This Week in PR (7 June)

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Heather is a key member of our assessor team. PhD, BSc, PG, RSA, CAM  

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As guest editor of the pick of posts about public relations this week, Heather Yaxley offers an eclectic selection of communication-related stories and news-linked items.

In the news

  • Land art with a purpose – Swiss eco artist, Saype, has launched Beyond Walls, an attempt to create a social movement through the largest human chain. Inspired by migrant rescue group, SOS Méditerranée, Saype’s transitory spray-painted giant frescos feature a motif of interlocking hands. The artwork appears first from 3-15 June in Paris’ Champ de Mars (under the Eiffel Tower), before a three-year tour across 20 cities including London.

  • Of less artistic merit, Oi Trump – by A level student, and owner of online market place Born-Eco, Ollie Nancarrow – continued a tradition of ‘penis protests’ according to the Guardian.
  • Seems a shame that the aircrew from Luke Air Force Base in Arizona who left a phallic shaped contrail whilst on training manoeuvres (as reported by AirForceTimes) weren’t in the cockpit of Air Force One.

Diversity of voices

New books

  • Successful Employee Communications by Sue Dewhurst and Liam FitzPatrick published by Kogan Page offers a guide to tools, models and best practice for internal communication practitioners.

Fact checking – what Twitter thread readers do best

  • The fabulous Twitter account of @DrMatthewSweet continued to present a coherent case regarding problems with the latest book by @NaomirWolf that he raised in a now notorious “ferociously polite” Radio 3 interview:
  • Buzzfeed offers further analysis of how the inaccurate story started with a contentious British news agency (CEN), were picked up by the Mail Online and spread, mostly without attribution – or any attempt to check accuracy – through news channels and social media. After O’Leary’s challenge on Twitter, some outlets did edit or rewrite their original copy.

In other PR news…

  • CIPR has published its Integrated Report 2018 ahead of its AGM on 20 June, where keynote speaker, Meera Selva, Director of the Journalism Fellowship Programme at Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ), will discuss global trends impacting news and media consumption.
  • PRCA is recognizing 50 PR pioneers as part of its year-long campaign to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

PR Place editor Richard Bailey returns next week with his usual round-up of PR posts and news from blogs and social media.