Improve your writing style with help from a machine

Hemingway is a proof editing tool. It helps simplify and improve the comprehension of your writing. Good, concise writing uses a set of rules that we learn at school. It can take years of practice to achieve mastery through practice and coaching. It’s an area where machines can help improve the quality of your work …

Depressed and depressing: the state of UK news media

There’s not much good news for UK media in the Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2019. The UK is suffering from news fatigue. Media coverage of Brexit is impacting the mood of the nation according to Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2019. You can download a copy of the report by following this link. More …

Digital exclusion: internet access in the UK has peaked

Thirteen percent of adults in the UK do not use the internet. It’s a figure that has remained unchanged since 2014 according to Ofcom. That’s a problem for public engagement. Access to digital services and literacy rates have plateaued in the UK according to new data published by the broadcast and telecom watchdog Ofcom. The …

Professional communicators need to get to grips with AI

A new report highlights an artificial intelligence (AI) knowledge gap in public relations. The CIPR is helping its members plug the gap. It’s too early to identify best practice for AI communication. Practitioners need to step up and take personal responsibility for learning and development. This includes exploring the impact of AI on society and …

Privacy isn’t necessarily a good thing

Facebook is building a private version of the internet. While that may be good for personal privacy, it’s a threat to public conversation. Facebook’s big play at its F8 developer conference this year was privacy. CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted in a keynote speech that it’s an area where the social media firm has a lousy …

Automation threatens a quarter of marketing and PR jobs, ONS report

Women, young people, and those who work part-time are most likely to work in roles that are at high risk of automation. The Office on National Statistics published a report today that estimates that 27% of marketing and public relations jobs are at risk from automation. Automation involves replacing tasks currently done by workers with technology, which could include …

Artificial Intelligence: Lack of knowledge in marketing and PR is an ethical issue

The hype surrounding AI is unhelpful. Professional communicators must act ethically and improve their knowledge. AI is being used as a marketing label to market and sell technology products and services. It’s the latest shiny new thing in technology since blockchain and cryptocurrency. A report published last week by venture capitalist MMC Ventures found that …

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 …

Public relations in 2019

Here’s my analysis of the opportunities and challenges that public relations faces in the next 12 months. There’s no formal methodology and they’re not so much predictions as a series of stories that I’ve recorded on my blog during 2018. It’s where I’m placing bets over the next 12 months. Please let me know what …