It’s not just what you say but how far the reach that counts in today’s world of brand journalism.
According to the Guardian, major PR firms have agreed that they will not represent clients who deny man-made climate change or take campaigns seeking to block regulations limiting carbon pollution. But it’s not that cut and dry.
Generating earned media is hardly a given, and PR pros are constantly on the hook to find other ways to get fannies in the proverbial seats.
Although there has been a lot of talk about the adoption of the Barcelona Principles in the public relations community over the past few years, there has been very little detail reported about the voluntary standards that the industry is adopting to put these principles into action.
It’s an occupational hazard for communicators: It takes years to cultivate a solid reputation, but it could vanish virtually overnight with one boneheaded move by the company. One way to mitigate that possibility may be for PR pros to rethink (and reconfigure) reputation management.