Long time, no see :)
Anyway — here’s the April update for the PR Blogs List; plus: a rant about the lack of PR academic blogs, a farewell to one of the first PR corporate blogs, and a “help wanted” announcement.
Back to the update: the list has currently 464 feeds. If you’re not familiar with it, you can find more info at the bottom of this entry.
There are not so many new (to me) blogs this month – but please don’t read too much into this (“PR blogosphere growth is slowing down, the end of PR blogging is nigh“, etc.).
I’m really happy to add to the list two academic blogs written by professors from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia: so this is mass communication?, authored by Dr. Kaye Trammell, and Teaching PR, authored by Dr. Karen Miller Russell.
I’m a long time subscriber to Kaye’s blog, and I really don’t know why it took me so long to realize that it’s not in the list (duh!). Apologies! Dr. Trammell (bio) got her PhD from University of Florida with a dissertation on celebrity weblogs, and she’s the author of a long list of academic articles on weblogs (search for “Trammell” on this page); the most recent was published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.
Dr. Karen Miller Russell is the winner of the Institute for Public Relations’ Pathfinder Award and the author of –among others– “The Voice of Business: Hill and Knowlton and Postwar Public Relations.” She’s also the author of a must-read study for PR practitioners — “US Public Relations History: Knowledge and Limitations” (it’s not available online, unfortunately, so I’m just pointing you to its dead-tree version).
Why am I so excited about these two blogs? Because I hope their example will encourage other PR academics to join the online conversation. Two years ago I wrote about the need to start a dialogue with the academic world, that’s a largely untapped resource of knowledge, expertise, research skills and capabilities. Fast forward to May 2006: although a weblog is created every single second, the number of PR academic bloggers is (still) incredibly low:
- Philip Young, Richard Bailey, Caroline Wilson, and Andrew Corcoran in the UK
- Dr. Thomas Pleil and Dr. Ansgar Zerfass in Germany
- Robert French, Dr. Tom Kelleher, Dr. Walter J. Carl, and Nina Flournoy in the US
- Ross Monaghan in Australia (found a second ago thanks to Robert French).
But, hey, this is something that deserves a separate discussion.
- so this is mass communication? — Dr. Kaye Trammell, University of Georgia
- Teaching PR — Dr. Karen Miller Russell, University of Georgia
- WOM, Buzz, & Viral Marketing Communication – Dr. Walter Karl, Northeastern University
- New York University PR forum – “Posting forum for the PR graduate Program at NY”, by Adam Berkowitz
- Student PR Blog – by Chris Clarke, student at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario (CA)
- Communication Overtones Podcast Central – a podcast by Kami Huyse, APR
- The Forward Blog has a podcast now
The other new blogs and feeds
- Bernaise Source — Dan Greenfield, Earthlink’s VP of Corporate Communications
- Blogs for Companies – Roland Piquepaille (France)
- Erin Caldwell’s PRblog
- Citizen Brand — Mike Swenson, President, barkely evergreen & partners, inc.
- The Daily Innovator – a new group blog on creative communication from Ragan
- The Mediastow Blog — the blog of Middle East Media Monitoring, Dubai
- Modern Communicator — Matt O’Neill, Activ Media (UK)
- PR News Online has an RSS feed
- Online PR @ Online Marketing Blog — Lee Odden, Misukanis & Odden, Ltd.
- Public Relations, Communications & Marketing — Michael Morton
- Ellee Seymour – ProActive PR (UK)
- Social Media Report – link blog by Drew Benvie, LEWIS PR, London
- Strive Notes — “PR & Marcoms News and Views from Strive PR”
- The Tiger Beat — The Rochester Institute of Technology University News blog
- Ubiquitous Marketing — the personal blog of Keith O’Brien, editor of PRWeek.com.
- CRA’s CommLog has moved to a new URL
- PR Blog News — Mark Rose has moved his Blogger blog to a new address (and platform)
- The Thicket (Porter-Novelli Washington) has moved to a new address
Hans Kullin wrote that PR-agency JKL has “decided to shut down their corporate blog. JKL launched what probably was both the first Swedish PR blog and corporate blog back in February 2004.” Back in April 2004 I interviewed Billy McCormac, who was the author of JKL Blog’s English section… Fugit irreparabile tempus.
To do (that’s for me, but I’d appreciate any help!):
- discuss with Robert about adding the blogs hosted on PRblogs.org to the list
- get help for editing the list of PR blogs authored by women (OPML) — what do you say, Kami? :)
- add Communintelligence.com’s blogs to the list (if the RSS feeds are public)
- get recommendations for PR & Comm blogs from Latin America, Europe, Asia, etc.
- review the list and eliminate the blogs that haven’t been updated in the last year or so (2 or 3 cases, most probably)
- suggestions? — please leave a comment, or e-mail me.
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