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'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.

Water safety campaign saves lives

Water safety campaign saves lives

The traumatic experiences of people who almost drowned are being used in a bid by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to help others avoid suffering the same experience, in a campaign that has prevented 11 people from drowning.

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.

Leo Burnett's The North Face Wiki stunt like 'corporate bully stealing candy'

Leo Burnett's The North Face Wiki stunt like 'corporate bully stealing candy'

Industry leaders have urged PR and creative professionals to respect Wikipedia's community standards after ad agency Leo Burnett Tailor Made and its client The North Face were accused of 'digital vandalism'.

Case study: Local authority makes a media splash after reducing childhood obesity

Case study: Local authority makes a media splash after reducing childhood obesity

Leeds became headline news at the start of this month, with a series of headlines across print, online and broadcast media on the fact that the city had become the first in Britain to reduce its childhood obesity rate.

Campaign to change visibility on hidden disabilities launches

Campaign to change visibility on hidden disabilities launches

A campaign is calling for companies to install new signs on disabled toilets to explain that not all disabilities are visible.

NUJ PR council chair: 'Stress not treated seriously enough in PR industry'

NUJ PR council chair: 'Stress not treated seriously enough in PR industry'

Not enough industry bosses are taking work-related stress seriously, according to the chair of the NUJ Public Relations and Communications Council.

Strength in numbers for black gay men's sexual health campaign

Strength in numbers for black gay men's sexual health campaign

A diverse group of 17 black gay and bisexual men feature in a new campaign in London promoting the importance of HIV testing.

Opinion and features

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.

Time for the industry to act on climate change and learn from its best spokeswoman

Time for the industry to act on climate change and learn from its best spokeswoman

On a day when teenagers inspired by climate change activist Greta Thunberg go on strike from lessons to bring attention to the gravity of the issue, two commentators give their views on how the industry should change.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Recent people moves

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.

In brief: Bubble returns to London, Palm wins drinks brand, East of Eden adds children's charity to roster

In brief: Bubble returns to London, Palm wins drinks brand, East of Eden adds children's charity to roster

Bubble makes new hires and moves to new office, Cratus hires appoints new biz dev director, tpr media lined up for June events, and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Wins for Milk and Honey, Palm and We Are Social; senior hires at Cartwright and WPI

In brief: Wins for Milk and Honey, Palm and We Are Social; senior hires at Cartwright and WPI

British welly icon selects We Are Social, Palm PR scoops organic food brand, former PRWeek hack joins WPI Strategy, and more from PRWeek UK.

Hotwire finance chief reunites with ex-Hotwire CEO at Tyto

Hotwire finance chief reunites with ex-Hotwire CEO at Tyto

Former Hotwire group finance director Emily Rule has joined Tyto, the agency co-founded by former Hotwire CEO Brendon Craigie, in the role of head of operations and finance. Meanwhile, Hotwire has announced a new UK finance chief.

Robin Wight steps down from Engine after 40 years

Robin Wight steps down from Engine after 40 years

Wight will continue to work with the Ideas Foundation and the Army's information warfare brigade.

Defra campaigns head swaps government departments with move to FCO

Defra campaigns head swaps government departments with move to FCO

Lara Hallett has been appointed head of campaigns at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), PRWeek has learned.