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Milkshake brings all the noise to Farage

Milkshake brings all the noise to Farage

British politics has been milkshaken to its core this week. While we should be talking about tomorrow's European elections, discussion - earlier this week, at least - was dominated by what is apparently being called the Milkshake Spring.

The CEO's most powerful asset is knowing how to communicate

The CEO's most powerful asset is knowing how to communicate

The world of the CEO is a world of competing priorities: clients must be kept happy, new work must be won, and employees attracted and retained.

The overarching issue with mental health in the industry is a lack of education

The overarching issue with mental health in the industry is a lack of education

On reflection, I probably had mental health issues during my childhood, but the first time I really became aware I was mentally ill was when I was 17.

Harry Kane's response to trolls has raised his brand and his reputation

Harry Kane's response to trolls has raised his brand and his reputation

Last week Tottenham Hotspur reached the final of the Champions League for the first time in their history.

Jeremy Kyle risks becoming the next Katie Hopkins unless he acts quickly

Jeremy Kyle risks becoming the next Katie Hopkins unless he acts quickly

While television fans have accused ITV bosses of hypocrisy for axing The Jeremy Kyle Show after a contributor's death, but not Love Island, I believe that Jeremy Kyle is in danger of becoming a Katie Hopkins-type figure.

How to help a colleague struggling with their mental health

How to help a colleague struggling with their mental health

Engine's Emma Honeybone discusses her experiences of mental-health difficulties and offers suggestions for those wanting to support colleagues.

It takes great comms to bring the worlds of health and tech together

It takes great comms to bring the worlds of health and tech together

These days health tech and data companies face two big problems.

Humans vs machines: the strategic balance between automation and curation in media intelligence

Humans vs machines: the strategic balance between automation and curation in media intelligence

In the first of a series of columns from our partner AMEC - on issues affecting the measurement and evaluation of PR and reputation programmes - Richard Bagnall writes about the importance of using both machine and mind to achieve actionable insight into your data.

It's time for the PR Industry to be protective 'AF' about its creative ideas

It's time for the PR Industry to be protective 'AF' about its creative ideas

Another year, another Brewdog Brouhaha. The latest is that they've launched Punk IPA as an 'alcohol free' beer, cheekily using the AF in an FCUK way.

Sir Craig Oliver: Business must understand the shift to populism and speak up

Sir Craig Oliver: Business must understand the shift to populism and speak up

Former 10 Downing Street communications director, Sir Craig Oliver, called on business and PR to 'be the architects of change' during his keynote address at the PR360 conference on Friday.

From the editor-in-chief: Even in 'interesting' times, stellar growth is possible

From the editor-in-chief: Even in 'interesting' times, stellar growth is possible

Thanks to three decades' experience gathering intelligence on the PR industry, an increasingly international reach, and deep relationships with key industry partners, PRWeek now offers truly comprehensive insight into what's going on in this sector, globally.

A UK Foreign Agent Registration Act is long overdue for the protection of everyone

A UK Foreign Agent Registration Act is long overdue for the protection of everyone

Tory MP Bob Seely's idea of a UK version of the US Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) is an idea whose time is long overdue.

The press trip from hell - or how to give PRs a bad name

The press trip from hell - or how to give PRs a bad name

It had sounded like a jolly knees up, albeit unusually brief: an overnight press trip to Spain for the summer launch of an upmarket club.

Dear PR industry, please value your introverts

Dear PR industry, please value your introverts

According to Myers Briggs, I am 72 per cent introverted. According to my career so far, I am an adept communications specialist.

Flop of the Month: Change UK stutters ahead of Euro elections

Flop of the Month: Change UK stutters ahead of Euro elections

The anti-Brexit party formed by 11 ex-Labour and Tory MPs offered hope to disaffected moderate voters, but its poorly targeted European elections launch and damaging race rows pose serious questions about Change UK's prospects.

Can healthcare and charity sector comms learn from each other?

Can healthcare and charity sector comms learn from each other?

Having worked in both the healthcare and charity sectors, I have seen how successes and failures become a matter of life and death.

Top of the Month: Teenage activist Greta Thunberg shows the adults how to deliver a message

Top of the Month: Teenage activist Greta Thunberg shows the adults how to deliver a message

Climate change is the greatest existential threat modern humanity has ever faced and yet one which highlights the inability of governments to grasp the nettle on the most difficult issues.

Do PR firms take their own medicine regarding social purpose?

Do PR firms take their own medicine regarding social purpose?

Edelman's Michelle Hutton was quoted in these pages emphasising the mission-critical importance of social purpose for organisations.

M&S missed a PR opportunity with Diane Abbott #Mojitogate

M&S missed a PR opportunity with Diane Abbott #Mojitogate

It would be churlish to use some good-natured train drinking to diagnose wider problems with a much-loved British institution. But why in a story about a Marks & Spencer product has the retailer been conspicuous in its absence?

Comms lessons from the Microsoft Outlook.com data breach

Comms lessons from the Microsoft Outlook.com data breach

News this week of Microsoft's Outlook.com data breach could not have come at a worse time for the software giant.

Seeing red: what gets you fuming?

Seeing red: Don't pass the buck to PR professionals, we are not salespeople

Seeing red: Don't pass the buck to PR professionals, we are not salespeople

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.

Seeing red: Charities are not helping their cause by ducking criticism

Seeing red: Charities are not helping their cause by ducking criticism

Charities need to face up to criticism and communicate more effectively, says Russell Hargrave, media manager at NPC

Seeing red: Everyone loses in a badly run pitch

Seeing red: Everyone loses in a badly run pitch

Only well-run pitch processes give agencies the chance to present their best work - to the ultimate benefit of the client.

Seeing red: Don't underestimate the power of a wordsmith

Seeing red: Don't underestimate the power of a wordsmith

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.

PRWeek's tops of the month

Top of the month: Skittles' sweet response to Trump Jnr's refugee analogy

Top of the month: Skittles' sweet response to Trump Jnr's refugee analogy

Confectionery brand Skittles showed less can be more when responding to a tricky comms situation.

Top of the month: Team GB and BOA triumph at Rio 2016

Top of the month: Team GB and BOA triumph at Rio 2016

Team GB and the wider British Olympic Association played a blinder in August. Aside from the athletes' medals haul, the reputation management and comms were gold standard.

Top of the month: How did Pokémon Go catch everyone's attention?

Top of the month: How did Pokémon Go catch everyone's attention?

There is, famously, no 'I' in 'team', but the extraordinary way in which the Pokémon Go phenomenon has played out this month leads to the question: how much 'PR' is there in 'viral'?

PRWeek's flops of the month

Flop of the Month: Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley (he was basically asking for it)

Flop of the Month: Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley (he was basically asking for it)

Sometimes, PRWeek's UK team has a tough time selecting its Flop of the Month.

Flop of the month: Sir Philip Green's interview technique

Flop of the month: Sir Philip Green's interview technique

Sir Philip Green's summer has gone from bad to worse. First he was grilled by select committees on the demise of BHS, with his prickly demeanour not going down well.

Flop of the month: Sir Elton John versus the media

Flop of the month: Sir Elton John versus the media

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.