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Becoming a Public Relations Writer is a comprehensive guide to the writing process for public relations practice. Using straightforward, no-nonsense language, realistic examples, easy-to-follow steps and practical exercises, this text introduces the various formats and styles of writing you will encounter as a public relations practitioner. A focus on ethical and legal issues is woven throughout, with examples and exercises addressing public relations as practiced by corporations, non-profit agencies, and other types of organizations both large and small. In addition, the book offers the most comprehensive list of public relations writing formats to be found anywhere---from the standard news release to electronic mail and other opportunities using a variety of technologies and media. The fourth edition has been updated to reflect significant developments in the public relations field, including: New chapter on multimedia and social media releases New chapter on websites, blogs, and wikis Expansion of the chapter on direct mail and online appeals Updated examples of actual pieces of public relations writing A companion website including writing exercises, PowerPoint presentations, and relevant links Through its comprehensive and accessible approach, Becoming a Public Relations Writer is an invaluable resource for future and current public relations practitioners.
Using no-nonsense language, realistic examples, easy-to-follow steps and practical exercises, this book guides students through various types of public relations writing. A focus on ethical and legal issues is woven throughout, with examples and exercises that deal with public relations as practiced by corporations, non-profit agencies, and other types of organizations large and small. In addition, the book addresses the most comprehensive list of public relations writing formats to be found anywhere--from old standbys like news releases to electronic mail and other opportunities in new technologies. Laying the foundation for an integrated approach that touches on public relations advertising and direct mail, this second edition is divided into four parts. Part I deals with principles of effective writing useful in all disciplines. Part II focuses on news as the bridge an organization can build to its various publics. Part III takes you through a variety of writing formats and environments that provide an internal or controlled approach. Part IV is the wrap up that pulls together the various writing styles presented in this book as part of an integrated communication package. Becoming a Public Relations Writer is a different kind of textbook for college and university students. It provides writing instruction for people preparing to enter the profession and guides students with models and step-by-step patterns designed to increase competence and build confidence in students on their way to becoming public relations writers.
'John Foster's book is a 'How To' guide that gives a solid grounding in the writing requirements of the PR business. It covers a lot of ground in a complex but rewarding subject.' Writing Magazine Effective Writing Skills for Public Relations is a valuable reference source on the basis of style and presentation with helpful hints on making the best use of written communication. It advises on how to write concisely using jargon-free language whilst avoiding overused words and phrases. There is guidance on policing house style with emphasis on consistency and advice on punctuation, headlines and captions. As well as this there are tips on what makes a good press release and how to use effective design and layout to produce easy to read text. Readers will also find help on public speaking, pronunciation and the standard writing skills needed in the office. This third edition includes five new chapters covering editing skills, the importance of written tone of voice, what makes a good annual report, the legal issues facing writers and the use of Americanisms. Standard proof correction marks are included together with a glossary of terms. This is an essential hands-on practical guide for anyone earning a living through the written or spoken word.
Public Relations: The Basics is a highly readable introduction to one of the most exciting and fast-paced media industries. Both the practice and profession of public relations are explored and the focus is on those issues which will be most relevant to those new to the field: The four key phases of public relations campaigns: research, strategy, tactics and evaluation. History and evolution of public relations. Basic concepts of the profession: ethics, professionalism and theoretical underpinnings. Contemporary international case studies are woven throughout the text ensuring that the book is relevant to a global audience. It also features a glossary and an appendix on first steps towards a career in public relations making this the book the ideal starting point for anyone new to the study of public relations.
This second edition offers step-by-step processes for strategic communication activities, including planning, research, implementation, and evaluation. For students and practitioners in public relations.
"Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques" is the most comprehensive and up-to-date PR writing text available, with real-world examples of outstanding work and winning campaigns by public relations professionals. New to This Edition Features completely updated information on the Internet and World Wide Web, providing students with the latest information on how professionals are using these technologies. Includes new photos and illustrations from recent, award-winning national campaigns, including Maytag's Ol'Lonely, Korbel Cellars' perfect proposal contest, Old Bay Seasoning's shrimp eating contest, and many others. Expands material in Chapter 1 about the framework of the entire public relations process and adds new examples of ethical dilemmas and professional ethics. Provides examples and case studies from today's headlines--Martha Stewart, the war on terrorism, Iraq, Kobe Bryant, and even Lord of the Rings. Praise for Wilcox's "Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques" ""The presentation of the information is superior to other textbooks I have used or considered using, largely because the writing is simple and to the point, and the information is appropriate and immediately applicable."" Douglas P. Starr, Texas A&M University ""I would tell other faculty that the Wilcox text is comprehensive, easy to read, full of good examples and exercises and an overall excellent writing text for students of public relations."" Shelly A. Wright, SUNY New Paltz "" The text's boxed 'professional tips' sections can prove tremendously helpful to students after graduation. I strongly encourage my students to keep this text so they can use it as a reference guide for germinating creative ideas and resolving problems on the job."" Lora J. DeFore, Mississippi State University ""Some of the best content is included in the boxed items such as 'Professional Tips' and 'PR Casebook.' In reading the book for the first time, I was fascinated to learn there was so much information included in these sections."" Donn Silvis, California State University Dominguez Hills ""I would describe this as a text that takes a student with only basic journalistic writing skills and introduces him/her, through scholarly discussion and hands-on examples, to the more important areas of the ever expanding public relations writing field."" Michael E. Bishop, Baylor University

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