Best Practices and Ethics of PR | Alison

Public Relations: Best Practices and Ethics - Revised

Learn about the best practices and ethics in PR management with this free online public relations course.

Public Relations
Free Course
This free online PR management course will introduce you to the best practices and ethical codes necessary for excellence in public relations. You will learn about conducting research, strategic action planning, communication implementation, and results evaluation. The course will also guide you through the RACE process in public relations, along with how to apply these best practices in the real world by looking at related case studies.





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An organization's communication efforts should be connected with its goals, objectives, and strategies. This course will begin by teaching you about strategic objectives and ineffective objectives. You will study what RACE stands for and how to use research to analyze a situation facing an organization. You will then look into corporate PR, agency PR, government relations and public affairs, along with nonprofit, NGO, and activist PR. The course will also discuss the importance of strategic management within each PR function.

Next, the course will discuss ethics in relation to PR. You will learn about consequentialism and deontology, which are two very helpful two perspectives for the analysis of common PR moral dilemmas. You will then learn how to morally analyze a business plan, as well as study excellence and effectiveness in PR management. The course will also discuss the variables defined in Grunig’s Excellence Study and present you with a case study that highlights the benefits of organizational excellence.

The importance of ethics, moral analysis, and leadership in public relations, as well as their potential effects for a PR strategy, are the main focus of this online course. You will explore the theories behind each area and look at the benefits that a company can have once these practices are implemented properly. So, enrol in this free PR course today, and start learning to build better business relationships through ethical communication, listening, and strategic alliances.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of achieving goals and objectives
  • Differentiate between strategic objectives and ineffective objectives
  • Define the RACE acronym
  • Compare and contrast the four primary areas of functional responsibility
  • Differentiate between each of the PR functions
  • Discuss the importance of strategic management within each PR function
  • Examine the role of ethics in relation to PR
  • Identify how to morally analyze a business plan
  • Define the terms excellence and effectiveness in regards to PR management
  • Discuss the variables identified in Grunig’s Excellence Study


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