Since I decided to do my degree in public relations, I have been asked multiple times what exactly that is. It is not a very well known concept amongst the general public and in my mind is very hard to explain whilst giving it justice.
Whenever I tell people what degree I am doing at Uni, the main response is “Oh, what does that involve?”. Overtime I have created the generic response of “managing reputations of companies”. I personally know that this does not sum up PR but to others this creates an idea of the subject and we move on. However, PR is so much more than managing reputations. That is one thing I love about this course, it is going to give me a wide range of knowledge and experience which I can then take with me into the industry.
If I were to explain what PR is to you now, the list would be incredibly long! However, here are a few key areas that PR & Comms covers.
- Media Relations
- Crisis Management
- Event Planning & Management
- Supporting Marketing
- Public Affairs
- Corporate PR
- Strategic Communication
- Internal Communications
In the industry you can either work in-house or for an agency. In-house is when you work for a single company and your job is to manage that brand. Whereas, an agency will deal with multiple companies at a single time. There isn’t much difference in the day to day tasks done by a PR professional within these two areas, plus every day in this job is likely to change anyway!
Also, public relations does interlink with other areas such as Journalism and Marketing very well and that is what makes it even harder to define exactly what PR is.
Anyway I hope this has clarified some things for those of you who were unsure on what PR is! And I’m sure I will learn in much more detail what exactly PR is in the next three years of my degree, so I will update you later on!
Talk soon, Em x