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Legogate: A sorry tale of Scottish independence

Legogate: A sorry tale of Scottish independence

Last week the official UK government YouDecide2014 account published an article entitled ‘12 things that £1400 UK Dividend could buy’ on the self-publishing Buzzfeed Community website. The article was also published, by the Scotland Office and HM Treasury, on its own .gov.uk website. At the time I questioned if it was right that the UK […]

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Norwegian PM’s taxi video was a fake

Norwegian PM’s taxi video was a fake

Last weekend the political chattering classes, PR community and mainstream media got very excited about a brilliant campaign initiative by Norwegian Labour Party prime minister Jens Stoltenberg. It was a simple, but effective idea. Put him in a taxi driving around Oslo listening to what normal voters had to say and film it with a […]

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20 things 20-year olds don’t get–PR re-mix

20 things 20-year olds don’t get–PR re-mix

Forbes has an interesting article by entrepreneur Jason Nazar on ‘20 things 20-year-olds don’t get’. I was going to comment on some of them, but then thought it might be more useful to share my thoughts on how they are relevant to young people who want to pursue a career in public relations. The first […]

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Tom Foremski Thought Leaders event at the CIPR

Tom Foremski Thought Leaders event at the CIPR

Last week I chaired a ‘Thought Leaders’ event at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in London where I interviewed Tom Foremski who became the first major journalist to quit mainstream media to make a living from blogging when he left the Financial Times to found Silicon Valley Watcher. The event did leave me […]

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PR ethics - European Association of Communication Directors' debate

PR ethics – European Association of Communication Directors’ debate

In December I took part in a fascinating panel debate on ‘Defining ethics for today’s communicators’ at the European Association of Communication Directors‘ forum in Amsterdam. It was facilitated by Mike Cooper, editor-in-chief of the Holland Herald and the other panellists were Andre Manning, the vice president and global head of external communications at Royal […]

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The truth about dishonesty by RSA Animate

The truth about dishonesty by RSA Animate

The RSA in London produces RSA Animate an excellent series of animations on a variety of topics. Courtesy of public relations academic Philip Young I’ve just watched this thought provoking one on “The truth about dishonesty”. It’s well worth the eleven minutes it takes to watch and you’ll want to view it full screen so […]

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Leveson PR and social media implications

Just to demonstrate that it is old media that still rules Leveson has only made advance copies of his report available to mainstream media. So I’m writing this as the minutes countdown to its release without the benefit of actually knowing what is in it. Two of my questions are around its implications for both […]

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Online PR conference speaking

Online PR conference speaking

A couple of weeks ago I spoke at the Share This: CIPR Social Media Conference 2012 and I have got a few more speaking gigs coming up later this year. It is great to see quite a few friends and acquaintances also speaking at some of them. Social Media in a Corporate Context 2012 This […]

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Commschat on CIPR Wikipedia guidance

I missed last night’s #commschat with Philip Sheldrake on the Wikipedia guidance that was published by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) last week. I think the CIPR guidance is a great first step and is currently the best way for public relations professionals to engage with Wikipedia on behalf of clients and employers. […]

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Can CIPR Wikipedia help with a real life problem with a Wikipedia entry?

Can CIPR Wikipedia help with a real life problem with a Wikipedia entry?

  I spent most of today providing online crisis communications training for the head of corporate communications for an overseas government regulatory authority. Coincidentally, one of the topics we covered was its Wikipedia page which is incomplete and out of date. It isn’t a commercial company and is notable enough to warrant an entry.   […]

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