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June Monthly Meeting

June 15, 2018
11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
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The Little Rock Club; Regions Bank, 30th Floor
400 W. Capitol, Suite 1601
Little Rock, AR 72201

June 2018 Chapter Meeting
June 15, 2018
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ethics: Speak Up and Keep Your Job

Amy Oliver Barnes, APR
Associate Professor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Although PRSA observes Ethics Month in September, the time is always right to get a refresher on the ethical practice of public relations. Arkansas PRSA’s own Amy Oliver Barnes, APR, will present a talk on ethics based on her book, Public Relations Ethics: Senior PR Pros Tell Us How to Speak Up and Keep Your Job. In the book, Barnes and her co-author and research partner Marlene Neill of Baylor University rank and describe the various strategies senior public relations executives have used to “speak truth to power” without being too confrontational. Barnes will highlight these strategies during her presentation, along with lessons on how to gain influence and what mistakes to avoid when navigating internal politics.

About Amy Oliver Barnes, APR

After more than 20 years as a broadcast journalist, Amy Oliver Barnes moved to the public relations profession first as public relations director at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, then as executive director of communications at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She received her master’s in journalism from UALR in 1998 and joined the faculty in the UALR School of Mass Communication in 2006. Along with her extensive broadcast background, Barnes is an accredited public relations professional who has served on the executive board of the Arkansas Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America for more than seven years. She became chapter president in 2003 and later served as chair for the Southwest District of PRSA, representing more than 2000 members in six states. Barnes was a member of the PRSA National Nominating Committee, a national assembly delegate for six sessions, and chaired the PRSA National Research Task Force.

Barnes and research partner Marlene Neill of Baylor recently conducted a study with members of the PRSA College of Fellows, the Arthur Page Society and the Southern Public Relations Federation that led to the publication of a new book titled Public Relations Ethics: Senior PR Pros Tell Us How to Speak Up and Keep your Job. The same study led to an article in the Journal of Media Ethics and a presentation at the international PRSA conference and the annual national conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). The AEJMC presentation won the top award for professional relevance.

Some of Barnes proudest moments, however, have come with three adorable grandkids – Taylor and Lauren Loeb and Carson Barnes – and all the students she’s seen walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.



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