Cases in Public Relations Strategy draws on original, real-world case studies to provide students with a strategic approach to meeting the needs of a client before, during, and beyond a campaign. Using the RACE (Research, Action Planning, Communication, and Evaluation) model, students explore successful contemporary campaigns and evaluate best practices in all major areas of public relations activity. This practical, client-oriented text shows students how to systematically evaluate and adapt to the needs of a particular client—whether big or small, global or local, for-profit or nonprofit—in order to launch the most effective campaign. Each case includes a brief introduction focused on fundamentals and core competencies, and all cases have been carefully selected to present a wide range of client types. In addition to the lessons from professionals in the case studies, a section on PR consulting and an appendix on advancing your PR career give students the knowledge and skills they need for success in the field. Give your students the SAGE edge! SAGE edge offers a robust online environment featuring an impressive array of free tools and resources for review, study, and further exploration, keeping both instructors and students on the cutting edge of teaching and learning. Learn more at

Crisis Communication

Crisis Communication

Crisis communication is one of the most recognizable functions of public relations. While not all crises reach a nationwide or worldwide level of visibility, they can still have a high level of positive or negative impact on an organization depending on the extent that the crisis directly affects its stakeholders or the community it operates within. Successful recovery from a crisis with the brand untarnished and stakeholders feeling positively about the organization is the ultimate goal of any crisis communication professional. Additionally, it is important to remember that not all crises occur over a finite amount of time, and some industries are in a constant state of crisis due to political, economic, or other factors.

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