Corporate Representatives for Ethical Wikipedia Engagement is a closed Facebook group dedicated to a thoughtful, high-level discussion among organizational communicators and Wikipedia editors—known as Wikipedians. The goal is to find common ground between these often-adversarial groups’ efforts to ensure accuracyin Wikipedia business entries. The robust discussion has produced several documents, including a flow chart clarifying the process communicators should follow when seeking to correct an entry in which they have a conflict of interest.
Communication associations have also stepped up their Read More »
The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) welcomed Chris Sorek as its new executive director effective July 1. (Read the press release.) Sorek’s appointment follows a lengthy search to replace Julie Freeman, ABC, APR, who left the post after 10 years at the helm.
Founded in 1970, IABC provides a professional network of about 15,000 business communication professionals in over 80 countries. Members hold positions in a wide variety of communication positions ranging from public relations and employee communications to public affairs and community relations, employing strategic planning and management skills along Read More »
(c) Can Stock PhotoThe idea of certification or licensing of public relations and communications professionals has been around for decades. Edward Bernays, often referred to as the father of modern public relations, spent much of his life pursuing licensing as a means of elevating PR to “the level of a profession.”
Government control of professional standards through licensing is a bad idea for many reasons, though, so talk has shifted to certification, which is managed within the profession itself. Certification generally is required for professions that have very clearly defined and limited ways of doing their jobs. Certified public Read More »
On Wednesday, June 27, I presented a closing session at the 2012 IABC World Conference in Chicago, as part of the “All-Star” track (these are presenters who scored well at the 2011 conference). My topic focused on mobility beyond apps and optimized web content, winding up with a look at the growing role of games and gamification in the enterprise as these go increasingly mobile. The PowerPoint deck, synced with the the audio, is in the Slideshare “slidecast” below. I welcome your comments.
I’ve been spending a lot more time than usual on Facebook lately. Two recently formed groups are the culprits. Both are work-related. The first is the home to a largely intellectual discussion of how Wikipedia can work more closely with official representatives of organizations to ensure their companies’ entries are accurate and up-to-date. Wikipedia’s founder and Wikia owner Jimmy Wales has joined the closed group and the discussions with him have been mostly respectful, with information and ideas moving in both directions. Edelman Digital Senior Vice President Phil Gomes started the group after posting an open letter to Wales about Read More »