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January 13, 2012
PR People Seeking Wikipedia's Welcome
PR pros haven't been welcome on Wikipedia and leaders in the craft are seeking to change that. Jimmy Wales may or may not be listening, but an effort is underway to enable PR people to contribute to Wikipedia entries like anyone else recognized as having a valid interest in doing so. The problem, again, is image and Jimmy Wales doesn't like PR's "spinster" image.

"Wikipedia's bias against PR pros (as bona fide site contributors)," writes Peter Himmler in Forbes, "speaks to the challenge our industry faces as it seeks to redefine itself in a world where myriad other reasonably credible information sources abound."

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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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