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PR pros face ‘higher stress, longer hours and abuse’ during pandemic – NUJ study

PR pros face ‘higher stress, longer hours and abuse’ during pandemic – NUJ study

More than three-quarters of PR professionals have worked longer hours and many have had to deal with abuse during the coronavirus pandemic, a new study has found.

Online political ads forced to declare who is behind them in government crackdown

Online political ads forced to declare who is behind them in government crackdown

'Digital imprints' would be required for all paid and organic content.

Watch: Artists create UK's biggest painting at Twickenham for rugby restart

Watch: Artists create UK's biggest painting at Twickenham for rugby restart

The pitch at Twickenham Stadium has been transformed into a portrait of three of Premiership Rugby players in a campaign by Taylor Herring to celebrate the restart of Gallagher Premiership Rugby.

Porter Novelli's Irish agency leaves network following management buyout

Porter Novelli's Irish agency leaves network following management buyout

The directors of Irish public relations firm Drury Porter Novelli have acquired the business from Omnicom Group.

PRCA promotes Renna Markson to deputy director-general

PRCA promotes Renna Markson to deputy director-general

The PRCA has named Renna Markson deputy director-general and director of engagement, effectively filling the void left by former deputy director-general Matt Cartmell, who left the PR industry body to set up his own agency a year ago.

Brewdog-owned cider brand Hawkes gives away pints to highlight crop waste

Brewdog-owned cider brand Hawkes gives away pints to highlight crop waste

Postal donation scheme will accept unwanted apples from across the UK.

Exclusive: SAGE did not advise Government for weeks leading up to quarantine policy announcement

Exclusive: SAGE did not advise Government for weeks leading up to quarantine policy announcement

The Government did not consult the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) for six weeks prior to the implementation of its contentious quarantine rules for arriving travellers, a Freedom of Information request reveals.

CIPR rejects Guido Fawkes claim it is 'virtually bust'

CIPR rejects Guido Fawkes claim it is 'virtually bust'

The CIPR has disputed claims in Guido Fawkes that it is "virtually bust", although the trade body confirmed it is relinquishing its office to become a 'virtual' organisation.

Public Health England's marketing chief Sheila Mitchell to step down

Public Health England's marketing chief Sheila Mitchell to step down

Public Health England’s (PHE) long-serving marketing chief, Sheila Mitchell, is leaving her role in September after more than a decade leading the Government's public health marketing.

Hotels.com takes Champions League football to the beach (in London)

Hotels.com takes Champions League football to the beach (in London)

The drive-in screening will feature a pre-match talk by player Yaya Touré, as well as further PR and social media activity.

Five Campaigns We Liked in July: your winner revealed

Five Campaigns We Liked in July: your winner revealed

PRWeek's selection of the best PR and comms campaigns from July ended up with nearly 300 votes in total. Find out the winner below...

Badoo thanks nation’s ‘wankers’ in new campaign

Badoo thanks nation’s ‘wankers’ in new campaign

Dating app Badoo and The Romans have launched a campaign that pays homage to masturbators who ‘selflessly’ resisted meeting up with dates in the flesh during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Tin Man helps relaunch V Festival for Virgin Media

Tin Man helps relaunch V Festival for Virgin Media

Tin Man Communications is working alongside a host of creative and media agencies to relaunch V Festival in a virtual incarnation.

SEC Newgate in 'healthy' position with H1 pre-tax profit to exceed €1.5m

SEC Newgate in 'healthy' position with H1 pre-tax profit to exceed €1.5m

SEC Newgate expects pre-tax profit for the first half of 2020 to top €1.5m, with results ahead of management expectations despite the impact of the coronavirus.

Pitch Update: Foodhub, Box on the Docks, Gov Grant, PrivateJet, vegan candles and more

Pitch Update: Foodhub, Box on the Docks, Gov Grant, PrivateJet, vegan candles and more

PRWeek's weekly round-up of pitches and account moves.

Movers & Shakers: Boeing, Santander, Wallgreens Boots, BCW, Manifest and more

Movers & Shakers: Boeing, Santander, Wallgreens Boots, BCW, Manifest and more

PRWeek's weekly roundup of industry hires, departures and promotions.

Women in PR/PRWeek Mentoring Programme – mentees revealed for biggest scheme yet

Women in PR/PRWeek Mentoring Programme – mentees revealed for biggest scheme yet

Thirty female PR professionals have been chosen as mentees for the 2020 Mentoring Programme from Women in PR and PRWeek.

Boeing restructures global comms as veteran Charlie Miller departs

Boeing restructures global comms as veteran Charlie Miller departs

Boeing’s vice-president of international communications, Charlie Miller, has retired after nearly two decades with the aerospace company. The global comms function has been restructured with international comms under the leadership of Gordon Johndroe following the departure of SVP of comms Niel Golightly.

Atos promotes UK comms chief Kulveer Ranger to global role

Atos promotes UK comms chief Kulveer Ranger to global role

Atos has promoted Kulveer Ranger to global head of strategy and communications for financial services and insurance.

COVID-19 'could slow progress of women in PR' – survey

COVID-19 'could slow progress of women in PR' – survey

The environment created by the coronavirus crisis is likely to slow the progress of gender equality in the industry, a global survey of female PR professionals suggests.

Analysis

Virtuous or virtue signalling – was Ben & Jerry's right to attack the Government on Channel crossings?

Virtuous or virtue signalling – was Ben & Jerry's right to attack the Government on Channel crossings?

'Pac-Man' acquirers and holding companies 'hacking the fat' - what next for PR M&A?

'Pac-Man' acquirers and holding companies 'hacking the fat' - what next for PR M&A?

Does poor treatment of workers have an effect on brand reputation?

Does poor treatment of workers have an effect on brand reputation?

Power grab or rationalisation? Government plans huge reduction in comms personnel

Power grab or rationalisation? Government plans huge reduction in comms personnel

News analysis: Hospitality could resort to 'cleanwashing' as operators balance safety and experience

News analysis: Hospitality could resort to 'cleanwashing' as operators balance safety and experience

Exclusive: Which government departments have been best at using social media during COVID-19?

Exclusive: Which government departments have been best at using social media during COVID-19?

Exclusive: PR salary growth rate maintained but agencies nudge ahead of in-house for bonuses

Exclusive: PR salary growth rate maintained but agencies nudge ahead of in-house for bonuses

Don’t talk to us about Black Lives Matter, UK public tells brands – but you can mention coronavirus

Don’t talk to us about Black Lives Matter, UK public tells brands – but you can mention coronavirus

Has the Government’s decision to back Dominic Cummings ‘trashed’ its own public health message?

Has the Government’s decision to back Dominic Cummings ‘trashed’ its own public health message?

How will the collapse of Number 10’s truce with the media affect its comms in the pandemic?

How will the collapse of Number 10’s truce with the media affect its comms in the pandemic?

WFH 'forever' – could the PR industry follow Twitter's lead?

WFH 'forever' – could the PR industry follow Twitter's lead?

PRWeek Top Consultancies 2020: Asia-Pacific

PRWeek Top Consultancies 2020: Asia-Pacific

COVID-19 marcomms survey: 'Fewer redundancies, pay cuts and performance declines in PR'

COVID-19 marcomms survey: 'Fewer redundancies, pay cuts and performance declines in PR'

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t: will party conferences go ahead this autumn?

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t: will party conferences go ahead this autumn?

To furlough, or not furlough?

To furlough, or not furlough?

Latest Jobs

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Manifest hires digital content strategy director

Manifest hires digital content strategy director

Manifest Manchester has appointed Lee Benecke as digital content strategy director.

BCW names co-CEOs for Germany

BCW names co-CEOs for Germany

BCW has appointed co-chief executives for its German business.

Publicis global head of insights exits after combative COVID tweets

Publicis global head of insights exits after combative COVID tweets

The holding company parted ways with Tom Goodwin after he tweeted about pandemic.

Walgreens Boots Alliance international comms VP departs

Walgreens Boots Alliance international comms VP departs

Laura Vergani has left her role as vice-president, international communications, at Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) after nine years at the company.

Athene Communications appoints managing director

Athene Communications appoints managing director

Peterborough-based Athene Communications has named Rachel Wild as its new managing director.

Movers & Shakers: Number 10, PHA Group, Run, Broadcast Revolution, PRCA and more

Movers & Shakers: Number 10, PHA Group, Run, Broadcast Revolution, PRCA and more

PRWeek's weekly round-up of industry hires, departures and promotions.

The PHA Group names new leaders as CEO retires

The PHA Group names new leaders as CEO retires

Shelley Frosdick and Stuart Skinner have been appointed joint group managing directors and will succeed chief executive Mark Gregory, who has retired after 13 years with the agency.

Ogilvy lists creativity and inclusivity as top priorities under Andy Main

Ogilvy lists creativity and inclusivity as top priorities under Andy Main

Ogilvy's new global CEO joined the company from Deloitte Digital this week.

Government comms professional appointed as minister’s press secretary

Government comms professional appointed as minister’s press secretary

Government comms professional Harry Wingfield has been appointed press secretary to the housing minister, Chris Pincher, at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), PRWeek has learned.

Movers & Shakers: BCW, Finsbury, Instinctif, PrettyGreen, Don't Cry Wolf, Threesixty and more

Movers & Shakers: BCW, Finsbury, Instinctif, PrettyGreen, Don't Cry Wolf, Threesixty and more

PRWeek's weekly round-up of industry hires, departures and promotions.

Keddie and Tierney promoted in BCW UK healthcare leadership shake-up

Keddie and Tierney promoted in BCW UK healthcare leadership shake-up

BCW has promoted Tamsin Tierney to managing director of its UK healthcare practice while Catherine Keddie, who previously held that post, has stepped up to the role of group managing director of healthcare and head of culture in the UK, the agency has announced.

Ex-Freuds managing partner Edward Amory named Instinctif MD

Ex-Freuds managing partner Edward Amory named Instinctif MD

Former Freuds managing partner Edward Amory is joining Instinctif in September in the new role of managing director.

ZPB hires pharma specialist for partner role

ZPB hires pharma specialist for partner role

Healthcare specialist ZPB Associates has appointed industry veteran Jo Spadaccino as partner to strengthen the agency’s pharma client base.