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The ugly side of public relations damages all of us

The ugly side of public relations and issue management has been brutally on display recently – and the result is renewed damage to the reputation of what we do. Earlier this month, an investigative report in The Guardian exposed a … Continue reading

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Smoke and mirrors on issue funding won’t deter critics

Transparency should be the basis for effective issue management, especially when it comes to who’s paying the bills. How a campaign is funded not only needs to be appropriate, but must also be seen to be appropriate. This was the … Continue reading

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Shadowy groups contaminate legitimate issue debate

Coalitions and alliances are a classic strategy in responding to public issues. But shadowy front organisations with little or no legitimacy have no real place in effective issue management. So when a little-known American organisation intervened last month to oppose an … Continue reading

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