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PR Resource Links - Comment & Critique, Including Blogs
An anti-advertising site featuring constantly updated cultural critique in the form of news, magazine articles, 'anti-ad' posters, etc.
New Zealand blog covering Online PR, Reputation Management & Other PR related topics
CounterPunch describes itself as a "bi-weekly muckraking newsletter edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair. Twice a month we bring our readers the stories that the corporate press never prints". Past articles include, for example, an academic defense of Chomsky that takes apart the flawed reasoning of a popular press attack on Chomsky's writings about East Timor. Plus a range of independent, alternative reporting on world events such as Iraq, and the Tsunami.
Center for Responsive Politics
The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy. The Center conducts computer-based research on campaign finance issues for the news media, academics, activists, and the public at large. The Centers work is aimed at creating a more educated voter, an involved citizenry, and a more responsive government.
Dummy Spit is the blog of Dr Tom Watson,Reader in Communications at Bournemouth Universitys Media School in England. Tomwas a journalist and public relations adviser before going academic and the blog has an up-to-date industry news focus as well as research content. It also includes an extremely useful list of links to other PR blogs.
Holding Corporations Accountable
Corp Watch: Holding Corporations Accountable
New Zealand-based Consultancy, Ideas Shop, has an interesting industry blog at
Medialens describes itself as a "response to the unwillingness, or inability, of the mainstream media to tell the truth about the real causes and extent of many of the problems facing us, such as human rights abuses, poverty, pollution and climate change". It uses Herman and Chomsky's propaganda model to analyse and critique mainstream media, and includes interesting critical articles on everything from animal rights to star wars. There are several topical articles on 'corporate spin'.
Mediations is Philip Young's personal weblog on PR, journalism, and ethics. Young is a former journalist and PR, now a senior lecturer at the University of Sunderland's Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies. Mediations has loads of interesting, although mainly UK focused, content including book reviews, articles on ethics, and lots of links. Like any blog it's all revolving around the blog-owner's opinion, but no less useful for that.
Stephen Davies works for online news distribution and monitoring company, webitpr. He blogs on public relations, marketing, media and technology.
Some thoughts and opinions on the Public Relations profession and industry. Hosted by Tom Murphy, an Irish PR practitioner working largely on B2B technology accounts, including many in the US. He states that: "PR Opinions was first started in March 2002 as a web repository for the vast wealth of information on Public Relations that was swilling around the Internet. In the intervening period a lot of the major PR news sources such as O'Dwyers and PR Week moved to a subscription only format and so PR Opinions now tries to provide a rich source of PR related news, views and links." Particularly provides a good summary overview of content on various PR blogs.
Selected articles from publication by Center for Media & Democracy
The primary purpose of SourceWatch is documenting the activities of public relations firms and public relations professionals. Sourcewatch also includes specific case studies of deceptive PR campaigns, corporate PR campaigns, the activities of front groups, think tanks, industry-funded organizations and industry-friendly experts.SourceWatch is also building profiles on public relations associations, specific criticisms of PR, common propaganda techniques, war propaganda and much, much more. SourceWatch is a project of theCenter for Media & Democracy.
SpinWatch aims to counter corporate PR and government propaganda and to campaign against deceptive PR techniques.
The Current Debate Surrounding Ethics, by Sarah J. Zupko, Tribune Media Services.