Once again, I didn’t have to look far for ethics stories this week. I strongly encourage everyone to read the HBR study on what ethical failures customers are least likely to accept. There are also videos and Webinars from PRSA and PRCA and a link to some great ethics swag.
This week in public relations ethics there were some really interesting articles that look at duty, leadership and the need for counsel.
Like many people, I have been having a lot of fun playing around with Craiyon (formerly Dall E mini) the AI tool that can create some awesome images just from a sentence. It failed me when I asked it to create an image of Syracuse Football winning a game. I
Joining me in this week’s episode is Greg Bailey, APR, Fellow PRSA, the founder of Finley + Bailey Strategic Communication. He discusses a number of important public relations ethics issues including:
1) What to do when a client asks you to hide their identity as part of a coalition
2) Why we need top to turn the mirror on ourselves
3) The growing challenge of malformation
4) How to make sure your employees understand how you value ethics
I am going to have so many examples to discuss with my students when we go back to class in two weeks. This week in public relations ethics it was everything from disclosure to fake videos, and cultural appropriation.
Elizabeth Edwards, the founder of Volume PR and the Engagement Science Lab, discusses a number of important issues, including:
1) The ethical challenges of weaponized communication
2) Avoiding thought-terminating cliches
3) What is the one tool or word, PR pros should retire
4) Why we need to think of meaning, not just tactics
There were a number of interesting communication ethics issues this week ranging from business operations and liability to sources of disinformation.
I usually can come up with punchy headlines for the weekly ethics roundup – but this week the topics are just too important, bizarre, and complex. So, without further ado, five articles that raise ethics issues that will make you laugh, scratch your head and possibly creep you out.
This week, Paula Pedene, APR, Fellow PRSA is being inducted into the Defense Information School Hall of Fame. She was the first EthicalVoices interview in 2018. Listen to it again.
The summer is heating up and so are ethics issues. It is probably easier to ask what violation of PRSA’s code of ethics didn’t happen this week – fraud; lack of transparency and disclosure; and attacks on purpose are just a few.