20 things PR is NOT

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This means explaining how our work benefits bottom-line goals. Part of this is showing and telling people what PR is and isn’t.

Here is a quick checklist of what PR is not:

1. The department whose sole purpose is to write, edit, and hawk press releases.

2. The business function whose only raison d’etre is publicity.

3. A business function that deals with the media and/or bloggers and NOTHING else.

4. A way to get free advertising—pure and simple.

5. Ever guaranteed to generate coverage.

6. Ever 100 percent controllable.

7. A profession filled entirely with unctuous jackasses.

8. Journalism’s peon.

9. A highly scientific discipline.

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