This week in PR (24 November)

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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

  • The CIPR has welcomed the following as chartered practitioners following an assessment day in London: Caroline Black, Stuart Bruce, Matthew Davies, Nicola Eyles, Tom Howard, Sara McCracken, Victoria Moffatt, Sarah Roberts, Kathryn Robertson Ballotta, Caroline Sharp and Kevin Taylor. Candidates were assessed on their competencies in ethics, strategy and leadership.
  • ‘Public relations pioneers’ Tom Watson and Paul Noble have been awarded Honorary Fellowships of the CIPR by CIPR President Jason MacKenzie for their ‘outstanding contribution to public relations practice’. They are co-authors of Evaluating Public Relations, now in its third edition.
  • Those shortlisted for the Douglas Smith award for best young public affairs practitioner are: Samuel Evans, Cavendish Communications; Philippa Alway, Lodestone Communications; Natasha Silkin, PB Consulting; Liz Moore, PLMR; Rhiannon Sanders, The Whitehouse Consultancy; Tanyka Davson, Weber Shandwick. The winner will be announced on 14 December.
  • Shortisted for Vuelio’s 2017 blog awards in the PR, Media and Communications category are Marcel Klebba; Natasha Courtenay-Smith; Neville Hobson;  PR Careers; PRexamples; Stephen Waddington.
  • Doncaster Council comms team has received plaudits for its gritter naming thread. The winning names: Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney and David Plowie.


Pick of the posts

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

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

  • Orlagh Shanks (Liverpool John Moores, 3): Nasty Gal Pop-Up Store Launch London (17 November)
    I’ve only been living in London five months and I can’t believe the events I’ve been to and the celebrities that I’ve seen. The Nasty Gal pop-up launch was definitely up there with the GQ Awards.’
  • Ellie Tyrrell (Greenwich, 2): The new driving force in public relations: Colin Byrne (17 November)
    “Whilst on the one hand there is fake news and negativity, there is hope. Business people, must change their attitude and tap into their social media selves”
  • Olivia McAleenan (Ulster, PG): Make the most of your mobile by making a movie… (20 November)
    ‘Little did I know how impactful a video could be to promote a product or make a company’s website stand out from their competitors.’
  • Claire Stinton (Ulster, 3): PR student survival guide (21 November)
    All those articles and textbooks that your lecturers keep telling you to have a look at – start actually looking at them and reading them. Read them twice if you can.’
  • Lauren Hill (Ulster, 4): Harvey Weinstein: Protected by PR (22 November)
    ‘In a just world, Harvey Weinstein’s actions are indefensible, yet Weinstein defended them when he issued one of the strangest public apologies I have ever read.’
  • Hannah Martin (Ulster, 4): The Fearless Girl (23 November)
    ‘When I look at her, I see myself. I see 8 year old me playing games of British bulldogs against the boys, determined to win, never for a second doubting that I could.’