Category: Public Affairs

Communication and media response to the Westminster attack

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Best practice communication was critical to allaying fear in the immediate response to the Westminster attacks but sensationalist media coverage needs to be challenged. Public relations students at Newcastle University are studying crisis communications this semester. They’ve had several sessions

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What makes good public affairs advice?

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Public affairs is often more art than science but good advice should be based on solid foundations. Some of these are political, others more about behaviours. But if they come together then you get the good advice. Public affairs is

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The 5 Ps of political engagement

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Effective political engagement and public affairs can be full of difficult and challenging decisions but if you remember these five Ps then you will not go far wrong. There are, of course, no shortcuts to good public advice but we

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Top 5 CEO public affairs mistakes

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Leaders do not often suffer from a lack of self-confidence. Important in some leadership settings, that same trait can often lead to political and public affairs mistakes. Even very recent history is littered with the mistakes made by leaders whether

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The real impact of Brexit on Parliament

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The role of Parliament in Brexit has been controversial. But what is more important than the Brexit Bill is what Parliament does next and how much engagement there is. Unless everyone pays attention it will be easy to miss out.

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Are brands inherently political?

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Last week, Mark Zuckerberg published his ‘Building Global Community’ open letter – or, as the BBC called it – his “manifesto to re-boot globalisation”. At first glance, it may seem hypocritical for the man who says he isn’t interested in

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Transparency in thought leadership

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Too often thought leadership initiatives are dismissed as advocating for vested interests. Public affairs needs to help organisations overcome those preconceptions and the easiest way to do this is to encourage greater transparency. Very often claims of vested interests are

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Why is political risk on the rise?

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2016 was full of political surprises, some more welcome than others. But more than merely being surprises, for many organisations the outcomes represented risk. Risk always needs to be managed to avoid devastating consequences. The role that public affairs plays

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Reading Prime Minister’s Questions

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By Paula Keaveney The last thing the weekly PMQs joust is about is answers. Frankly if an MP wants an answer, a written question, a letter to the relevant department or a session in the good old fashioned House of Commons

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Is Trump good for Brexit?

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As the Commons vote to trigger Article 50 and the Prime Minister publishes a White Paper outlining the 12 principles of Brexit; Theresa May is facing a divorce in a political climate within the West that has not seen this

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