When it comes to the media and public relations in today’s market, for years the two have been highly tied together within our society. However, it doesn’t mean that the role that media plays in the world of public relations is stagnant. In an article from PR Daily, a look into changing relationship between the media and public relations is further examined. This article takes a look not only on the role of the media in public relations today but how changes in media and technology can impact public relations as they evolve.
One of the biggest and most pertinent concerns that many have regarding the changes in media and public relations is the changes that are undoubtedly coming with print media. With the digital age already making some significant changes to the way that traditional newspapers operate, there are many who are wondering if in the next ten years if print newspapers will be obsolete and if that will impact the relationship between media and PR.
While the change in digital media will most certainly impact the way that media outlets operate and the way that news is delivered, it its important to remember that this doesn’t necessarily mean that public relations has to make a dramatic change as well. Although the two are tied, they are not mutually dependent on one another. While digital media may be taking over, it doesn’t mean the way that media outlets interact with public relations firms will change. The two will still need to communicate and ultimately, the news or coverage that PR firms are looking for will still be delivered, just through a different medium. This doesn’t mean the end of press releases or media coverage.
However, with that being said, many experts in the industry, including the team at PR Daily, have pointed out that due to the relationship between public relations and media coverage, there are some changes that are happening with the role of media and PR. As the Internet becomes a more powerful tool, it has become easier than ever for any person to log on to the Internet to create their own stories about their own companies. While in the past PR agencies had to work to get coverage from a media outlet, now they have the opportunity to post stories right online or easily send information out to thousands with the click of a button. There are more blogs, message boards and community based resources that are becoming the ‘go-to’ places for information, causing many reporters and media outlets to become less prevalent than before.
As true professionals within the industry will continue to turn only to reputable media outlets for their public relations needs, the growing online communities are having an impact on the way that public relations centered messages are sent and received. With this in mind, both those in the media world and the PR world may want to focus on ways to maintain reputability as the digital media world continues to impact their industries.