The Government is to mount more than 160 campaigns in the coming year, with a particular focus on tackling disinformation and promoting Britain's place in the world, outlined in its annual comms plan for 2019-20, published today.
Exclusive: Government to train public sector comms troops for battle in escalating disinformation war
Whitehall is to train comms professionals across the public sector to combat disinformation after the executive director of the Government Communications Service, Alex Aiken, warned that the problem poses a growing threat to democracy.
Comms professionals in the public sector are bearing the brunt of what the CIPR's latest 'State of the Profession' report calls an "epidemic" of mental ill-health.
The Treasury has appointed Foreign and Commonwealth Office stalwart Olaf Henricson-Bell as its head of comms and press secretary to the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond.
The tragic fate of a terrified woman who mistakenly thought making a silent 999 call would be enough to save her life is being used as a cautionary tale in a police campaign launched this week.
Sarah Roberts has been appointed head of digital comms at Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH).
Amid high levels of concern over time and budget pressures, morale within local authority comms teams is falling and has reached a record low, according to a new survey for LGcomms.
The three-year London Fire Brigade (LFB) campaign centred on accidental fires caused by faulty white goods, using public affairs, media relations and communications techniques, resulted in changes to safety standards and consumer advice from manufacturers, and the government setting up a new body to monitor them.
Conrad Bird, director of the GREAT Britain campaign, is to start a new role as director of campaigns and marketing at the Department for International Trade in a matter of weeks, PRWeek can reveal.
A simple graphic depicting cups of tea is the focus of a last-minute campaign by the Home Office to encourage EU citizens living in the UK to apply for settled status in Britain.
Lara Hallett has been appointed head of campaigns at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), PRWeek has learned.
West Midlands Police opened itself up to criticism after detectives running one of its Twitter accounts used a photo of a blood-soaked operating theatre in Israel to warn people against using knives.
Caroline Welch has left NHS Property Services, where she was senior press and public affairs manager, to take up a new role as senior comms manager for the government's Help to Buy scheme at Homes England, a non-departmental public body.
Governments are being urged to enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship at sporting events, amid concerns that deals with Formula One alone could result in the promotion of tobacco to more than one billion people worldwide.
More than three quarters of firms pay men more than women, yet many (men) insist there is no such thing as the gender pay gap, arguing it is a statistical creation that allows women to feel hard done by.
It is 10 years since Public Health England launched Change4Life, England's first healthy lifestyle brand, which famously invited families to "eat well, move more and live longer".
Asking for copy proofing or approval is just one of many random acts of stupidity that tarnish the PR industry's reputation, argues Babel PR boss Ian Hood in this strongly worded column.
"Why is PR obsessed with being a profession?" ran a recent debate on Twitter, together with a discussion of the requirements of achieving formally recognised status.
There has been some misplaced outcry around the European Parliament's vote to adopt the EU Copyright Directive last week.
'Flexible and part-time working are concessions that agencies make for mums. They are detrimental to business and agencies only allow people to work in this way because they don't look very nice if they don't.'
PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Shumon Ali-Rahman's job as senior media manager at Acas?
For nearly twenty years, I worked steadily as a communications professional and even though I was a charity comms director, I never gave becoming a chief executive a second thought. Then, I became the CEO. By accident.
In May last year my wife Kate and I had just had our second (my third!) child. I'd been trying to get to a place where I was happy with my work life balance and I had finally got there.
PRWeek's UK Power Book reveals the PR professionals who lead the way in their respective areas. Today, we rank the top ten in the public sector.
I always look forward to my annual copy of the PRWeek Power Book, to try to spot those that I know or have worked with, as well as to read about their take on work and life generally.
Communications Officer Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education Reading, Berkshire
Media Relations Manager Russell Group London (Greater)
New Senior Account Executive Role! – Financial Services/Corporate Communications Premier Resourcing UK London (Greater)
Account Director/Senior Account Director – Start up agency (Consumer) Capstone Hill Search London (Central), London (Greater)
Senior Media Officer Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy City of Westminster, London (Greater)
APCO Worldwide has strengthened its senior public affairs and strategic communications teams.
WE Communications has appointed Cancer Research UK's social lead Cecilia Dominici as its digital content and strategy director.
Pagefield has strengthened its public affairs practice with the appointment of Southwark Council deputy leader Rebecca Lury as a partner, PRWeek can reveal.
Paul Bristow - the Public Affairs Board chair and formerly head of the APPC - has stepped down to potentially contest the Peterborough by-election as a Conservative candidate.
The driving force behind some of Amnesty International's recent creative campaigns - Leila Mountford - has joined Lewis as its creative director in the UK.
Field Consulting has appointed Pagefield partner Lucy Holbrook as its first managing director.
Rachel Royall has left her job as comms director at NHS Digital after less than two years to join IBM as comms director at its UK healthcare and life sciences team.