This week in PR (16 February)

About the author

Richard Bailey Hon FCIPR is editor of PR Academy's PR Place Insights. He teaches and assesses undergraduate, postgraduate and professional students.

Millennium Bridge by Marcel Klebba (@marcelkl on Instagram)
Millennium Bridge by Marcel Klebba (@marcelkl on Instagram)

News in brief

  • The PRCA has published its diversity and inclusion guidelines with cross-industry support.
  • Diversity in PR campaigner Cornelius Alexander has been awarded the Sir Stephen Tallents Medal by CIPR President Sarah Hall for outstanding contribution to public relations.
  • The CIPR has updated ten skills guides as part of a new capability framework to help with career development.
  • A full week of negative headlines means that Oxfam is facing an existential crisis. But there’s some unease about why events from 2011 only made news in 2018, and the use being made of this for political purposes.
  • Unilever has threatened to withdraw its advertising from social media sites that ‘create division in society and promote anger and hate’ according to news reports.
  • Internet pioneer and Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow has died. Read his obituary in the Guardian by Jack Schofield.
  • Tickets to the Sir Stephen Tallents Memorial Lecture by David Weinberger on 14 March have been reduced to £15 plus VAT (£6 plus VAT for students).


Our calendar of events is now on a separate page.

Thought leaders: Pick of the posts

These are the editor’s pick of posts about public relations this week. Recommendations are welcome to [email protected] or @pr_place

#prstudent #bestPRblogs

Here’s a very useful resource for final year PR students and graduates:

Here’s a reminder of the importance of blogging to students by a public relations graduate.

  • Rebecca Henderson: Meet the Professionals 2018 at Solent University (12 February)
    ‘For students looking to get into the PR industry a blog is great way to showcase your writing skills, your experience and show future employers some of your personality.’

And here’s our pick of the best posts by those studying public relations and/or aspiring to work in PR. Note the ‘modern romance’ theme this week from Ulster students.