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Mental illness in PR ignored or treated as a performance issue, says new report

Mental illness in PR ignored or treated as a performance issue, says new report

Mental illness in the PR and comms industry is frequently ignored or treated as a performance issue, with huge costs in lost working hours and staff turnover, according to the latest #FuturePRoof report for the PRCA.

The New York Times tackles fake news with hard truth campaign

The New York Times tackles fake news with hard truth campaign

Global media organisation The New York Times has launched a campaign that tackles fake news and underlines the commitment required to produce quality, independent and honest journalism.

Agency's 'fake' cyclist sexism video 'a cautionary tale' for PR industry

Agency's 'fake' cyclist sexism video 'a cautionary tale' for PR industry

The high-profile incident of an agency distributing a 'fake' video of a cyclist taking revenge against sexist men in a van has been described as a cautionary tale for the PR industry.

In brief: Save the Children's Nick Jones joins Action for Children, plus wins for PRCO, Redtorch, Flint

In brief: Save the Children's Nick Jones joins Action for Children, plus wins for PRCO, Redtorch, Flint

Action for Children has hired Save the Children's Nick Jones in a senior role that includes comms. Plus Redtorch to publicise Detriot, Flint hired for Mayfair Art Weekend, The PRCO wins Pure Salt Luxury Hotels account, and more from PRWeek UK.

Watch: TalkTalk TV calls in kids to pass judgement on Oscar films

Watch: TalkTalk TV calls in kids to pass judgement on Oscar films

TV subscription and on demand service TalkTalk TV's new "Kid Critics" campaign calls in the toughest critics of all - children - to pass judgement on this year's Oscar-nominated films.

Edelman names Apple, Twitter veteran Natalie Kerris as global tech chair

Edelman names Apple, Twitter veteran Natalie Kerris as global tech chair

Kerris is set to join the agency on March 6, reporting to Kym White.

You're 'All Worth It' - Cheryl and Helen Mirren back Prince's Trust and L'Oréal campaign for under-confident young people

You're 'All Worth It' - Cheryl and Helen Mirren back Prince's Trust and L'Oréal campaign for under-confident young people

Dame Helen Mirren and Cheryl are among celebrities fronting a three-year campaign from The Prince's Trust and L'Oréal, which aims to help 10,000 young adults plagued with self-doubt.

Aldi replaces Weber Shandwick with Red for UK consumer PR brief

Aldi replaces Weber Shandwick with Red for UK consumer PR brief

Discount supermarket chain Aldi has appointed Red Consultancy as its UK consumer PR agency, following eight years with Weber Shandwick, PRWeek has learned.

Instinctif Partners and Schroders among winners at PRCA City and Financial Awards

Instinctif Partners and Schroders among winners at PRCA City and Financial Awards

Instinctif Partners was named City Agency of the Year at last night's PRCA City and Financial Awards, with Schroders picking up the award for the In-house Team of the Year.

Fever appoints social media chief as it looks to break down 'barriers'

Fever appoints social media chief as it looks to break down 'barriers'

Fever PR has appointed Thom James to the newly created role of head of social, as it looks to build its digital offering and break down "organisational barriers".

'This Girl Can' moves from advertising to activism

'This Girl Can' moves from advertising to activism

Sport England wants to avoid the 'difficult second album' with the next wave of its groundbreaking 'This girl can' activity, which has morphed a campaign into a community.

In brief: PRCA City and Financial Awards winners, Fever hires social media chief, Spark's six-figure Bromium win

Who won at last night's PRCA City and Financial Awards? Plus Fever appoints social media chief, Bromium hands Spark six-figure brief, Beattie opens Cornwall office, House PR retain London Art Week, Cult's food festival win, and more from PRWeek UK.

Hanover hires ex-BT corporate affairs chief Michael Prescott as 2016 revenue tops £11m

Hanover hires ex-BT corporate affairs chief Michael Prescott as 2016 revenue tops £11m

Hanover has hired former BT director of corporate affairs Michael Prescott to a new senior corporate and political role, as the agency reports 25 per cent revenue growth to £11.4m in 2016.

Shazam's James Pearson departs for photo-sharing app Membit

Shazam's James Pearson departs for photo-sharing app Membit

Membit is an AR photo-sharing app that allows "pictures to be placed and viewed in the exact location they were captured."

In brief: Ministry of Sound, Gumtree, Fourth Day, Amec Foster Wheeler, Household Cavalry Museum

In brief: Ministry of Sound, Gumtree, Fourth Day, Amec Foster Wheeler, Household Cavalry Museum

Ministry of Sound hires Smarts Communicate for gym launch, Gumtree takes on PLMR, Fourth Day signs Canada partnership, Amec Foster Wheeler names new director of corporate affairs, and more from PRWeek UK.

PR pros give 'car-crash' #Piegate stunt a red card while brands look to cash in on Sutton footballer Wayne Shaw

PR pros give 'car-crash' #Piegate stunt a red card while brands look to cash in on Sutton footballer Wayne Shaw

The #Piegate publicity stunt has been labelled as "car-crash PR" by comms experts, although brands are looking to cash in on beleaguered Sutton goalkeeper Wayne Shaw.

DfE to use multiple channels in campaign to convince SMEs to take on apprentices

DfE to use multiple channels in campaign to convince SMEs to take on apprentices

The Department for Education is to launch a major new strand of its apprenticeships campaign, using multiple channels to convince smaller businesses to take on young people.

Emma Watson's new fashion Instagram will feature only eco-friendly brands

Emma Watson's new fashion Instagram will feature only eco-friendly brands

Louis Vuitton, Oscar de la Renta and Stella McCartney appear in the "Beauty and the Beast" star's posts.

Courts service will use comms to uphold principles of open justice, says MoJ

Courts service will use comms to uphold principles of open justice, says MoJ

Comms is playing a central role in making Britain's court system more transparent and upholding the principle of justice being seen to be done, according to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

IBM chief communications officer Andy Whitehouse exits

IBM chief communications officer Andy Whitehouse exits

Whitehouse joined the company last April as VP and chief communications officer.

Analysis

'Explain it to a 10-year-old' - how to communicate complex changes in healthcare

'Explain it to a 10-year-old' - how to communicate complex changes in healthcare

Trump, populism and alternative facts: UK science & research responds to US gagging order

Trump, populism and alternative facts: UK science & research responds to US gagging order

Travel ban gives tech CEOs cover to resist Trump

Travel ban gives tech CEOs cover to resist Trump

Does 'talkability' and social media success at Christmas equal sales at the tills?

Does 'talkability' and social media success at Christmas equal sales at the tills?

John Lewis smashes its Twitter record with launch of joyful Christmas campaign

John Lewis smashes its Twitter record with launch of joyful Christmas campaign

Brexit: A buying opportunity for UK PR?

Brexit: A buying opportunity for UK PR?

Comms experts to Samsung: Pick up the pace

Comms experts to Samsung: Pick up the pace

Beyond pink: Why Breast Cancer Awareness Month is different this year

Beyond pink: Why Breast Cancer Awareness Month is different this year

Admitting to yourself you have a mental health problem is the biggest hurdle, but how do you know?

Admitting to yourself you have a mental health problem is the biggest hurdle, but how do you know?

Agencies rush to government contracts under new 'framework', but doubts remain

Agencies rush to government contracts under new 'framework', but doubts remain

Game-changer? PRCA to compel members to report their gender pay gap

Game-changer? PRCA to compel members to report their gender pay gap

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Obnoxious, mendacious & lazy - survey respondents sound off

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Obnoxious, mendacious & lazy - survey respondents sound off

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Journalists covet PR pay packets, but high levels of job satisfaction for both

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Journalists covet PR pay packets, but high levels of job satisfaction for both

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Journalists have a difficult job, say PRs, but their skills are waning

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Journalists have a difficult job, say PRs, but their skills are waning

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Half of PRs don't cut it, say journalists

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Half of PRs don't cut it, say journalists

Latest Jobs

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Ogilvy PR brings in consumer specialist Remy Le Fèvre as UK creative director

Ogilvy PR brings in consumer specialist Remy Le Fèvre as UK creative director

Ogilvy PR has appointed ex-Diffusion PR consumer brand specialist Remy Le Fèvre to the role of creative director in the UK.

Energy Institute hires ex-Madano energy chief Nick Turton as external affairs director

Energy Institute hires ex-Madano energy chief Nick Turton as external affairs director

Trade body The Energy Institute (EI) has appointed former Madano energy practice chief Nick Turton as its new external affairs director.

Edelman veteran and APACMEA boss David Brain to step down

Edelman veteran and APACMEA boss David Brain to step down

David Brain, president and CEO of Edelman Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, is to leave the agency after 13 years.

Chris Calland departs Freuds after eight months to re-join Hanover

Chris Calland departs Freuds after eight months to re-join Hanover

Chris Calland has left Freuds after eight months to re-join Hanover as an associate director.

In brief: Grayling's Chris Rogers to Pagefield, H+K wins tennis brief, Nava Finance hires MRM

Pagefield hires Grayling's Chris Rogers as partner, 'distruptive' finance company Nava Finance appoints MRM, H+K to service Lawn Tennis Association campaign and more from PRWeek.

Weber Shandwick appoints Heather Blundell as Manchester MD

Weber Shandwick appoints Heather Blundell as Manchester MD

Weber Shandwick has appointed Heather Blundell as managing director of its Manchester office, following 12 months as acting MD.

Edelman UK hires creative specialist Ryan Reddick to new content director role

Edelman UK hires creative specialist Ryan Reddick to new content director role

Edelman UK has hired Ryan Reddick, formerly creative director at content agency The Moment, to the new position of content director.

Visit Jersey swaps FleishmanHillard Fishburn for One Green Bean for PR and content work

Visit Jersey swaps FleishmanHillard Fishburn for One Green Bean for PR and content work

Jersey's tourism board Visit Jersey has hired One Green Bean as its retained creative agency spanning PR and content.

Major League Baseball selects W Communications for European campaign

Major League Baseball selects W Communications for European campaign

Major League Baseball (MLB) has hired W Communications to a wide-ranging, six-figure brief to grow the brand across Europe.

Beattie Communications reports seven per cent revenue growth in 2016

Beattie Communications reports seven per cent revenue growth in 2016

Beattie Communications, the London-based agency with eight offices in the UK, has reported a seven per cent rise in revenue to £9.3m in 2016, which it labelled "a year of achievement and progress".

In brief: More than half of Snapchat users watch branded content, MHP wins Nanoco, Kin&Co's Danone campaign

More than half of Snapchat users open and watch branded content, nanotech giant Nanoco calls on MHP, Danone hires Kin&Co for internal comms campaign, and more from PRWeek.

Huntsworth expects improved 2016 with restructure of Grayling 'now complete'

Huntsworth expects improved 2016 with restructure of Grayling 'now complete'

Huntsworth has issued an upbeat trading statement ahead of its full-year trading update next month, saying it "traded well" in Q4 and stating that the restructure of Grayling is "now complete".

MDC to sell $95m stake to Goldman Sachs

MDC to sell $95m stake to Goldman Sachs

Once the deal is complete, Goldman Sachs will own 15% of the company.