Amazingly, I have stuck to two of my New Year’s resolutions: meditating and writing.
Each day, I have been spending two hours (at least) focused exclusively on editing JPC or working on my book project.
I have found that the time I spend writing and editing has become an inspirational and meditative time that I look forward and crave, because instead of stressing about not having written, instead, I think of writing as a relief from the stress of everyday life. This has made all the difference, taking writing from being work and transforming it into something exciting and relaxing to look forward to.
I got here by meditating in the morning, a little at lunch and in the evening. Each time for about 5-10 minutes. During that time, I try my best to calm my mind and then focus my thoughts (or blank them).
This has led to each meditation session being a source of inspiration for my writing or editing.
I will check in again soon with an update if this still continues to work.
The new issue of the Journal of Professional Communication (volume 3, issue 1) is published. You can read it here.
It is almost had dot believe that we have now been publishing for three years. During that time, we have showcased Canadian professional communication research in both official languages. We have also had research reported from the United States.
Canada has never had a peer-reviewed publication that documents and features the state of the various professions of professional communication in Canada. We are proud to provide that venue in the Journal of Professional Communication.
Here is the table of contents for the current issue (all links lead to PDF file of article):
Stay tuned for the next issues, full of research, opinion, interviews, academic research and practical papers that will help all of us better understand the practice of the various disciplines of professional communication!
After announcing the birth of JPC at the Canadian Public Relations Leadership Summit 2010 at the Old Mill in Toronto, we have spent over a year developing the journal. From choosing our hosting software, to soliciting papers and arranging for peer reviewers, to selecting fonts and graphics for the page layout, our JPC team has been working very hard to deliver the best inaugural issue possible.
Working with my friend and colleague, Dr. Terry Flynn, Senior Associate Editor, has been both stimulating and fun. Terry’s vision, optimism and personal drive to succeed are daily motivators to everyone around him. Working with Shelagh Hartford, our tireless assistant editor, has been an absolute pleasure. Shelagh’s keen eye for elegance in layout, grammar, style and APA formatting has made this first issue attractive, accurate and readable. Both Terry and Shelagh have been wonderful collaborators and patient fellow pathfinders for a novice Editor-in-Chief.
We have done our best and we humbly offer it up to the community of public relations and public affairs practitioners, journalists, artists, media/audience/opinion measurement professionals, policy makers and academics who, together, make up the exciting and emerging interdisciplinary field of professional communication. We also welcome any constructive criticism and feedback: we want JPC to be as inclusive and representative as possible.
Finally, we invite you to submit. It is yourjournal, after all.
I am just putting the final edits and final page layout tweaks for the inaugural issue of the Journal of Professional Communication. We have excellent content and many lively debates represented. We also have a serious policy white paper, Pathways to the Profession, which details educations pathways as outlined by the Canadian Public Relations Society. An excellent document that begins to create a system of recognition for academic programs.
Starting a journal is quite an endeavour, but definitely a pleasure. Every experience that opens new horizons of possibility for discussion is. What a satisfying and motivating idea: that our volunteer labour and the work of our paid assistants will produce an arena for debate and discussion among professional communication practitioners, academics, journalists, creatives and policy makers.
Our editorial team has been very fortunate to have the unwavering support of Dean Suzanne Crosta at McMaster University. As well, the authors have been patient as we discovered the various bumps in the road to producing a quality, fully peer-reviewed academic journal.
What a wonderful journey it has been from conception to creation to publication.
You can see the table of contents of the inaugural issue here.
JPC 1 will be going live very soon. I know the authors are excited and so am I.
Today is a day with some exciting news for the Journal of Professional Communication. We now have a good collection of manuscripts submitted for consideration, and we are sending them out for anonymous double-blind peer review.
A particularly exciting news item is that our Editorial Board is now complete. It is a large board, but an inclusive one. We have a good blend of senior, mid-career and junior practitioners, academics and graduate students. They are all people who privilege evidence, research and measurement in their practice. Evidence, research and measurement, are, I believe, central to the advancement and development of professional communication as both and a field of academic inquiry and industry practice. JPC will promote this perspective. The board is also quite diverse, with representatives from across Canada, the USA, the UK and Portugal. We have an almost equal percentage of women and men on the board.
We’ve also been making progress on the administrative side of the JPC, getting all of the logistical elements in place and making sure that we lay a solid legal and institutional foundation to ensure longevity and sustainability. This is now done.
Our next steps is to secure donors for JPC. These are organizations and individuals who support us with a financial gift and, in turn, receive a receipt for donation to McMaster University. Donations will be very important for the sustained success of JPC as a repository of strictly peer-reviewed knowledge for the field of professional communications in Canada.
All in all, a very good day for JPC. We’re almost ready for launch in June!
For those of you interested in what we’re up to in the communication studies program, at McMaster, a little update.
We used to have three areas of concentration that students could specialise in: (i) Mass Media; (ii) Performance Studies; (iii) Language and Social Life.
We have decided to do away with the linguistics component of the third stream and replace it with a new area of concentration: (iii) Professional and Organizational Communication.
Professional and Organizational Communication will start having new courses, including these three that we are rolling out for the 2011-2012 academic year.
This is all very exciting. It is our way of getting more in tune with the professional practice of communications – something that our students are demanding.
Here are the three new course descriptions:
Introduction to Public Relations in Canada
An introduction to fundamental skills, knowledge, theory and problem-solving techniques currently used in the practice of public relations in Canada, using the case study method.
Building Publics Using Social Media Survey of social media tools available to communications practitioners. Concept of “building a public” is examined from an interdisciplinary perspective. Emphasis is placed on the techniques of rhetoric and persuasion.
Communications for Campaigns and Elections Examination of tools, tactics and strategies employed by communications practitioners, strategists and managers during campaigns and elections. Effective use and construction of influence is analysed using case studies and theory.