Media, PR professionals to debate ethics at global conclave

13 Feb,2012

By A Correspondent


With the role of Public Relations professionals coming under scanner in the context of the 2G scam, a global conclave of PR professionals, to be held on February 13 at Trident, Mumbai, will debate the various issues concerning them.


PR – Interface or Interference? is the theme of the conclave to be hosted by the Public Relations Council of India (PRCI). “We expect over 250 PR and media professionals and academicians to attend the conclave,” said M B Jayaram, Chairman emeritus and chief mentor of PRCI.


Veteran media and PR professional Mr B N Kumar, who is also the conclave chairman and head of Mumbai chapter of PRCI, said: “The conclave assumes significance in view of the debates on its theme and panel discussions on social and digital media and government and political public relations.”


Maharashtra DGP Mr K Subramanyam will inaugurate the conclave while veteran jiournalist-editor Mr H K Dua will deliver the key note address. Others speakers include Mrs Rajashree Birla, Chairperson, The Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development, Mr Tony Good, Executive Chairman, Good Relations and veteran journalists Mr Ayaz Memon, Mr Kumar Ketkar and Mr D K Raikar.


Importance of PR and corporate communications is growing in leaps and bounds. The profession is no longer what it was even a couple of years back and the technological advancement in the present digital world has added a new challenging dimension to the profession. With the availability of new tools for communication and PR, the corporate communication or PR professionals runs the risk of being outdated if they become complacent even for a short time.


“Add to this, the dilution of media ethics, the growth of investigative journalism, the fight for eye ball share, the TRP focus, and the high cost of square millimeters in print and millisecond on TV and you have yet another dimension to the profession,” said Mr Jayaram.


The conclave will thus offer thought leadership and empower the PR practitioners to upgrade their skills and knowledge to manage communication. This conclave is also an opportunity to meet some high profile communication experts of national and international distinction, and exploring the immense potential of PR, he added.


Another highlight of the conclave is the presentation of its signature annual Chanakya Awards and PR Hall of Fame recognitions. There will another set of awards for corporate collaterals like annual reports calendars and communication campaigns.


PRCI is a national body of Public Relations, Corporate Communications, Advertising and Media Practitioners, Event Managers and academicians. Established in 2004, PRCI strives to enrich the professional development of media practitioners and provide networking opportunities to further the course of the profession. With its headquarters atBangalore, PRCI has 21 active chapters and many more are in the offing.


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