How Blogs and Social Media are Changing Public Relations and the Way it is Practiced

Publication Date: 2008 Spring

Source: SO03 Public Relations Journal
Product Code: 6D-020203
Organization/Author/Firm: Donald K. Wright, Ph. D., APR, Fellow PRSA, / Michelle D. Hinson, M.A.
Specialization(s): Social Media
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This article reports on a three-year-long international survey of public relations practitioners examining the impact blogs and other social media are having on public relations practice. Findings show these new media are dramatically changing public relations. Results indicate blogs and social media have enhanced what happens in public relations and that social media and traditional mainstream media complement each other. The study also finds the emergence of blogs and social media have changed the way their organizations communicate, especially to external audiences. Findings suggest social media complement traditional news media, and that blogs and social media influence coverage in traditional news media. The study reports blogs and social media have made communications more instantaneous by encouraging organizations to respond more quickly to criticism.