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How communicators are addressing the spread of Ebola in West Africa

How communicators are addressing the spread of Ebola in West Africa

The spread of Ebola in West Africa has posed comms challenges in the region, where the focus is on containing the outbreak by educating those affected, and in the UK, where reassurance is more the order of the day.

Latest interviews and features

The big debate: do ideas-only briefs devalue PR agencies?

The big debate: do ideas-only briefs devalue PR agencies?

Tech start-up TransferWise was criticised last week for asking PR agencies to present an idea to be executed by another agency.

Newsmaker: Credibility of press regulation rests with "outsider" civil servant Matt Tee

Newsmaker: Credibility of press regulation rests with "outsider" civil servant Matt Tee

That our leading newspapers have accepted a former government PR chief to discipline and defend them speaks volumes about the tricky position they are in, but also provides another twist in Matt Tee's varied career.

I didn't get where I am today... by avoiding challenges

I didn't get where I am today... by avoiding challenges

The key skills for a successful comms career are often best honed during adversity, says Louise Evans, global comms director at Dentsu Aegis Network.

Learning to code in a day: is it possible, and is it worth it?

Learning to code in a day: is it possible, and is it worth it?

Coding isn't just for tech nerds any more. Savvy businesses are sending employees on crash-courses to learn all about it - with promising results.

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Inside the mind of European Commission Spokepersons Service chief Koen Doens

Inside the mind of European Commission Spokepersons Service chief Koen Doens

Koen Doens is the image of the perfectly buttoned-down bureaucrat. He's president Barroso's right-hand man and head of the EC Spokesperson's Service, responsible for all political communications from the EC. But Alex Benady suspects there lies a more interesting hinterland behind a man who takes pride in being dull.

All hail the queen of retail Mary Portas

All hail the queen of retail Mary Portas

The controversial high street crusader has had an eventful career climbing up the ranks of the retail industry, from making Harvey Nichols cool to being snubbed by the Government. She tells Mark Banham about the ethos behind 'brand Portas'

The godfather of modern PR Harold Burson on moral responsibilities and controversial clients

The godfather of modern PR Harold Burson on moral responsibilities and controversial clients

Harold Burson is one of the founding fathers of the PR industry, having begun his career in the 1940s and launched Burson-Marsteller in 1952. Alex Benady asks him about the good, the bad and the ugly parts of his long and colourful life.

Key features

The 20th World Cup: Social media strategies and brand war rooms

The 20th World Cup: Social media strategies and brand war rooms

Brands are going full throttle on their online channels for this footy frenzy but could the 20th World Cup be the high watermark for social media?

Comms in conflict: how governments are struggling to control the narrative in modern warfare

Comms in conflict: how governments are struggling to control the narrative in modern warfare

As the nature of modern warfare comms evolves at a startling rate, governments are struggling to keep pace and retain public support, finds John Owens

PR's PR problem: can the industry improve its image with the public?

PR's PR problem: can the industry improve its image with the public?

PRs rarely come off well in the media, as the stereotypes below illustrate, and our research reveals that public has an even more damning view. As its own reputation management continues to be a bugbear, we ask what needs be done about PR's PR problem.

Creative inspiration

Creative Inspiration: Stephen Revell

Creative Inspiration: Stephen Revell

The director of Opera Rara shares his creative inspirations.

Creative Inspiration: Marco Balich

Creative Inspiration: Marco Balich

Marco Balich, the president of Balich Worldwide Shows and Olympic ceremony producer, shows what inspires him.

Creative inspiration: Eliza Doolittle, singer-songwriter

PRWeek's key projects

PRWeek UK Awards 2014: the shortlist

PRWeek UK Awards 2014: the shortlist

With under three months to go before the PRWeek Awards winners are revealed at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on 14 October, the shortlisted entries are revealed today.

First PRWeek Global Awards winners revealed

First PRWeek Global Awards winners revealed

PRWeek honored the best global communications work on Thursday night at the inaugural PRWeek Global Awards.

Behind the PR Internships For All scheme

Behind the PR Internships For All scheme

Why PRWeek and the PRCA have called on the top 25 agencies to act as industry champions by hiring more young people from ethnic backgrounds and paying interns at least the National Minimum Wage.

PRWeek mentoring project: breaking down the barriers

PRWeek mentoring project: breaking down the barriers

With the first mentoring meetings under way, our 15 mentees gathered to discuss what they regard as the obstacles to women getting the top PR jobs.

The Best Places to Work

The Best Places to Work

The results are in­ - PRWeek unveils the best employers in the PR industry today.

The PR Census 2013

The PR Census 2013

Revenue and productivity are up, confidence is high, but there are still serious issues to be tackled including diversity and junior pay levels.

Meet PRWeek's 30 under 30

Meet PRWeek's 30 under 30

Watch out - the next generation is snapping at your heels. Kate Magee reveals the 30 PR professionals you need to know.

PRWeek Awards 2013: The roll call of winners

PRWeek Awards 2013: The roll call of winners

The PR industry gathered at an exclusive awards night at Grosvenor House to celebrate the best people, agencies and campaigns of 2013. Take a look at the full list of winners below to see who scooped a prestigious award.

Top 150 agencies flourish in rallying market

Top 150 agencies flourish in rallying market

Four in five agencies in the Top 150 saw growth in 2012 as the industry perked up.

The PR industry's favourite campaigns of last year

The PR industry's favourite campaigns of last year

Entrants in PRWeek's Power Book 2013 were asked to select their favourite campaign of 2012. Francesca Rice looks at two of the top five - Red Bull and Royal Mail - to see how the industry can learn from their success.

How CEOs see comms ...

YO! Sushi boss Robin Rowland on retaining brand voice despite constant innovation

YO! Sushi boss Robin Rowland on retaining brand voice despite constant innovation

It slid into public consciousness on a conveyor belt of modernity in the late 1990s, helping to bring Japanese food to the masses. Yet YO! Sushi's CEO Robin Rowland maintains that the brand remains just as innovative today.

International Fur Federation CEO Mark Oaten aims to get fur back in fashion

International Fur Federation CEO Mark Oaten aims to get fur back in fashion

The former Lib Dem heavyweight tells Alex Benady how he is planning to reposition fur in Western markets while fighting trading restrictions.

Quorn CEO Kevin Brennan is using PR to ensure sales are as healthy as his products

Quorn CEO Kevin Brennan is using PR to ensure sales are as healthy as his products

The boss of the meat substitute brand tells Alex Benady that his products are sitting astride three lucrative consumer trends.

WTF

The lost art of telephone sales

The lost art of telephone sales

Calling a journalist with a pitch could be a make-or-break moment for you and your client.

What comms professionals need to know about the rise of integrated reporting

What comms professionals need to know about the rise of integrated reporting

Efforts to make companies' annual reports cover social, environmental and human impacts as well as financial information could be a boon for PR practitioners.

Unlock the secrets of SEO

Unlock the secrets of SEO

It may feel like one of the dark arts, but mastering the intricacies of search engine optimisation has become essential to any successful comms strategy.

Postcards from ...

Seven lessons for communicators in the #IceBucketChallenge

Seven lessons for communicators in the #IceBucketChallenge

The #IceBucketChallenge has turned into a social media snowball. It's gaining tremendous traction - more than $15 million in donations to date, according to Time, and 1.2 million videos on Facebook and counting.

Postcard from Mexico

Postcard from Mexico

The Mexican PR industry is growing but not yet seen as strategic, says Adriana Valladares, president and CEO of Burson-Marsteller Mexico.

Postcard from Turkey

Postcard from Turkey

PR is not well understood in Turkey but there is huge potential for development, says Seda Yalçin, CEO of Weber Shandwick Turkey.