Public Relations

As a Public relations officer you will be creating and maintaining a favorable public image for your product/service/organization. You may work on media releases and plan social media programs to shape positive public consciousness about the firm.

What do a Public Relations officer do?

A Public relations officer of an organization or company mainly work in the field of publicity. They do plan publicity strategies and campaigns. They also involve in writing and producing presentations and issuing press releases.They also organize promotional events,press conferences etc.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Overseeing the implementation of public relation strategies
  • Checked Preparing and presenting press releases
  • Checked Communicating with medias and provide information when it's needed
  • Checked Writing and creating magazines, case studies, speeches, articles and annual reports
  • Checked Conducting organization’s events including press conferences, exhibitions, open days and press tours
  • Checked Preparing and leading the production of publicity brochures, handouts, direct mail leaflets, promotional videos, photographs, films and multimedia programmes
  • Checked Keeping eyes on social media enquiries, opinions and the status of company’s presence
  • Checked Updating and maintaining information of firm’s websites
  • Checked collating and analysing media coverage

What are the job roles in Public Relations?

PR coordinator is the one who coordinates the programs and events conducted for the publicity of an organization.
Marketing public relation officers will work on marketing by providing clients, information about the product or services with new promotional opportunities and current PR campaigns.
Social Media Manager is the one who manages the social media pages of an organisation,product,event or a service to communicate with the public and release important announcements through online platforms.
A spokesperson is the one who is a representative in publicity events and programs to speak on behalf of the organization or company.

How to become Public Relations specialists?

Step 1
Take any stream with journalism at plus two level

Taking any stream will enable you to pursue public relations in the future , however humanities stream with journalism or any other stream at the +2 level and securing a good score in these subjects would give you an edge for admission into undergraduate level courses in communication and journalism.

Step 2
Take Bachelor’s in Communication and Journalism

The common Course offered at the UG level in this area is BCJ. You can either do a Bachelors in communication and Journalism of three years duration or an Integrated MA. in Mass Communication and Journalism which will take five years to complete.

Step 3
Take Master’s in Communication and Journalism

After completing bachelors, you can take up two year masters degree either in MCJ (Master of communication and journalism) or in MA Mass Communication. Some universities offer paper on Public Relations as part of the masters program.


Note :Diploma

IIMC (Indian Institute of Mass Communication offres Post graduate diploma course in Advertising and Public Relations. The duration of the course is one year.

Step 4
Go for doctoral studies

After pursuing a master’s in Communication and Journalism , you can go for an M.Phil or a PhD in a topic related to belongs to this particular field. PhD admissions would depend on your profile including research papers, projects and theses. Pursuing doctoral level studies will enable you to take up a career in the academia.

Public Relations Colleges

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Requirements for masters in public relations

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India (from Banaras Hindu University for MA In Mass Communication with specialization in public relations)

  • Graduate Degree in any discipline under 10+2+3 pattern securing a minimum of 50% marks
  • On the basis of post graduate admission entrance test.

Foreign (from The London School of economics and political science for M.Sc in Media and Communication)

  • Student must have 2:1 degree or equivalent in social science, or (b) 2:1 degree or equivalent in another field with professional experience in the media and communications field
  • Statement of academic purpose
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  • Two academic references
  • IELTS Academic: an overall score of 7 and a score of 6 in writing and speaking and 6.5 in listening and reading
  • TOEFL: total 100

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Skills Required

Written and oral communication skills

Public relation executives should have good written and communication skills which make them able to prepare news releases and effectively communicate with others.

Ability to work under pressure

Public relation officers have to complete their works within deadlines as they are responsible for answering the queries of public and media.

Attention to details

Paying close attention to detail will make it less likely that you will make mistakes in your work especially when you reveal the information about the organization in front of media and public.

Strong IT Skills

Strong IT skills make the public relation task more easier when the public relation officer use internet for communication or advertisements purposes.

Creativity

Creativity will be needed when the public relation officer oversee the design and creation of magazine, brochure, advertisements, photos and videos for the promotion of organization.

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