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Say goodbye to the old UNICEF and hello to 'badass do-gooders'

Say goodbye to the old UNICEF and hello to 'badass do-gooders'

Warriors. Renegades. Fearless rebels. The human rights organisation is ready to show off its true colours.

PRCA investigating use of 'violent language' after complaint

PRCA investigating use of 'violent language' after complaint

A public affairs veteran is being investigated by the industry body for his use of "violent language" online after a complaint from another member.

Instinctif Partners launches impact offering

Instinctif Partners launches impact offering

Communications consultancy Instinctif Partners has launched a new offering that focuses on environmental and social impact.

PRWeek and PRCA launch landmark Asia-Pacific study

PRWeek and PRCA launch landmark Asia-Pacific study

The PRCA and PRWeek UK are launching the first PR and Communications Census for the Asia-Pacific region, in conjunction with research partner YouGov.

Cannes slammed for placing Philip Morris on 'Good Track' while it runs cigarette campaigns in Indonesia

Cannes slammed for placing Philip Morris on 'Good Track' while it runs cigarette campaigns in Indonesia

Philip Morris International's involvement in Cannes Lions' 'Good Track' has been criticised after it emerged the tobacco giant has launched new cigarette brands and run new ad campaigns in Indonesia and Israel.

Hospice UK appoints new campaigns and comms director

Hospice UK appoints new campaigns and comms director

The national charity for hospice care in the UK has hired Sarah West (pictured) from Plan International UK to begin her new role at the end of the month.

Government-backed climate-change organisation appoints agency

Government-backed climate-change organisation appoints agency

The Energy Saving Trust has appointed Kindred to handle a behaviour-change comms brief, winning the account from incumbent Weber Shandwick.

'I felt like he was a predator': Exclusive sexual harassment survey lifts the lid on abuse in PR industry

'I felt like he was a predator': Exclusive sexual harassment survey lifts the lid on abuse in PR industry

Respondents to a survey on sexual harassment in the PR and comms industry report abuse by agency chiefs, senior staff and clients; with incidents taking place on work trips and at awards ceremonies, while those on the receiving end criticise those in charge for covering it up.

Agency demonstrates healthcare credentials to win disabled children's charity account

Agency demonstrates healthcare credentials to win disabled children's charity account

Newlife - the Charity for Disabled Children has appointed The PHA Group as its first retained PR agency, starting work on the account this month.

'Not So Simple' cancer campaign focuses on the impact of treatment

'Not So Simple' cancer campaign focuses on the impact of treatment

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust has launched a campaign highlighting the trauma experienced by people told they have abnormal cells after a cervical cancer test, to raise awareness of the need for greater support.

PR agency bosses and charity comms chief in Queen's Birthday Honours list

PR agency bosses and charity comms chief in Queen's Birthday Honours list

The bosses of PR agencies MC2 and Shepherd PR have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list - as both agencies celebrate their 20th birthdays. The policy and external affairs chief at homeless charity Crisis is also on the list.

The importance of PR at wartime: 'Maximum meaning, minimum means'

The importance of PR at wartime: 'Maximum meaning, minimum means'

As world leaders and veterans gather today to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, PRWeek looks back at the work of Abram Games, a poster artist for the War Office Public Relations Directorate.

Inaugural PR Cup football tournament launches to raise money for good cause

Inaugural PR Cup football tournament launches to raise money for good cause

Marketing Messis and PR Pogbas are being urged to dust off their boots and compete in the first ever PR Cup next month.

Opinion and features

If you want to run a campaign for good: be credible, be authentic and mean it

If you want to run a campaign for good: be credible, be authentic and mean it

This week we are celebrating the winners of the second Campaigns for Good Awards.

Am I dreaming big enough? Why are there so few female founders in the PRWeek Top150?

Am I dreaming big enough? Why are there so few female founders in the PRWeek Top150?

Whilst thrilled to be included in this year's PRWeek Top 150 list, a flippant insta post from Matthew Freud in which he joked about winning the annual tallest dwarf competition made me question the value of such an accolade.

Flop of the Month: NSPCC got it wrong over Munroe Bergdorf backlash

Flop of the Month: NSPCC got it wrong over Munroe Bergdorf backlash

The NSPCC was roundly slated in June when it swiftly cut ties with transgender model and activist Munroe Bergdorf, a move seen by many as caving into anti-trans campaigners.

When it comes to LGBTQ+, we can all learn from 'T'

When it comes to LGBTQ+, we can all learn from 'T'

A transgender racing driver who was the guest speaker at the PRCA's LGBTQ+ re-launch event this week made me consider how much people dislike change.

Fellow students say 'PR sucks' but I have renewed faith in the power of earned

Fellow students say 'PR sucks' but I have renewed faith in the power of earned

Tell people that you're leaving a perfectly good job to go and be a full-time student and everyone is lovely and positive. They can spot a mid-career crisis a mile off.

Greater use of employment tribunals could reduce sexual harassment in PR and comms

Greater use of employment tribunals could reduce sexual harassment in PR and comms

The PRCA survey into sexual harassment is sad reading but not surprising, and is borne out by my experience in advising NUJ members in the PR industry and indeed across other sectors of the media.

The collapse of Oxfam's reputation poses an existential threat to the charity

The collapse of Oxfam's reputation poses an existential threat to the charity

The Charity Commission's report into allegations of sexual misconduct by Oxfam staff concluded that a key driver for its failure to be sufficiently "full and frank" about the allegations was "influenced by a desire to protect Oxfam GB's reputation".

'The special attention - and career prospects - ended when I told him I had a new boyfriend'

'The special attention - and career prospects - ended when I told him I had a new boyfriend'

A low point in my career was being warned before an evening event that a client I was hosting was "a bit handsy".

Three common pitfalls of brand activism - and how to avoid them

Three common pitfalls of brand activism - and how to avoid them

I embrace brands moving beyond bolt-on CSR strategies into real social change.

Game of coverage: The diary of a Westeros PR man

Game of coverage: The diary of a Westeros PR man

Spinnius Flack is the Grand Maester of King's Landing Coverage - Westeros' leading PR agency.

Recent people moves

Mystery shrouds closure of Midlands agency Superdream

Mystery shrouds closure of Midlands agency Superdream

Staff were left shocked and the PRCA has launched an investigation into the sudden closure of Midlands communications agency Superdream.

Fledgling health agency appoints veteran freelancer to associate director job

Fledgling health agency appoints veteran freelancer to associate director job

Victoria Shillito, who has been working as a freelance communications professional for the past five years, has joined health comms agency OVID Consulting as an associate director.

Patient advocacy the focus for promoted MHP health team director

Patient advocacy the focus for promoted MHP health team director

MHP has promoted Jonathon Sheppard to director, as part of a series of changes to strengthen its health offering.

Senior Cabinet Office staffer takes charge of GREAT campaign

Senior Cabinet Office staffer takes charge of GREAT campaign

Claire Pimm, deputy director for campaigns, insight and evaluation at the Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet Office, has been appointed interim director of the 'GREAT Britain' campaign.

In brief: Unilever appoints agency, Marvel Live! turns to Instinct, national awareness win for PHA, new MD at 10 Yetis

In brief: Unilever appoints agency, Marvel Live! turns to Instinct, national awareness win for PHA, new MD at 10 Yetis

Unilever appoints The Hoxby Collective for digital content role, Scottish Land and Estates poaches head of comms, and more from PRWeek UK.

Exclusive: Domino's radical restructure positions comms as 'internal business partners'

Exclusive: Domino's radical restructure positions comms as 'internal business partners'

Domino's has restructured the role of communications, giving the function greater prominence across the company as internal business partners, PRWeek can reveal.

LAS appoints comms chief with mission to empower staff and build partnerships

LAS appoints comms chief with mission to empower staff and build partnerships

London Ambulance Service (LAS) has appointed Antony Tiernan, one of the architects of the successful NHS 70th birthday celebrations, as its director of comms and engagement.

Exclusive: Police force picks new comms chief from ranks of veterans' charity

Exclusive: Police force picks new comms chief from ranks of veterans' charity

Essex Police has appointed former veterans' charity comms chief Robin Punt as its director of comms.