Definition of public relations

: the business of inducing the public to have understanding for and goodwill toward a person, firm, or institution also : the degree of understanding and goodwill achieved

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Recent Examples on the Web The sites operate essentially as pay-for-play propaganda and public relations for conservative organizations, donors, and politicians. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Liberals Are Losing the Journalism Wars," 21 Oct. 2020 The University of Texas at Austin, where an advertising and public relations school is named after Richards, on Friday released a recorded apology from Richards to the university and its students. Dallas News, "As Richards Group hemorrhages clients, Dallas ad industry leaders warn of potential ripple effects," 16 Oct. 2020 Rolando Hernandez is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin studying journalism and public relations. Talia Buford, ProPublica, "Meet ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters for the 2020 School Year," 16 Oct. 2020 Molly Martin, associate brand relations manager and public relations for The LEGO Group, said the grand opening of the Willowbrook Mall store went well. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "New LEGO store opens at Willowbrook Mall," 10 Oct. 2020 Winners receive a cash prize, management and public relations support, an album contract and an artist residency at the University of Indianapolis. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "Joel Harrison, CEO of the American Pianists Association, will retire next year," 6 Oct. 2020 Amazon currently has about 200 job openings in Singapore for roles covering data analytics, sales and advertising, business development, marketing and public relations, according to its career site. Faris Mokhtar,, "Amazon to Take Office Space From Citigroup in Singapore," 30 Sep. 2020 Since March, Gleaners Community Food Bank has increased its food distribution within southeast Michigan by 40%, said Stacy Averill, vice president of community giving and public relations for Gleaners. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, "Back to school puts financial strain on Michigan's most vulnerable families," 29 Sep. 2020 As a part of the police department, the unit assists regular officers with maintaining order and public relations with the community. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Don’t miss a chance to participate or vote in the virtual 13th annual Spooky Pooch Parade: A Place in the Sun," 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of public relations

1898, in the meaning defined above

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25 Oct 2020

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“Public relations.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of public relations

: the activity or job of providing information about a particular person or organization to the public so that people will regard that person or organization in a favorable way
: the relationship between an organization and the public

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