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.
- Media Structure in Canada
Successful students will be able to:
Public Relations Tools and Tactics
- 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
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 profile and reader profile
|Strategic communications plan (including media relations strategy and marketing strategy)
|Professionalism (as defined)
Upon completion of the course, successful students will be able to:
- Explain the role of the media
- Describe the structure of the media and its components
- Understand the distinction between news, advertising, marketing, and public relations
- Write the components of a media kit
- Develop a strategic communications plan
- Understand issues management and crisis response strategies
PRFU 2370 or permission of coordinator
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Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system.
A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.
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