As part of my dissertation I have decided to get some interviews for my primary research. I hope my tutor does not read this as I said I had done them ages ago!
As discussed earlier I am attempting to shed some light on the whole publicist/PR practitioner condundrum. Hopefully my interviewees will fill the questions out fully. I made the decision to email them out as this will not infringe too much on anyones time and also meas that I will not have to transcribe hours of dictaphone, lazy but practical I think. I have had to fill out a research ethics release form and therefore all results of this survey will be confidential and anonymous, in accordance with data protection legislation.
(1) Do you believe that there is a difference between Publicists and Public Relations Practitioners?
(3) Would you consider Max Clifford a PR Practitioner?
(5) Can such clear labels as ‘Publicist’ or ‘Practitioner’ ever be used?
(6) Why do you think there is confusion as to the proper titles in Public Relations job roles?
(7) Should the general public be further educated as to the role of practitioners?
This dissertation is not all about Mr Clifford - but he does personify the confusion over whether he is PR or publicist - or perhaps he is both?
Anyone care to hazard a guess?