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News and news analysis

Survey: two-thirds of Tory comms pros believe mainstream media is biased

Survey: two-thirds of Tory comms pros believe mainstream media is biased

A survey by Conservatives in Communications (CiC) has found that two-thirds of its members do not feel the mainstream media provides balanced or unbiased reporting.

Exclusive: British Transplant Games reappoints agency for three years as donation law changes

Exclusive: British Transplant Games reappoints agency for three years as donation law changes

Liquid has been reappointed to raise the profile of the Westfield Health British Transplant Games (BTG) and awareness of organ donation for a further three years.

William and Kate front 'Mental health minute' roadblock across all UK radio stations

William and Kate front 'Mental health minute' roadblock across all UK radio stations

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are joined by Harry Kane, Dua Lipa, David Tennant and Anthony Joshua.

HCA launches volunteering portal for healthcare comms professionals

HCA launches volunteering portal for healthcare comms professionals

The Healthcare Communications Association (HCA) has launched a website to enable members to volunteer their services to the NHS and health charities.

Case study: National Trust campaign reclaims meaning of 'web, tweet and stream'

Case study: National Trust campaign reclaims meaning of 'web, tweet and stream'

The testimonies of young children helped boost a bid to connect a new generation with nature, in a campaign by Engine Mischief for the National Trust.

Sport England launches campaign to keep Brits active during lockdown

Sport England launches campaign to keep Brits active during lockdown

The campaign by the public body aims to inspire the nation to stay active at home during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

'Nudge unit' hires defence intelligence specialist as MD

'Nudge unit' hires defence intelligence specialist as MD

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) has appointed intelligence expert Rachel Coyle as managing director, EMEA.

‘Be honest about how bad it might get’: Alastair Campbell’s 20 crisis comms tips for the PM

‘Be honest about how bad it might get’: Alastair Campbell’s 20 crisis comms tips for the PM

Former No. 10 comms director Alastair Campbell has told Boris Johnson to resist the use of “smart-arse language” and express genuine sadness and regret at deaths in the UK from the coronavirus during his press conferences, as part of 20 crisis comms suggestions for the Prime Minister during the pandemic.

Public responds best to altruistic messaging from government on coronavirus

Public responds best to altruistic messaging from government on coronavirus

Coronavirus messaging from the government and health professionals on a range of behaviours – hand-washing, face-touching, self-isolation and stockpiling – are more effective when they appeal to the public’s better nature, new research has shown.

Reduce stigma and increase two-way dialogue: WHO's prescription for coronavirus comms

Reduce stigma and increase two-way dialogue: WHO's prescription for coronavirus comms

The World Health Organization (WHO) has produced new guidance for risk communication and community engagement around COVID-19, which warns against stigmatising those with the virus and stresses the importance of a continuous dialogue with target audiences.

The comms and public affairs professionals on the 'Women in Westminster Top 100’ list

The comms and public affairs professionals on the 'Women in Westminster Top 100’ list

Women working in comms and public affairs are among the most inspirational and influential female figures in the corridors of power, according to a report released this week.

Watch: Mischief launches 'Time to Change' campaign

Watch: Mischief launches 'Time to Change' campaign

PR firm Mischief and mental health advocates Time To Change have launched a campaign to raise awareness about less common mental health diagnoses.

MS Society apologises for tweet that urged people to 'turn the streets of Belfast orange'

MS Society apologises for tweet that urged people to 'turn the streets of Belfast orange'

The charity says it understands the sensitivities of Northern Ireland and this was an honest mistake.

Opinion and features

Effective internal comms during COVID-19 could be the difference between success or failure

Effective internal comms during COVID-19 could be the difference between success or failure

At the beginning of March, when I touched down at Heathrow after an incredible holiday in New Zealand, my role was evenly split between external and internal comms.

From the editor-in-chief: 'We're going back to work, but how much have we changed?'

From the editor-in-chief: 'We're going back to work, but how much have we changed?'

Week 10 working from home, the warm spring mornings continue to bring cheer and I’ve been reading a lot about how we could all WFH forever, as Twitter suggested last week.

The PR industry’s greatest challenge could be to fight the coronavirus infodemic

The PR industry’s greatest challenge could be to fight the coronavirus infodemic

COVID-19 has brought sudden and extreme change to our lives.

The pandemic has brought the skills of journalists working in PR to the fore

The pandemic has brought the skills of journalists working in PR to the fore

It takes a white-hot news story to bring out the best in a journalist.

Why small agencies will thrive post-coronavirus

Why small agencies will thrive post-coronavirus

PRCA research recently talked about the state of the PR industry during the COVID-19 pandemic; despite almost half of agencies furloughing staff or making redundancies, there’s still optimism.

This could be a moment of change: two views on juggling parenting and work during the pandemic

This could be a moment of change: two views on juggling parenting and work during the pandemic

During the lockdown, parents working in the PR industry have been forced to add a new act to their panoply of circus skills. Forget plate-spinning; combining work with home-schooling is the new juggling act.

Comms is a secret superpower world leaders can use (or misuse) during the COVID-19 crisis

Comms is a secret superpower world leaders can use (or misuse) during the COVID-19 crisis

As the coronavirus pandemic has unfolded, the true power of good (and bad) comms has become clear: in the right hands, good communication has superpower properties – literally making the difference between life and death.

PR pros: stop giving your services away to companies for free and volunteer instead

PR pros: stop giving your services away to companies for free and volunteer instead

A perfect storm of coronavirus and economic downturn has resulted in layoffs and budget cuts.

Never let a good crisis go to waste: the long-term benefits of investing in PR now

Never let a good crisis go to waste: the long-term benefits of investing in PR now

We’re in uncharted waters. The coronavirus has sent shockwaves through our personal and professional lives, and the full consequences and scale of the crisis remain unclear.

A successful outcome for agencies during COVID-19 is not just their own survival, but everyone's

A successful outcome for agencies during COVID-19 is not just their own survival, but everyone's

As I sit at my bespoke home-working space – or “kitchen table”, as it’s more commonly known – I’m chasing a client for late payment of an invoice, one that predates the current troubles we are all facing.

Recent people moves

Movers & Shakers: Become, H+K, W Communications, Lotus, Bubble, Liquid and more

Movers & Shakers: Become, H+K, W Communications, Lotus, Bubble, Liquid and more

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

Become hires Sport England external affairs duo behind This Girl Can

Become hires Sport England external affairs duo behind This Girl Can

Lisa Watch and Rhiannon Clapperton will share the role of director of policy, campaigns and communications as the charity looks to scale its campaigning capacity.

Movers & Shakers: Weber Shandwick, Ogilvy, Freuds, Grayling, Newgate, Pretty Green and more

Movers & Shakers: Weber Shandwick, Ogilvy, Freuds, Grayling, Newgate, Pretty Green and more

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

Exclusive: Roche Diagnostics hires public sector health comms veteran

Exclusive: Roche Diagnostics hires public sector health comms veteran

Roche Diagnostics has appointed public sector and charity health communications specialist Rachel Clinton as its external comms manager.

Exclusive: DfID appoints new comms chief as predecessor returns to journalism

Exclusive: DfID appoints new comms chief as predecessor returns to journalism

Judith Porter has been appointed director of communications at the Department for International Development (DfID), replacing Tim Singleton.

Movers & Shakers: Weber Shandwick, Labour, BCW, SEC Newgate, Eulogy, MSL and more

Movers & Shakers: Weber Shandwick, Labour, BCW, SEC Newgate, Eulogy, MSL and more

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

New initiative to connect unemployed comms pros with struggling organisations

New initiative to connect unemployed comms pros with struggling organisations

A PR professional has set up a not-for-profit venture, Look After, to help out-of-work PR practitioners provide support to businesses and charities struggling through the coronavirus crisis.

Movers & Shakers: Weber, Ketchum, Brunswick, Teamspirit, Milk & Honey, Ranieri and more

Movers & Shakers: Weber, Ketchum, Brunswick, Teamspirit, Milk & Honey, Ranieri and more

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