Can behavior in social media be policed? If so, who’s in charge? Can there be an ethics code in such a wild and woolly atmosphere? Are there any ethical expectations in social media beyond those already described in the PRSA Code of Ethics?
Join members of PRSA’s Board of Ethics and Professional Standards for an examination and discussion of some of the potentially unethical social media behaviors that have been making headlines.
Dr. Deborah Silverman, APR, Fellow PRSA, associate professor of communication, Buffalo State College
Dr. Silverman, current chair of the PRSA Board of Ethics and Professional Standards, frequently presents on ethics topics for students and practitioners at conferences and conducts research on public relations ethics issues.
James E. Lukaszewski, ABC, IABC Fellow; APR, Fellow PRSA, BEPS Emeritus, president, The Lukaszewski Group, a Division of Risdall Marketing Group
James E. Lukaszewski, ABC, Fellow IABC; APR, Fellow PRSA, BEPS Emeritus, is president of The Lukaszewski Group, a division of Risdall Marketing Group. Considered America’s Crisis Guru®, his name appeared in Corporate Legal Times as one of “28 Experts to Call When All Hell Breaks Loose,” and in PR Week as one of 22 “crunch-time counselors who should be on speed dial in a crisis.” Lukaszewski has served on the PRSA National Board of Ethics and Professional Standards (BEPS) for more than 20 years.
Nance Larsen, APR, Fellow PRSA, director, communications and marketing, Carlile Transportation Systems, Inc.
Nance Larsen, APR, Fellow PRSA, is a public relations professional with more than 20 years of strategic communication experience. Currently, she is director of communications and marketing for Carlile, as well as in her first year as Chair of the PRSA Board of Ethics and Professional Standards (BEPS).
Marlene Neill, Ph.D., APR, assistant professor, department of journalism, public relations and new media, Baylor University
Marlene Neill, Ph.D., APR, is an assistant professor at Baylor University. She teaches courses in public relations and advertising, and serves as the faculty adviser for the Baylor PRSSA chapter. Her research interests include public relations management and ethics, and she has published research in the Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Public Relations Review, Journal of Communication Management, and Journal of Advertising Education.
Nancy Syzdek, APR, manager, corporate communications, JT3 LLC
Syzdek leads corporate communications for Las Vegas-based defense contractor JT3, and is a full-time lecturer for the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies at UNLV.
Ann Willets, president and CEO, Utopia Communications, Inc.
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