This week in PR (16 March)

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

News in brief

  • The Scottish Lobbying Register came into force on 12 March
  • Commonwealth Communicators Organisation is a new, invitation-only members’ body led by Mark Ramsdale (formerly of the PRCA) and chaired by the PRCA’s Francis Ingham.
  • The CIPR has welcomed seven new chartered practitioners: Kate Ashton, Holly Bremner, Simon Butt-Bethlendy, Philip Dewhurst, Padraig McKeon, Sarah Riley, Grant Thoms.
  • The Cluetrain Manifesto authors (Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls, David Weinberger) have been presented with the CIPR President’s medal. Here’s Weinberger’s thank you talk. ‘It’s good for people to have open access to open information.’
  • The popular PR Examples website, now owned by Taylor Herring, has had a refresh.
  • Here’s a summary of the study published in Science showing that lies spread faster than the truth online.


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Thought leaders: Pick of the posts

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

Thanks to Rich Leigh, Rachel Miller, Darryl Sparey and Heather Yaxley for pointing me to some included in these lists.

Business / profession
  • Amanda Coleman: A question of ethics (15 March)
    ‘I have been very supportive of the work of both the CIPR and the PRCA in this area but we can and should do more.’
  • Stuart Bruce: New research on corporate communications in an integrated world (14 March)
    ‘My fellow panelist Kevin Ruck, co-founder of PR Academy, made a similar point when he talked about digital and social being distracting ‘noise’. The real issue is strategy and measurement.’
  • Darryl Sparey: AI, robotics and healthcare: It’s all about augmentation, not replacement (14 March)
    ‘If I can draw a theme from yesterday’s excellent Wired Health event held at the very impressive Francis Crick Institute, it’s that AI, robotics and digital technology are not here to replace people in healthcare provision.’
  • Alan VanderMolen: 5 Things I Heard on My PR Road Trip (13 March)
    ‘What we should do is have the ‘juniors’ design the agency and client organisations and functions of today, while us ‘bosses’ simply implement.’
Careers and skills
Campaigns and creativity
  • Ben Smith: The PRmoment podcast with Frank PR founder Graham Goodkind (12 March)
    ‘When you understand what makes a tabloid news story, that helps in PR because you understand what makes a story. That plays out well for a career in consumer PR where you’re trying to appeal to as many consumers as possible.’
Gender and diversity
  • Jo-Ann Robertson: It’s we… not he or she (12 March)
    ‘Every single day I’m going to try and do something that matters for another woman in my life. At work, at home, for my friends. Something that makes their day a little easier, a little better, and gives them the support they specifically need.’
Internal comms
Media and digital

New and forthcoming publications

Bolton, R, Stacks, D and Mizrachi, E (editors) (2018) The New Era of the CCO: The Essential Role of Communication in a Volatile World, Business Expert Press

Cronin, A (2018) Public Relations Capitalism: Promotional Culture, Publics and Commercial Democracy, Palgrave Macmillan

Edwards, L (2018) Understanding Public Relations, Sage

Falkheimer, J and Heide, M (2018) Strategic Communication: An introduction, Routledge

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Here are two useful resource for PR students:

And here’s our pick of the best posts by those studying public relations and/or aspiring to work in PR.

Once a student, now an influencer-advertiser

  • Katya Hamilton (LCC/UAL): Top tips for getting an internship in PR (14 March)
    ‘Today’s email culture can be difficult to navigate. Do you start with “hi”, “hello” or “dear”? Do you finish with “yours sincerely”, “kind regards” or “best wishes”?’
  • Jason Ashford (Ulster): Really hammering home the importance of measurement (14 March)
    ‘Only through measurement that you can make sure that these targeted, personalised messages are landing where they’re supposed to.’
  • Jonny Allen (Ulster): Big Brother is watching you… (12 March)
    ‘The question is – how did Netflix fail at something that Spotify managed to do so well?’
  • Hannah Martin (Ulster): Three weeks of social media rehab (12 March)
    ‘The memories you gain from real life experiences are long-lasting, even when they aren’t documented on social media.’
  • Jessica Pardoe (Liverpool John Moores): Why Bad Employee Relations are Bad for your PR (11 March)
    ‘I myself worked for a company for almost 4 years which was the epitome of a bad employer and it certainly put a few things in to perspective when I moved on and in to a job which treats me with respect.’
  • Micaela Sowerby (Bournemouth): Backstage at the BRIT Awards 2018 (9 March)
    ‘The BRITs is held at the O2 Arena, and to truly help you understand what a big event it is, with press facilities and a red carpet, we catered to over 300 UK and international press.’