Lobbying: Not for the Underground

The public wants what the public gets… In 2013 – before the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists had been installed under the Lobbying Act – Tamasin Cave of SpinWatch gave evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee (PCRC) calling the proposed register “not fit for purpose”. The industry agreed; it would cover only a small proportion of lobbying […]

Unchartered Territory

By Alison Gallagher-Hughes. There are probably many reasons why CIPR practitioners embark on the journey to Chartership: career development, advancement, management… but for me, it was personal. I’ve worked in communications for more than 30 years – initially as a newspaper journalist and then in public relations, through a variety of different roles: in-house and […]

Five at 25: new edition CIPR flagship book out for Christmas

As the CIPR/Kogan Page book series reaches its 25th anniversary, the 5th edition of its flagship book is launched just in time for this year’s Christmas stocking. Planning and Managing Public Relations Campaigns has had a major makeover and is now a larger textbook with illustrations and support materials on a dedicated website. Written by […]

CIPR research shows enduring problems for Public Relations

By Ben Verinder, MD, Chalksteam. For the past three years my agency Chalkstream has worked with the CIPR to produce the annual #StateofPR study. As we brace ourselves for the broader impacts of Covid-19, this seems like the right moment to consider what this research tells us about PR present and past, and what clues […]

A profession in stasis or catching the moment?

By Professor Anne Gregory. Reading the most recent CIPR State of the Profession report makes me feel like we are at an inflection point. It could go either way: sky’s the limit or going backwards. All the old chestnuts around diversity, gender pay gap, not being accepted as a board level discipline, having writing as […]

Solopreneurs: Is it worth it to be chartered?

In 2015, I quit my full time job to start up my Public Relations (PR) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) boutique agency in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). When I took that step, I realized later that I not only lost the sense of job security, but also having clear milestones of career development. As […]

CoronaCon: Lessons learned from the CIPR’s COVID-19 conference

Darryl Sparey shares his experiences of organising a two-day virtual event and the lessons learned.   Like most things you read in the press nowadays, it all started on Twitter. In the very early days of the lockdown in the UK, events and conferences were being cancelled everywhere. For the foreseeable future, a key plank […]

Business As Unusual

Nev Ridley, Founder and Managing Director of ilk, discusses how he adapted to the lockdown and what it’s meant for keeping business going.   The start. I remember it felt like a bit of blur. Both because it now feels so long ago, and because the situation escalated so rapidly. It went from following news […]