Public Relations practitioners undertake a variety of PR activities throughout the communications life cycle as they seek to identify and build relationships with the media and understand and influence the conversation about them, their industry and competitors across print, broadcast, online and social media.

External Communications – Messages disseminated through paid, owned or earned media to external audiences.

Internal Communications – Planned messages disseminated to employees through a variety of communications channels, including newsletters, bulletin boards, payroll stuffers, posters, etc.

Media Relations – Dissemination of purposefully planned and executed messages to selected media to further the interest of an organization or person without specific payment to media. Media relations relies on finding and connecting with journalists and influencers who can help amplify messages.

Paid Advertising – Preparation, purchase and placement of purposefully planned and executed messages in selected print, broadcast, online or social media to further the interest of an organization or person.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – Recognition of a corporation’s obligations and responsibilities to communities by making monetary and resource contributions to charitable organizations.

Corporate Sponsorship – Providing support to an event or a cause by devoting corporate resources in exchange for an opportunity to enhance good will, product image and sales.

Lobbying – Direct attempts to influence legislative and regulatory decisions in government.

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