How do you define public relations?

We work in public relations, right?  Well, try summing up what we do in a sentence or two! Now that’s a communication challenge.

You see a LOT of definitions about public relations, and not just a few barbed quotes.

Merriam Webster defines it like this:

The business of inducing the public to have understanding for and goodwill toward a person, firm, or institution

That’s pretty good.  I kind of like this quote, too — it’s a little negative, but then it’s not too far off, honestly:

Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations. — George Orwell

Then PR Newswire posed the question on Twitter … and created a presentation of the results.  Check it out:

How do YOU define public relations?


About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a public relations and marketing consultant, and owns Fletcher Prince ( Follow Mary on Twitter @FletcherPrince.

Posted on November 12, 2012, in Public Relations Tips and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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