An "in-your-face" book for an "in-your-face" profession, this full-color introduction to Public Relations prepares readers for the cutting-edge of today's constantly-changing, Internet-influenced PR field. Using a unique hands-on approach that forces readers to think critically about PR situations, it captures the liveliness, vitality, and relevance of a field that is built on the important personal relationships, judgmental skills, and online knowledge that will dominate the 21st Century. The focus throughout is on the ethical challenges, the "how to" counsel, and the public relations conundrums that PR practitioners face everyday on the job. Features extensive internet applications; cases; "Over the Top" interviews with prominent practitioners and with CEOs of companies under seige; and "Question of Ethics" boxes. Focuses on five key areas: Evolution (What Is Public relations; History of Public Relations); Validation (Public Opinion; Ethics; Research; The Law); Activation (Communication; Management; Crisis Management; IMC); Execution (Public Relations Writing; Writing for Eye/Ear; Internet); Publics (Print Media; Electronic Media; Employees; Consumers/Investors; Multicultural/International Communities; Government; Future).