Date of Award

Spring 2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Dr. Margaret O. Finucane


Research has long sought to define and quantify the component of relationships within strategic public relations management. With the development of social media, public relations practitioners have new methods to employ in building and maintaining two-way relationships with audiences and key publics. This study is intended to expand upon current organization-management research and identify best practices for athletic departments seeking to engage with their audiences. The development of organization-public models is detailed, along with historical application of the concept to athletics. Analysis of Twitter data revealed common themes among athletic departments that engage audiences successfully. The study concludes with a review of successful engagement techniques and questions for future model studies.

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