Being inclusive about PR ethics

One of the great things about the Ethics Awareness Month initiative from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is that it helps focus clear attention on a core issue in the profession that, in many people’s minds, needs that attention. It doesn’t matter a bit that the PRSA’s initiative happens to be organized by the professional body that represents practitioners in the USA. To give full credit to them (as well as recognize some good common sense at work), it’s very open – anyone with a point of view and some good ideas on ethics can contribute no matter where they are and whether they’re a member of the PRSA (or any other body) or not. One feature of […]

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So what will you do for ethics in PR?

The subject of ethics in public relations often provokes strong opinions from people, especially when questionable practices fall under the critical spotlight – as Scott Adams so cannily grasped in this Dilbert cartoon in August. Ethics in PR issues from the past few years that readily come to my mind range from Edelman’s shattered pedestal over not one but two Wal-Mart kerfuffles in 2006; the anti-astroturfing campaign by Trevor Cook and Paull Young in that same year; ongoing PR spam (very much a matter of ethical behaviours, in my view); Burson Marsteller’s Facebook dirty tricks fiasco this year; and of course the News of The World phone hacking scandal that came to a dramatic head in July and the subsequent […]

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The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #366: July 28, 2008

Content summary: Wrap-up of Saturday’s FIR Live; Michael Netzley reports from Singapore on China’s Internet and business challenges around the upcoming Olympic Games; the Media Monitoring Minute from CustomScoop; News That Fits: 50 steps to establishing a consistent social media practice, PRSA’s new diversity podcast, how cool is Cuil?, Google Knol is an opportunity for communicators; listeners’ comments discussion; music from The Taters; and more. Listen to FIR now: [display_podcast] Get FIR: Download the MP3 file (32.2Mb, 70:25) Subscribe to the RSS feed Get the show at iTunes Messages from our sponsors: FIR is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide for 35 years, www.ragan.com; Save time with the CustomScoop online clipping service: sign up for your […]

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