The uses and impact of social and emerging media on public relations practices in Malaysia

Lee, Cheng Ean Catherine * and Ong, May Kay * and Lim, Siz Siz and Chuan, Tek Pheung (2020) The uses and impact of social and emerging media on public relations practices in Malaysia. Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal, APPRJ, 22. pp. 1-15. ISSN 1839-8227

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Research has shown that social media has been widely discussed among public relations practitioners and scholars in relation to how it has changed public relations practices. A study by Wright and Hinson (2017) revealed that public relations practitioners continue to strongly agree that social and other emerging media technologies have brought dramatic changes to how public relations is practiced in the United States of America. In the Malaysian context, the explosion in social media, especially social networking site such as Facebook, has caused many public relations practitioners to recognise the need to embrace these new media for effective communication with the internal and external audiences. Drawing on Wright and Hinson’s (2016) survey instrument, this study measured the actual use of social and other emerging media by public relations practitioners in Malaysia, and explored its impact on public relations practices. Through a web-based survey, this study found evidence that public relations practitioners in Malaysia have frequently used social media especially Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. On average, they spent approximately 26% to 50% of their working time using social and emerging media for public relations and communications activities. The results of this study provide useful insights for academics, researchers and public relations practitioners on how social and emerging media technologies are used in the Malaysian public relations industry.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: social and emerging media; public relations; Malaysia; public relations practices
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Others > Non Sunway Academics
Sunway University > School of Arts > Dept. Communication
Depositing User: Dr Janaki Sinnasamy
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Date Deposited: 05 May 2020 05:21
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2023 07:39

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