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  1. Catherine Marenghi
    July 8, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    Kirk,

    What troubles me most is the preponderance of absolutely incorrect information that comes from mainstream media. During the recent Boston Marathon bombings, we had national and local newspapers and TV stations sharing information that was completely incorrect and changing constantly. As PR professionals, we are wise enough to question our sources, but when there is absolutely nowhere one can turn for reliable information, then I sense something HAS changed. And not for the better.

  2. Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA
    July 8, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

    You’re absolutely correct, Catherine, and unless some sort of miracle happens, I really don’t see it getting any better.

    We try in the classroom to help/make our students understand the criticality of accurate information, but it’s a slow and frustrating process. I once had a student retort, when I gave her a failing grade for sloppy writing and incorrectly spelled words and asked her what she thought would have happened had this been a real-life work situation, “Someone else would have seen the mistakes and corrected them for me.” Not very encouraging!

    Thanks so much for reading and commenting! Let’s not give up completely…yet! 🙂

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