In public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public (a.k.a. the general public) is the totality of such groupings. This is a different concept to the sociological concept of the Öffentlichkeit or public sphere. The concept of a public has also been defined in political science, psychology, marketing, and advertising. In public relations and communication science, it is one of the more ambiguous concepts in the field. Although it has definitions in the theory of the field that have been formulated from the early 20th century onwards, it has suffered in more recent years from being blurred, as a result of conflation of the idea of a public with the notions of audience, market segment, community, constituency, and stakeholder.

The name "public" originates with the Latin publicus (also poplicus), from populus, and in general denotes some mass population ("the people") in association with some matter of common interest. So in political science and history, a public is a population of individuals in association with civic affairs, or affairs of office or state. In social psychology, marketing, and public relations, a public has a more situational definition.John Dewey defined (Dewey 1927) a public as a group of people who, in facing a similar problem, recognize it and organize themselves to address it. Dewey's definition of a public is thus situational: people organized about a situation. Built upon this situational definition of a public is the situational theory of publics by James E. Grunig (Grunig 1983), which talks of nonpublics (who have no problem), latent publics (who have a problem), aware publics (who recognize that they have a problem), and active publics (who do something about their problem).

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How for-profit charter schools open the door for private investors to exploit public education

Alternet 28 Sep 2021
The deals Safanad and Formation Capital struck to acquire senior care facilities are strikingly similar to the business transactions Safanad conducted with Pansophic Learning in the charter school sector, principally, buying up financially struggling service businesses that ......

SEC and the burden of regulation

Business Day Online 28 Sep 2021
This scenario has raised a polemic question on the strategic focus of SEC as the Capital Market Apex Regulator and its funding structure ... At the basic level, every SEC “protects investors, maintains fair, orderly and efficient markets; and facilitates capital formation. The SEC strives to promote a market environment that is worthy of public trust…”....

Longmont City Council to hold public hearing on proposed 2022 budget

Daily Camera 28 Sep 2021
People testifying at Tuesday’s public hearing can also comment on the $78.52 million in capital improvements projects the staff has recommended including in next year’s budget and that would get city funding in the first year in a 2022-2026 $234.3 million five-year capital improvement program staff has proposed....

Stent maker SMT files draft papers to raise ₹1,500 crore via IPO

Live Mint 28 Sep 2021
India's largest cardiac stent maker Sahajanand Medical Technologies Ltd (SMT) has filed a draft red herring prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Board of India to raise ₹1,500 crore via an initial public offering. The Samara Capital-backed company's IPO consists of a fresh ......

Fight the virus, not the infected person

China Daily 28 Sep 2021
A person who contracted the novel coronavirus in Harbin is facing harassment on social networking sites after the authorities made her name and address public to help those who might have come in contact with her to get tested ... However, the authorities, too, must ensure that not every detail of an infected person is made public....

Invesco in talks to invest in Swiggy at $10 billion valuation

The Times of India 28 Sep 2021
May Explore Public Listing ... Other crossover funds (which invest in public and private markets) like Fidelity, T Rowe Price, Ballie Gifford, among others, have been betting on large Indian internet startups and more so in the past year, as a slew of local ventures are lining up to tap the capital markets....

Homeless vets housing project in Harrisburg takes title to land, plans for capital campaign

Penn Live 28 Sep 2021
That sets the stage for the launch of the public phase of an ongoing capital campaign, as they press forward toward a hoped-for groundbreaking next year ... According to conducted by the Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness, there are more than 40 homeless veterans in the region on any given night....

Portillo's reveals big expansion plans

Chicago Business 28 Sep 2021
The form, which companies file before their initial public offering, gives potential investors a deeper look at the 67-location chain’s financial details ... Portillo’s joined a growing number of restaurant chains that announced plans to go public this summer after a dry patch of eating establishment debuts on the markets....

Deshbhakti curriculum in Delhi govt schools from today in major patriotic push

Hindustan Times 28 Sep 2021
The curriculum is being rolled out in every class – from nursery to class 12 – across all public schools in the national capital on September 28 to mark the occasion of the birth anniversary of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh ... The chief minister of Delhi made the public announcement ......

Commissioner's office of Chinese foreign ministry says Hong Kong's status as global financial hub rock-solid

China Daily 28 Sep 2021
Capital raised through initial public offerings in Hong Kong surpassed HK$500 billion ($64.25 billion) over the year after the implementation of the national security law in Hong Kong, 50 percent higher than a year ago....

USL to hold virtual listening sessions to help in branding new Spokane franchise

The Spokesman-Review 28 Sep 2021
Spokane’s United Soccer League franchise is still looking for an owner ... On Tuesday at 6.30 p.m ... In the meantime, Wendle is getting better acquainted with the soccer community in Spokane ... According to Greg Forsyth, director of capital projects for Spokane Public Schools, “That means we’re just more fully developing structurally.” ... ....

Q&A mayoral candidate Manuel Gonzales III

Albuquerque Journal 28 Sep 2021
Elected sheriff of Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office with almost 30 years of public safety experience ... I will provide excellent service to the public ... Profound partnerships with community and other public safety stakeholders is the key to success ... The public needs to decide ... The city has an obligation to ensure the public’s safety....

Deshbhakti curriculum in Delhi schools from today: All you need to know

Hindustan Times 28 Sep 2021
Arvind Kejriwal announced the vision for the deshbhakti curriculum on the 73rd Independence Day in 2019. PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2021 06.11 AM IST. The Aam Aadmi Party-led government will implement the deshbhakti curriculum in all public schools across the national capital from Tuesday to instil patriotism in students ... 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4 ... 5 ... .......

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