4th Annual Betsy Plank Day Feature

Celebrating our namesake, Betsy Plank!

For the fourth consecutive year, we are celebrating the life and legacy of Betsy Plank. It’s easier than ever to join in on the celebration.

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Challenge Feature

Challenge for Emerging Leaders

Eighteen public relations students gathered at The University of Alabama to take part in the inaugural Challenge for Emerging Leaders, hosted by The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations on February 9 – 11.

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Study reveals a 5-phase ecosystem for top millennial communication talent

Co-sponsored study with IPR reveals sharp differences between millennial communication professionals and their managers. Read more


Webinar On Demand

Equipping you and your organization with key takeaways that can be implemented today to serve tomorrow’s public relations leaders.

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Research Library

Designed to help students, educators and professionals, the library is a free resource featuring public relations research on leadership, mentorship, and diversity and inclusion.

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Millennial Communication Professionals

A new study by The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations and the Institute for Public Relations of millennial communication professionals (MCPs) confirms their generational differences but concludes some differences will help advance and enrich the profession.

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Grants & Awards


Q&A with our Honorees

Mentoring is a “hot” topic in many professions including public relations. Our 2016 “Milestones in Mentoring” honorees shared their mentoring tips, challenges, inspiration, advice, and much more.

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Web Platform Magazine

Contribute to Platform Magazine

Platform Magazine, sponsored by The Plank Center, offers public relations students, educators and practitioners to become part of the Platform team! Be published and noticed by the public relations industry.

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Latest News

Weber Shandwick CEO to Address UA Students and Faculty

Andy Polansky, chief executive officer of Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading public relations firms, will deliver the 19th Koten Distinguished Lecture in Public Relations Tuesday, March 28. The lecture will take place at 9:30 a.m. in Reese Phifer Hall, room 216, on the UA campus. Polansky will discuss “Navigating Through a Dizzying Pace of Change.” Read more

PR Diversity & Inclusion: The Common Denominator is Leadership

A recent literature review by Dr. Nilanjana Bardhan, Plank Center board member and professor at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, showcases diversity and inclusion trends in the PR industry throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Read more

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