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Pairing Fraser Seitel’s unique, humorous voice with the most up-to-date case studies, interviews, news photos, and other techniques, the Practice of Public Relations is truly an “in-your-face” Public Relations textbook.

The 11th edition continues the theme of giving readers the knowledge and skills they need to know to be successful in today’s world of public relations –including heavy emphasis on social media and ethics.

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Editorial Reviews

With an emphasis on case studies ranging from the disaster to the Tickle Me Elmo doll, presents an introduction to the field. The text is divided into four parts covering philosophical underpinnings; practical communications applications such as the integration of public relations, marketing, and advertising; descriptions of primary constituents with chapters on employees, consumers, multicultural communities, and the government; and emerging trends including crisis management and the law. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
In this iteration emphasizing the Internet's dramatic impact on the public relations field, a PR veteran introduces the field's evolution, validation, activation, its publics, and future. Chapters feature ethical questions, "backgrounders" on issues, Internet-geared questions, case studies, and interviews with the likes of management guru Peter Drucker. Appends the Public Relations Society of America's professional code of standards, the questionnaire for an advertising effectiveness study, definitions of terms used in PR evaluation, information on audio-visual supports, key cyberspace terms and sites, online databases, leading media directories worldwide, corporate reporting requirements, and an annual meeting checklist. No dates are given for previous editions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136088905
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/15/2010
  • Series: Pearson Custom Business Resources Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 672,571
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Fraser P. Seitel is a veteran of more than three decades in the practice of public relations. In 2000, PR Week magazine named Mr. Seitel one of the "100 Most Distinguished Public Relations Professionals of the 20th Century."

In 1992, after serving for a decade as senior vice president and director of public affairs for Chase Manhattan Bank, Mr. Seitel formed Emerald Partners, a management and communications consultancy, and also became senior counselor at the world's largest public affairs firm, Burson-Marsteller.

Mr. Seitel is a frequent contributor to cable television. Among other programs, he has appeared on Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor, Fox and Friends, Rivera Live, Fox Weekend, and On the Record with Greta Van Susteren; MSNBC's The News with Brian Williams and Nachman; CNBC's Wall Street Journal Report; and CNN's Connie Chung Tonight, Inside Politics, and Larry King Live.

Mr. Seitel has counseled hundreds of corporations, nonprofits, associations, and individuals in the area for which he had responsibility at Chase–media relations, speech writing, consumer relations, employee communications, financial communications, philanthropic activities, and strategic management consulting.

Mr. Seitel is an Internet columnist at and a frequent lecturer and seminar leader on communications topics. Over the course of his career, Mr. Seitel has taught thousands of public relations professionals and students.

After studying and examining many texts in public relations, he concluded that none of them "was exactly right:" Therefore, in1980, he wrote the first edition of The Practice of Public Relations "to give students a feel for how exciting this field really is:" In more than two decades of use at hundreds of colleges and universities, Mr. Seitel's book has introduced generations of students to the excitement, challenge, and uniqueness of the practice of public relations.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Evolution
Chapter 1 What Is Public Relations, Anyway?
Chapter 2 The History and Growth of Public Relations

Part 2 Preparation/Process
Chapter 3 Communication
Chapter 4 Public Opinion
Chapter 5 Management
Chapter 6 Ethics
Chapter 7 The Law
Chapter 8 Research

Part 3 The Publics
Chapter 9 Media Relations/Print & Broadcast
Chapter 10 Employee Relations
Chapter 11 Community Relations
Chapter 12 Government Relations
Chapter 13 Consumer Relations
Chapter 14 International Relations

Part 4 Execution
Chapter 15 Public Relations Writing
Chapter 16 Writing for the Eye and Ear
Chapter 17 Integrated Marketing Communication
Chapter 18 Public Relations and Social Media
Chapter 19 Crisis Management
Chapter 20 Launching a Career

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The initial years of the 21st century have shown graphically how critical the practice of public relations is to society.

The tragic terror attacks on America and around the world; the consequent hostilities and ill will provoked by intolerance, jealousy and hatred; the shameful corporate scandals and unscrupulous business executives in the United States casting a pall over the entire free enterprise system—all have underscored the necessity and importance of two-way communications to knock down barriers and build bridges to understanding and mutual respect among people and institutions.

That, in essence, is what the practice of public relations is all about—building relationships.

Public relations remains at base a personal, relationship-oriented practice, demanding experienced judgment and finely honed interpersonal communications skills. And so, this ninth edition of The Practice of Public Relations has been recast to place its emphasis on the principles, processes, and practices that lead to building positive relationships.

The book's "relationship-building makeover" is manifest in refinements in theory, organization, and application.

New Theoretical Focus

This edition offers a sharpened focus on the theoretical underpinnings of effective communications.

The process of communication to achieve specific goals—informing, motivating, persuading, building mutual understanding—is explored more broadly and emphasized more specifically.

Accordingly, the book's introductory chapters place greater attention on how communications theory and public opinion understanding can beapplied to strategic public relations planning and creation of believeable and persuasive messages.

New Organizational Structure

The bolstered theoretical framework serves as a natural departure point for a more logical chapter structure, from evolution and process through publics and applications toward building relationships.

Specifically, this edition is divided into five discrete parts:

  • Part 1, "Evolution," looks at the field's antecedents and pioneers and what defines it.
  • Part II, "Preparation/Process," deals with the key conceptual framework areas that underpin the field—communication, management, public opinion, ethics, law, and research.
  • Part III, "The Publics," discusses the field's most important constituencies, from employees and the media to consumers and the government to investors, international publics, and communities of diversity.
  • Part IV, "Execution," reviews the primary technical skills that public relations professionals must possess—from writing for the eye and ear and working online to integrated marketing communications and crisis management.
  • Part V, "The Future," discusses the challenges and opportunities presented to public relations in its "golden age" in the 21st century.

New Applications

The strength of this book is in its application of theory to real-life practice. This aspect, too, has been fortified in this edition.

  • First, the importance of building relationships across national borders has been captured in a new chapter devoted to "International Relations."
  • Second, the disconcerting dismantling of trust with investors and stockholders is confronted in a new chapter devoted to "Investor Relations."
  • Third, greater attention has been placed on the multicultural diversity of public relations work, particularly through interviews with leading minority practitioners.
  • Finally, for the first time, a sampling of "hypothetical student cases"—on such issues as sex discrimination, Internet sabotage and surveillance, and organizational positioning—has been added to complement the book's traditional exploration of front-page public relations cases.

Unique Elements

At the heart of public relations practice are the real-life contemporary experiences—cases—that alter the communications landscape and redefine how we assess and handle communications challenges, among them:

  • New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's handling of the September 11, 2001 horror
  • President Bush's campaign to "sell the war effort" overseas
  • The violations of trust by the nation's wealthiest executives and biggest companies, from Enron to WorldCom to Tyco
  • The self immolation of domestic diva Martha Stewart, Senator Trent Lott, and Congressman Gary Condit
  • The Catholic Church's confrontation with the worst crisis in its history
  • The unlikely emergence of Donald Rumsfeld as a public relations superstar

Most of these cases involve issues of ethics and propriety. All play a part in public relations lore and learning. And they're all here.

Beyond this, a number of unique elements set this book apart:

  • The prominence of ethics in the practice of public relations is highlighted with "A Question of Ethics" box feature in every chapter.
  • "Sidebar" features complement the text with provocative examples of what's right, what's wrong, and what's wacky about public relations practice today.
  • Chapter Summaries and Discussion Starter Questions highlight the key messages delivered in each chapter.
  • Updated Suggested Readings, nourishing Appendices, and "Top of the Shelf" book reviews supplement the text with the field's most current literature.
  • "Tips from the Top" interviews air the views of the field's most prominent professionals-from President Bush's first White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer to United Nations public relations chief Shashi Tharoor to the leaders of the field's most prominent trade associations—as well as the CEO newsmakers who presided over the field's most striking moments, from Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura to ValuJet CEO Lewis Jordan to PepsiCo CEO Craig Weatherup to Dow Corning CEO Richard Hazelton to the eminent management guru Dr. Peter Drucker.

All of these elements add to the excitement of this book. So, too, does the full-color format that underscores the liveliness, vitality, and relevance of the field.

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