The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.
Key Concepts in Public Relations:
- Provides a comprehensive, easy-to-use overview to the field
- Covers over 150 central concepts in PR
- Paves the way for students to tackle primary texts
- Grounds students in both practice and theory
- Takes it further with recommended reading
The phrase news management is broadly self-explanatory and refers to the various techniques that organisations and individuals deploy in their efforts [Page 146]to manage’ the news and influence media coverage of their activities. The ambition is typically to create favourable news coverage although in circumstances of very bad news, the goal may be damage limitation. Weapons in the news management armoury include informal press briefings, drafting and distributing press releases, holding press conferences, withholding or timing the release of information (see embargo). Typically and perhaps predictably, the most consummate practitioners of news management deny their ability to influence or even help to shape news coverage of events; some even challenge journalists by declaring them to be the real spin doctors or news managers ...