This week in PR (19 January)

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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.

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News in brief

  • Open Banking, changes to Facebook’s news feed, and Carillion’s collapse have all been in the news this week. You can read more in the ‘pick of the posts’ section below.
  • The PRCA/PR Week PR and Communications Census is open to anyone working in public relations. Findings will be published in April.
  • A ‘Freedom to Campaign Guide’ has been published by Campaign Collective to help third sector organisations navigate the Lobbying Act. See Simon Francis’s blog post below for more on this.
  • 2015 CIPR president Sarah Pinch has been appointed as a non-executive director of Anne-Marie Lacey’s Filament PR.
  • Paul Webster has been promoted to editor of the Observer newspaper, succeeding John Mulholland who becomes editor of Guardian US.


Pick of the posts

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

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

  • Celine Ward (Ulster, 3): ‘Always keep fighting’ an effective mental health PR campaign (18 January)
    ‘What started as a t-shirt campaign by one actor has led to the Crisis Support Network.’
  • Orlagh Shanks (Liverpool John Moores, 3): Oprah Has Spoken – Your #TimeIsUp Hollywood (18 January)
    ‘Seeing Reese Witherspoon, Saoirse Ronan, Natalie Portman, Meryl Streep and so many other stars standing together in unity in black clothing was inspirational. It showed women sticking together and telling the world that sexual harassment will no longer be a taboo subject.’
  • Roisin Watters (Ulster, 4): My Top Tips for Securing a Placement (18 January)
    ‘I would advise everyone not to get disheartened by rejections but to learn from them and ask yourself what you could do better or what you could do differently.’
  • Mark Carrington (Manchester Metropolitan, PG): House of Lords: Communication Select Committee (15 January)
    ‘Last week I received an email inviting me to join a student panel as part of the House of Lords Communication Select Committee.’
  • Caoimhe Conway (Ulster, 4): ‘Minding Your Head’ – Let’s Break The Stigma! (15 January)
    ‘A broken arm takes time and medical support to heal. A broken mind is no different.’
  • Jenny Craig (Ulster, 4) A Mammoth Challenge: Alien in an Agency (15 January)
    ‘I had come to Mammoth hoping to find intelligent life, and as a result ended up feeling a little stupid myself.’
  • Samha Ndossy (UWE Bristol, 3): Time’s Up H&M (12 January)
    ‘It is no longer good enough having a few people of colour or employees with different sexual orientations in the office anymore. It is about making sure your employees are culturally aware and are sensitive to cultural stereotypes.’
  • Catriona McAllister (Greenwich, 2): It’s a man’s world (12 January)
    ‘Life is tough. It is unkind and hard work. Sadly, it’s even harder if you’re born a woman.’