Public relations (PR) is responsible for shaping people's viewpoints—how the consumer, the competition, the international community and the average person on the street see a client. PR professionals are hired by politicians, entertainers, major corporations, nonprofit organizations and the United States government to serve as liaisons and policy communicators.

Public relations professionals provide a variety of services for their clients, from writing press releases to planning special events to monitoring how a company is covered in the media. PR work varies greatly depending upon the target audience. PR includes corporate relations, which conveys business issues to employees, stock-holders and investors; community relations, which covers company interaction with local, national and international populations; and marketing communications, which ensures that a company and its products receive media coverage.

In the field of public relations, there are four major types of employers:

  • In-house PR departments/corporate communications
  • Nonprofit public relations
  • Public relations agencies
  • Government agencies and offices

Public relations majors typically enter the profession as account coordinators who assist account executives. Assistant account executives, account executives and senior account executives are the next career steps. After agency work, many account executives move into corporate communications.

Hua Jiang

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Hua Jiang

Interim Chair Associate Professor Public Relations Also teaches in: Public Diplomacy and Global Communications Mass Communications

Hua Jiang, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the public relations department the Newhouse School. Jiang’s research expertise focuses on corporate communication practices and statistics consulting. Her primary research interests include employee communication, social media engagement, corporate social responsibility/corporate social/political advocacy, relationship/reputation management and mental health campaigns.

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