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Crises and digital media

A great opportunity for all instructors and students to bone up on how digital media are changing the way we handle crises in organizations: IABC is hosting an international webinar on November 3 at the Café des Beaux-Arts. Special student rates as usual – and good networking.

Aspiring freelance writers . . .

. . . may be interested in joining the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC).  The association has 700 members, 80 of whom are in the Quebec region.  PWAC student membership ($58 per year, which can be paid in two instalments) includes:

Free access to all PWAC workshops;

Volunteer opportunities at the forthcoming PWAC national conference – June 17-19, 2011 at Concordia University;

Access to national conference workshops and speakers;

Networking with professional writers;

Formal and informal mentoring;

Increased credibility.

PWAC Quebec starts its year off Wednesday September 29 with a pub night from 7-9 p.m. at the Irish Embassy Pub, 1234 Bishop Street (just south of St. Catherine). Door prize: a free student membership.

For those who can’t make it but would like to join, contact Olivia Kona, Chapter Ambassador, PWAC Quebec.

Adapting communications to include social media

The SQPRP starts its season of professional development events with a timely session on adapting communications to the Web 2.0 context. (In French). As always, there reduced rates for students. See you there!

SQPRP annual youth conference

The SQPRP’s annual conference, organized by the Jeunes professionnels (members who are students or who have less than 5 years’ experience in public relations/communications) is an amazing PD and networking event. Known as Parle parle, jase, jase, its 2010 edition is scheduled for March 20 (Uh-oh! that’s the same date as the Career Workshop. There will be choices to be made. Or maybe take in the workshop in the morning and the conference in the afternoon.) Anyway, check the SQPRP site in the next couple of weeks.  We may not want to push it again at the expense of out own activity!

Loads of great internal communication ideas

Finally, a free report from IABC for its members!  It’s called “Preparing Messages for Information Overload Environments”.  It’s full of tested, effective visualization methods (memo formats, charts, graphs, posters, slides, etc.) that will help get attention, drive ideas home, and — the ultimate goal — get things done.  You’ll need to log in with your membership number. 

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