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Female twist on 'Movember' wins early campaign coverage

Female twist on 'Movember' wins early campaign coverage

Abbey Clancy is among a host of personalities fronting this year's Movember campaign, which launched on Monday.

Sport, public sector and charity comms pros receive gongs in Queen's honours

Sport, public sector and charity comms pros receive gongs in Queen's honours

Jackie Brock-Doyle is among five comms professionals to have made it onto the latest Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Teneo’s public affairs chief departs for social enterprise AI platform

Teneo’s public affairs chief departs for social enterprise AI platform

Teneo’s co-head of public affairs, Emma Haselhurst, has left the agency to join Logically – a social enterprise that tackles misinformation – as its global director of comms and public affairs.

British Heart Foundation comms and marketing chief to depart as COVID-19 prompts restructure

British Heart Foundation comms and marketing chief to depart as COVID-19 prompts restructure

British Heart Foundation (BHF) director of marketing and engagement Carolan Davidge is to leave the charity next March after overseeing the merger of its fundraising and marketing functions.

Specialist agency director joins UCAS to lead strategy and public affairs

Specialist agency director joins UCAS to lead strategy and public affairs

Education specialist John Cope has left his deputy director job at consultancy Public First to take up the role of director of strategy, policy and public affairs by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Cancer Research UK's comms and public affairs chief announces departure for charity CEO role

Cancer Research UK's comms and public affairs chief announces departure for charity CEO role

Sarah Woolnough, executive director of policy and information at CRUK, is leaving the charity after 15 years to become chief executive of the Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation partnership.

Controversial ex-Government comms chief joins anti-extremism campaign

Controversial ex-Government comms chief joins anti-extremism campaign

Former journalist and government comms chief Kirsty Buchanan has joined anti-extremism organisation Mainstream as its campaign director.

Watch: Parody rap highlights business inequality in developing world

Watch: Parody rap highlights business inequality in developing world

A parody rap video has been created emphasising the inequality of opportunity that exists for business people in the developing world.

Pharma firm hires charity policy specialist to lead government affairs

Pharma firm hires charity policy specialist to lead government affairs

Pharma firm Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) has appointed charity public affairs specialist Jagtar Dhanda as its policy advocacy and government affairs manager.

Exclusive: Courts comms chief announces departure to education charity

Exclusive: Courts comms chief announces departure to education charity

Ed Owen, director of comms at HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS), will leave his job at the end of July to take up a new role as director of external affairs at Ark, an education charity.

Don’t talk to us about Black Lives Matter, UK public tells brands – but you can mention coronavirus

Don’t talk to us about Black Lives Matter, UK public tells brands – but you can mention coronavirus

About half the public thinks brands should not speak out on the Black Lives Matter protests convulsing the US, but a similar percentage thinks it is right for them to comment on COVID-19, according to an exclusive survey for PRWeek.

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.

Opinion and features

Is that ‘on background’ or ‘on the record’? How to use these terms with journalists

Is that ‘on background’ or ‘on the record’? How to use these terms with journalists

Companies sometimes find themselves in a muddle over the use of ‘on background’ interviews, so what does it mean and when should it be used?

Telling a story of growth and cuts may be the ultimate internal comms challenge

Telling a story of growth and cuts may be the ultimate internal comms challenge

Many organisations are wrestling with this problem: when a rebuild strategy is contingent on cuts, how does one communicate this dichotomy internally?

Click-bait stories are bad news for readers, the PR industry and its clients

Click-bait stories are bad news for readers, the PR industry and its clients

I read an article about how a fire had devastated the Moria migrant camp on Lesbos.

Can we learn from Cambridge Analytica’s use of data despite its unethical approach?

Can we learn from Cambridge Analytica’s use of data despite its unethical approach?

Cambridge Analytica: a household name these days, albeit for all the wrong reasons.

Three PR tactics for non-COVID charities to cut through the noise

Three PR tactics for non-COVID charities to cut through the noise

COVID-19 has had a detrimental impact on UK charities and, during the pandemic, they need to find new ways to connect and drive a sense of urgency to keep funds coming in.

Don’t stop at BLM; it’s time comms professionals used their budgets to act on Islamophobia too

Don’t stop at BLM; it’s time comms professionals used their budgets to act on Islamophobia too

With an increasingly socially aware customer base, communications professionals are uniquely positioned to help their employers and clients respond to the growing clamour for a fair, equal and tolerant society.

Purpose Awards EMEA 2020: Healthcare winners

Purpose Awards EMEA 2020: Healthcare winners

The winners of this year's Purpose Awards EMEA – from PRWeek, Campaign and Third Sector – have been revealed. Here we round up all the winning campaigns with a healthcare dimension.

Algorithms: Time for the PR industry to emerge from the dark ages

Algorithms: Time for the PR industry to emerge from the dark ages

Following the exam results fiasco, anyone looking for a defence of the humble algorithm has been met by a deafening silence.

Reverse mentoring in the BLM era helped me realise the importance of inclusive comms

Reverse mentoring in the BLM era helped me realise the importance of inclusive comms

I had a great childhood, eventually realised I had to study hard if I was going to get on, and then went to Edinburgh University for four years.

Brands and reputations could suffer in the US elections; the comms industry must be on its guard

Brands and reputations could suffer in the US elections; the comms industry must be on its guard

In an uncertain world, where COVID-19 has shone a spotlight on just how interconnected we are, there are reasons for PR pros to take notice of the battle for the White House between incumbent President Donald Trump and challenger – and former VP – Joe Biden.

Recent people moves

Movers & Shakers: Omnicom, Four Communications, Marco, Taylor Bennett Foundation and more

Movers & Shakers: Omnicom, Four Communications, Marco, Taylor Bennett Foundation and more

PRWeek's weekly round-up of industry hires, departures and promotions.

Volunteer initiative Look After becomes full-service agency

Volunteer initiative Look After becomes full-service agency

The initiative set up by Nic Young to provide pro-bono support to charities during the COVID-19 crisis has evolved into a full-service creative agency with three founding managers, a high-profile chair, and a network of 350 freelancers, PRWeek can reveal.

Engine - MHP Health boosts senior team with hires from BCW, Incisive and ViiV

Engine - MHP Health boosts senior team with hires from BCW, Incisive and ViiV

Engine - MHP Health has appointed two associate directors and a digital director after reporting growth of more than 20 per cent and winning new pharma clients.

Movers & Shakers: The Academy, WPP, Clarity, Fanclub, Media Zoo, Blurred and more

Movers & Shakers: The Academy, WPP, Clarity, Fanclub, Media Zoo, Blurred and more

PRWeek's weekly round-up of industry hires, departures and promotions.

Movers & Shakers: Cancer Research UK, Milk & Honey, GVC, Cicero/AMO, Borkowski, Captivate

Movers & Shakers: Cancer Research UK, Milk & Honey, GVC, Cicero/AMO, Borkowski, Captivate

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

Courts & Tribunals service names new comms chief

Courts & Tribunals service names new comms chief

Georgia Jerram will replace Ed Owen as director of comms at HM Courts & Tribunals Services (HMCTS) when he leaves in July, PRWeek has learned.

Movers & Shakers: W Communications, FTI Consulting, Mixology, Ark, Camron, Wadds Inc and more

Movers & Shakers: W Communications, FTI Consulting, Mixology, Ark, Camron, Wadds Inc and more

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

Signal AI hires former UN comms strategist

Signal AI hires former UN comms strategist

Technology firm Signal AI has appointed ex-UN IPCC communications strategist and Al Jazeera launch team executive Georgie Weedon as its head of communications, PRWeek can reveal.