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Schools launch organic #GreenforGrenfell social media campaign

Schools launch organic #GreenforGrenfell social media campaign

Schools across West London have begun an organic social media campaign to raise money for people affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster, called #GreenforGrenfell.

Road safety, gun violence and FGM among worldwide campaigns recognised at Cannes

Road safety, gun violence and FGM among worldwide campaigns recognised at Cannes

Campaigns for public sector and non-profit organisations, at home and abroad, have won recognition at this year's Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.

New College of Policing guidance sets out rules of engagement with the media during major incidents

New College of Policing guidance sets out rules of engagement with the media during major incidents

The part played by comms in coping with future terror attacks is outlined in new media relations guidance being issued to police forces in England and Wales this month.

Local authority and hospital trust square up in media briefing battle

Local authority and hospital trust square up in media briefing battle

A local authority has upped the ante in its continuing war of words with bosses at an NHS trust, accusing them in a letter of exploiting language to obscure the truth.

Case study: British and Irish governments stage centenary of Battle of Messines Ridge

Case study: British and Irish governments stage centenary of Battle of Messines Ridge

The idea of a government department staging a major media event during Purdah and the day before a General Election might seem foolhardy but the Northern Ireland Office recently did just that.

Confed17: 'If comms was football we would be playing with a different ball'

Confed17: 'If comms was football we would be playing with a different ball'

If comms was a football game, players would be playing on a different pitch or with a different ball, so unrecognisable is the job in 2017, according to NHS Digital's comms chief.

Met Police campaign to recruit detectives with no policing experience

Met Police campaign to recruit detectives with no policing experience

The Metropolitan Police has received an "unprecedented response" to its campaign to recruit detectives, with 2,700 applications received in the first two weeks, PRWeek can reveal.

Water trade body draws from the well of government communicators

Water trade body draws from the well of government communicators

Water UK has appointed two new directors from the top ranks of government department comms. Rae Stewart, deputy director of the Government Communication Service, and Stuart Colville, principle private secretary at Defra, are to join the trade body in September.

All change at the Cabinet Office as Thompson re-joins Westminster Council

All change at the Cabinet Office as Thompson re-joins Westminster Council

Nick Thompson has left his job as press secretary to the minister for the Cabinet Office to re-join Westminster Council in its comms department, PRWeek can reveal.

Case study: Calderdale Council on how engaging with the media over Storm Eva resulted in £60m of relief funding

Case study: Calderdale Council on how engaging with the media over Storm Eva resulted in £60m of relief funding

Flooding has long been a way of life for residents in the borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire but the events of Christmas 2015 were unlike anything they had witnessed before.

Case study: How Sussex Police handled comms around the Shoreham air disaster

Case study: How Sussex Police handled comms around the Shoreham air disaster

Hardened road traffic officers are used to dealing with serious and often highly distressing accidents but nothing prepared Sussex Police for a major incident on their roads involving a plane crash.

Which party ran the best General Election campaign? Our panel gives its verdict

Which party ran the best General Election campaign? Our panel gives its verdict

The PRWeek General Election panel has come together for one last time to give their final thoughts - and scores out of 10 - for the campaigns run by the main contenders.

Purdah rules suppress reports with 'no electoral significance' claims top QC

Purdah rules suppress reports with 'no electoral significance' claims top QC

One of the country's top lawyers has attacked the government over its use of purdah, accusing civil servants of stifling debate by needlessly withholding information.

"As we go to the ballot box many of us will be asking 'who will keep us safe?'": GE Panel week seven

"As we go to the ballot box many of us will be asking 'who will keep us safe?'": GE Panel week seven

The PRWeek General Election Panel draws together some of the best public affairs practitioners in the industry, from both sides of the political divide, to dissect the campaign as it unfolds between now and 8 June.

Opinion and features

One month on from the Manchester bombing: The hardest words

One month on from the Manchester bombing: The hardest words

This is the hardest column I have ever tried to sit and write. Firstly, I want to remember all those people who have been affected by the events in Manchester on the night of Monday 22 May. They are in my thoughts and prayers every day.

So you want my job? Comms and marketing manager at Selby District Council

So you want my job? Comms and marketing manager at Selby District Council

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Mike James' job as comms and marketing manager at Selby District Council?

Comms Director Report: optimism high but Brexit concerns persist

Comms Director Report: optimism high but Brexit concerns persist

The 'PRWeek/Brands2Life Comms Director Report 2017' is the most upbeat survey of the industry in five years, with optimism about the coming year high among respondents.

Four ways local government comms specialists can enhance General Election coverage

Four ways local government comms specialists can enhance General Election coverage

There's something magical about driving home on empty roads as dawn breaks. But, my word, it was a long, long day.

So, you want my job? Head of corporate comms at Surrey Police

So, you want my job? Head of corporate comms at Surrey Police

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Ruth Shulver's job as head of corporate comms at Surrey Police?

How to handle media relations in times of terror

How to handle media relations in times of terror

Terrorist incidents like Westminster, Manchester, and London Bridge made me think hard about the contribution we can make as communications professionals.

So, you want my job? Policy and comms director, London School of Economics and Political Science

So, you want my job? Policy and comms director, London School of Economics and Political Science

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Bob Ward's job as policy and comms director in the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at London School of Economics and Political Science?

So, you want my job? Director of comms, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

So, you want my job? Director of comms, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Claire Riley's role as director of communications & corporate affairs at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust?

How sport shapes the debate on public sector funding

How sport shapes the debate on public sector funding

All General Elections are fought over money and this one's proving no different, as Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn lock horns over budgets and spending plans.

So, you want my job? Head of corporate communications, British Transport Police

So, you want my job? Head of corporate communications, British Transport Police

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you want Allison Potter-Drake's job as head of corporate communications, British Transport Police?

Why are car-crash political interviews on the rise?

Why are car-crash political interviews on the rise?

The number of "car-crash" media interviews is rising all the time. Just over the last few weeks we've had Diane Abbott and Angela Rayner receiving the Nick Ferrari treatment on LBC.

Recent public sector people moves

Brexit secretary chief of staff James Chapman to join Bell Pottinger political team

Bell Pottinger has appointed former senior David Davis aide James Chapman as a partner in its political practice.

Weber Shandwick ups Pam Jenkins to global public affairs lead

Weber Shandwick ups Pam Jenkins to global public affairs lead

Jenkins is replacing Ranny Cooper. Paul Massey is taking on the role of president of Powell Tate, and Peter Carson is moving into the position of head of public affairs for North America.

Obama administration veteran Frank Benenati joins United Airlines

Obama administration veteran Frank Benenati joins United Airlines

Benenati was most recently director of public affairs for the Environmental Protection Agency before joining the airline.

Burson plans defence and security sector push with former NATO commander

Burson plans defence and security sector push with former NATO commander

A former NATO commander is spearheading Burson-Marsteller's attempts to win more work in the defence and security sectors.

Southwark Council appoints charity specialist as head of external affairs amid restructure of comms team

Southwark Council appoints charity specialist as head of external affairs amid restructure of comms team

Southwark Council has appointed Tony Manwaring as its new head of external affairs in a role that will see him lead the local authority's communications, policy, public affairs and cabinet support.

McCann Live director leaves agency life to take up Downing Street job

McCann Live director leaves agency life to take up Downing Street job

Chris Hamilton, former head of social media for BBC News, has left his job as editorial director at McCann Live to take up the role of head of digital for 10 Downing Street and the Cabinet Office.

Five PR and public affairs professionals who could win seats in parliament

Five PR and public affairs professionals who could win seats in parliament

A number of PR and public affairs industry figures are standing for election on 8 June, and while many are outside bets for a seat in Westminster, some would appear on the brink of packing in the day job.