Intern Talk: Dealing with Unethical Practices at an Internship

Intern Talk: Dealing with Unethical Practices at an Internship

As public relations students, we learn about ethics as it relates to school and PRSSA. But what happens when an ethical dilemma actually arises in the workplace? Navigating the ins and outs of propriety at internships is difficult; thus, dealing with unethical or questionable practices takes forethought, commitment to upholding the ethical values of the industry and good advisers. Think […]

Ethics: Something to Celebrate

Ethics: Something to Celebrate

September has arrived, and that means we’ve entered every public relations professional’s favorite time of year: Ethics Month. Ethics may never steal the show with a flashy demonstration or unexpected development, and ethics doesn’t usually make it into the news unless someone has violated them. However, these unwavering principles set the foundation for the public relations profession. Without them, we […]

Honesty and Truth: A Practitioner’s Dilemma

Honesty and Truth: A Practitioner’s Dilemma

Public relations practitioners are faced with dilemmas on a daily basis. Choices must be made to determine what medium will be most effective to disseminate a message, or what strategy of crisis management to initiate after an incident. Decisions go beyond strictly business and stray into the areas of ethics and moral decisions. Good public relations practitioners strive to conduct […]

Ethics On The Clock

Ethics are a set of moral principles or a code of conduct that we choose to follow. We all have an ethical framework through which we live our lives; the extent of that ethical framework is what varies one individual from the next. Some of us hold true to more general ethical beliefs, such as the fact that it is […]

How To Use Research for PRSSA Planning

Planning for a year of PRSSA meetings, socials and activities can be difficult.  There are many things the Chapter president and executive board need to take into consideration. Don’t forget the following: 1. Consider University Calendar and Events When researching to plan your year, start with your school calendar. Make sure you look at breaks, holidays and other university events […]

The Reality of PR: A Survivor’s Guide to the Public Relations World

I am a “survivor” of the PRSSA Regional Activity, “The Reality of PR: A Survivor’s Guide to the Public Relations World,” hosted by The Pennsylvania State University. Throughout the weekend I picked up the tools to be prepared for the “real world” from the speakers’ perspectives of their various sections in the public relations field. The opening social event involved […]

Interns Caught in Ethics Scandal

In case you missed the uproar this weekend, Techcrunch, a popular technology blog that often reports about bad public relations practices, posted a story that alleges a public relations firm uses its interns to post positive reviews on the iTunes app store for clients. According to Techcrunch, interns monitor message boards and gauge online communities —fairly common for interns working […]