8 in 10 PR professionals report to feeling mental health impact of Covid-19

The recognition of the positive value of public relations stands in contrast to a marked depreciation in the mental health and well-being of individuals employed in communications roles during the crisis, a new survey has found. The CIPR’s Health Group COVID-19 survey explores the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on communications professionals and included questions around the value of communications, the impact of COVID-19 on individuals and on teams, pandemic preparedness and resources, and internal communications. The survey finds: Over half of respondents reported their organisation placed ‘a lot’ of value on…

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Progession for women in PR to slow as direct result of COVID-19 – new survey

With Covid-19 driving us to work remotely for several months, what has been the true impact on the working lives of the women in our global industry and how do they now view their future? The top line findings from Global Women in PR’s latest research, conducted by leading market research agency, Opinium, suggests that the pace for driving women forward into a more balanced industry has taken a step backwards. Two in three (65%) of those surveyed believe it will take longer to close the gender pay gap, and over…

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Unequal opportunities, non-inclusive cultures and racist experiences; CIPR publishes new report into lived experiences of BAME practitioners in PR

A new research report published today by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) finds a public relations industry in which BAME practitioners tell of racism, microaggressions and unconscious biases faced, and having to work within an inflexible culture that denies them opportunities and fair progression. The report – ‘Race in PR: BAME lived experiences in the UK PR industry’ (below) – is calling on senior PR business leaders to take these findings seriously and work to change practices and cultures to “unleash talent and create a fair and equal workplace for all”.   The research follows the career journey of 17 BAME practitioners and highlights a worrying set…

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PR is “sleepwalking into AI” new CIPR #AIinPR report finds

The public relations profession is “sleepwalking into artificial intelligence” and markedly behind other professions in its preparations for the 4th industrial revolution, warns a new #AIinPR report.  Launched at the Alan Turing Institute this morning, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) #AIinPR Panel report – ‘The Effects of AI on the Professions: A Literature Repository’ – summarises nearly 200 global publications on AI and its impact on the professions including the changing nature of work, the ethical implications surrounding AI, future regulation and, notably, its impact on specific work groups.  The…

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PR Professionals defend the value of PR after criticism of London Mayor’s comms spend

The PRCA and CIPR have defended the value of public relations after an article in City AM criticised London Mayor Sadiq Khan for increasing spend on communications. The article follows a freedom of information act revealing the Mayor increased spending on communications by 26% since he was elected. The Mayor’s Office claim the statistics have been taken out of context. PRCA Head of Communications and Marketing, Koray Camgoz commented: “The article suggests Khan is ‘more concerned about PR than policy’, but what many fail to grasp is that you cannot…

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