What’s important in PR

A study released this week outlines the 10 most important things that PR (educators) should be focusing on.

Compiled by Tom Watson, of Bournemouth University, the study appeared in Corporate Communications: An International Journal.

While there were only 31 respondents, from an original 44 who were approached, the study used the Delphi method, which is “characterised by a structured process of questionnaires or rounds of discussion until a group consensus is reached” (Beretta, 1996; Green et al., 1999), sort of process of elimination. Not rigidly academic, but nevertheless has been used in various professional.

So, according the the “experts”, the 10 things we should be considering are: 

1. Public relations’ contribution to strategic decision-making, strategy development and realisation, and efficient operation of organisations.

2. The value that public relations creates for organisations through building social capital and managing key relationships.

3. The measurement and evaluation of public relations both offline and online.

4. Public relations as a fundamental management function.

5. Professional skills in public relations; analysis of the industry’s need for education.

6. Research into standards of performance among PR professionals; the licensing of practitioners.

7. Management of corporate reputation; management of reputation.

8. Ethics.

9. ) Integration of public relations with other communication functions; the scope of public relations practice; discipline boundaries.

10. Management of relationships.

Then came: Client/employer understanding of public relations, The impact of technology on public relations practice and theory, The role of public relations in community/social responsibility programmes, International issues in public relations.

More PR at http://www.prlab.com.au


4 thoughts on “What’s important in PR”

  1. There is no mention here of clear writing skills, which is important to all aspects of what we do in p.r. I am seeing too many young people coming into the profession who really don’t know how to write well. It needs to e added to your educators’ list.

  2. David, I agree wholeheartedly. They also don’t mention listening. However, they’re not my comments; they are from an academic survey. You might like to contact the author.

  3. Greg — thanks for sharing the results of this survey. I teach PR at Georgia Southern University and what students need to know to be successful as they begin their careers is always top of mind. And as a past president of the International Listening Association (http://www.listen.org), I was pleased to see that you noted the importance of listening skills. Keep up the good work!

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