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Empowering women in PR: Breaking through ethical and leadership challenges Juan Meng

Panel description: This joint panel between Media Ethics Division and Public Relations Division explores in depth the topic of women’s ethical and leadership challenges in public relations and communication management. This panel is based on an original research project jointly funded by the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations and the Arthur W. Page […]

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The role of effective leadership performance in constructing an engaging institutional environment for communication professionals: Evidence from a global study Juan Meng

Abstract: Communication leaders can strategically use organizational resources to co-define functions (the constructionist approaches in leadership) and to establish interpersonal alliances within and beyond communication units (the relational approaches in leadership). In the present study, we incorporated these theoretical lenses to evaluate how communication leaders’ performance helps build a positive communication structure and culture in […]

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Building trusting and committed relationships: The role of job cognition and face-and-favor in the context of Chinese organizations Tong Xie, Juan Meng & Solyee Kim

Abstract: This study tests how the cognitive component of work attitude, particularly the job cognition as tested by Williams and Anderson (1991), affects the dynamic relationships among trust, commitment, and satisfaction. Our interests emanates from researchers’ continued focus on the dynamic and relational processes in constructing workplace relationships. However, few attention has been paid to […]

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Readiness for Industry 4.0 in Public Relations: A conceptual Framework of Competencies for Communication professionals in Workplaces

Abstract: This paper aims at addressing the value of readiness for Industry 4.0 to the practice of public relations. The researcher argued for the necessity of defining the construct of “readiness for Industry 4.0” in public relations and proposed a conceptual framework that encompasses dimensions relevant for readiness for Industry 4.0 in public relations: cognitive […]

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Cameramen and Congresswomen: How photojournalists framed female candidates in the Year of the Woman Andrea Briscoe and Kyser Lough

Abstract: This paper explores how female politicians were visually depicted in the 2018 midterm elections in the United States. Through a content analysis of published photographs of female candidates from both winning and losing campaigns, this work adds to the body of literature on visual framing in American politics, with a specific focus on women. […]

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Transitioning to solutions journalism: One newsroom’s shift to solutions-focused reporting. Kyser Lough

Abstract: Solutions journalism — rigorous news reporting on how people are responding to social problems — has gained much attention in the past five years as newsrooms have looked for innovative ways to increase audience engagement. Several news outlets have launched solutions journalism initiatives. However, oftentimes news outlets separate their solution-focused news coverage from their […]

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Award: The Most Dedicated Reviewer Award – Meng, Juan (2019). Juan Meng

Meng, J. (2019). The Most Dedicated Reviewer Award, recognized by Public Relations Division at the 2019 International Communication Association annual conference in Washington, D.C., May 27, 2019,

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Research Report: Juan Meng and Bryan H. Reber

Meng, J., Berger, B. K., Heyman, W., & Reber, B. H. (2019). Public relations leaders earn a “C+” in The Plank Center’s Report Card 2019. Gender and hierarchy gaps widen, gains are elusive. Tuscaloosa, AL: The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations.

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Book Contract: Communication Management Toolbox: Thinking tools and methods for managing corporate communications Juan Meng

Zerfass, A., Volk, S. C., Meng, Juan., & Chen, P. (2021, forthcoming). Communication Management Toolbox: Thinking tools and methods for managing corporate communications. New York: Springer. * This book will be included and featured in the Springer series Management for Professionals comprises high-level business and management books.

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Book Published: North American Communication Monitor 2018-2019. Tracking trends in fake news, issues management, leadership performance, work stress, social media skills, job satisfaction and work environment. Juan Meng, Bryan H. Reber, Tong Xie & Solyee Kim

Meng, J., Reber, B. H., Berger, B. K., Gower, K. K., & Zerfass, A. (2019). North American Communication Monitor 2018-2019. Tracking trends in fake news, issues management, leadership performance, work stress, social media skills, job satisfaction and work environment. Tuscaloosa, AL: The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations. ISBN (paperback): 978-0-578-50179-6. ISBN (electronic): 978-0-578-50180-2. […]

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