Public Relations, Media Coverage and Public Opinion in Contemporary China

Cheng, Yang, Huang, Yi-Hui Christine & Chan, Ching Man (2017). Public relations, media coverage, and public opinion in contemporary China: Testing agenda building theory in a social mediated crisis. Telematics and Informatics, 34(3), 765-773. Summary This study investigates a social mediated crisis triggered by the Guo Meimei incident that negatively affected the Red Cross Society […]

How to Determine if a Blog is Effective : A Multidimensional Scale of Blog Engagement

Hopp, Toby, & Gallicano, Tiffany Derville (2016). Development and test of a multidimensional scale of blog engagement. Journal of Public Relations Research, 28(3-4), 127–145. doi:10.1080/1062726X.2016.1204303 Summary Social media interactions are commonly used to measure engagement; however, at most, they should be used only as a key performance indicator since audiences can be engaged without liking, […]

What Do Blog Readers Think? A Survey to Assess Ghost Blogging and Commenting

The study reported on in this article represents an attempt to assess the ethicality of undisclosed ghost blogging. There has been considerable debate on the blogs of public relations practitioners about whether undisclosed ghost blogging is ethical, including a recent survey of practitioners where most respondents expressed approval of undisclosed ghost blogging, provided that the […]

Speech Bubble Reviews

How Internet Communications Are Affecting (and Being Affected by) the Spiral of Silence: Possible Implications for Grassroots Campaigns

Summary Previous research conducted on Noelle-Neumann’s spiral of silence theory has focused on how the theory manifests itself in various real-life situations, primarily in large and small group settings. Little research however, has explored what, if anything, changes when the spiral of silence theory is tested in an online environment. This paper is a mix […]

How Spokesperson Rank and Selected Media Channels Impact Perceptions in Crisis Communication

Summary This study examined the impact of spokesperson’s rank and selected media channels in crisis communication by employing different ranks (i.e., CEO and communication director spokespersons) and media channels (blogs, websites, and newspapers). Findings indicated that CEO spokespersons were more effective in terms of lowering publics’ crisis responsibility attributions than communication director spokespersons and that […]