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ERIC Number: EJ952549
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1066-8926
Organizational Influences and Constraints on Community College Web-Based Media Relations
McAllister, Sheila M.; Taylor, Maureen
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v36 n2 p93-110 2012
Various organizational, departmental, and interdepartmental factors influence how an educational institution practices public relations. These factors may enable or hinder the ways in which communication practitioners build and maintain relationships with the media. Higher education institutions are especially in need of public relations efforts. The general public is largely unaware that community colleges enroll nearly half of all students in higher education--more than 11 million annually (Hutchins & Brock, 2006). It is through media relations that community colleges can tell their story. The purpose of this paper is to explore how internal organizational dynamics influence the use of web sites for media relations of community colleges in New Jersey. The findings suggest that the success of the web-based media relations initiatives is largely dependent on two organizational factors: (a) the level of control that the public relations practitioners have over the web site, and (b) whether or not the practitioners are able to get diverse organizational and stakeholder interests to agree on the web site's purpose. This paper discusses the implications of these findings for community college institutions. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey