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PRCA and PRWeek launch survey on industry attitudes towards mental health

PRCA and PRWeek launch survey on industry attitudes towards mental health

The PRCA and PRWeek have launched a joint survey to look into attitudes towards mental health in the PR and comms industry.

The PRWeek General Election Panel: Highs and lows of the first week

The PRWeek General Election Panel: Highs and lows of the first week

Our PRWeek General Election Panel draws together some of the best public affairs practitioners in the industry, from both sides of the political divide, to dissect the campaign as it unfolds between now and 8 June.

Chancellor's comms director departs for private sector ahead of General Election

Chancellor's comms director departs for private sector ahead of General Election

Hayden Allan is to leave his job as comms director to the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, he has revealed to PRWeek.

Government's information tsar to review data-sharing deal following row over patient confidentiality

Government's information tsar to review data-sharing deal following row over patient confidentiality

A row has broken out about patient confidentiality after NHS Digital agreed to share personal data with the Home Office which could lead to undocumented migrants being deported.

Government to lead major public and private sector anti-litter campaign

Government to lead major public and private sector anti-litter campaign

Schoolchildren are being targeted in a major campaign in development which aims to create an "anti-littering culture" in the space of a generation.

Tees Valley uses Maximo Park frontman to promote mayoral elections to young people

Tees Valley uses Maximo Park frontman to promote mayoral elections to young people

Tees Valley is one of six new combined authorities to hold mayoral elections on 4 May. In the fifth part of this series, PRWeek looks at the local election campaigns and how comms and PR are being used to raise awareness and turnout.

Theresa May's press secretary departs days after comms chief resigns

Theresa May's press secretary departs days after comms chief resigns

Another press aide to Theresa May has departed in the wake of her decision to call a snap general election - and her party's appointment of Lynton Crosby to run its campaign.

PR firms should 'go all in' to embrace election opportunities - but also be wary of blips in business

PR firms should 'go all in' to embrace election opportunities - but also be wary of blips in business

Theresa May's decision to hold a snap general election presents a "huge opportunity" for creative work by consumer PR agencies and their clients - but may also present some with the prospect of a temporary blip, according to agency professionals.

There is no debate - Theresa May is right to reject TV showdowns, comms pros agree

There is no debate - Theresa May is right to reject TV showdowns, comms pros agree

Theresa May's decision not to participate in televised debates ahead of June's snap general election is "strategically sound", political communicators agree - but they are divided on how influential Lynton Crosby will be in the election.

Durham University offers £250,000 agency contract to boost business school's profile

Durham University offers £250,000 agency contract to boost business school's profile

One of Britain's top universities, Durham, is planning to spend more than a quarter of a million pounds in the next four years in a bid to boost the reputation of its business school.

DfE doubles campaign budget to attract people into teaching

DfE doubles campaign budget to attract people into teaching

The government has significantly stepped up the amount it spends on an integrated comms campaign to tempt people into teaching.

Home Office wins battle to prevent 'propaganda coup' surrounding footage of shot Taliban fighter

Home Office wins battle to prevent 'propaganda coup' surrounding footage of shot Taliban fighter

Home Office officials have praised the work of its comms professionals in averting what could have been a propaganda coup for terror groups - by helping prevent the broadcast of footage showing the killing of an insurgent in Afghanistan.

West of England gives electorate 'a billion reasons to vote' on 4 May

West of England gives electorate 'a billion reasons to vote' on 4 May

The West of England is one of six new combined authorities to hold mayoral elections on 4 May. In the fourth part of this series, PRWeek looks at the local election campaigns and how comms and PR are being used to raise awareness and turnout.

Agency to help council celebrate 350th anniversary of the Battle of Medway

Agency to help council celebrate 350th anniversary of the Battle of Medway

Council bosses in Kent have appointed Four Colman Getty to help promote the 350th anniversary of the Battle of Medway, when a daring raid by the Dutch Navy inflicted a humiliating defeat on the Royal Navy.

Opinion and features

What's the comms verdict on 100 days of Trump?

What's the comms verdict on 100 days of Trump?

This Saturday marks 100 days of President Trump. The milestone prompted a declaration from the White House that Trump had accomplished more in his first 100 days than any other president since Franklin Roosevelt.

Wikitribune is a shot in the arm for the media and good for the PR industry, too

Wikitribune is a shot in the arm for the media and good for the PR industry, too

We've witnessed the rise of citizen journalism. We've heard about the wisdom of crowds. And lately, of course, we've been introduced to the scourge of "fake news".

The Brexit Diaries - election special: Was Theresa May right to call a snap election?

The Brexit Diaries - election special: Was Theresa May right to call a snap election?

PRWeek has partnered with insight and strategy consultancy BritainThinks in a unique project to take the temperature of both leave and remain voters. Diarists will be canvassed for their views at crucial moments during the two-year Brexit process, following the triggering of Article 50.

As surveillance technology increases, public engagement over how we use it is crucial

As surveillance technology increases, public engagement over how we use it is crucial

We should embrace what better surveillance technology offers, but it must be done in an environment where there is transparency, consent and understanding.

So, you want my job? Web and publications editor for the Judicial Office

So, you want my job? Web and publications editor for the Judicial Office

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Michael Stewart's job as web and publications editor for the Judicial Office?

Today's PR people need to understand algorithms to achieve cut-through

Today's PR people need to understand algorithms to achieve cut-through

The days when PR effort was simply measured by weight of media coverage and spurious and meaningless metrics are almost gone.

You can write, right? Five tips for future PR practitioners

You can write, right? Five tips for future PR practitioners

There's a 'national day' for almost everything, and 10 April didn't disappoint, offering a celebration for siblings, cinnamon crescents and farmyard animals.

Rogue One: A Brexit Story

Rogue One: A Brexit Story

A rushed election engineered to further divide the country, further international referendums and growing fears, calling the fundamentals of democracy as we have known it into question.

Theresa May must sell the General Election to an electorate hit by voter-fatigue

Theresa May must sell the General Election to an electorate hit by voter-fatigue

Prime Minister Theresa May had been ruling out an early General Election right up to the point at which she called one.

So, you want my job? Media relations officer at Canterbury Christ Church University

So, you want my job? Media relations officer at Canterbury Christ Church University

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Holly Finch's job as Media Relations Officer at Canterbury Christ Church University?

The many and varied roles of the Judicial Office comms team

The many and varied roles of the Judicial Office comms team

The chances are you've never heard of the Judicial Office (JO); the relatively small but crucial part of the civil service where I work.

Recent public sector people moves

Ruder Finn hires tech PR veteran Shelley Facius as head of technology

Ruder Finn hires tech PR veteran Shelley Facius as head of technology

Agency Ruder Finn has appointed tech PR veteran Shelley Facius as its new head of technology in the UK.

Aaron Sherinian joins Aga Khan Development Network as global comms head

Aaron Sherinian joins Aga Khan Development Network as global comms head

Sherinian is departing the U.N. Foundation on June 1.

Hanover launches Dubai office due to 'growing client demand'

Hanover launches Dubai office due to 'growing client demand'

Comms group Hanover has continued its expansion with a new office in Dubai.

Prime Minister's spokeswoman and deputy spokesman both leaving Number 10

Prime Minister's spokeswoman and deputy spokesman both leaving Number 10

Both Helen Bower and Greg Swift, respectively the spokesperson and deputy spokesperson to the Prime Minister, are leaving their roles, PRWeek understands.

U.S. COO Nicole Cornish exits Burson-Marsteller

U.S. COO Nicole Cornish exits Burson-Marsteller

She joined the firm in 2002, then rose through the ranks at Burson and grassroots agency Direct Impact.

Toby Orr to leave Portland for comms director role at Department for International Trade

Toby Orr to leave Portland for comms director role at Department for International Trade

Portland senior partner Toby Orr is to leave the agency to become director of communications at the Government's Department for International Trade.

Brunswick takes on Cameron aide and peer to advise on recruitment

Brunswick takes on Cameron aide and peer to advise on recruitment

Baroness Fall, a member of the House of Lords and for six years a senior aide to former PM David Cameron, has joined the UK's second-largest PR firm in a role focused on recruitment.