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Supreme Court rules Prince Charles 'black spider memos' can be published

Supreme Court rules Prince Charles 'black spider memos' can be published

The Supreme Court has ruled that letters sent by Prince Charles to seven government departments can be published.

PR in the dock: Nearly 70 per cent of the general public does not trust the industry

PR in the dock: Nearly 70 per cent of the general public does not trust the industry

It is often said, with much hand-wringing, that the PR industry has a PR problem but this is usually within the context of arguments about why PRs do not have a seat at the top table or command the same budgets as counterparts in marketing or advertising. But the alarming results of an exclusive survey for PRWeek show that PR itself has a reputational deficit to navigate, with nearly 70 per cent of the general public saying it does not trust its practitioners.

Local Trust appoints Forster to raise profile

Local Trust appoints Forster to raise profile

Local Trust has brought in Forster Communications to raise the profile of its work empowering residents to lead sustainable change in their local areas.

PR industry in running to launch MA apprenticeships under government reforms

PR industry in running to launch MA apprenticeships under government reforms

The PR industry is bidding to become one of the first sectors in England to offer master-level degree apprenticeships under new government reforms.

Why are there so few female leaders in PR?

Why are there so few female leaders in PR?

Following International Women's Day last Sunday and to coincide with our women's issue, PRWeek asks why an industry that is two-thirds female has such clear imbalances when it comes to senior roles and pay equality. We spoke to senior women in the industry about the main barriers women in PR face, why we should do something about it, and what steps the industry can take to tackle this issue.

Political parties all sound like middle-aged men on official Twitter accounts, analysis shows

Political parties all sound like middle-aged men on official Twitter accounts, analysis shows

The main political parties sound like 50- to 65-year-old men on their official Twitter accounts, according to an analysis of the language used in their tweets.

Change.org hires Tom Bage from Pagefield as UK comms director

Change.org hires Tom Bage from Pagefield as UK comms director

Change.org, the petition website, has hired Tom Bage from corporate comms agency Pagefield as UK director of comms.

Online network launches to boost UK creative industries sector

Online network launches to boost UK creative industries sector

An online network for creative people, Hiive, was launched yesterday alongside Create UK - a government-backed strategy to support the development of the creative industries.

Food and Drink Federation hires former Diageo director Ian Wright as director general

Food and Drink Federation hires former Diageo director Ian Wright as director general

The UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has appointed former Diageo comms director Ian Wright as its new director general.

Negative social sentiment soars for Cameron and Miliband after cash-for-access scandal

Negative social sentiment soars for Cameron and Miliband after cash-for-access scandal

Negative sentiment towards David Cameron and Ed Miliband has increased after the latest cash-for-access scandal involving former foreign secretaries Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, according to new research by Talkwalker.

A third of PR people have experienced mental ill health, PRCA survey finds

A third of PR people have experienced mental ill health, PRCA survey finds

A third of people working in PR have experienced mental illness, according to an exclusive survey carried out for PRWeek by the PRCA.

A third of PR people have experienced mental ill health so what is the industry going to do about it?

A third of PR people have experienced mental ill health so what is the industry going to do about it?

More than a third of people working in PR and comms have experienced or been diagnosed with mental ill health and a majority would not feel comfortable talking to their boss about it, according to a survey carried out for PRWeek by the PRCA. Meanwhile, a CIPR State of the Profession report this week found that more than half of senior managers in PR are either "extremely stressed" or "very stressed" in their roles.

Nick Ede of EdenCancan to launch agency East of Eden

Nick Ede of EdenCancan to launch agency East of Eden

Nick Ede, the creative director of EdenCancan, is to launch a new agency called East of Eden, which will concentrate on charity campaigns.

'Polifiller' political cliche removal tool updated for general election

Houston PR has updated its "automatic political jargon removal tool", known as 'Polifiller', ahead of the coming general election.

Opinion and features

The Beeb was right to sack Clarkson

The Beeb was right to sack Clarkson

I actually quite enjoy Top Gear. I like the easy camaraderie and mocking that occurs between the three leads as it only can between people who've been actual friends for years.

Personal attacks and personal allowances: the coalition's last Budget

Personal attacks and personal allowances: the coalition's last Budget

In the last Budget of the Parliament, George Osborne claimed not to be making any pre-election giveaways, but he certainly made a few sweeteners and reminded people about the giveaways he has already made.

Osborne's sixth Budget defines both him and David Cameron's premiership

Osborne's sixth Budget defines both him and David Cameron's premiership

Budgets come and Budgets go - but this one is significantly different. It is a moment of definition for Chancellor George Osborne, its architect. And his sixth Budget also defines the future of David Cameron's premiership.

International Women's Day: Women who have had a positive impact in their field

International Women's Day: Women who have had a positive impact in their field

International Women's Day (IWD) - an outdated sexist concept, a good hook or an essential day to put women's rights and inspiring females on the agenda?

No cracks yet in the glass ceiling

No cracks yet in the glass ceiling

Although the Equal Pay Act was first introduced in 1970, women's salaries in PR still lag well behind that of their male counterparts, particularly at senior level and for those aged over 40.

Flop of the Month: Barnardo's slated for paying Made in Chelsea star £3,000

Flop of the Month: Barnardo's slated for paying Made in Chelsea star £3,000

Children's charity Barnardo's came under fire after The Sun accused it of paying reality TV star 'Binky' Felstead £20,000 for promoting the charity on Instagram.

Six tips for politicians on how to avoid election howlers

Six tips for politicians on how to avoid election howlers

The challenge is on to stick to the manifesto script and for campaigners to watch what they eat - and tweet.

Who would have thought Hacked Off would come to the rescue of journalists?

Who would have thought Hacked Off would come to the rescue of journalists?

Freedom of expression is a noble cause. It is also a battleground. What does it really mean and where are its boundaries?

After Wolf Hall, political 'Bring up the Bodies'

After Wolf Hall, political 'Bring up the Bodies'

The general election will provide a fitting sequel to the BBC's Wolf Hall, as politicians adopt a strategy of 'bring up the bodies' - the old arguments of past NHS debates.

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett may have scooped top spot in shambolic media interview stakes

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett may have scooped top spot in shambolic media interview stakes

Tuesday 24 February 2015 should have been a great day for the Greens to set out their vision for a new form of politics that challenges the status quo, but instead the day descended into complete farce.

Disability Confident - make it your business: Top tips for communicators

Disability Confident - make it your business: Top tips for communicators

The CIPR and the minister for disabled people, Mark Harper, have launched a booklet to help comms professionals land their messages more effectively with diverse audiences.

Recent public sector people moves

UKIP woos second BBC producer to boost its comms team

UKIP woos second BBC producer to boost its comms team

UKIP has appointed former BBC producer Sarah White as a press officer ahead of the general election in May.

Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith hired by Westbourne Communications

Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith hired by Westbourne Communications

Westbourne Communications has hired former Labour Party Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to chair its public affairs practice.

Portland unveils content publishing unit and hires 'digital diplomat'

Portland unveils content publishing unit and hires 'digital diplomat'

Portland has broadened its offer with the launch of a content production unit and the hire of 'digital diplomat' Scott Nolan Smith from the British embassy in Washington.

HMRC makes three senior 'heavyweight' appointments

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced three new "heavyweight" senior external appointments to its comms team, including to the expanded role of head of comms for enforcement and compliance.

Karma's Charles Watson to chair Teneo International and eyeing major London expansion

Karma's Charles Watson to chair Teneo International and eyeing major London expansion

Former Karma Communications chairman Charles Watson has been appointed to chair Teneo International, the international division of Teneo Holdings, and is targeting major growth in London as a priority.

Mayor's PR agency hires former Newgate director Martin Greig

Mayor's PR agency hires former Newgate director Martin Greig

London & Partners, the Mayor's official promotional company for London, has appointed Martin Greig as head of media and PR.

Fenton CEO sells firm; former Billboard editorial director Werde appointed as new chief exec

Fenton CEO sells firm; former Billboard editorial director Werde appointed as new chief exec

After nearly 33 years as CEO of his eponymous firm, David Fenton has sold the agency and appointed a new chief exec, as he shifts to the role of chairman, effective immediately.