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Media rumours spread faster than swine flu!

April 30, 2009
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As I’ve mentioned before, the media is powerful… but I can’t help but wonder… to what extent should we believe everything we get from the media?

In these days where there’s a constant alert of being aware of the swine flu virus, I think it’s hard to distinguish between real facts and media rumours (of course maybe it’s because I don’t always put an effort in examing the truth of what I’m reading)… However, I do think I’ve learned after being an activ member in several social medias, that you shouldn’t always believe in everything you read πŸ™‚

Sometimes I’d just wish the media would stop screaming before it is actually necessary!

People are not always capable of filtering what they read and hear. That’s why you should be careful posting false facts on blogs, Twitter etc. because the panic will spread even faster than the swine flu has done so far!

I had to laugh when I read this… how discriminating is it to think that fat people are immune to the virus!…. some on people! I’m not a pessimist, but sometimes you just have to be critically of what you hear πŸ˜€


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Going back to my roots :D

April 29, 2009
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Can’t believe I’ve been here for a whole semester…. and OMG I’m filled up!

I got new impressions, a whoooole bunch of great new knowledge, new friends and maybe most important I found out so much about my self, my own values and possibilities!

Yes I’ve been homesick, but not to an extent where I’ve been miserable…

My head is tired of thinking in two languages, but this has been a learning experience that I will never take for granted!

How priviledged are you to go on the other side of the globe and still feel like you’re home πŸ™‚

US, you sure know how to make an impression!

Thanks for your attention – Denmark is waiting πŸ˜‰


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Woops Obama :S

April 27, 2009

Yes indeed the media is powerful… just ask President Obama.

After attending a Jay Leno late night talkshow, his controversial comment about his own bowling skills compared to those of athletes in the special olympics made his charasmatic character fade in some eyes…

Everybody is allowed to make mistakes, but still….woops Obama…

Follow the link and judge for yourself πŸ™‚

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Media kits :)

April 27, 2009
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In my Intro to PR class we talked about media kits, which is an aspect of PR I actually find really interesting…. however, my only problem is that I am not at all creative….

If I ever were to prepare a media kit I would need help step by step… or at least some kind of inspiration.

This website is really good to get you started on doing your first media kit πŸ™‚

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Love it or leave it…

April 27, 2009
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We’ve talked a lot about social media during this semester in my “Intro to PR’ class.

In Denmark especially Facebook is rapidly expanding too, but I can certanly tell you that the world of social media is not as emerging as here in the States. I just can’t help but wonder….what’s the whole fuzz about?

I mean love it or hate it, but the people who keep on discussing whether social media is almost harmful must have some better things to do…

I’m not addicted but I’m not a hater too… This blogpost however I found quite good, as it is clear and consise and doesn’t ry to hide why they are big fans of social media!

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How to become 1 with WordPress…

April 27, 2009
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Do yourself a favor and check out this video πŸ™‚

Fabulous helpful tool if you (like me tsk tsk) are a nerd when it comes to navigate around and get comfortable with the many different social media…

After watching this, you should be ready to rumble the world of WordPress….or at least just to get started

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Chapter review

April 27, 2009
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Following chapter review will all be on the book as seen above!

Chapter 2 (Cf. my 4. blog post “The Evolution of Public Relations”)

Chapter 3

This chapter deals with the different ethic rules in PR, both inside the firms but also individually. You get a grasp of who the professional PR organizations are, and what they need to consider when dealing with clients and how to act in order to be creditable. The PRCA accreditation program is being presented, and suggestions on how to advance the profession of Public Relations are being outlined. The main implications are education, research and recognition of Senior Professionals. Finally, the chapter also focuses on some of the obstacles that will occur in terms of ethics and new media i.e. the haziness of ethic lines.

Chapter 4

In this chapter the reader gains knowledge about PR departments and firms and how they are structured. There is a strong emphasis on the importance of organizational structure as well as a more detailed outline of the different line- and staff functions. The figures on page 103 and 109 are helpful in terms of understanding the overall organization as well as they also offer a visual example of the levels of influence within an organization. The term counseling firms are being presented following the pros and cons when using them. Finally, which I find as an important element, you’ll see a list of the variety of services that Public Relations firms offer (page 113).

Chapter 5

Research is the topic of chapter 5, which outlines how to use it/which techniques are the most helpful and also importantly how to distinguish between qualitative and quantitative research. The chapter is specifically helpful if you’re confused about the construction when building up a questionnaire. Step by step the book underlines the most important things to consider in order to reach the respondents as successfully as possible. Furthermore,Β  after you have read this, you will no longer doubt about what type of survey is the most appropriate in the different situations as well as how to handle them in the analyzing process.

Chapter 6

Strategy and carefully planning are both vital elements in every public relations process. Chapter 6 focuses on the approach to planning followed by the eight elements in a PR plan, which is visually presented on page 154. It provides a thorough identification of each element and suggests both the most valuable objectives as well as more less useful tools when using them. Time is also a central focus point in the chapter, and you gain a wider understanding of how important it is to be accurate during a PR campaign – timing really is everything!

Chapter 7

In the world of PR, effective communication is the key to any successful happening. This chapter is suggesting how to implement the PR plan which is delineated in chapter 6. Again, the book makes use of tables and figures to create a more clear and concise understanding of the terms. There is an emphasis on the importance of two-way communication and how to pay attention to, understand, remember and act on a message. Conclusively, the chapter talks about word-of-mouth campaigns, which I always thought was pretty effective. However, the book accentuates that this approach will only work, if it’s based on a platform of ethics, which I personally think is the most wise statement in the whole chapter.

Chapter 8

Evaluation is in any business just as important as the process of creating things. In this chapter, the book presents the many purposes of evaluation and how to handle this procedure. More specific, it deals with the production- and audience measurements –> what results did we gain from a campaign both in terms of number of people and financial profits. Measurement of Message Exposure, which is the most widely practiced evaluation form, holds 7 elements what are all outlined in order to show how to quantify the reached audience.

Chapter 9

Public opinion and persuasion are the topics that chapter 9 is dealing with. First, a definition of public opinion as well as a presentation of ‘The life cycle of public opinion’ are being covered. After reading the paragraph on opinion leaders, you will gain an understanding of the term ‘influence’ as well as being able to make a distinction between a formal and an informal opinion leader. This is followed up by information about the agenda-setting, media-dependency, framing and conflict theory, which are all theories about mass media effects. The last part of the chapter deals with all the aspects on persuasion. I find especially the last paragraph ‘The Ethics of Persuasion’ really interesting, as it offers a full review on the criteria that a PR professional should bear in mind when dealing with persuasive communication with clients and employees.

Chapter 11

How to reach an audience is always an exiting challenge, but in our society PR professionals also have to know on how effectively to reach a multicultural and diverse audience as well as different age groups. The focus in this chapter is how to approach to the numerous different types of audience; which aspects to bear in mind when communicatingΒ  globally in a diverse cultural matter. You will get a more or less detailed description of the things to consider when you have to effectively get the full attention of the diverse groups. The last paragraph deals with how to match these different groups to the Media. You will find a comparison of print media, TV, radio and online media (pp.295). It is a short paragraph, but I actually find it to be quite important background knowledge when studying the sender – receiver relationship.

Chapter 14

I think this chapter is very helpful as it provides a thorough description of how to set up an effectual news release. This is a comprehensive paragraph, probably due to the fact that news releases are the most commonly used public relations tactic. Step by step you will get guided through the elements in a news release (everything from content to technical format). This is followed up by a description of the term ‘media alerts’ and ‘pitch letters’ which basically covers how to get the media’s (and editor’s) attention. The last paragraph wraps up the five major media distribution methods, which are mail, fax, E-mail, electronic news-services and online newsrooms. All in all, this is the chapter where the various methods to deliver publicity materials to the media are being presented.

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Funny PR facts :)

April 24, 2009
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Here’s a link to a website offering PR facts that is written in a language which isn’t as technical as in many other websites…

It covers many relevant PR topics and the website is well-structured and it’s easy to navigate from one topic to another!

Enjoy πŸ™‚

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PR calendar 2009

April 24, 2009
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Days worth knowing about if you’re in the field of PR – follow the link πŸ™‚

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Top 10 things I learned in #PRCA2330

April 24, 2009
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Now able to post powerpoint presentations on slideshare

Curious….? Just follow the link πŸ™‚

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