Download this Paper Open PDF in Browser

'We'll Go On Living Separate Lives': Why Differentiation Between PR and Journalism is Necessary

INSTITUTIONALISING PR AND CORPORATE COMMUNICATION, PROCEEDINGS OF THE EUPRERA 2008 MILAN CONGRESS, Vol. 2, pp. 578-590, Invernizzi, E., Muzi Falconi, T., Romenti, S., eds., Milan, 2009

13 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2010 Last revised: 22 Dec 2010

Holger Sievert

Macromedia University; Technische Universitaet Munchen (TUM); University of Cambridge; Institute for Public Relations

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Journalism can be seen as an autonomous social system that fulfils a unique function in society: to provide subject matter for the public discussion through its observation of society from the perspective of a disinterested professional. PR, however, is part of other social systems like business (or, more specifically, 'companies'), politics, or culture and plays a specific role with these larger systems.
A great deal has been written in recent years about the relationship between journalism and public relation, but little has been published on the relationship between the training of journalists and of PR specialists. This paper is a study of both relationships. It examines the current situation of qualifications for PR and journalistic work, normative goals for PR and journalism training, possible synergies between PR and Journalism, and ultimately the need to draw a clear line between focused courses of training in journalism and public relations.

Keywords: Public Relations, Journalism, Relationship, Qualifications

JEL Classification: I29

Suggested Citation

Sievert, Holger, 'We'll Go On Living Separate Lives': Why Differentiation Between PR and Journalism is Necessary (2009). INSTITUTIONALISING PR AND CORPORATE COMMUNICATION, PROCEEDINGS OF THE EUPRERA 2008 MILAN CONGRESS, Vol. 2, pp. 578-590, Invernizzi, E., Muzi Falconi, T., Romenti, S., eds., Milan, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=969385

Holger Sievert (Contact Author)

Macromedia University ( email )

Head of Media School
Bruederstr. 17
Cologne, 50667
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.hochschule-macromedia.de/pr

Technische Universitaet Munchen (TUM)

Arcisstr. 21
Munich, 88045
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.communicate-program.de

University of Cambridge

Churchill College
Storey's Way
Cambridge, CB3 0DS
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.cam.ac.uk

Institute for Public Relations

PO Box 118400
2096 Weimer Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611.8400
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.instituteforpr.org/

Paper statistics

Downloads
229
Rank
112,510
Abstract Views
2,192