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Representing Israel to the UK media during the Gaza conflict

Representing Israel to the UK media during the Gaza conflict

The conflict in Gaza between Hamas and Israeli forces generated wall-to-wall coverage by the world's newspapers and broadcasters.

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If only all cyber attacks could be fought with sausage rolls...

If only all cyber attacks could be fought with sausage rolls...

Earlier this week the Twittersphere was awash with comments on how Greggs' online logo had been replaced by an offensive slogan parodying their 'Always Fresh, Always Tasty' tagline.

Ferguson, Missouri, gets media relations help from Common Ground PR

Ferguson, Missouri, gets media relations help from Common Ground PR

The firm said in a tweet Monday afternoon that it is "providing short-term assistance to the city of Ferguson's media relations department in fielding media inquiries during this tragic time."

PRWeek poll respondents split on Edelman apology for mental-health blog post

PRWeek poll respondents split on Edelman apology for mental-health blog post

More than 34% of respondents said Edelman's blog post "came off as self-promotional, disrespectful, and boorish." Yet more than 32% seemed to give the firm the benefit of the doubt.

How Samaritans' comms team works when the media focuses on a suicide

How Samaritans' comms team works when the media focuses on a suicide

I can only begin to imagine how incredibly difficult and traumatic the last week must have been for the family and friends of Robin Williams who sadly died by suicide in the early hours of Tuesday UK time. Our thoughts remain with them.

Four rules to consider before commenting on a celebrity's death

Four rules to consider before commenting on a celebrity's death

The morality of news management is in the spotlight once again after Gawker slammed Edelman as a "soulless PR conglomerate" for its 'Carpe Diem' blog on Robin Williams.

"We can do this on our own terms"

"We can do this on our own terms"

International chairman of MHP, Sally Costerton, talks about the value of mentoring in encouraging women to believe they can lead according to their own style.

Report: Response to climate-change survey led to Hass' departure from Edelman

Report: Response to climate-change survey led to Hass' departure from Edelman

Edelman global CEO Richard Edelman said former US CEO Mark Hass was fired from the agency in part because of the way he responded to an investigation into PR agencies' work with climate-change deniers.

Do Huntsworth and Engine Group intend to merge?

Do Huntsworth and Engine Group intend to merge?

As Huntsworth's half-year results were looming last week, and as the share price continued to flatline, one suspected the group would pull yet another rabbit from its top hat; few predicted that rabbit would be Lord Chadlington himself.

Brands pay tribute to Robin Williams in real time

Brands pay tribute to Robin Williams in real time

Brands paid heartfelt tribute to Robin Williams on Monday night after the TV and film star's reported suicide.

How the White House used social alongside traditional media to announce action in Iraq

How the White House used social alongside traditional media to announce action in Iraq

The major cable news networks picked up President Obama's 9 pm statement from the White House on new action in Iraq, but the Obama administration also used the full range of social media tools to get its message across.

Woodall: The top 10 content types for today's online newsroom

Woodall: The top 10 content types for today's online newsroom

After utilizing search engines, reporters then focus their attention on two primary destinations: the company website and the online newsroom.

Review: Salmond vs Darling debate lights up Scottish independence battle

Review: Salmond vs Darling debate lights up Scottish independence battle

The Scottish independence campaign kicked off for real last night with a TV debate between First Minister Alex Salmond and former Chancellor Alistair Darling.

What I learned as a press officer at the Commonwealth Games

What I learned as a press officer at the Commonwealth Games

"It is a privilege to do this job. Make sure you enjoy it." Those were the words going round my head as I entered the Commonwealth Games village two weeks ago to join up with the media operation supporting Team England at Glasgow 2014.

Institutional investors have a valuable voice

Institutional investors have a valuable voice

Fund managers' refreshing willingness to speak at key times is now a handy weapon in our PR armoury.

Pitching and briefing the media from Israel during wartime

Pitching and briefing the media from Israel during wartime

An Israel-based agency executive explains how he and his team keep their focus amid the air-raid sirens and other wartime inconveniences.

Why Israel is losing the war for public opinion over Gaza

Why Israel is losing the war for public opinion over Gaza

The Gaza conflict, now into its third week, has had one distinguishing feature in the eight days.

Reports: Activist hedge fund takes stake in Interpublic Group

Reports: Activist hedge fund takes stake in Interpublic Group

Reports by The New York Times' DealBook blog, Bloomberg News, and The Wall Street Journal all said the hedge fund will encourage the holding company to sell itself to a rival.

Agency doctor: the current agency team will not cut it in the future

Agency doctor: the current agency team will not cut it in the future

Agencies face a bright and promising future, but only if they move away from traditional structures and practices.

Is this a terminal crisis for Malaysia Airlines?

Is this a terminal crisis for Malaysia Airlines?

It depends how much trust passengers will continue to have on the brand.

Taking the fear out of networking

Taking the fear out of networking

Ex-european director of external communications at Coca-Cola Enterprises, Debbie Spitz, shares her tips on how to get the best from, and even enjoy, networking.

Hit or Miss?

Hit or Miss? David Cameron outlines his stance on Islamic State

Hit or Miss? David Cameron outlines his stance on Islamic State

David Cameron stepped up to answer the question of just how far he was willing to involve Britain in conflict with the Islamic State (IS) as it overran parts of Syria and Iraq.

Hit or Miss? Boris Johnson reveals he will stand for Parliament in 2015

Hit or Miss? Boris Johnson reveals he will stand for Parliament in 2015

After months of 'will he, won't he' speculation, London Mayor and potential future Conservative leader Boris Johnson has declared he will stand as an MP next year.

Hit or Miss? Tulisa Contostavlos allows BBC Three documentary to follow her trials

Hit or Miss? Tulisa Contostavlos allows BBC Three documentary to follow her trials

Singer and former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos chose to be filmed for a BBC Three documentary, 'Tulisa: The Price of Fame', as she went on trial for supplying cocaine to an undercover Sun reporter.

Seeing red: what gets you fuming?

Top of the month: Walmart leaves The New York Times seeing red

Top of the month: Walmart leaves The New York Times seeing red

Walmart got a big tick when it made corrections in red pen to a negative New York Times article and posted the notes on its blog

Seeing red: Local government needs to regain trust, not lose it

Seeing red: Local government needs to regain trust, not lose it

Stop telling us to 'spin' says Cormac Smith, chairman of LGcommunications.

Seeing red: giving PR teams a real business objective

Seeing red: giving PR teams a real business objective

Speed Communications director John Brown talks client behaviours he can't stand.

PRWeek's tops of the month

Top of the month: Home Secretary delivers stinging attack on Police Federation

Top of the month: Home Secretary delivers stinging attack on Police Federation

Good on Home Secretary Theresa May for giving the Police Federation a kicking.

Top of the month: Samsung lands supporting role in Oscars A-list selfie

Top of the month: Samsung lands supporting role in Oscars A-list selfie

PRWeek senior reporter John Owens applauds Samsung and Ellen DeGeneres for earning sponsorship amplification.

Top of the month: Iceland distances itself from prosecution of 'dumpster divers'

Top of the month: Iceland distances itself from prosecution of 'dumpster divers'

PRWeek digital editor Lynsey Barber applauds frozen food retailer Iceland for telling the CPS it did not instigate or agree with the prosecution of three people accused of taking food from the bins outside its Kentish Town store.

PRWeek's flops of the month

Flop of the month: Kent commissioner gets tongue-tied in own documentary

Flop of the month: Kent commissioner gets tongue-tied in own documentary

Kent police and crime commissioner Ann Barnes' documentary was a PR disaster.

Flop of the month: heavy-handed PR backfires on MasterCard and House PR

Flop of the month: heavy-handed PR backfires on MasterCard and House PR

PRWeek news editor Daniel Farey-Jones laments House PR's attempt to 'leverage' sponsorship amplification.

Flop of the month: Dreft sponsors birth of pop star Kevin Jonas' daughter

Flop of the month: Dreft sponsors birth of pop star Kevin Jonas' daughter

PRWeek reporter Jonathan Tilley is appalled by Procter & Gamble's detergent brand Dreft sponsoring the birth of pop musician Kevin Jonas' daughter.

I didn't get where I am today ...

I didn't get where I am today... without being bold

I didn't get where I am today... without being bold

Hilary Cross, director of external affairs at Macmillan Cancer Support, explains why it is important that she makes a difference.