Why now is the time to start podcasting for PR

By Marina Lois, , Seven million adults in the UK listen to podcasts each week, and that figure has risen by 1.3m in the last year alone. Although Apple has been the main proponent of this success to date, Google has now announced that they want to ‘double global podcast listenership’ within two years. And …

Humans on AI

What future for PR professionals in an automated world? At a Business Wire roundtable, Influence brought together leading professionals and a pioneer in ‘machine journalism’ to discuss the big questions… By Matthew Rock, After a long career in print and broadcast journalism, Gary Rogers knew that the way audiences consume news – in real time …

Communicating via AI: it’s creepy, right?

By Gemma Storey, Alright, look, I know that AI probably has a wondrous future. A future of assisting customers, helping copywriters do their best work and eventually gaining full sentience, taking over the world and killing us all, but it has a way to go yet. Over the past few months, AI has started to creep …

AI and the future of journalism

By Catriona Gilmour, We seem to be reading a new story every week about the automation of jobs and industries all over the world. No industry seems to be totally future-proof – but how about journalism? Business Wire UK invited PA editor-in-chief Pete Clifton, technology journalist Holly Brockwell and AP’s Paul Shanley to discuss how …

The perils of the gamer backlash

By Gemma Storey, Gamers are a passionate bunch – one minute they love a game developer – the next they’re ripping them to shreds on Reddit, launching campaigns and starting a backlash. But why does this happen? Is it just a mixture of entitlement, social media anonymity and being angry at the world? Or is there …

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 …

‘In the arena of emerging tech, PR needs to step up’

Get ahead of the game for 2019 By Kerry Sheehan, 2019 is set to be a big year for #AIinPR — with the growth in artificial intelligence assistants, chat bots and voice search — alongside virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality. As PR and communications professionals, we are increasingly expected to embrace new technologies which we then deploy …

Ethics and AI: The Dilemma Facing the PR Practitioner

By Anthony Olabode Ayodele, Like other disciplines advanced via the digital age Artificial Intelligence is gradually becoming deeply embedded in Public Relations. As the discourse regarding the prevalence of AI grows there is an increasing need to define sound ethical practices regarding it. What we consider worthwhile of establishing an Artificial Intelligence API for (simply …

Comms and the NHS’s digital transformation

Ahead of his appearance at the CIPR’s National Conference, Director for Digital Development for NHS England, Dr Sam Shah, discusses how new communications technology is helping the NHS improve patient care. The NHS is using information and technology to empower and transform people’s lives, and as a result, the way we communicate with people is changing. …

Apple CEO Tim Cook shows courage tackling big data ethics

By Nicola Rossi, Speaking at the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Brussels last week, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook took the lead on the other tech giants. He came across as someone who genuinely wants to find solutions to the thorny issues around privacy and data protection that are inseparable from their …