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Hey Girls launches UNsanitary campaign to tackle period poverty

Hey Girls launches UNsanitary campaign to tackle period poverty

A national campaign to raise awareness of period poverty in the UK showcases the unsafe items girls and young women use because they cannot afford real sanitary products.

Watch: Social Mobility Foundation launches new campaign to tackle recruitment inequality

Watch: Social Mobility Foundation launches new campaign to tackle recruitment inequality

Freuds has helped the Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) launch a campaign that calls on employers to overhaul outdated processes that lead to discrimination in recruitment.

Healthcare agency launches with tinnitus campaign and House of Lords debate

Healthcare agency launches with tinnitus campaign and House of Lords debate

Former Slimming World corporate PR director Leigh Greenwood has launched specialist agency Evergreen PR with a campaign that led to tinnitus being highlighted in the Lords last week.

Amnesty International restructures global comms team as agency

Amnesty International restructures global comms team as agency

Move is consequence of cuts in NGO's global operations and follows branding exercise last year.

Epoch wins Creative Shootout in homelessness charity brief

Epoch wins Creative Shootout in homelessness charity brief

Design agency Epoch beat stiff competition from seven other agencies in the competition's final last week.

Government's charity regulator appoints comms director

Government's charity regulator appoints comms director

Government regulator the Charity Commission has named Paul Latham as its new director of comms.

NHS media manager moves to nursing charity

NHS media manager moves to nursing charity

Aysha Awan, who led on the press and PR campaign to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, has left the public sector to become director of comms, marketing and events at the Florence Nightingale Foundation.

End of an era as 'father of the PR industry' Harold Burson dies

End of an era as 'father of the PR industry' Harold Burson dies

Harold Burson, regarded by many as one of the founding fathers of the modern PR and comms industry, has died at the age of 98, it was announced today.

Creative Shootout 2020 finalists revealed

Creative Shootout 2020 finalists revealed

Eight agencies will battle it out in the final of the Creative Shootout 2020 for a £10,000 prize.

Watch: Mc&T and Dog's Trust partner to tweet a man's best friend

Watch: Mc&T and Dog's Trust partner to tweet a man's best friend

PR and comms agency Mc&T is raising money for a national dog's charity with a social media based on-demand treat dispenser.

Heartfelt, grudging or unreserved: The PR apologies of 2019

Heartfelt, grudging or unreserved: The PR apologies of 2019

When it comes to the business of owning up to mistakes or bad behaviour, there are many ways of expressing regret - but some more genuine and heartfelt than others.

Watch: The Children's Society releases silent Christmas track

Watch: The Children's Society releases silent Christmas track

Some of the most famous voices and musicians in the UK have collaborated on a Christmas song with a difference for The Children's Society

Fashion the latest sector to benefit from the government's GREAT campaign

Fashion the latest sector to benefit from the government's GREAT campaign

The government's ongoing campaign to promote British expertise and products to the world has put the spotlight on fashion, as the country gears up for Brexit.

Opinion and features

Why Black Twitter matters for brands

Why Black Twitter matters for brands

Twitter is great and all, but have you ever heard of Black Twitter?

I welcome competition for BBC Radio 4 because it's good for our industry

I welcome competition for BBC Radio 4 because it's good for our industry

Like millions of people across the UK, I love a bit of Radio 4 in the morning.

Are corporate comms directors the key to making firms live up to their environmental promises?

Are corporate comms directors the key to making firms live up to their environmental promises?

Hundreds of Amazon workers defied the online retail giant this month by publicly blasting it for taking insufficient action on the climate crisis.

In a post-trust world, let's focus on 'belief'

In a post-trust world, let's focus on 'belief'

As sure as world leaders heading for the slopes in Davos, so the Edelman Trust Barometer rolls round and dominates industry headlines for a news cycle.

Stop talking about it and just get it done: we need to be a climate-positive industry

Stop talking about it and just get it done: we need to be a climate-positive industry

As an industry we are great at talking - it is one of our strengths. However, sometimes we need a bit more action and that has probably never been more important than the need for an urgent response to the climate crisis.

My personal experience tells me that we need an industry-wide miscarriage policy

My personal experience tells me that we need an industry-wide miscarriage policy

Recently, creative agencies Lucky Generals and Creature announced miscarriage policies, the essence being to remind staff that they can take time off work for their loss (Lucky Generals gives two weeks off for the mother or one week as the partner), and that it needn't be something that they have to keep private.

Stop chasing your next promotion and focus on gaining experience instead

Stop chasing your next promotion and focus on gaining experience instead

Ambition is an essential trait in the development of any comms consultant; it pushes you on, keeps challenging you, and ultimately makes you a better practitioner.

The industry's diversity deficit is not the fault of recruitment agents

The industry's diversity deficit is not the fault of recruitment agents

I read Arvind Hickman's piece on 27 November - 'Recruitment agents accused of discrimination....' - with interest and, as someone who has worked in recruitment in our industry for my entire career, felt I had to respond.

We need to change the conversation around animal research

We need to change the conversation around animal research

Animal research has long been a controversial issue: the debate is emotive and highly divisive, yet it has done little to capture the public imagination in the way that other social justice movements, such as climate change and #MeToo, have managed to achieve.

'There was the very real risk of blowing all Seven Dials' Christmas lights' - Behind the Campaign with Golin's 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Heart'

'There was the very real risk of blowing all Seven Dials' Christmas lights' - Behind the Campaign with Golin's 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Heart'

PRWeek takes a close look at a successful campaign. This week Alex Wood, executive creative director at Golin, talks about disrupting Christmas shopping for a good cause in the PRWeek Award-winning 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Heart', for the charity Tiny Tickers.

Recent people moves

Movers & Shakers: Madano, Npower, ICO, NSPCC, Markettiers, 4media group and more

Movers & Shakers: Madano, Npower, ICO, NSPCC, Markettiers, 4media group and more

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

NSPCC comms chief joins The Royal Parks

NSPCC comms chief joins The Royal Parks

Ali Jeremy has left her role as comms director at children's charity the NSPCC after nine years to join The Royal Parks as director of communications and engagement.

Movers & shakers: PLMR, Facebook, Shawbrook, Run, The Inner Circle, Rise at Seven and more

Movers & shakers: PLMR, Facebook, Shawbrook, Run, The Inner Circle, Rise at Seven and more

Our weekly roundup of industry hires, departures and promotions.

Former ABPI public affairs chief and London mayoral adviser joins healthcare agency

Former ABPI public affairs chief and London mayoral adviser joins healthcare agency

The former head of government affairs for pharma trade body the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has been hired as a director at specialist healthcare agency OVID.

PRCA names new chair and vice chair of PR and Communications Council

PRCA names new chair and vice chair of PR and Communications Council

The PRCA has announced that Simon Francis and Julia Herd have been elected as chairman and vice-chairman respectively of the industry body's PR and Communications Council.

Senior government comms figure joins WWF-UK

Senior government comms figure joins WWF-UK

Penny Fox, one of the government's most experienced and respected comms leaders, has left the public sector and started a new job this week as director of media, PR and artists at WWF-UK.

Charity Commission's comms chief to become CEO of youth foundation

Charity Commission's comms chief to become CEO of youth foundation

Sarah Atkinson, executive director for strategy, policy and communications at the Charity Commission, has been appointed chief executive of the Social Mobility Foundation. She will take up her new role in January.

In brief: Former W exec joins Beam, wins for Milk & Honey, Palm, Siren and Aro

In brief: Former W exec joins Beam, wins for Milk & Honey, Palm, Siren and Aro

Former W exec joins Beam, trio of wins for Siren, Scottish agencies merge, hires at Napier and Holyrood, and more from PRWeek UK.