By: Meghan Somers, Account Director at The Agency, @TheAgencyMeghan
Pop culture is the root of a lot of misconceptions about the PR industry. We hear a lot of the following: “I want to plan parties like Samantha from Sex and the City.” Or “I want to gladiate my way through problems on a national scale like Olivia Pope & Associates.” Also, we can’t forget “I want to talk and ‘spin’ a situation so that I can push through controversial ideas – or public figures” (see Thank You for Smoking, Hancock, etc.).
There are actual seeds of truth in the above pop culture examples, but in all honesty PR work has more to it than parties, spin, and spin control. As the business world has evolved, so has the role of public relations and the PR practitioner. Though there is still a need for PRs who are media relations specialists, as it is a large part of the job, PR has evolved to tie in marketing and communications as well.