It's Not Just PR: Public Relations in Society

Author:   Frances Reynolds ,  W. Timothy Coombs ,  Sherry J. Holladay
Publisher:   John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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9781405144056


Pages:   152
Publication Date:   29 November 2006
Format:   Hardback
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Public relations shapes and spins our news, influencing society's values, knowledge, and perceptions. Despite this, it often goes unnoticed. It's Not Just PR takes a balanced approach in assessing its impact, drawing on a diverse range of contemporary examples from global corporations through to the power of PR in the non-profit sector. * Investigates a broad range of examples, from Coca-Cola and corporate pharmaceutical companies, to the non-profit sector and reform labour practices in Latin America * Charts new territory by focusing on the effects and influence of public relations, both intended and unintended, in a discipline that has all too often concentrated on skills with little or no reflection on societal impact * Helps reveal why public relations is useful to society and how it has developed a negative public reputation * Includes practical debate about power issues in public relations theory and practice * Winner of the 2007 PRIDE award given by the PR Division of the National Communication Association

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Author:   Frances Reynolds ,  W. Timothy Coombs ,  Sherry J. Holladay
Publisher:   John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Imprint:   Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Dimensions:   Width: 16.30cm , Height: 1.80cm , Length: 23.30cm
Weight:   0.388kg
ISBN:  

9781405144056


ISBN 10:   140514405
Pages:   152
Publication Date:   29 November 2006
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print
Availability:   Out of print, replaced by POD   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. Does Society Need Public Relations?. Media Use and the Term PR . Criticisms of Public Relations. Popular Press Books Describing the Importance of Public Relations. Professional and Academic Defense of Public Relations. Public Relations and the Marketplace of Ideas. Re-focusing Public Relations. Conclusion. 2. Ethical Implications of Public Relations. What is Public Communication?. Ethical Responsibilities of PR as a Form of Public Communication. Ethical Perspectives. Professional Associations and Ethics. The Boundary-spanning Role of the PR Professional. Tensions for PR Practitioners. Power Relationships. The Power of PR Professionals in the Corporation. A Postmodern Perspective on PR. Conclusion. 3. Who Practices Public Relations?. Corporate-centric Histories of Public Relations. Antagonistic Views of Corporations and Activists. Power and Marginalization. First Reform Era: Abolitionism and Temperance. Second Reform Era: The Muckrakers. Saul Alinsky: Activism in the 1960s. Internet Activism. Labor Unions and Public Relations. Conclusion. 4. Public Relations Influences Society. Marketplace of Ideas. Issues Management: A Framework of Effects on Public Policy. Shaping Public Behavior. Mixing Social and Policy Changes: Direct-to-Consumer Advertising and Big Pharm. Conclusion. 5. Global Effects of Public Relations. Public Diplomacy: Government Public Relations Goes Global. Private Voluntary Organizations: Activism Goes Global. Corporations: Increased Demands from a Global Network of Relationships. Conclusion. Where We Have Been. References. Index.

Reviews

Coombs and Holladay have provided a powerful and refreshing perspective on the 'good' and 'bad' in public relations practice. By showing us an alternative to a corporate-centric approach, they shine a light on the possibilities for ethical and effective public relations. --Debra Worley, Department of Communication, Indiana State University Shining a light of a different hue on PR practice, It's Not Just PR will help you explain PR's value to your boss or any critic of the PR industry. --Doug Newsom, Schieffer School of Journalism, Texas Christian University This well-argued defense of the field and practice of public relations is in itself as good public relations job, in the best sense of that often-maligned term...the authors make a compelling case that public relations plays a valuable role in society. (Choice)


Author Information

W. Timothy Coombs is Associate Professor of Corporate Communication at Eastern Illinois University. He is the author of Ongoing Crisis Communication, Today's Public Relations (co-authored with Robert Heath), and Code Red in the Boardroom. Sherry J. Holladay is Associate Professor of Corporate Communication at Eastern Illinois University. She and Professor Coombs have co-authored three book chapters and six journal articles together.

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