Prof of Communication honored for ethics paper

Posted February 27, 2012

Dr. J.D. Wallace, associate professor of communication, is the co-author of a paper that received the Top Ethics Paper Award at the 15th annual International Public Relations Research Conference. The award is sponsored by the Department of Communications at Brigham Young  University and includes a $1,000 cash prize. Wallace will present the paper on March 10 at the IPR research conference in Miami, Fla.

The paper's title is "Accepting the Blame and Making Things Right: Public Relations Practitioners’ Identification of Effective, Ethical, and Likely to Recommend Crisis Communication Strategies." It details a study involving more than 750 public relations professionals' perspectives on decision-making and crisis communication strategies. The study discusses the strategies' effectiveness and the ethics of each strategy as related to accidents, product safety and illegal activity. Other co-authors include Denise Ferguson of Pepperdine University and Robert Chandler of the University of Central Florida.

The IPR research conference is a top event for sharing new public relations research and networking with professionals and scholars. To learn more, visit the conference website.