In practicing public relations, I found that my experience as a journalist counted for a lot. Journalistic skills were highly valued. I often suggest to my PR students that they should spend a few years in journalism first and that will make them better at PR. It's easy to move from journalism to PR, but... Continue Reading →
Public Relations can provide some unusual, surprising and challenging opportunities. Can you imagine being assigned to a PR campaign for a "good death"? How would you do it without engaging in tasteless, gallows humor? As part of the public relations firm of Barksdale Ballard, I worked with Bill Moyers, Public Affairs Television and PBS on... Continue Reading →
Via @NPR: Russia Hires PR Firm Burson-Marsteller To Help Spin Doping Scandal https://t.co/tK5DwwpGIM — jimbuie (@jimbuie) May 21, 2016 How Washington became the nation’s busiest training ground for scandal PR https://t.co/yY1UxC7kIq— jimbuie (@jimbuie) November 1, 2015 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
A 2002 British documentary that focuses on how the work of psychoanalysts and Edward Bernays influenced the way corporations and governments have used public relations to controll people.
Having worked in both public relations and journalism, I find this piece by Paul Graham insightful. The PR industry "lurks like a huge, quiet submarine beneath the news," working under the surface to project and protect the interests of the businesses they work for. Journalists actually depend a great deal on public relations firms. "Of the stories... Continue Reading →
It's difficult to understand modern media, and modern public relations, without examining the life and work of Edward Bernays, who died at age 103 in 1995. He believed that individuals in "free societies" are not really free thinkers. They do not have the time to be scholars, to think critically for themselves -- their minds... Continue Reading →