This week in PR (12 January)

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News in brief

  • The CIPR and PRCA have mounted a robust defence of public sector comms following a critical story in the Sun (also see Amanda Coleman’s blogged response below).
  • Gender pay reporting: This was already set to be a running theme this year, with larger companies required to report on their gender pay gap, but Carrie Gracies resignation as the BBC’s China editor suddenly makes this issue headline news.
  • The PRCA has joined Euprera and will be represented by Sue Wolstenholme.
  • Eight days on from his controversial appointment to the Office for Students (the new regulatory body for Higher Education), Toby Young has resigned.
  • The Local Government Association has published results of its October 2017 survey of heads of communication (pdf). '62 per cent of Heads of Communications identified digital skills as a priority area of professional development for their communications team over the next 12 months, other areas identified were video skills (56 per cent) and evaluation and insight (48 per cent).'
  • Elizabeth Bananuka’s new initiative BME PR Pros is collaborating with PR Week to promote a  mentoring scheme open to UK-based comms professionals from an ethnic minority background.

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Pick of the posts

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

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Here’s a very useful resource for PR students and graduates:

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

  • Kirsty Wallace (Ulster, 4): Uni Today, Gone to Morrow | My PR Placement Experience (12 January)
    'Employers turned me down and I finished as the highest scoring placement student across the PR and CAM courses, so don’t get down if someone doesn’t want you.'
  • Paula McKay (Ulster, 4): A PR student's take on Northern Ireland's murals (11 January)
    'As a PR student, I see the original and most famous murals as unique forms of political propaganda. During the Troubles these detailed depictions told their neighbours what the newspapers wouldn’t.'
  • Aoibheann McCormack (Liverpool John Moores, 3): When you are a PR undergraduate on a Non-PR placement (9 January)
    ‘I appreciate the necessity for Public Relations in an innovative and strong business like the one I am part of - I want to work in PR but not PR as many know it…’
  • Chloe Campbell (Ulster, 4): ‘The Final Hour’ – a step too far for Northern Ireland? (9 January)
    ‘A Titanic themed ‘escape room’ game will see “teams of up to 6 given an hour to try escape a simulation of the stricken liner.”
  • Niall Byrne (Ulster, 4): Hello? Stormont, are you there? (8 January)
    ‘Why on earth is it ok for politicians (who are supposed to be representing us) to do nothing and still get paid?’
  • Orlagh Shanks (Liverpool John Moores, 3): 2018: New Year, New Goals (8 January)
    ‘I’m very concerned that no other years will ever live up to 2017 but I am only 20 years of age, so I’m sure something spectacular will happen in the future.’
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Richard Bailey

Richard Bailey is editor of PR Place. He teaches and assesses undergraduate, postgraduate and professional students.


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