Have you been following the news regarding Wikipedia and the line that is being crossed by some in the public relations industry? As you know, Wikipedia bills itself as a “free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.” And anyone means anyone, but Wikipedia is increasingly concerned about the amount of corporate pages that are clearly PR pieces and violate the spirit of the site.
It seems many of the larger PR agencies are standing up for our industry and have entered into conversations with Wikipedia to detail how best the industry and the online portal to co-exist. The statement is here.
As outlined in the statement: These agencies have articulated a clear message: they intend to do right by Wikipedia as well as their clients. While only one step in what may be a long process, this clear statement is also a necessary one. These agencies realize that the Wikipedia project's credibility and relevance come from its focus on accuracy and objectivity; therefore professional communicators' actions should always support those goals.
HMA is considering joining the list of participating agencies. I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter.