It was interesting to talk to an ex-journalist other day who kept saying how he can never be a PR person because he does not have a slavish mentality! As a professional PR person with oodles of experience it was quite shocking to listen to his impression of PR people in the region as those who beg for coverage and manage to get coverage solely on the basis of ‘gifts’. He even spoke of PR professionals who charge clients per clip and that is his understanding of PR. It took me a while to explain to him that PR is not just about a clip, its about the messaging, the impression, the image; its not about the number of ‘hits’. It wasn’t so long ago that PR staff tracked the number of “clips” to show the client how successful their PR work was and it was the easiest metric to use to indicate success. But the Internet changed what clients now expect. If all you do today is count clips, maybe your job will get clipped.
PR is a respectful profession and I hope the odd ones here and there do not taint this amazing profession. Either you love it or get out of it, don’t give it a bad name!