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Verifying social media and social network posts for PR | If your mother says she loves, check it out

The refugee crisis in Europe has once again seen the widespread distribution of misinformation by social media. The photo above purports to show refugees in Germany attacking the police and brandishing an ISIS flag. Perfect evidence for right-wing objectors to Europe’s humanitarian response. Except it doesn’t. The photo is actually three years old and is a fight between […]

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Dell 2015 Annual Report for Customers

Annual reports should report what matters

Many PR professionals help companies and organisations to create annual reports, but despite improvements to make them more interesting they are still frequently just focused on financial data with everything else relegated to mere cosmetic additions. The reason is that many organisations such as public limited companies and charities are legally required to publish annual […]

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PR – the public relations profession – being a member, joining in and taking part

I’ve been a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) since I was a student (long before it added the chartered to its name). When I ran a PR consultancy I ensured it joined the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) and late last year I joined it as an individual member. I’ve recently […]

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Stuart Bruce shooting live #WCFDavos Instagram videos

International PR thought leader videos from the Davos World Communication Forum

The sixth Davos World Communication Forum (#WCFDavos) was probably the best ever with almost 150 participants from 30+ countries and every continent (except Antarctica). I was the WCF moderator for the first day and at the end of the second day I was responsible for presenting a summary of the two days of debate and […]

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State of PR Profession 2015

Senior PR practitioners lack digital and social media management skills

The CIPR State of the Profession 2015 report makes grim reading as it highlights that despite 96% claiming that ‘being considered a professional is important’ they don’t actually make much of an effort to actually be professional. More than half (52%) don’t have a professional qualification and most aren’t even bothering to evidence that they […]

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PR ethics and journalism ethics in the face of media business meltdown

Since columnist Peter Oborne sensationally resigned from The Telegraph with a devastating public critique of what he believed to be its declining ethical and editorial standards I’ve read very little about the role and implications for PR, corporate communications and business. To summarise Oborne’s critique is that The Telegraph now puts commercial interests above journalistic […]

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What is PR? A definition for 2015

What is public relations? Why in 2015 are we still asking what is PR? Most people who don’t work in public relations have a very poor grasp about what PR actually is and those working in related disciplines, such as advertising and marketing, often have the weakest grasp in that they think they know what it […]

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The economics of reputation toolkit

The Public Relations Consultants Association has published an interesting piece of work examining the value of reputation. It draws insight from business, PR professionals and academics and was led by Tony Langham of Lansons Communications. The ‘Economics of Reputation’ toolkit focuses on five questions: What is reputation? Why has reputation become a critical issue? How […]

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Blogging is dead: just 36% of internet users write blogs

Blogging is dead, long live blogging. An interesting statistic from the GWI Brand report reveals that 36% of internet users aged 16-64 said that they wrote on a personal blog within the last month. According to GWI that’s 545 million people across the 32 countries that GWI researched. Most are blogging about popular culture with […]

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