Professional communication organizations at the international, national, regional, or state level are nonprofit associations that provide administrative structures for members of a communication discipline or communication profession (such as journalism or public relations) to make connections among members, provide for professional [Page 1329]development, promote the development and dissemination of research, and strengthen the function of the discipline or profession served by the association. Professional associations range in size, function, purpose, and goals, reflecting the diversity of the study of human communication. Some professional communication organizations emphasize instruction and research for academics who research or teach communication in a wide variety of communication contexts, whereas others focus on media, journalism, and other professional applications of communication.
Many communication organizations provide guidelines or standards of ...
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