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Public Relations Writing II

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Print Futures
Course Code
PRFU 2470
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course provides an overview of and introduction to the field of communications and media relations in Canada, and introduces students to the typical writing and planning tasks required in public relations. Students may be required to write news releases, brochures, and newsletters. They will also conduct a media analysis and develop a strategic communications plan.
Course Content
  1. Media Structure in Canada
    Successful students will be able to:
  • discuss the role of the media in Canada
  • discuss the theories of media theorists (e.g., McLuhan, Chomsky, Znaimer)
  • explain the relationship between chains, networks, and independents
  • describe the infrastructure of the media (national, local, daily, weekly, urban, rural)
  • describe the distinctions between various media (ethnic, cultural)
  • describe the distinctions between newspapers, magazines, TV, and radio
  • explain the function of the Canadian Press or wire services
  • distinguish between hard and soft news and identify what is newsworthy
  • acquire the ratings distribution of a particular medium
  • determine the target audience of a particular medium
  • develop a media profile of a particular medium
  • Public Relations Tools and Tactics
    Successful students will be able to:
    • explain the role and function of various public relations tools for specific audiences
    • explain the distinction between writing tasks for each tactic
    • understand the role and value of media relations
    • identify issues management and crisis response strategies
    • describe the distinctions between print, oral, and visual material for meeting public relations objectives
    • develop a news release and media kit
    • understand the role and function of special events
    • understand ethics, law, and responsibility in public relations
    Methods Of Instruction

    This course is taught using a combination of lectures, creative class exercises, guest speakers, team projects, and student participation. Classroom discussions will form an important part of the course, and students are expected to contribute to the dialogue.

    Means of Assessment

    Students are expected to be self-motivated and to demonstrate professionalism, which includes active participation, good attendance, punctuality, effective collaboration, ability to meet deadlines, presentation skills, and accurate self-evaluation.

    Evaluation will be based on this general format:

    Media briefings 10%
    Media profile and reader profile 10%
    News release 10%
    Media kit 20%
    Strategic communications plan (including media relations strategy and marketing strategy) 40%
    Professionalism (as defined) 10%


    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the course, successful students will be able to:

    1. Explain the role of the media
    2. Describe the structure of the media and its components
    3. Understand the distinction between news, advertising, marketing, and public relations
    4. Write the components of a media kit
    5. Develop a strategic communications plan
    6. Understand issues management and crisis response strategies
    Textbook Materials

    Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

    Texts may include:

    • Sommers, Susan. Building Media Relationships. Irwin Publishing, 2002.



    PRFU 2370 or permission of coordinator


    No corequisite courses.


    No equivalent courses.

    Course Guidelines

    Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

    Course Transfers

    Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
    Langara College (LANG) LANG GNST 1XXX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CMNS 2XX (3) 2012/01/01 to 2016/12/31
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG CMNS 1216 (3) & DOUG PRFU 2370 (3) & DOUG PRFU 2470 (3) = SFU CMNS 200 (3) & SFU CMNS 2XX (6) 2004/09/01 to 2011/12/31
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ENGL 2XXX (3) 2011/01/01 to 2016/12/31
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ENGL 2XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2009/04/30
    University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit 2005/05/01 to 2016/12/31
    University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV ARTS 2nd (3) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
    University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC ENGL 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
    University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV CMNS 312 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
    University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31

    Course Offerings

    Fall 2021

    There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.