This week in PR (29 September)
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.
News in brief
- The struggles of Ryanair (everywhere) and Uber (in London) continue to dominate the headlines. Uber is appealing Transport for London’s decision and over half a million have signed a petition in its support.
- Results matter, but there’s more to a football club than the performance of the first team. This report looks into the problematic relationship between owners and fans at Leeds United.
- Bell Pottinger is not new news, but this inside account exposes the tensions that led to the firm’s collapse.
- 2015 CIPR president Sarah Pinch has been named in the Top 50 Female Champions of Women in Business 2017
- BBC Radio stations 1, 2, 3 & 4 will be 50 years old on Saturday
- The CIPRInside annual conference is on 1 November. Here is the agenda.
- September 4-29 is AMEC measurement month #amecmm
- Next year’s PR Festival is in Edinburgh on 14 and 15 June 2018. You have until 31 October to offer to speak.
Pick of the posts
These are the editor’s pick of posts about public relations this week. Recommendations are welcome to email@example.com
- Aedhmar Hynes: What’s Next for the Arthur W. Page Society? (21 September)
‘I believe passionately that the Page Society should globalize its activities and presence, carving out its place in the future of worldwide communications.’
- Paul Catmur: September 21 2012: The day the social media dream died (21 September)
‘September 21 marks the five-year anniversary of the day when Facebook turned social media into just plain ‘media’.
- Brendon Craigie: “What’s going on at Hotwire?” and the secret to building an entrepreneurial agency culture (22 September)
‘Observers should look take a look at Hotwire and ask how one company has managed to be the entrepreneurial breeding ground for so many new ventures over the years.’
- Amanda Coleman: Filled with emotion (23 September)
‘We are in turbulent times and what people need is honesty, authenticity and some emotions.’
- Gillian Neild: 5 things journalists hate – soundings from the Stempra North Conference (24 September)
‘We discovered that journalists like embargoes. Embargoes give them time to talk to people, record interviews and film footage.’
- Sam Knowles: On the power of story, empathy and insight #PRCA2017 (24 September)
‘Context and the mindset of those you’re looking to influence might be different in turbulent times, but compelling stories still matter.’
- Stephen Waddington and Jeremie Aubert: Why Twitter is trialing 280 character tweets (27 September)
‘Views range from a tentative welcome; to hard core users calling on Twitter to address more important issues such as editing, fake accounts and trolls.’
Here’s our pick of the best posts by those studying public relations and/or aspiring to work in PR.
- Alex Slaine (Ulster, 2): Fake News and Democracy (26 September)
‘With fake news on the rise, it brings a new threat to political organisations and companies, placing a new pressure on PR professionals and news outlets.’
- Orlagh Shanks (Liverpool John Moores, 3): Uber: A PR Nightmare (27 September)
‘If you ever need a case study on how to handle crisis management, or bad publicity, I’m sure Uber have a library full.’