Communicating the Truth

Communicating the Truth

Humans have always had the ability to engage in lies, rumors, deception or some other distortion of the truth. And, communicators have historically wrestled with the challenges caused by false or misleading information impacting the clients, organizations and communities that they serve.  These are not new concepts.  What is new and causing greater concern and challenge is the speed and […]

On the Line: Promoting Civility at the University of South Carolina and Beyond

On the Line: Promoting Civility at the University of South Carolina and Beyond

Editor’s note: This article discusses the inspiration for and execution of the University of South Carolina’s Bateman Case Study team campaign. To learn more about the Bateman Case Study Competition, click here. It began on a January morning in a fishbowl classroom. My classmates and I were sitting in silence feeling the mental and physical fatigue from the year 2020 […]

Standing in Solidarity with the AAPI Community to #StopAsianHate

Standing in Solidarity with the AAPI Community to #StopAsianHate

Hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have increased exponentially over the course of the pandemic due to racially charged and xenophobic rhetoric expressed by people such as former President Donald Trump, who has publicly referred to COVID-19 as the “Chinese Virus”.  Comments such as those referring to COVID-19 as the “Chinese Virus” are very damaging to the AAPI […]

Please, Don’t Tell Me “Happy Women’s Day”

Please, Don’t Tell Me “Happy Women’s Day”

Editor’s note: The following article contains graphic content. This is what we’ve heard hundreds of times on March 8 in Argentina. Women are asking not to get told, “Happy Women’s Day,” nor to receive flowers. Instead, they say, “We will be happy the day that no one is missing.” To understand the reason for this statement (that I know for […]

Practicing Public Relations in the Age of Cancel Culture

Practicing Public Relations in the Age of Cancel Culture

The concept of “cancel culture” has travelled through the mouths of politicians, tech CEOs, social media creators, and other sorts of influencers. The first time I heard of someone condemning this idea of online shaming was from President Obama while speaking at a summit for his foundation. The former president pushed back against these ideas of “judgmentalism” and “purity” found […]

Cancel Culture Hits Disney’s Mulan- An Explanation

Canceled. One of the most feared words in 2020. Public relations professionals know this two-syllable word can send disastrous shockwaves that can damage even the most beloved brands. Since its debut on Sept. 4, Disney’s live-action Mulan has just earned $43.8 million, nowhere near its production cost of $200 million. The Mickey Mouse powerhouse has seen massive success with live-action remakes such […]

How The PRSA Code of Ethics Guides 6th Street Public Relations

Getting to be one of the only two PRSSA Nationally Affiliated and award-winning Student-run Firms in California does not happen overnight. At 6th Street Public Relations, we adhere to standards of PRSSA. Ethics Month is important for us because it is a reminder of our ethical responsibilities as an agency and public relations professionals. Throughout my time in the agency […]

What’s Wrong with Unpaid PR Internships: A Lot

In a perfect world, students would complete a paid internship in their junior or senior year of college and then receive a full-time offer from the employer they have been working for. But that’s not always the case for students majoring in public relations. In several cases, PR internships are unpaid. While it’s true that unpaid internships are in decline […]

#MeToo in the Gaming Industry

Recently, a wave of allegations surrounding abuse targeted towards women has hit the gaming industry, affecting everyone from Twitch streamers to YouTube stars and top executives at some of the world’s most highly-acclaimed publishers. For an industry that has traditionally been male-dominated, this is a huge wake-up call that some may consider long overdue. As Megan Farokhmanesh of The Verge […]