Is Ethics in Politics an Oxymoron?

This is brought to you by the Vice Presidentof Advocacy, Brandi Boatner: Disclaimer: PRSSA is a non-partisan organization In the political arena, there are ethical considerations, actions and consequences political candidates must constantly face. How can public officials and political candidates maintain a commitment to ethical decision making? One suggestion is for them to adopt an ethics code. A unique […]

Is There a place for Ethics in Sports?

The following post is brought to you by Brandi Boatner, vice president of advocacy: The recent news stories involving ethical issues in the National Basketball Association, National Football League, Major League Baseball and professional cycling are threatening the reputation and integrity of their respective sports. The recent scandals have been ethical and moral nightmares for the commissioners and presidents of […]

Absence of hard news: Is public relations responsible for the Paris Hilton, David Beckham, 24 hour news coverage?

As communicators, it is crucial for us to know what is going on in our town, city, state and nation. It is also important for us to develop relationships with the gatekeepers of the media- whether it is a newspaper journalist, T.V. reporter, radio host, or blogger- so we can strategize and get our client the best light shined on […]

Internships and Diversity: How Paid and Unpaid Internships Unknowingly Shape Our Profession

First, I would like to say I got this post idea from Richard Edelman’s “The Great Experiment” post on his blog 6 A.M. It is common for internships in public relations and communications to be unpaid. Naturally, the experience we receive in the real world is more valuable than any kind of salary or stipend we would receive. If we […]

Crisis Communications

Recent events have made crisis communications a hot topic. Wikipedia defines crisis communications as “a sub-specialty of the public relations profession that is designed to protect and defend an individual, company, or organization facing a public challenge to its reputation.” PRSA National Chair and CEO Rhoda Weiss recently added in an advocacy statement, “Organizations are on alert this week with […]