Panel presentations and discussions, frequently referred to simply as panels, offer an opportunity for dialogue and scholarly exchange between multiple parties and perspectives. Panels most commonly take place at academic conferences alongside poster sessions, division meetings, and other events, but sometimes also constitute a standalone event. In the panel discussion format, a moderator or chair manages a discussion among a small group of experts, the panelists, about a central topic or issue in front of an audience. In the panel presentation format, panelists present their paper or manuscript to the audience, who frequently have an opportunity to ask questions. Panels allow communication scholars to share their findings and knowledge and also discuss ideas and competing viewpoints. This entry describes the experience of attending ...
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