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Paper “Communicating CSR: Media agenda building in Australia”

Paper “Communicating CSR: Media agenda building in Australia”

Organisations face several impediments when it comes to communicating their corporate social responsibility (CSR) engagement to the public via the media.

Using the agenda-building model of Qiu and Cameron (2008), this paper examines public relations practitioners’ and journalists’ perceptions of CSR communication. Fifteen interviews with media professionals and CSR practitioners in Australia were conducted to examine the relationships, tensions and challenges in the process.

Findings showed the ineffectiveness of agenda building, as journalists might dismiss a CSR story because of time constraints, a prevalence of other news, wariness of commercialism, lack of interest in pursuing the details, or mistrust of public relations as a source of information.

This paper suggests that while CSR activities are newsworthy, practitioners seeking publicity for CSR activities should refrain from using the term CSR, find tailored news angles, show support from top management as spokespersons and develop symbiotic relationships with the media to find a place in the journalism source hierarchy.

Mak, Angela Ka Ying; Pang, Augustine and Hart, Elizabeth. Communicating corporate social responsibility: Media agenda building in Australia [online]. Australian Journalism Review, Vol. 37, No. 1, July 2015: 149-163. Availability: < http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=489510918339903;res=IELLCC> ISSN: 0810-2686. [cited 23 Nov 15]. 

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