Functions of Public Relations Persuasive Essay

Functions of Public Relations
A discussion of the definition of public relations and its effect on communication in today's society.
# 144863 | 955 words | 3 sources | APA | 2006 | US
Published on Oct 13, 2010 in Business (Marketing) , Communication (Public Relations)

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The paper defines numerous definitions of public relations from diverse sources and explains the differences and similarities behind the differing ideals. The paper comes to the conclusion that public relations is an address to the public by an individual, group or organization to either inform and/or persuade their ideals on researched and evaluated topics that the speaking party feel should be taken into consideration for changes in opinion, knowledge or action.

Defining Public Relations
Comparing and Contrasting Public Relations Definitions

From the Paper:

"At first many of these definitions seemed quite suitable in accurately defining public relations. It was not until I saw each definition behind one another as I went source to source that I realized many of the definitions I either disagreed with altogether or were missing bits and pieces of what I thought was important enough to include. Take for example Frasier Seitel's definition, not all public relations candidates or speakers are reading or speaking from a planned and outlined note card that has been revised and drafted. I consider faith speakers or evangelists to be a public relations speaker on religious topics and they often stray from their planned speeches to say things that come from the heart that are not necessarily planned but are to influence beliefs. I do not think that all speakers are intending to influence public opinions about subjects either and that is another reason I reject this definition."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Public Relations Society of America. (2006). What is Public Relations. Message posted to Frequently Asked Questions, archived at
  • The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. (2006). Public Relations. Definition posted to the Dictionary, archived at
  • University of Phoenix. (Ed.). (2004). The Practice of Public Relations [University of Phoenix Custom Edition e-text]. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Custom Publishing. Retrieved May 11, 2006, from University of Phoenix, Resource, MKT/438-Public Relations Web site:

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