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November 17, 2009
Backgrounds 'Best' for PR

What does it take to be a strong PR pro these days? What backgrounds best suit folks to succeed in public relations?Journalism used to be what first came to mind, but there are broader associations now. The field is changing, and being quick on your feet was always important anyway. 

Here's a post from Mopwater PR titled "6 Surprising Academic Majors that Led to Great PR Careers." Talk about broad-gauged folks. (Mopwater is described as "an online meeting place for journalists, newsmakers, marketing and PR professionals, and media consumers." )

The six academic majors that produced exemplary PR staffers are criminology, psychology, sociology, radio-TV-film, English and history (a double major). There are interviews with a practitioner from each background. Overall, it's an interesting piece, whether you're starting out in PR or need encouragement to succeed in the profession.

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Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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