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 mom, teacher, and blogger. Her blogs include Autumn in Virginia, Cool Yule Blog and You Can't Make This Stuff Up, among others. She is also the creator of "Living Well With Autism," an online resource for caregivers of children, teens, and adults with autism and related special needs.

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


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