QLD: Social Media and the Legal Pitfalls for PR and Communications Today

As the legal pitfalls for public relations practitioners become increasingly intense, compounded in recent times by the global environment in which we now work and in particular by the use of social media, PRIA is proud to present together with Bond University one of the most valuable events that anyone working in the field of PR and communications should attend.

As hashtags can become bashtags, Twitter followers can become stalkers and Facebook friends can turn into enemies never before has it been more important for those working in the field of PR and communications to understand the legal pitfalls that may be faced through the use of this increasingly popular medium.

In this digital age of immediate publication the modern PR practitioner needs to know when the legal alarm bells are ringing, how to brief lawyers when the need arises and have a solid working knowledge of the appropriate legal systems, policies and processes.

Leading experts in this field will cover the key points for PR and communications practitioners on how to effectively use this valuable medium but without getting sued.

Guest speakers:

  • Professor Mark Pearson, Author of the highly acclaimed book Blogging and Tweeting Without Getting Sued and Professor of Journalism, Bond University. Click here for more information on Mark Pearson.
  • Dr Jane Johnston, Associate Professor of Public Relations, Bond University. Click here for more information on Jane Johnston.

Following on from the sell out event run earlier this year in Brisbane, this event will go into even further depth providing practical tools for the corporate communications workplace, case studies to illustrate best legal practice in PR, together with some ‘first aid’ knowledge on minimising risks, identifying potential legal hazards and advice on when to call for specialist advice. Key topics covered will include trade practices to defamation, contract law to intellectual property, confidentiality to negligence and contempt to privacy.

If you missed the Brisbane event this is now your chance to find out why it was such a sell out and if you attended earlier this year but wanted to know more this event will be the perfect follow on as it goes into further detail on this incredibly important topic.

For students and those just starting out in the profession you too can give yourself the edge by attending this invaluable event. For anyone interested in relevant courses at Bond University please click here.

Numbers for this event will be limited so make sure to book immediately!


When: Tuesday 4 September 2012
Where: Bond University, Princeton Room, Building 6, University Centre, Gold Coast

Time: 7:15am arrive for 7:30am start - 9:00am finish
Cost (incl. GST): PRIA Members $40 | Non-members $60 | Students $25 | Table of 8 $450
Includes: Presentation and full buffet breakfast provided (please advise of any dietary concerns)


Please either complete the online registration or download the registration form below and fax back to: PRIA head office - (02) 9279 3888

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  • Student Non-Members: If you are a student but not a PRIA member please download and complete the form below to redeem your discounted registration rate. The discounted rate will not appear if you register online!
  • Non-Members: Register online or via the registration form.

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Registrations Open: 23rd Jul 12 12:00 AM
Registrations Close: 3rd Sep 12 11:59 PM
Price: AU $ 60 (Inc. GST)
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