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Richie Barker has worked as a professional communicator for over a decade and has taught public relations and advertising subjects for the last four years.   As a practitioner he developed integrated marketing communication campaigns for national and global brands, managed communication projects for federal and state governments and advised on new media strategy for clients in the retail, land development and corporate sectors. Richie also has a background in journalism as a general news reporter and writer for business and trade media.   A member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, Richie currently consults health care institutions, not-for-profit organisations and professional association bodies on social media strategy.   Before joining Monash Universitys School of Applied Media and Social Sciences he lectured in professional communication at RMIT University. During this time he took part in a teaching exchange with the Faculty of Communication Arts at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.   Richie is a doctoral candidate with the School of Applied Media and Social Sciences at Monash University. He has a Master of Arts (Communication) from the National Centre of Australian Studies at Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) from the University of Southern Queensland.

Glen T. Cameron (PhD, U of Texas-Austin) is the Gregory Chair in Journalism Research and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri. In bibliometric analyses, Cameron is cited as a top-50 researcher among all communication disciplines in the U.S. and the most-cited public relations scholar over the past 25 years.    Recipient of the Pathfinder Award for Career Research Contributions from the Institute for Public Relations, Camerons research includes studies of public relations, strategic health communication, and conflict management. He is a popular international lecturer and co-author of a leading introductory text, Public Relations: Strategies and Tactics, now in its tenth edition and available in ten languages.  As founder and co-director of the MU Health Communication Research Center, he has participated in over $70M of health public relations projects from sources such as NIH, NCI, NIDDK, Missouri Foundation for Health, USDA, CDC, the U.S Department of Defense, and Monsanto. 

Leah Cassidy graduated with a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) in 2010 at Murdoch University, Australia where she was a university medallist (awarded to the top seven undergraduate students). Leah completed Honours in 2011; her research explored public relations in the Australian fashion industry. Leah has worked in the fashion industry for six years and currently works in Melbourne.

Associate Professor John Cokley worked in journalism as a reporter and editor from 1981-2006 and continues to publish reports as a blog journalist. He is one of many researchers seeking the new business model for journalism.

Kate Fitch is a senior lecturer at Murdoch University, Australia, where she chairs the public relations program. Kate has published extensively on public relations topics, including social media, culture, gender, education and public relations in Singapore and Australia. Prior to joining the university in 2001, Kate worked in public relations roles in arts, government and community sectors in the UK and Australia.

Mitchell Friedman, Ed.D., APR has developed and taught crisis communication and public relations courses as an adjunct instructor at West Virginia University, the University of California, Davis, and the University of San Francisco.  He currently serves as Associate Dean, Student Affairs and Career Development at Presidio Graduate School, located in San Francisco, CA, USA.

Jane Fynes-Clinton has been a journalist for more than 25 years and a university lecturer for 10. Among other things, she is passionate about public communication and the relationships between the professions engaged in it. Jane is also a PhD student, and her thesis will explore the relationship between journalists and media advisers who work in the colourful world of politics.

Jane Johnston PhD is Associate Professor of Public Relations and Journalism at Bond University, Australia. She is the author and editor of several public relations and media books, including Public Relations: Theory and Practice (four editions) and Media Relations: Issues and Strategies (two editions), both published by Allen & Unwin, and has written more than two dozen peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She worked as a public relations practitioner and print journalist prior to her 20-year career in the university sector.

Jeremy Langett is an assistant professor of communication studies at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va. He teaches a variety of public relations courses including Media & Campaigns, Crisis Communication and Public Relations Writing. Prior to his appointment as assistant professor at Lynchburg College, Dr. Langett worked for several years at a Pittsburgh-based strategic communications firm developing public relations plans for clients in the technology, healthcare and education sectors. He holds a B.S. in Journalism-Public Relations from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, an M.A. in Corporate Communication and Ph.D. in Rhetoric from Duquesne University.

Dr Lyn McDonald is a former public relations consultant who has worked in-house for local government and in PR consultancies with a broad variety of clients. She first became interested in crisis management as a practitioner and received her PhD on the topic of consumer response to company crisis type and communication in 2006. Company crisis publications include a book chapter and 16 journal articles and conference papers.

Steve Mackey is a Senior Lecturer in Public Relations at Deakin University, Australia. His 2001 PhD was titled ?Public Relations and Contemporary Theory. He has since been developing theories of public relations involving rhetorical and semiotic approaches.

Jim Macnamara PhD is Professor of Public Communication at the University of Technology Sydney, a position he took up in 2007 after a 30-year professional career spanning journalism, public relations and media research. He is the author of 12 books including The 21st Century Media (R)evolution: Emergent Communication Practices published by Peter Lang, New York  in 2010 (2nd edition 2013) and Public Relations Theories, Practices, Critiques published by Pearson in 2012.

Sun-A Park (PhD, University of Missouri) is an assistant professor of the department of communication at Robert Morris University. Her research interests include environmental risk, health, and crisis communication. Her work has appeared in Public Relations Review, Journal of Public Relations Research, Prism, Newspaper Research Journal, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, and The Handbook of Crisis Communication

Karen Sutherland completed a Bachelor of Communication/Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing at Monash University, a Master of Marketing (with Merit) from University of Newcastle, a Postgraduate Diploma of Arts (Research) also at Monash University and is now a Doctoral candidate, her thesis focusing on social media use by Australian not-for-profit organisations. Her other research interests include public relations and Work Integrated Learning. Karen has been an Assistant Lecturer at Monash University since 2011.   Karen has worked in the fields of public relations, marketing and communication since 1999 at organisations such as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABCTV), Grundy Television, Fremantle Media, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and Monash University.   Karen is a Member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA), sits on the PRIA Victorian Division Council and is a member of the Mindframe for Journalism and Public Relations Education Advisory Group facilitated by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health.

C. Kay Weaver is a Professor in the Department of Management Communication and Pro Vice Chancellor of Postgraduate Research at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. She has published many articles and chapters on public relations theory and practice and is co-editor of Public Relations in Global Contexts (2011). Kay has taught across the fields of public relations, communication, media and film studies in the UK and New Zealand.


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