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April 21, 2010
PR Is History in Britain, Complete With Coffee Breaks

Here's a mailing list to be on, no doubt: Bournemouth University in England next month is holding its first international history of public relations conference. Its thinking appears to be that a profession with a future needs to have a formally reviewed past.

The first Bournemouth conference will have papers from academics in 14 countries on such topics as the relationship between propaganda and PR, the financial bubble created around the South Sea Company in the 18th Century, and the history of PR in Kosovo.

Public relations is described as a major industry in Britain "with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations saying that PR employees about 48,000 people in the U.K. in businesses with a turnover of £6.5 billion." There are also 262 PR degree courses available, including public relations with dance at the University of Sunderland and sports massage and public relations at the University of Derby.

At the conference itself, key speakers can be sponsored for £1,000, or there are four coffee breaks that can be sponsored for £150 each.

Truly, PR is a profession that has arrived in Great Britain.


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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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