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From the editor-in-chief: The death of PR agencies - as we know them

From the editor-in-chief: The death of PR agencies - as we know them

All the evidence gathered from PRWeek's investigations over the past month points to a couple of crucial conclusions...

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FIFA's resilience shows the media's diminishing impact

FIFA's resilience shows the media's diminishing impact

It is almost impossible to grab attention through all the noise. The truth has become invisible.

Why comms directors underestimate the power of politicians

Why comms directors underestimate the power of politicians

I woke up on Monday morning to Ian Stewart of Deloitte on the Today programme telling me that the biggest worry for corporate CFOs was next year's election and an EU referendum.

Approaching the final whistle: The World Cup PR winners and losers so far

Approaching the final whistle: The World Cup PR winners and losers so far

As with so many major sporting events, the period immediately beforehand sees naysayers making a last ditch play for column centimetres.

The three 'must-dos' for crisis communicators

The three 'must-dos' for crisis communicators

A council's reputation can be destroyed in a few hours if you aren't prepared and fail to move fast during a crisis.

Hague's 'Brangelina' stunt distracts public from the real issue

Hague's 'Brangelina' stunt distracts public from the real issue

'Team Hague' failed to make the right impression when its message got lost among 'Brangelina' fever

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

The best evidence is tested on its merits

The best evidence is tested on its merits

Evidence that informs public policy must stand the test of scrutiny, whether it is from NGOs or businesses.

Mental Wealth: Call yourself a leader?

Mental Wealth: Call yourself a leader?

Our resident psychologist asks aspiring leaders: are you radical enough to incite establishment murder plots?

Agency doctor: spend more effort on keeping and growing your existing clients

Agency doctor: spend more effort on keeping and growing your existing clients

It makes sense to work out where your client relationships are strong and where they need work, and develop a strategy to keep your most valued clients loyal.

Facebook breaks communications' golden rule with study scandal

Facebook breaks communications' golden rule with study scandal

Facebook's recently revealed study in 'emotional contagion' provoked angry responses from many internet users - and a pending inquiry from the Information Commissioner's Office. The response from the company not only showed a lack of understanding and empathy, but is a textbook example of how not to respond to a crisis, says Aspectus PR's Alastair Turner.

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.

Lack of video will kill the press release

Lack of video will kill the press release

Failing to incorporate video into comms services is likely to leave the industry dangerously behind the times.

Shaw: When to punch back like Walmart, and when to step away from the keyboard

Shaw: When to punch back like Walmart, and when to step away from the keyboard

In light of Walmart's decision to push back against The New York Times, Microsoft's Frank Shaw explains when his company uses owned media to rebut an outlet.

Primark's 'cry for help' messages: genuine or PR stunts?

Primark's 'cry for help' messages: genuine or PR stunts?

Primark is certainly no stranger to allegations of using sweatshops, and a mass of other unethical claims. You'd have thought that given we all claim to be ethical shoppers these days, we'd all shop elsewhere, says Chris Arnold, creative partner, Creative Orchestra and author of Ethical Marketing & The New Consumer.

Tech City needs some old-school PR advice

Tech City needs some old-school PR advice

We need to convince the Tech City trailblazers about the value of traditional PR support.

US loses to Germany, but wins Twitter with Klinsmann absentee letter

US loses to Germany, but wins Twitter with Klinsmann absentee letter

The team's best move on social media took place Wednesday night, when it tweeted a signed letter from coach J├╝rgen Klinsmann excusing fans from work on Thursday for the big game against Germany.

PR in the movies

PR in the movies

The author of PR Today and University of Westminster's visiting professor of PR gives it to you straight

All you need to know about Cannes 2014 - in four minutes

All you need to know about Cannes 2014 - in four minutes

This year's Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity demonstrated the importance of earned media and collaboration amid the accelerating integration of the global marketing sector.

Sorrell: Why PR agencies don't win more awards at Cannes

Sorrell: Why PR agencies don't win more awards at Cannes

PRWeek executive editor Bernadette Casey sat down with WPP Group CEO Martin Sorrell in Cannes to discuss content creation, a surprising hot market, and PR awards at the festival.

Unilever CMO cautions against brand fragmentation

Unilever CMO cautions against brand fragmentation

It is crucial to build brands by marketing with people, not to people, Unilever CMO Keith Weed told an audience in Cannes.

Hit or Miss?

Hit or miss? Public sector workers say "enough is enough" with strike

Hit or miss? Public sector workers say "enough is enough" with strike

Hundreds of thousands of public service workers across the UK took to the streets yesterday to protest over pay, pensions and cuts by the Government.

Hit or Miss: Cameron orders inquiry into Westminster paedophilia allegations

Hit or Miss: Cameron orders inquiry into Westminster paedophilia allegations

Prime Minister David Cameron faces a perfect storm over claims that a child abuse ring operated at the heart of Westminster during the 1980s - a toxic combination of historic abuse, paedophiles and missing documents.

Hit or Miss? BNP Paribas pleads guilty over US sanction violations

Hit or Miss? BNP Paribas pleads guilty over US sanction violations

France's largest bank BNP Paribas this week agreed to pay a $8.97bn settlement over US allegations of sanctions violations, the largest settlement for a such a case in US history.

Seeing red: what gets you fuming?

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.

Seeing red: why RFPs are sounding the death knell for our sanity

Seeing red: why RFPs are sounding the death knell for our sanity

Nick Williams, senior vice-president and partner, head of public affairs, at FleishmanHillard, fumes at poorly presented requests for proposals.

Seeing red: making a plan is no substitute for action

Seeing red: making a plan is no substitute for action

Alan Twigg, LightBrigade's managing director, 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.