Fjeld, K. and Molesworth, M., 2006. PR practitioners' experiences of, and attitudes towards, the internet's contribution to external crisis communication. Corporate Communications: An International Journal, 11 (4), pp. 391-405.
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Purpose – This paper aims to promote better understanding of how the internet is used as part of crisis communication. Design/methodology/approach – The internet may be changing the way PR operates in a crisis. It has been reported that the web has a significant role in disseminating information and that many-to-many online communication allows organisations to achieve “excellent” communication. However, it has also been suggested that in practice there is a need for more flexibility that the “excellence” model suggests. This study reports on data collected from in-depth interviews with ten senior PR-practitioners in order to understand their experiences and attitudes. Findings – A range of attitudes are identified, informed by recent experience. Although participants indicated knowledge of and preference for two-way communication with stakeholders, in practice they found this impractical or undesirable. This, their preference for existing approaches, and ignorance about the internet informed their views about online communication. The result was that some regarded the internet as inferior in terms of its ability to achieve “traditional” tasks and because of its potential for undesirable dialogue. When the web was acknowledged as useful it tended to be considered as supplementary to existing approaches. There was little recognition of the need for online dialogue.
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