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Bursting with PRide

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Here’s a word you may not know: kvell. It’s a Yiddish word, derived from German, meaning to burst with pride. I was kvelling last weekend at the Public Relations Student Society of America’s (PRSSA) National Conference in Boston, when it was announced that Hofstra’s PRSSA Chapter received the 2017 Star Chapter Award. This award recognizes PRSSA chapters which meet eight of… Read more »

Screwed-up PRiorities

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If ISIS terrorists or North Koreans had booked a room at Las Vegas’s Mandalay Bay Hotel and fired on a crowd of thousands–killing 58 and wounding more than 500–millions of Americans would support going to war to defeat them. But because it was an American who purchased these guns legally, little-to-nothing will be done to stop it from happening again…. Read more »

PeRception, the PResident and Puerto Rico

They say perception is everything. It can sometimes be a matter of life and death. Just ask Puerto Rico. According to CNBC, “It has been more than a week since Hurricane Maria wreaked devastation on Puerto Rico, destroying the power grid and leaving millions without access to necessities. Emergency supplies of food, water and gas have begun to arrive at… Read more »

Ethics according to SPiceR

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When former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made a self-mocking cameo appearance at the Emmy Awards last Sunday, I, like much of the audience, was surprised and delighted. I thought, “It’s so cool that Spicer’s able to laugh at himself, and we can laugh with him!” Then I began reading reactions on social media and commentary from journalists on… Read more »

Ethical SePtembeR

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September is Ethics Month. Each year, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) focuses its programs and publications on the six core values highlighted in its Code of Ethics while in public relations classrooms, professors and instructors reinforce the importance of truth, trust and transparency in the PR profession. In September’s Public Relations Tactics, PRSA’s informative monthly newsletter, PR veteran… Read more »

PooRly-written posts

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Donald Trump’s regular spelling and punctuation errors on Twitter have provided ongoing fodder for late-night comedians and critics. Many believe it matters when the president makes these mistakes; such blunders tend to damage both his credibility and, some say, the nation’s. But does it matter when people like you and I make similar errors on social media? Whether caused by… Read more »

Politics oR punctuation

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Welcome back! While PR Nation has about a thousand subscribers, I’m pretty sure my current students haven’t checked in for the last couple of months and my new students are reading it for the first time. Despite a quiet summer readership, I’ve continued to write and publish this blog every week since January 23, 2011. With a few guest posts… Read more »

The past is PResent

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I went to a rock concert last night. Now, I wouldn’t recommend this show to everybody. It’s not likely to appeal to most people under 50. Deep Purple, Alice Cooper and Edgar Winter were hugely successful acts in the 1970s, and they performed an ear-splitting orgy of power chords, screaming guitars and memorable anthems. Deep Purple and Alice provided much… Read more »

PRedicting this PResidency

As Donald Trump limped through what some called his worst week yet, there are pundits who are saying his presidency is effectively over. Tony Schwartz, Trump’s co-author on The Art of the Deal, even predicted the president will soon resign. I learned never to make such predictions, especially when it comes to Trump. A review of my past blogs on… Read more »

The PRoblem with history

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After just teaching my first class in PR history, I was honored to moderate “Public Relations History in the Classroom: Making More Time for Meaning-Making,” a roundtable discussion on August 12 with academic experts at the Association for the Education of Journalism and Mass Communication’s annual conference. People have been practicing the art of influencing public opinion since the dawn… Read more »