I used to be the kind of journalist who grumbled about PRs. Particularly ones who sent irrelevant press releases, rang up 20 times a day (to see if I'd got their irrelevant press releases) and began emails with phrases like "hope you're enjoying the sunshine".
Although there may be legitimate reasons for doing so, trying to muzzle the press with court orders has a nasty habit of backfiring on celebrities who take this course.
Following Sir Philip Green's mauling by MPs and the media this week, PRWeek looks at five CEOs whose handling of crises has left their public reputations in tatters.
Whoever does the PR for bus and train company Go-Ahead could be forgiven for thinking that this is not their year.
Throughout the build-up to the referendum, 'take back control' was a beguiling refrain from those who suggested that we were, or soon would be, 'out of control' if we voted to 'remain'.
I find it extraordinary that public relations is an industry many struggle to understand and define, especially when it comes to our role with sales.
I was going to start this article by harking back to Sir Philip Green's glory years but after an hour of research into King Topshop's career history, I'm struggling to find anything that paints him in an overly good light.
When I was a fledgling account manager, I was so proud of an advertorial creative concept that I came up with to drive reappraisal for Wella's Vosene shampoo - a brand with a rich family heritage.
The curse of the celebrity injunction appears to have struck again after Sir Elton John lost a battle to prevent The Sun reporting claims that he sexually harassed a male employee.
Boris Johnson and media training don't seem like the most obvious words you'd find in the same sentence.
Has there ever been a more tumultuous month in the UK comms business?
There was talk of 'cause fatigue' at Cannes this year, but that doesn't mean the industry should move on - it's simply that purpose has evolved.
It is only three weeks after the EU referendum, but more has happened politically than we might see in three normal years.
Pokémon GO has become a cultural phenomenon in a matter of days since its launch, eclipsing Twitter, Snapchat and Tinder users. Two writers give their views on how PR-land can capitalise on its features and talkability.
British opinions of the NHS are often contradictory. It is our job to use human comms to reach the public.
Two specialists, from Burson-Marsteller UK and Connect Communications, give their take on (another) eventful 24 hours in British politics.
The new system of Individual Electoral Registration needs to be simplified and clarified before any impending general election.
So, now the Westminster combat is done, Generals Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom move to a new battlefield - the heartlands of the Tory membership.
"You can't win an argument." The famous line from Dale Carnegie's seminal How to Win Friends and Influence People seems particularly apt in light of the Chilcot report.
Conservative MPs have begun the process of electing a new leader. Based on my experience of leadership contests - including one as campaign manager - I think there are some smart steps to take and pitfalls to avoid.
Following a legend is tough. David Moyes found this out the hard way when he stepped into Sir Alex Ferguson's shoes at Manchester United, and, let's face it; Adam Rickitt will always be Nick Tilsley in Corrie, despite that new bloke (whatever he's called).
Only well-run pitch processes give agencies the chance to present their best work - to the ultimate benefit of the client.
Anyone can string a sentence together, but don't make the mistake of thinking anyone can do it well, says Wyn Matthews, editorial manager at Word Association.
It feels like being cheated when I've bent over backwards for journalists but they won't do me any favours, says Miriam Brown, assistant account executive at Satellite PR.
Why do so many journalists, publishers, editors and other content creators fail to follow up on initial contacts?
The movement for Britain to leave the European Union did everything a successful PR campaign should.
PRWeek's top of the month for April 2016 goes to Premiership winner Claudio Ranieri.
She was the great hope of many pro-Brexit Conservatives, but Andrea Leadsom's disastrous handling of a press interview and its aftermath brought her plan to be the next Tory leader and Prime Minister to a grinding halt.
PRWeek's flop of the month for April 2016 went to The Times, and its coverage of the Hillsborough inquiry result.