Find and embed a video clip in your blog post that highlights elements of persuasion and/or propaganda. Discuss the various elements with respect to the video. Is the video effective or ineffective?
Discuss an organizations current conflict situation. Is their response appropriate? What should they continue to do, or not do?
Once again this semester I am using a learning journal in the Public Relations Research course as a way to a) get students to reflect on their participation in the course and b) for me to gauge if they are grasping course concepts. Upon completion of a course lecture a few weeks past I asked students the following question: “If you could research anything, what would you research?.” Needless to say the answers ranged from serious to humorous to somewhere in between. Here’s a glimpse of some of the responses.
- Are various sports rigged for entertainment purposes?
- Do public or private universities produce more students who get jobs immediately after graduation?
- How WAS Tupac Shakur killed?
- What’s the best diet on a college budget?
- Why is college tuition constantly rising?
- Whether or not UFO’s really exist.
- Why most college students are not interested in church or Christian activities.
Needless to say I enjoyed reading their responses. Some of them were quite the shocker. But now it’s your turn to participate, so I ask, “If you could research anything, what would you research?”.
This semester the Introduction to Public Relations course is blogging every other week. Last week comments were made regarding blog topics to begin the semester and it is now time to blog.
There is something that draws everyone to pick their field of interest and public relations is no different. This week we are going to focus on the portrayal of public relations to the public. Pick one of the following topics to begin your blogging journey.
- What are some myths and preconceptions of the field of public relations? Why do you think they exist?
- Analyze the portrayal of a public relations practitioner from a current movie or television series. (Consider the different public relations models.)
Even if you are not in the class, feel free to weigh-in on the topics above in the comment section.
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