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Recently Prof Ansgar Zerfass of Leipzig University used the terms ‘rituals of measurement’ and ‘rituals of verification’ to describe the demands for numerical proof of communication effectiveness. He was making the point that what was being measured was what could be measured in a quantitative manner, not what needed to be judged such as outcome and value-links. Often process is measured in PR, not whether communication strategies have reached the objectives.

At AMEC’s 3rd European Summit on Measurement in Lisbon, a major discussion about social media measurement has started. In a wide-ranging discussion today, the 170 delegates made their first contributions on whether there was a need for standards in social media measurement.

Three factors were identified – Engagement, Influence and Sentiment. Richard Bagnall made the point that these were often judged with widely varying criteria. The discussion that followed for an hour or more revolved about defining these terms and the types of data that could be applied to them. No decisions have been made but I wonder whether the discussion “can’t see the wood for the trees.”

Surely the main judgement is whether the communication activity, which uses social media amongst its strategies, is effective in reaching its objectives. The AMEC discussion was focused on mining data on the social media-led conversation from user traffic and the level of participation. For example, is there a difference in ‘engagement’ between clicking on an online link and looking at it(read), opening the link and commenting about it (respond) and sending it on to others (share)? Is this ‘engagement’ or ‘grazing’ information? Is it an active or passive process? And can this data on ‘engagement’ indicate future action, advocacy or behavioural change?

Rather than define these terms by a discussion amongst technical users of data, it would make long-term sense to invert the process and approach it from the user point of view. The definition of engagement could then be both more valid in terms of communication psychology and indicate outcomes rather than intermediary processes. Without this perspective, the definitions could become additional ‘rituals of measurement’.

In addition to the discussion, some interesting ‘nuggets’ of social media usage came forward:

– 30-40% of social media users offer up substantial information on their demographics and geographical position which can be used for monitoring and targeted messages;

– Social media, especially Twitter, is farmed by companies for data on customer attitudes towards them and their products rather than analysed for effective communication;

– Many large corporate in the US use Twitter as a listening tool, rather than take an active part in it;

– In addition to AMEC, there are at least seven other communication organisations looking to define methods of social media analysis, with the PR sector trailing behind promotional communications.

The programme for the 2011 International History of Public Relations Conference is now available at http://blogs.bournemouth.ac.uk/historyofpr/2011/06/02/conference-schedule/. The conference commences at 1000 on Wednesday July 6 and continues to 1630 on Thursday July 7.

The keynote speaker, renowned PR historian Ray E. Hiebert, is followed by 30 speakers from 17 countries speaking on themes such as professional & practice, history & events, national histories, historiography, Proto-PR and theories of PR. The conference will also feature a Meet the Editors panel composed of editors of leading PR academic journals on its second day. 

The registration for the conference is progressing well. There is a day rate of £140/person for UK delegates who are unable to attend both days: http://ihprc.eventbrite.com/

Did you know that public relations has a patron saint and May 20 is his feast day? He is St Bernardino of Siena.

Bernardino (also known as Bernardine), a Franciscan preacher, was born in 1380. Orphaned early, he was sent to school in Siena where he excelled in classical studies. During the Plague of 1400 he spent four months ministering to the stricken at the hospital of Santa Maria della Scala. His career in the Order of Friars Minor was outstanding, particularly in the areas of recruitment, eloquent preaching and the writing of homiletics. He was a successful evangelist and propagandist who travelled throughout Italy for 30 years. Following his death at Aquila in 1444, a basilica was built in the town and his body remains on display there.

But how did he become the saint for PR, which is a modern profession? According to the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, issued by the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints in the Vatican, a petition was brought by Cardinal Lecaro of Bologna in 1956, successfully seeking the nomination of Bernardino as Patron Saint of public relations practitioners in Italy. In 1960, Cardinal Feltin, Archbishop of Paris, sought and obtained a similar designation of Bernardino as Patron Saint of PR professionals in France. Since then, the Italian preacher-writer has become the universal Patron Saint of PR.

Bernardino is, however, not only the PR’s saintly minder, but he also stands for debtors and gamblers, Aquila, California, advertisers and communication people and chest problems.

(With acknowledgement to John M. Reed).

 Last autumn (2010) saw the launch of Unplugged, when first year students at Bournemouth University (BU) volunteered to go without any media (other than a landline phone) for 24 hours. It was covered by a lot of media and BBC’s technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones reported it on the 10 O’clock News.

It was part of a worldwide experiment and the results have been posted at http://theworldunplugged.wordpress.com/. In them you’ll see the reactions of students, many of whom realised they were ‘addicted’ to media and had short-term withdrawal symptoms.

 There are many interesting outcomes: one was that the students perceived news as all information whether it is from Facebook, IM, Twitter, newspapers, online or broadcast. The more tersely delivered the better, hence the love of 140 character Twitter. This may have important downstream impacts on media literacy and consumption.

 The UK end of the study was run by Dr Roman Gerodimos and Shelley Thompson, a doctoral student, in BU’s Media School. They are now considering how to incorporate Unplugged in their teaching each year, as it provokes a strong reflection of “why do I engage with all these media” (often at the same time) and “is there another lived existence with less media”.

In this update, thanks go to Cheryl Ann Lambert of Boston University (films), Scott Davidson of De Monfort University (documentaries) and Tom Hove of Michigan State University (novel). Other recent updates include a novel on PR (called Public Relations – a novel of the utilities field) – from 1936 by Louis Lefko – one of the first ever written? –  and a major expansion of the book list, with thanks to Conor McGrath and Phillip Young. It also includes five novels on PR mentioned by Edward L. Bernays in his seminal Public Relations (1952).

The backstory: In 2007, I asked PR educator colleagues in the UK for help in developing a list of films, television and radio programmes/series and books that either featured public relations as a core issue or referred to it in a passing way. They responded enthusiastically with suggestions that went back into the 1950s and forward to the present including films on current release and a soap opera set in a real PR consultancy in Manchester, UK. It was added to in 2008 and in January and February 2011 with other references. Now it’s even bigger and we have gone back to the 1930s.

Here are the lists we have developed – Can you add to them so that we have a world-wide resource on the visual and fictional presentation of PR?

FILMS:

Wag the Dog

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120885/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wag_the_Dog

Thank You for Smoking

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0427944/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thank_You_for_Smoking

America’s Sweethearts

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0265029/

The Sweet Smell of Success

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_Smell_of_Success

The Devil wears Prada

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Devil_Wears_Prada_(film)

The Control Room

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Control_Room_(film)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0391024/ 

Hancock (Alcoholic superhero cuckolds his PR man)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0448157/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hancock_(film)

The China Syndrome

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078966/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Syndrome

Sliding Doors – key character works in PR

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sliding_Doors

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120148/

Bridget Jones’s Diary

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridget_Jones’s_Diary

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0243155/

Days of Wine and Roses

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Days_of_Wine_and_Roses_(1962_film)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055895/

Four’s a Crowd

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four%27s_a_Crowd

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0030151/

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_in_the_Gray_Flannel_Suit

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049474/

Phone Booth

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phone_Booth_(film)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0183649/

Primary Colors

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primary_Colors_(film)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119942/

Sex and the City (movie)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_and_the_City_(film)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1000774/

Waikiki Wedding

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waikiki_Wedding

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029742/

Jersey Girl

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0300051/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey_Girl_(2004_film)

The Island

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0399201/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Island_(2005_film)

In the Loop

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1226…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Loop_(film)

St Trinians with Mischa Barton as PR guru JJ French (second clip below)

Movie trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW1xuCXABVc&feature=channel  

Mischa Barton http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQpk5n3Bq_4 

In her recent research paper on ‘public relations characters’, Cheryl Ann Lambert (Boston University) analysed the characterisation of PR people in 22 movies since the mid-1990s. We had already listed some of the movies – and here are 13 new movies to consider. Cheryl Ann’s paper will be published in the Proceedings of the International Public Relations Research Conference later in the year.

For your consideration (2006)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0470765/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_Your_Consideration_(film)

Gordy (1995)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113199/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordy

Independence Day (1996)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116629/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_(film)

Mars Attacks (1996)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116996/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Attacks!

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (2005)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0385307/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miss_Congeniality_2:_Armed_and_Fabulous

Paperback Hero (1999)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0180037/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paperback_Hero_(1999_film)

People I Know (2002)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0274711/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_I_Know

Showtime (2002)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0284490/

State of Play (2009)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0473705/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_Play_(film)

The American President (1995)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112346/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_American_President

 The Big Tease (1999)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0156639/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_Tease

 The Kid (2000)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0219854/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disney%27s_The_Kid_(2000_film)

 Valentine’s Day (2010)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0817230/

 

DOCUMENTARIES AND POLEMICS:

The March of Time – Post-War Problems And Solutions 5 – Modern Main Street, U.S.A. (1953)

Archival newsreel segments include Public Relations — This Means You (1947) about the engineering of the public’s consent by business; available as VHS tape (1998).

http://www.ovguide.com/movies_tv/the_march_of_time_post_war_problems_and_solutions_modern_main_street_u_s_a.htm#

The March of Time – Public Relations – This Means You – (Volume 14, Episode 4) – Nov. 28, 1947

SYNOPSIS: Early Public Relations in US, many PR greats, John D. Rockefeller Sr, Lights Golden Jubilee, Freedom Train. Runs: 16:03. Available from HBO Online.

Roger and Me

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098213/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_&_Me

Century of the Self

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/documentaries/features/century_of_the_self.shtml

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Century_of_the_Self

The War Room

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_Room

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0413845/   

The Corporation

http://www.thecorporation.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Corporation  

The War You Don’t See (John Pilfer)

http://www.johnpilger.com/videos/the-war-you-dont-see-trailer

Steel City

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/documentaries/stories/s200734.htm

 

Scott Davidson recommends these documentaries on US political campaigning

 Our Brand is Crisis (2005) Documentary on US political marketing and its consequences

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0492714/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Brand_Is_Crisis

Street Fight (2005): Mayoral elections doc in New Jersey

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457496/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_Fight_(film)

K Street (2003) HBO series on Washington lobbyists which mixed actors with real life characters such as James Carville

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364822/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K_Street_(TV_series)

 

TELEVISION:

Absolutely Fabulous

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absolutely_Fabulous

http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/abfab/

Absolute Power

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absolute_Power_(comedy)

The Thick of It

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thick_of_It

Some Mothers do Have’Em

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Some_Mothers_Do_’Ave_’Em – Series two, episode three – the public relations course.

Party Animals

http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/partyanimals/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Party_Animals_(TV_series)

The West Wing

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0200276/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_West_Wing

Spitting Image

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086807/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spitting_Image

Spinning Jenny – A new twist to PR film / TV with an interactive internet-based soap opera set in Manchester’s Brazen PR and made by online entertainment service Manchester-live.tv

http://www.manchester-live.tv/spinningjenny.html

http://www.youtube.com/spinningjennytv

PoweR Girls

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PoweR_Girls

http://www.mtv.com/ontv/dyn/power_girls/series.jhtml

Sex and the City

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_and_the_City

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0159206/

Spin City

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spin_City

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115369/

The Spin Crowd 

http://uk.eonline.com/on/shows/spin_crowd/index.html

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1684855/ 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spin_Crowd

PR (CBC, Canada)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0244356/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P.R._(TV_series)

Kell on Earth – Kelle Cutrone’s series about her fashion PR agency, people’s republic

http://www.bravotv.com/kell-on-earth

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kell_on_Earth

The Silent Speaker – two-part Nero Wolfe Mystery (2002)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0394821/

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0394822/

 

BOOKS:

* Recent updates includes novels identified by Conor McGrath, Phillip Young and Tom Hove.

M.C. Beaton (2004) Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death, Robinson Publishing  ISBN 1845290801. (First published 1992)

There is a series of (so far) 21 Agatha Raisin books by MC Beaton (Marion Chesney). Agatha is a public relations consultant-turned-detective who occasionally resumes her former career.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agatha_Raisin, http://www.agatharaisin.com/  

Martyn Bedford (1997) Exit, Orange and Red, London: Black Swan, ISBN 0593039866

Christopher Brookmyre (2000) Boiling a Frog, London: Abacus, ISBN-10: 0349114137; (2004). Be My Enemy, London: Abacus, ISBN 0349116814

Christopher Buckley (1994) Thank you for Smoking, Harper Perennial, ISBN 0679431748; Paperback Random House, ISBN 0812976525; (2005) Florence of Arabia, Random House Trade, ISBN 0812972260; (2008) Boomsday, Twelve (Allison & Busby), 978-0446697972

Alistair Campbell (2007) The Blair Years, Random House; Paperback August 2008, ISBN 0099514753

John Christopher (2009) The Death of Grass London: Penguin Modern Classics, ISBN 0141190175

Denise Deegan (2003) Turning Turtle, Avalon, ISBN 0717135691

Eric Dezenhall (2003) Money Wanders, St Martin’s Press, ISBN 0312311346; (2004) Jackie Disaster: A Mystery, St Martin’s Press. ISBN 0312307713; (2005) Turnpike Flameout, St Martins Minotaur, ISBN 0312340613; (2005) Shakedown Beach, Minotaur, ISBN 031230773X;

John Dos Passos (1930) The 42nd Parallel. Perhaps the first great novel (first part of the highly acclaimed USA Trilogy) to include a major character from public relations, J. Ward Morehouse. Mariner Books, ISBN: 9780618056811(Recommended by Tom Hove)

David Gates (2000) Preston Falls, Orion, ISBN 057506823X

Lauren Henderson (2002) My Lurid Past, Time Warner Paperbacks, ISBN 0751532614

Carl Hiaasen (1993) Native Tongue, Pan Books, ISBN 0330321935

Wendy Holden (2002) Fame Fatale, London: Headline Review, ISBN 0747266158

Jim Kelly (2003) The Water Clock, London: Penguin, ISBN 0141009330

Richard T. Kelly (2008) Crusaders, London: Faber & Faber, ISBN 0571228062

Sophie Kinsella (2009) Confessions of a Shopaholic, London: Black Swan, ISBN 0552774812

Anonymous [Joe Klein] (1996) Primary Colors, Grand Central Publishing, ISBN 0446604275

Graham Lancaster (1997) Grave Song, Coronet ISBN 0340667117

Louis Lefko (1936) Public relations: a novel of the utilities field, Philadelphia: Dorrance & Company, ASIN B000879T9I

Christopher Matthew (1986) Family Matters, Hodder & Stoughton, ISBN 0340394374; (1988) The Simon Crisp Diaries, Coronet, ISBN 034043077X; (2001) Knocking On, John Murray Publishers, ISBN 0719562244

Val McDermid (2009) A Darker Domain, Harper, ISBN 0007243316

Gregory McDonald (1988) Fletch and the Man Who, Warner, ISBN 0446303038

Kevin MacNeil (2005) The Stornaway Way, London: Hamish Hamilton, ISBN 0241143209

David Michie (2001) Conflict of Interest, Time Warner Paperbacks, ISBN 0751529567; (2001) Pure Deception, Little, Brown, ISBN 0316855375; (2002) Expiry Date, Time Warner Paperbacks, ISBN 0316859451

Mark Mills (2009) The Information Officer, London: Harper Collins, ISBN 0007276885

Andrew O’Connor (2006) Exclusive, Poolbeg Press, ISBN 1842232398

Daniel Price (2004) Slick, Villard, ISBN 1400062349

J.B. Priestley (1969) Out of Town, London: Penguin, ISBN 0140030131

J.B. Priestley (1996 reprint) The Image Men, Mandarin, ISBN 0749322969

K. Sampson (2000) Powder, London: Vintage

Murray Sayle (2008) A Crooked Sixpence, Brighton: Revel Barker, ISBN 0955823846

Michael Shea (1996) Spin Doctor, London: Harper Collins, ISBN 000649322X

Martin Sixsmith (2005) Spin, London: Pan, ISBN 0330426761

Raymond Strother (1991) Cottonwood, Penguin, ISBN 0525249524

Mimi Thebo (2002) The saint who loved me, Allison & Busby, ISBN: 0749005041

Sloan Wilson (1955; 2002 reprint) The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Four Walls Eight Windows/ Capo Publishing, ISBN 1568582463

Robert van Riper (1958) A Really Sincere Guy, David McKay, ASIN: B0007E5TB4

Penny Vincenzi (2007) Almost a Crime, Headline Review, ISBN 0755332652

Bruce Wagner (1998) I’m Losing You, New American Library, ISBN 0452278686

Keith Waterhouse (1977) Billy Liar on the Moon, London: Penguin Books, ISBN 0140042830

Daisy Waugh (2002) The New You Survival Guide, London: Harper Collins, ISBN: 0007119062

Des Wilson (1992) Campaign, Time Warner Paperbacks, ISBN 074740769X

* PR novels mentioned by Edward L. Bernays (1952) Public Relations, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, p.149

Rion Bercovici (1937) For Immediate Release, New York: Sheridan House, ASIN: B002J4GJP0

Charles Harrison (1948) Nobody’s Fool, New York: Henry Holt and Company, ASIN: B001CJVDTA

Jeremy Kirk (1951) The Build-up Boys,  Rupert Hart-Davis, ASIN: B000FMPQRA

Sinclair Lewis (Reprint 2005) It Can’t Happen Here, New American Library. ISBN-10: 045121658X (Originally published by Doubleday, Doran, 1935)

Rex Stout (Reprint 2009) The Silent Speaker (Nero Wolfe Mystery), Bantam USA, ISBN-10: 0553234978 (Originally published by Viking, 1946), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Silent_Speaker

 

RADIO:

Absolute Power

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/comedy/absolute.shtml

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386149/

 

ARTICLES:

Johnston, J. (2010) A history of Public Relations on screen: Cinema and television depictions since the 1930s. Proceedings of the First International History of Public Relations Conference, Bournemouth University, July 8-9, 2010. pp. 188-209. Available at: http://media.bournemouth.ac.uk/downloads/IHPRC-2010-Proceedings.pdf

Miller, K. (1999) Public Relations in Film and Fiction. Journal of Public Relations Research, Vol 11, No.1, pp. 3 – 28

This is a last call for your views on the use of the term, Return on Investment (ROI), in PR. I’m researching into practitioner use and understanding of ROI and will report on my findings to PR Moment’s ROI Conference in London on March 3 and at the International PR Research Conference in Miami a week later. It will also be reported on this blog.

I’ve prepared a short survey (just click through to it) which takes 10 minutes to complete. Already, early data responses are showing up some strong differences between areas of practices and on specific propositions.

As ROI is often a judgement on communication effectiveness, I hope you will take part in this very relevant study. Comments and feedback are welcome, too.

[This second update update includes two new novels on PR from 1948 and 1958 referred to in Marvin N Olasky’s Corporate Public Relations (1987, LEA) and a new paper on the history of film representations of PR from Australian academic Jane Johnston which was presented at the First International History of Public Relations Conference last year.]

In 2007, I asked PR educator colleagues in the UK for help in developing a list of films, television and radio programmes/series and books that either featured public relations as a core issue or referred to it in a passing way. They responded enthusiastically with suggestions that went back into the 1950s and forward to the present including films on current release and a soap opera set in a real PR consultancy in Manchester, UK. It was added to in 2008 with other references. Here’s the list we came up with – Can you add to it so that we have a world-wide resource on the visual and fictional presentation of PR?

FILMS:

Wag the Dog

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120885/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wag_the_Dog

Thank You for Smoking

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0427944/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thank_You_for_Smoking

America’s Sweethearts

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0265029/

The Sweet Smell of Success

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_Smell_of_Success

 The Devil wears Prada

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Devil_Wears_Prada_(film)

The Control Room

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Control_Room_(film)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0391024/ 

Hancock (Alcoholic superhero cuckolds his PR man)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0448157/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hancock_(film)

The China Syndrome

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078966/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Syndrome

Sliding Doors – key character works in PR

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sliding_Doors

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120148/

Bridget Jones’s Diary

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridget_Jones’s_Diary

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0243155/

Days of Wine and Roses

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Days_of_Wine_and_Roses_(1962_film)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055895/

Four’s a Crowd

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four%27s_a_Crowd

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0030151/

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_in_the_Gray_Flannel_Suit

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049474/

Phone Booth

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phone_Booth_(film)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0183649/

Primary Colors

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primary_Colors_(film)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119942/

Sex and the City (movie)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_and_the_City_(film)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1000774/

Waikiki Wedding

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waikiki_Wedding

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029742/

Jersey Girl

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0300051/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey_Girl_(2004_film)

The Island

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0399201/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Island_(2005_film)

 In the Loop

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1226…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Loop_(film)

 

DOCUMENTARIES AND POLEMICS:

Roger and Me

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098213/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_&_Me

Century of the Self

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/documentaries/features/century_of_the_self.shtml

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Century_of_the_Self

The War Room

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_Room

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0413845/   

The Corporation

http://www.thecorporation.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Corporation

The War You Don’t See (John Pilger)

http://www.johnpilger.com/videos/the-war-you-dont-see-trailer

Steel City

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/documentaries/stories/s200734.htm

 

TELEVISION:

Absolutely Fabulous

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absolutely_Fabulous

http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/abfab/

Absolute Power

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absolute_Power_(comedy)

The Thick of It

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thick_of_It

Some Mothers do Have’Em

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Some_Mothers_Do_’Ave_’Em – Series two, episode three – the public relations course.

Party Animals

http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/partyanimals/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Party_Animals_(TV_series)

The West Wing

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0200276/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_West_Wing

Spitting Image

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086807/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spitting_Image

Spinning Jenny – A new twist to PR film / TV with an interactive internet-based soap opera  set in Manchester’s Brazen PR and made by online entertainment service Manchester-live.tv

http://www.manchester-live.tv/spinningjenny.html

http://www.youtube.com/spinningjennytv

PoweR Girls

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PoweR_Girls

http://www.mtv.com/ontv/dyn/power_girls/series.jhtml

Sex and the City

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_and_the_City

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0159206/

Spin City

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spin_City

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115369/

The Spin Crowd 

http://uk.eonline.com/on/shows/spin_crowd/index.html

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1684855/ 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spin_Crowd

PR (CBC, Canada)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0244356/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P.R._(TV_series)

Kell on Earth – Kelle Cutrone’s series about her fashion PR agency, people’s republic

http://www.bravotv.com/kell-on-earth

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kell_on_Earth

 

BOOKS:

Christoper Buckley (1994) Thank you for Smoking. Harper Perennial. ISBN 0679431748;

Paper back Random House ISBN 0812976525

Alistair Campbell (2007) The Blair Years. Random House. Paperback August 2008, ISBN 0099514753

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/system/topicRoot/Alastair_Campbell_diaries/ 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blair_Years

Eric Dezenhall (2004) Jackie Disaster: A Mystery. St Martin’s Press. ISBN 0312307713

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=hHAMHQAACAAJ&dq=Eric+Dezenhall&source=an&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=5&ct=result

Anonymous [Joe Klein] (1996) Primary Colors. Grand Central Publishing, ISBN 0446604275

Graham Lancaster (1997) Grave Song. Coronet. Paperback ISBN: 0340667117.

David Michie – Conflict of Interest, Pure Deception, Expiry Date

http://www.davidmichie.com/index.php

http://www.twbooks.co.uk/authors/davidmichie.html

Daniel Price (2004) Slick. Villard. ISBN 1400062349

J.B. Priestley. (1996 reprint). The Image Men. Mandarin ISBN 0749322969

Mimi Thebo (2002) The saint who loved me. Allison & Busby. ISBN: 0749005041

Sloan Wilson (1955; 2002 reprint) The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. Four Walls Eight Windows/ Capo Publishing. ISBN 1568582463

Charles Harrison (1948) Nobody’s Fool. Henry Holt. ASIN: B000I1UAO

Robert van Riper, (1958) A Really Sincere Guy. David McKay ASIN: B0007E5TB4

 

RADIO:

Absolute Power

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/comedy/absolute.shtml

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386149/

 

ARTICLES:

Johnston, J. (2010) A history of Public Relations on screen: Cinema and television depictions since the 1930s. Proceedings of the First International History of Public Relations Conference, Bournemouth University, July 8-9, 2010. pp. 188-209. Available at: http://media.bournemouth.ac.uk/downloads/IHPRC-2010-Proceedings.pdf

Miller, K. (1999) Public Relations in Film and Fiction. Journal of Public Relations Research, Vol 11, No.1, pp. 3 – 28

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