This week in PR (22 December)

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.

Somerset House (@vikkichowney on Instagram)
Somerset House (@vikkichowney on Instagram)

News in brief

  • Twitter has tightened its rules on hate speech, and suspended the accounts of Britain First and two of its leaders.
  • The CIPR has published a research report: Brexit and Public Relations in 2018. ‘For public relations professionals, this moment in our history represents an opportunity to demonstrate strategic leadership.’
  • It’s hard to win attention, especially on the shortest day and just before the Christmas break. But did I really want to think about elfs and sex games (teabagging?) and add to a brewing social media storm? So I won’t mention the company behind this charming Christmas stunt. You probably know it already; the backlash has already begun.
  • Sex and humour do have their place in effective communication: see below for my blog headline of the year. ‘Premature Jubilation: Does Christmas come too early?’ This from Jenny Craig, an Ulster University student.


Pick of the posts

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

#prstudent #bestPRblogs

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

At the mid-point of the academic year, here are the leading individuals and universities in our #bestPRblogs contest. I have nothing but praise for Conor McGrath and his Ulster students – but there must surely be lots of shy English students out there waiting to be discovered! I hope to hear from you in 2018.

Name University Appearances
Orlagh Shanks Liverpool John Moores 9
Emma Williamson Sunderland 4
Ellie Tyrrell Greenwich 4
Olivia McAleenan Ulster 3
Jessica Pardoe Liverpool John Moores 3
University Students featured Appearances
Ulster 27 32
Liverpool John Moores 2 12
Sunderland 2 6
Greenwich 2 5