies, Drexel University. His research interests are in the areas of crisis communication and media coverage.

Greg Smith is undertaking a PhD in Communications (PR) through Central Queensland University. He holds a Masters of Communication (PR) from Edith Cowan University and is a Perth-based journalist and PR practitioner, who worked on daily metropolitan newspapers in Australia and South Africa for 17 years. In his PR life, he held positions with the Sydney Olympics, national sports organisations in Ausralia and New Zealand and Australian Department of Defence. He is also a Major in the Army Reserve and served as Australian Defence PR officer in East Timor during 2001. He is a former world and Australian surf swimming and iron man champion, Australian marathon swim champion, and represented Australia in surf life saving. He also found time to raise three children and has been married to Jeanette for 25 years.

Dr Tamara Wandelis a public relations educatorat the University of Southern Indiana in the United States of America. She is Assistant Chair / Assistant Professor in theDepartmentof Communications, where sheteaches courses in public relations campaigns, strategic writing, and persuasive writing. Her current research interests include media effects on children as well as communications within the context of professional sports. Previously, Tamara worked as a director of public relations in New York. She has degrees in journalism, English, educational leadership, and organisational communications.

Dr Tom Watson is Associate Professor and Head of the School of Communication at Charles Sturt University. He took his first degree at University of NSW and gained his Doctor of Philosophy from Nottingham Trent University in 1995 for research into evaluation of public relations. After starting work as a journalist on The Australian, Tom went to the United Kingdom in the mid-1970s to work in journalism and then public relations. From 2000 to 2002, he was chairman of the UKs Public Relations Consultants' Association. Tom is a Fellow of the UKs Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia. He has advised clients in the UK, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Tom has researched and written extensively on evaluation of public relations programmes and his book, Evaluating Public Relations, co-authored with Paul Noble, was published recently by Kogan Page.

Dr Robert Whitbred recently completed his PhDat the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004. He is an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. Roberts research interests include the antecedents and outcomes of employees' perceptions of organisational mission, and longitudinal analysis of emergent communication networks. He lives with his wife and son in Lower Yoder, a township just outside Johnstown in theLaurel Highlands region of Pennsylvania. In addition to spending time with his family, Rob enjoys sports and music of all kinds.

Elspeth Tilley isa Lecturer in Communication in the Department of Communication & Journalism, Massey University, Wellington. Before emigrating to New Zealand to join Masseys team in 2004, she directed the undergraduate and postgraduate public relations studies programmes at Bond University, Australia.

Elspeth has published refereed academic work in the areas of public relations ethics,political communication, cross-cultural communication, media relations, media framing, online public relations, work place theatre, and race relations, and is completing a PhD in race relations. She also has a working background in journalism and public relations spanning 13 years. Elspethhas been continuously engaged in scholarly editing for refereed publications since 1999, and wasthe founding editor of PRism; Online journal of refereed public relations & communication research in 2002.

 

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