This is not a drill: Counter-terrorism communications

When a major terrorist incident occurs, communications really can save lives. We can all learn lessons from those who have witnessed such comms planning up close… Terrorists don’t just turn up on the day and decide to commit an atrocity. It’s a big deal for them too. Their planning isn’t all hooded figures staking out …

Be Prepared – Crisis Management For Terrorist Related Events

By Emma Leech, CIPR President,  There’s no doubt that we are living in an increasingly uncertain, volatile, and unpredictable world with the threat of terrorism casting a shadow that we live with from day to day. As communicators, dealing with crisis is part of our day to day work.  For many of us, though, crisis …

PR’s mental health issue – and six tips to improve yours

By Daniel Gerrella, When I wrote about the CIPR’s State of the Profession Survey last month, I mentioned that I would revisit the mental health findings at a later date. As this week is Mental Health Awareness Week, it felt like this was the perfect opportunity. What is the Mental Health of the PR Industry? As a reminder, …

Fake news report picks easy target in Facebook

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport fake news report disappoints in its single-minded attack on Facebook as the destroyer of public discourse and democracy. I’m tired, weary even, of people seeking easy answers to complex problems. Life isn’t that simple. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee has published its final …

Disinformation and faking the news

By Daniel Gerrella, On Monday, the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS) published Disinformation and ‘Fake News’: Final Report. It calls for: The introduction of a compulsory code of ethics for tech companies A requirement for social media companies to remove harmful content, including proven sources of disinformation The creation of an independent regulator to monitor …

Choosing the right conference

By Daniel Gerrella, At this time of year, people start planning which conferences they are going to attend. There are many things to consider, including value for money, learning opportunities, and the ability to network. Conferences tend to fit into two categories: Large, general events focused on an industry, broad issue or profession (sometimes over more …

Why brands should take a stand

By Daniel Gerrella, Last week public relations firm Edelman published “Brands take a stand.” It argued that consumers want the brands they buy from to lead on social issues and deliver change. Three stats immediately stood out to me: Businesses are more trusted than government (+7% more in the UK – 43% v 26%) Trust in …

Get Chartered – why I did it

By Daniel Gerrella, My original career plan was to go into journalism. I studied it at degree level, secured my NCTJ qualifications and did work experience at both a press agency and a local newspaper. An elective module in PR and a meeting with an agency head changed my mind. I was enthusiastic about the variety, …

GDPR and its impact on UK media so far

By Daniel Gerrella, The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on 25 May 2018. The law protects individual’s rights over their personal data, both in terms of how it is used and how it is stored. It led to a flurry of emails from companies seeking to obtain informed consent from users, pop-ups being added to …