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Watch: Omnicom agencies help Theirworld highlight global children's education crisis

Watch: Omnicom agencies help Theirworld highlight global children's education crisis

Children's charity Theirworld has launched #WriteTheWrong - a campaign to bring the plight of 260 million children who are out of school to the world's attention.

Thought-provoking film a visual metaphor for new Alzheimer's campaign

Thought-provoking film a visual metaphor for new Alzheimer's campaign

A powerful film depicting a new born baby fighting to survive in a swirling ocean and finally emerging into the light is the focus of a new awareness campaign launched today by Alzheimer's Research UK.

Campaigns for Good Awards 2018: Winners revealed

Campaigns for Good Awards 2018: Winners revealed

FCB Inferno was the big winner at the inaugural Campaigns for Good Awards, a new initiative from PRWeek, Campaign and Third Sector.

Watch: Take:90 campaign from WPP agencies targets 'everyday anger'

Watch: Take:90 campaign from WPP agencies targets 'everyday anger'

A group of WPP agencies including Burson Cohn & Wolfe and Hill+Knowlton has worked with charity Police Now on an anti-violence campaign urging people to think for 90 seconds if they feel angry.

Greenpeace stages 'dirty' protest at Barclays HQ to highlight tar sands pipeline

Greenpeace stages 'dirty' protest at Barclays HQ to highlight tar sands pipeline

Greenpeace UK activists dressed as bankers staged a brand-jamming protest at Barclays' Canary Wharf headquarters on Thursday morning, daubing its logo with a mock oil-leak.

'Champions of change' - media training scheme for women scientists wins Royal Society diversity award

'Champions of change' - media training scheme for women scientists wins Royal Society diversity award

A scheme aimed at getting more media exposure for women experts in medical sciences has been awarded the Royal Society's diversity award the Athena Prize.

From PR pro to working mum: reflections on the maternity leave experience

From PR pro to working mum: reflections on the maternity leave experience

Holly Pither, associate director at Bottle and new mother, has spoken to PRWeek about her experience of maternity leave, returning to her agency early and what the industry should be doing to support women.

Ex-BBC journalist and Buckingham Palace PR to lead Oxfam GB comms

Ex-BBC journalist and Buckingham Palace PR to lead Oxfam GB comms

Oxfam GB has hired Steve Kingstone as its comms director, starting in the Autumn.

Global policy comms leader Emily Horn exits Twitter

Global policy comms leader Emily Horn exits Twitter

Horne's departure follows that of corp comms lead Kristin Binns and amid a larger organizational restructuring at Twitter.

In brief: Newington hires di Leo, Macmillan marcoms man leaves, win for Palm, new role for MacKenzie

In brief: Newington hires di Leo, Macmillan marcoms man leaves, win for Palm, new role for MacKenzie

Newington hires di Leo, Macmillan marcoms man to leave, win for Palm and more from PRWeek UK.

Government comms veteran made comms chief at Barnardo's

Government comms veteran made comms chief at Barnardo's

Sagar Sharma will join the children's charity Barnardo's as director of policy and comms at the end of July, following nearly a decade and a half in Government comms.

Edelman and Weber shortlisted at Cannes for Adobe, Samsung and IFAD work

Edelman and Weber shortlisted at Cannes for Adobe, Samsung and IFAD work

Aside from the PR Lions, six other shortlists have been published at Cannes today and there is a place for comms agencies on three of them.

Sky Ocean Rescue targets 'plastic' emojis in World Oceans Day campaign

Sky Ocean Rescue targets 'plastic' emojis in World Oceans Day campaign

Ahead of World Oceans Day on Friday (8 June), Sky Ocean Rescue has launched a social campaign asking the official emoji body, Unicode, to remove the plastic cup and straw emoji from its keyboard.

Opinion and features

Climate change comms in the post-truth, fake news era

Climate change comms in the post-truth, fake news era

Scanning the news headlines last Monday morning, the scale of communicating the climate change challenge waltzed past my eyes.

Why agencies are sitting on the next pay gap time bomb

Why agencies are sitting on the next pay gap time bomb

Comms professionals should be sounding the warning bell and providing counsel on what the ethnicity pay gap consultation and its findings could mean.

They say I'm crazy; I really don't care

They say I'm crazy; I really don't care

When I saw those statues aboard ITV last year, I thought one thing: stunt!

So, you want my job? Media and public affairs manager at London Air Ambulance

So, you want my job? Media and public affairs manager at London Air Ambulance

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Alexandra Sutherland's job as media and public affairs manager at London Air Ambulance?

Drop the heavily branded press releases and approach journalists with tailored content

Drop the heavily branded press releases and approach journalists with tailored content

Talkability and shareability should be the prime drivers of how content is shaped and the traditional "PR release" should be consigned to the media relations history book.

Brand Comms: Malala shows the power of influence wielded with clarity and care

Brand Comms: Malala shows the power of influence wielded with clarity and care

Brands should learn from human rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who uses targeted influencer comms to powerful effect.

Campaigns for Good: the ingredients for cause marketing success

Campaigns for Good: the ingredients for cause marketing success

Few businesses can resist allying themselves with a good cause, but it's all too easy for brands to get it wrong. PRWeek UK looks at what it takes to make cause marketing succeed.

Top of the Month: Lucy's Law turns tragedy to triumph

Top of the Month: Lucy's Law turns tragedy to triumph

It's rare for any campaign to result in a change in the law, and rarer still for a cabinet minister to heap praise on it when announcing such a change.

The truth about the state of public relations degrees

The truth about the state of public relations degrees

This week brought disappointing reports that public relations degrees at Bournemouth University are shutting their doors.

'There were some scary moments': the UN Refugee Agency on making a positive case after Brexit and racism fears

'There were some scary moments': the UN Refugee Agency on making a positive case after Brexit and racism fears

The UN body focused on refugees' rights has its work cut out to protect and support displaced people globally. PRWeek met the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' UK external relations team.

Recent people moves

In brief: MSL's Vietnam hires, Curzon hires ex-journalist, wins for Radioactive PR and Brand Love

In brief: MSL's Vietnam hires, Curzon hires ex-journalist, wins for Radioactive PR and Brand Love

MSL's Vietnam appointments, new agency for Office Outlet, vegan start-up Pure & Hearty takes on Radioactive PR, PrettyGreen's blockchain brief, and more from PRWeek UK.

BAFTA appoints Comic Relief marcoms lead as new comms director

BAFTA appoints Comic Relief marcoms lead as new comms director

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has appointed Ellen Johnson as its director of communications.

PRWeek UK news editor to join health advisory body's comms team

PRWeek UK news editor to join health advisory body's comms team

PRWeek news editor Sam Burne James is to join the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as its digital media manager.

In brief: Hudson Sandler hires Grayling veteran, Newgate recruits Blair adviser, Seven Dials enters City

In brief: Hudson Sandler hires Grayling veteran, Newgate recruits Blair adviser, Seven Dials enters City

Hudson Sandler hires Grayling veteran, Newgate recruits Blair adviser, Seven Dials enters City, and more from PRWeek UK.

British Chambers of Commerce brings in joint campaigns directors on job share

British Chambers of Commerce brings in joint campaigns directors on job share

Business network the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is taking on two co-executive director of policy and campaigns, with both joining from the same charity.

In brief: Tfl arrival at Interel, Inbetweeners' Simon makes agency 'friend', Ready10 signs up Kanu, Big hire

In brief: Tfl arrival at Interel, Inbetweeners' Simon makes agency 'friend', Ready10 signs up Kanu, Big hire

Tfl arrival at Interel, Inbetweeners' Simon makes agency 'friend', Ready10 signs up Kanu, Content hire at Big and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Babel takes on Polycom, Mango briefs Aisle 8, Hollywood win among Volpa briefs

In brief: Babel takes on Polycom, Mango briefs Aisle 8, Hollywood win among Volpa briefs

Babel takes on Polycom, Mango briefs Aisle 8, Hollywood win among Volpa briefs, and more from PRWeek UK.

Matthew Freud joins board of $500m Islamic Development Bank fund amid agency engagement

Matthew Freud joins board of $500m Islamic Development Bank fund amid agency engagement

Matthew Freud has joined the board of trustees for the Islamic Development Bank's new Transform Fund, with his agency providing ongoing support to the Saudi Arabia-based body.