Flint, Michigan Water Crisis Timeline: How It All Started (Updated)

Residents of Flint, Mich. have struggled to obtain a water supply that isn’t contaminated with lead and other pollutants, dating back to the city’s decision to draw from the Flint River in  2014.

This decision stemmed from the city having an accumulated deficit of $25.7 million in 2011, as city officials believed that switching from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the Karegnondi Water Authority as its water source would save them money in the long-term.

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What resources do you use to land an internship in college?

Throughout college one of the biggest challenges that any student faces is trying to find an internship in their profession, whether it’s for experience or meeting the requirements for their program. One of the greatest resources available that I’ve utilized to find internships are the ones provided through the university.

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Personal ethics and what they mean to PR practitioners

In one of my public relations classes at Eastern Michigan University the following questions were posed by a student in an online discussion: “Is it important for PR practitioners to know their personal ethical guidelines to be able to be unbiased when working with a client’s personal ethical guidelines as well? In crisis situations which ethical standards should you represent?”

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Will the 2016 presidential election change public relations practices in politics?

With the results of the presidential election shocking pollsters and voters in the United States,  Trump seemed to go against what PR practitioners would advise their clients to say and do. Because of his success,  many PR practitioners can’t help but wonder if this will have an impact on the future of PR in politics.

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The Washington Post announces The Lily, a publication for millennial women

The Washington Post announced its creation of The Lily, a branch of the Post dedicated to stories and columns on gender equality, women’s health and other topics designed for millennial women on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

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American confidence in mass media has slowly declined since 1998

According to a Gallup poll in 2015 only 40 percent of Americans trust the mass media to report news fully, accurately and fairly. American trust in the mass media has steadily declined since an approval rating of 55 percent in 1998.

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Are journalists unethical for republishing press releases without attribution? 

Proper attribution is the bread and butter for anyone using AP style or writing news articles. Because of the increasing workload that many journalists are burdened with they often look to public relations practitioners for story ideas and press releases to help alleviate this burden while making their personal deadlines. Having said this, is it okay for journalists to simply cut and paste press releases without it being considered plagiarism?

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