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 aim, bill sponsors say, would be to provide more oversight for contracts like one that McGrath entered into with a public relations firm. Pamela Wood,, "State lawmakers seek to reform Maryland Environmental Service after revelations of lavish spending," 30 Dec. 2020 The 1990 breakup of Donald and Ivana Trump put a clash of public relations rivals on display, each with an eye on the bottom line. New York Times, "Howard J. Rubenstein, Public Relations Impresario, Dies at 88," 29 Dec. 2020 Jim Olson is a public relations professor of practice at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications and a former corporate communications executive at United Airlines, Starbucks, and US Airways. Jim Olson, Fortune, "After 2020, we all need a gap year," 25 Dec. 2020 The Gingerbread Höme is a new project from IKEA Canada, said Heena Saini, commercial public relations specialist for IKEA Canada, and was released this month. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Looking for a Christmas craft activity? Make gingerbread furniture from IKEA," 24 Dec. 2020 Musk did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment; Tesla does not employ a public relations department. Los Angeles Times, "Musk says he tried to sell Tesla to Apple during Model 3 crunch," 22 Dec. 2020 Goodman warned at the FDA meeting that this could create something of a public relations nightmare. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Makers of successful COVID-19 vaccine wrestle with options for many thousands who received placebos," 22 Dec. 2020 Trump’s rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Monday as Tillis struggled against Cunningham despite the married challenger’s sexting scandal with a public relations strategist. Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, "McConnell wins reelection, but control of Senate is still at stake," 4 Nov. 2020 Trump’s rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Monday as Tillis struggled against Cunningham despite the married challenger’s sexting scandal with a public relations strategist. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Control of U.S. Senate at stake as Trump’s allies face Democrats," 4 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of public relations

1898, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2021

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“Public relations.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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