Media History

‘Her-story’ a new theme for IHPRC 2016

The Call for Papers for the International History of Public Relations Conference (IHPRC) 2016 has been launched. The seventh IHPRC will be held on 6-7 July 2016 at Bournemouth University in southern England. The ‘her-story’ of public relations, which emphasizes the under-researched role of women in the formation and expansion of public relations, will be… Read more »

Abstracts for IHPRC 2015 are online

The 46 abstracts of papers chosen for presentation at the International History of Public Relations Conference 2015 are now available at: This is the largest selection of papers chosen for IHPRC since it was first held in 2010 and, says conference chair Professor Tom Watson, “it is indicative of the increasing quality of research… Read more »

PR Museum launched in NYC

The Museum of Public Relations was launched in the Library at Baruch College in New York City this week. A 20-year labour of love by Shelley and Barry Spector, the Museum now has a physical home in Manhattan where its collection of books, artefacts and interview are on display: IHPRC has been following the… Read more »

IHPRC 2014 Proceedings online

The Proceedings of the International History of Public Relations Conference 2014 are now online at There are 32 papers and abstracts from historians and researchers in a dozen countries. Topics range from the PR history of the German manufacturer Krupp to classical antecedents of public relations to the communication activities of the three most… Read more »

IHPRC 2015 Call for Papers launched

The Call for Papers for the International History of Public Relations Conference 2015 has been launched. The conference will be held, for the sixth year, at Bournemouth University in England on July 8-9, 2015. More than 160 papers from over 30 countries have been presented at IHPRC since 2010, making it the major academic event for research and… Read more »

Dates for IHPRC 2015

The dates for the sixth International History of Public Relations Conference have been announced as Wednesday July 8 and Thursday July 9, 2015. The conference will again be held at Bournemouth University in England. A Call for Papers will be issued shortly.

UK PR education history online in PREF archive

An insight into the first decade of PR education in the UK has just been posted online. It is the archive of the Public Relations Educators Forum (PREF) from 1994 to 1999, its most active years. It can be found at: Catalogued by Professor Tom Watson of Bournemouth University’s Media School, it illustrates the growth… Read more »