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Blake D. Lewis III, APR, Fellow PRSA


  • This was an insightful and informative blog post on how past, current and future PR practitioners have the moral obligation to ensure the information we’re disseminating is truthful and factual. In a time where the political climate and conversation surrounding it are oftentimes fueled by feelings and beliefs, it’s our job as PR practitioners to set the example and help guide others towards civil discourse. As I transition from PR student to PR practitioners, I’ll definitely keep this advice in mind. — Bella Valentini, writer/editor for Platform Magazine

  • I agree with this article. I learned about the consequences of misinformation in my journalism 202 class. With the rise of the Internet, it is very hard for many different facts to get out to people. Especially with social media becoming very popular, many children and teenagers are subject to believing facts that aren’t true. When seeing graphics or well designed images, some people will automatically take them as fact. This can be dangerous as people with a certain agenda can influence many people. When fake facts are believed, it can drastically change many things in society. It is important to only get your news from reliable sources and not random users on social media. Having truthful information is a large part of our democracy, and fake and truthful facts greatly threaten that.

  • Your blog makes many, while disappointing, true facts. The world we live in is truly one of misinformation and lies, which makes it all the more difficult for PR professionals to do their jobs. I do agree, though, that we can be better than this. If people stay true to the code of ethics, things will run a lot more smoothly. Additionally, we need to not be afraid to tell the truth, even if it is not what we think people want to hear. Finally, if we help each other with being honest, rather than encouraging misinformation based on beliefs, we have the chance to change the way the world works now. We can finally say “goodbye” to lies, and “hello again” to truth.

    Western Kentucky University

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