Public Relations Strategies and Tactics

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  • Edition: 11th
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  • Copyright: 2014-03-18
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Clearly explains the basic concepts, strategies, and tactics of today’s public relations practice


Public Relations: Strategies and Tactics uses real-world case studies and examples to explain the basic concepts and theory behind modern public relations practice. This comprehensive text is grounded in scholarship and includes references to landmark studies and time-honored public relations techniques. The writing is geared to undergraduates, and many colorful charts and photos are used to enhance major concepts.

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Author Biography

Dennis L. Wilcox, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of public relations and past director of the School of Journalism & Mass Communications at San Jose State University, California. He is a Fellow and accredited (APR) member of the Public Relations Society of America, former chair of the PRSA Educator’s Academy, and past chair of the public relations division of AEJMC. Among his six books, Dr. Wilcox is the lead author of P ublic Relations: Strategies and Tactics and T hink: Public Relation, and. P ublic Relations Writing and Media Techniques. His honors include PRSA’s “Outstanding Educator,” the Xifra Award from the University of Girona (Spain), and an honorary doctorate from the University of Bucharest. He is currently a member of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) and the Arthur W. Page Society, a group of senior communication executives. Dr. Wilcox regularly gives presentations to students and professionals in such diverse nations as Thailand, India, Latvia, Serbia, and Argentina.  


Glen T. Cameron, Ph.D., is Gregory Chair in Journalism Research and founder of the Health Communication Research Center at the University of Missouri. Dr. Cameron has authored more than 300 articles, chapters, and award-winning conference papers on public relations topics. In addition to being coauthor of P ublic Relations: Strategies and Tactics, he is also coauthor of T hink: Public Relations and Public Relations Today: Managing Competition  and Conflict. A popular lecturer internationally, Dr. Cameron has received the Baskett-Moss and Pathfinderawards for career achievement.  Dr. Cameron gains ongoing public relations experience by managing over $42 million in external funding of health public relations projects for sources such as NIH, NCI, Missouri Foundation for Health, USDA, CDC, the U.S. Department of Defense, and Monsanto.  


Bryan H. Reber, Ph.D., is professor of public relations at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He teaches introduction to public relations, management, writing, and campaigns.  On the graduate level he teaches management, persuasion, campaign research, and public opinion.  His research focuses on public relations theory, practice, pedagogy and health communication and has been published articles in such publications as  the Journal of Public Relations Research, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly,  and Public Relations Review,  Dr. Reber regularly presents his research at national and international academic conferences.  He is the co-author of several books, including Think: Public Relations, Public Relations Writing & Media Tactics,  and Public Relations Today: Managing Competition and Conflict.  Dr. Reber worked for 15 years in public relations at Bethel College, Kansas.  He has conducted research for the Sierra Club, Ketchum, and the Georgia Hospital Association, among others. 

Table of Contents

Part 1. Role  

Chapter 1. What Is Public Relations?

Chapter 2. The Evolution of Public Relations  

Chapter 3. Ethics and Professionalism 

Chapter 4. Public Relations Departments and Firms  


Part 2. Process  

Chapter 5. Research  

Chapter 6. Program Planning  

Chapter 7. Communication  

Chapter 8. Evaluation  


Part 3. Strategy  

Chapter 9. Public Opinion and Persuasion  

Chapter 10. Conflict Management: Dealing with Issues, Risks, and Crises  

Chapter 11. Reaching Diverse Audiences  

Chapter 12. Public Relations and the Law  


Part 4. Tactics  

Chapter 13. The Internet and Social Media  

Chapter 14. Preparing Materials for Mass Media 

Chapter 15. Radio and Television  

Chapter 16. Meetings and Events  


Part 5. Application 

Chapter 17. Corporations  

Chapter 18. Entertainment, Sports, and Tourism  

Chapter 19. Politics and Government  

Chapter 20. Global Public Relations  

Chapter 21. Nonprofit, Health, and Education  

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