Standard: Editorial future - Melanie James stepping down

Dr Melanie James (University if Newcastle - Australia), currently the editor of the Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal, will step down from this position and this journal's editorial board effective 30 June, 2018.

Dr James has been the editor since January 2016, after she guest edited Issue 2 in 2015. An announcement regarding the future editorial management, a process being coordinated by Dr Marianne Sison (RMIT), will be forthcoming.

Dr James acknowledges the support and hard work of her two editorial assistants, Dr Clare Lloyd (2016) and PhD Candidate Mr Kurt Sengul (2017-18), both from the University of Newcastle. The journal's publication would not have been possible without the direct support and direction of the University of Newcastle's library staff.

Dr James pays special tribute to the efforts of the current editorial board, immediate past editor, Dr Mark Sheehan, and all past editors and reviewers who have kept this now open-source online journal going for 19 annual volumes!

She stated that she was especially proud of the re-focused effort to support and publish emerging scholars from across the Asia Pacific region and beyond.