Tag: public relations profession

Oct 25

Women Leaders and Sexism in PR

There’s nothing higher on a PR writing instructor’s “things-I-don’t-want-to-do-on-my-day-off” list than write. But as I was putzing around on Facebook this morning, I ran across a photo of past PRSA chairs as they welcomed the newest former chair, Mark McClellan, APR, into their ranks. All are distinguished professionals, all have sacrificed time, energy, money and …

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Aug 22

AMEC’s PR Measurement Week in New York a Rare Opportunity

The International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC) is joining with PR heavyweights Cision and Vocus to staging Measurement Week in New York September 15th to 19th, with the goal of bridging the gap between understanding the value of PR measurement and actual practice. The event will feature more than 16 speakers who …

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Aug 06

Journalist, Heal Thyself First

Shut up. I don’t want to hear another word or snarky remark from journalists about the supposed ethical shortcomings of PR professionals. Not after former broadcaster Mike Snyder created fake social media accounts to wage a public war with Nasher Sculpture Center over the Museum Tower on behalf of his client, the Dallas Police and …

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Jun 22

PR has a PR Problem…and it’s Journalists, Pt. I

Late last night, as I sat grading final projects from my PR writing students, I had one of the all-news TV stations droning on in the background for the noise to keep me going, I heard it. The “P” word. Actually, he said the “P words – plural. PR Problem. As in, “that company has …

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Jul 16

Survival Tips for the Solo PR Practitioner

Being fortunate enough to be a speaker at the PRSA Midwest District Conference in Chicago on July 19-20, I spent some time pulling together some survival tips for PR freelancers, based on my experiences with my partners in launching Quicksilver Edge Strategic Communications:

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Jan 01

PR New Year’s Resolutions – Sunday Coffee Contemplations

Happy New Year! It’s time for the obligatory New Year’s resolutions, which as one cartoon I spotted briefly last night and now can’t find, explained as a set of guidelines for the first week of January. I’m starting 2012 with a little more willpower than that, I hope. So to play my part in this …

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Dec 25

Six PR Skills in Short Supply – Sunday Christmas Coffee Contemplations

The end of the year is customarily a time for reflection on the past and prognostications for the future. This past week, PR maven (such an inadequate and overused word for someone who’s so much more) Gini Dietrich posted a list of six skills that every PR pro needs in this digital world on her …

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Nov 13

My Brother’s Keeper: When a Colleague Crosses the Line – Sunday Coffee Contemplations

What responsibility do you as an ethical public relations professional have when a colleague crosses the boundary and engages in unethical behavior? And no, I’m not referring to the child sex abuse situation at Penn State, but another ethical situation that slipped in under the radar this weekend: The case of Mike Winder, the director …

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Oct 30

Why PR Can’t Write – Sunday Coffee Contemplations

There seems to be a universal complaint that young public relations professionals can’t write. At the 2011 Public Relations Society of America International Conference this month, I ended up in several discussions about the lack of good writers and how it’s a problem for the profession. There’s a very good reason for the lack of …

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May 05

PR People Don’t Just Lie, We’re Unethical Propagandists As Well

Public relations is nothing more than propaganda, or so a different discussion posited At first I couldn’t believe this was a serious discussion, and responded with: Oh, here we go again! Discussing the difference between propaganda and PR is like discussing the difference between a doctor and a stethoscope. Propaganda, publicity, media relations, speechwriting, public relations strategy …

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