The National Press Club marks World Press Freedom Day on May 3. The event will highlight the cases of journalists Maria Ressa, Austin Tice and Emilio Gutierrez-Soto, who are all past recipients of the club’s John Aubuchon Award — its highest honor for press freedom. Ressa, co-founder of Philippine online news website Rappler, is a vocal critic of the country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte. Tice, a freelance journalist, and veteran U.S. Marine Corps officer, was kidnapped while reporting in Syria in 2012. Gutierrez-Soto, a Mexican journalist, fled to the U.S. in 2008 after allegedly facing death threats related to his allegations of corruption in the Mexican Army. Registration for the 10 a.m. event is free, but donations are encouraged.
The Institute for Public Relations is presenting a free webinar on April 28 that will focus on the growing role that research, analysis and evaluation play in communications. At the event, Cognito chief insights officer Mark Weiner will present findings from the “Communicator’s Guide to Research, Analysis and Evaluation,” which was recently released by the IPR’s Measurement Commission. Allyson Hugley, vice president, analytics and market research, global communications at Prudential Financial, and Kaiser Permanente director of communications Sarab Kochhar will also participate in a discussion moderated by Weiner. To register for the 1 p.m. event, click here.
Museum of Public Relations will hold its second annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month observance on May 12 at a free 6 p.m. virtual event. The discussion will look at how communicators can help combat the rise of anti-Asian hate and violence in the U.S. The event’s keynote speaker will be GSK’s head of U.S. communications, Srikant Ramaswami. There will also be a panel discussion featuring prominent Asian-American communications pros, moderated by IW Group chairman and chief connectivity officer Bill Imada and Walmart national director, public affairs-corporate affairs Joanne Tabellija-Murphy. Sponsorship opportunities for the event are still available. To find out more, or to register, click here.