I know, its been a while since I blogged. I wonder if I was missed, do I have the pretention to think that I have any PR fans out there? Oh well, it’s all in the name of writing and the pleasure of bringing my thoughts to paper…more exactly to the blogosphere…
So back to why I haven’t blogged in a bit…Well what with moving back to Mauritius and doing most of my research for my dissertation “The Professionalization of PR in Mauritius”. And to top it all, I landed myself a job, yes!!! I did it. I am now the Communications Officer at Harel Mallac and Co Ltd www.harelmallac.com, which is one of the most prestigious firms in the private sector of Mauritius situated in the Capital City, Port Louis.
So between all of this, I barely had a minute to myself. However now that I have some time, thought I’d drop in :). So far so good, the job seems quite promising, I like my duties so far and have some pretty exciting projects lined up…Hopefully, it will all go well…
That’s all for now my PR peeps…Ill be back soon…
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I had started this blog as an assignment for my Masters degree in Public Relations at the University of Westminster. My classes are now over and I will be flying back to my country Mauritius on the 23rd of May to start my research for my dissertation which will be about “The professionalization of PR in Mauritius”.
I will keep on blogging, but will now talk and discuss about issues that I find interesting in the PR world or interesting PR facts.
Stay posted..there’s more to come…
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Who hasn’t heard of Max Clifford, the PR Guru…Although his client range varies a lot, he is in himself a very controversial figure, who I believe represents the stars but thinks a little bit too much of himself. The consumer PR students of the MA PR class of 09/10 got to see him “live” in action this year at a debate organised by our lecturer Trevor Morris, and he lived up to his reputation and asnwered two phone calls, one supposedly from Simon Cowell…Well i personally think it was all a setup, just to show who was boss. And i wasn’t impressed.
The reason I am talking about Clifford is because in class last week we watched one of Louis Theroux’s “Weird Weekend” documentaries and it was the one where he met Max Clifford.
And when I watched this documentary, the “Iam the boss” side of Mr. Clifford definitely came out first, along with the lies, the spins and the unethical conversations.
Louis Theroux though as wacky as usual was brilliant, funny and did match up to the notorious Mr. Clifford.
But Mr. Clifford, as unethical as he may be, is also brilliant and if I needed to make it big, celebrity wise and of course had the money,[ that Max Clifford always keeps bringing up…yes the minimum is £10,000] I would go to him.
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Non-governmental organization (NGO) is a term that has become widely accepted as referring to a legally constituted, non-governmental organization created by natural or legal persons with no participation or representation of any government. In the cases in which NGOs are funded totally or partially by governments, the NGO maintains its non-governmental status and excludes government representatives from membership in the organization. Unlike the term intergovernmental organization, “non-governmental organization” is a term in general use but is not a legal definition. In many jurisdictions these types of organization are defined as “civil society organizations” or referred to by other names.
What is there purpose? NGOs vary in their methods. Some act primarily as lobbyists, while others primarily conduct programs and activities. For instance, an NGO such as Oxfam, concerned with poverty alleviation, might provide needy people with the equipment and skills to find food and clean drinking water, whereas an NGO like the FFDA helps through investigation and documentation of human rights violations and provides legal assistance to victims of human rights abuses. Others, such as Afghanistan Information Management Services, provide specialized technical products and services to support development activities implemented on the ground by other organizations.
What we must note, is that PR is essential in NGOs, from any sector, because Non-governmental organizations need healthy relationships with the public to meet their goals. Foundations and charities use sophisticated public relations campaigns to raise funds and employ standard lobbying techniques with governments. Interest groups may be of political importance because of their ability to influence social and political outcomes. The PR essence is needed and definitely used, but however, NGO workers do not like to associate with PR, in fact they deny everything about PR.
It’s all a big irony if you ask me because, the guest speaker this week from Friends of the Earth called himself the brand destroyer, yes his job is to destroy big brands. Because according to him that’s what NGOs do: they destroy or threaten to destroy the reputation of big brands in order to get their way – in other words impose their ideas on the big companies to get what they want, now normally its theirs cause, but they can go to extremes to get people to click on the “donate now” button as well. Is this all transparent or are there vested interests involved? But the question is how do people from NGOs who deny any PR connection know how to defend their causes if the do not have the skills required, and by that I mean, PR skills…worth thinking about I think…
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