MUSINGS ON COMMUNICATIONS

DROWNING ST PRESS OFFICE

The formative years of my PR career were spent in a trade’n’tech agency supporting clients such as an industrial food pump manufacturer, an electronic components distributor and a business that produced plastic bags to protect microchips from electrostatic damage.  Not…

AN ALTERNATIVE BUDGET POST

I had intended to write a review of Gideon’s budget today.  However, having listened to the Chancellor’s performance on the radio with edited highlights simulcast on Twitter, I now think I’d prefer to watch old people eat.  But the occasion…

SHOOT FIRST, FORGET THE QUESTIONS

Would Jennifer Aniston be the ultimate girlfriend? Was Led Zeppelin the best live band ever?  Is Jeremy Clarkson funny? The answers to these questions are, of course, highly subjective and likely to cause debate.  Just like journalism. A journalist’s copy…

WHO READS THE UK PRESS?

National newspapers in the UK tend to have a predictable readership, which has changed little over the years. If you’re a fan of ‘Yes, Minister’, you’ll be familiar with this.  But in case you’re too young – or too old…

FIRST CLASS ABUSE

I don’t often find myself aboard a Southeastern commuter train on its way London at just gone midday.  Three things were different between this and my usual rush hour commute: it was bright outside; the train was almost empty; and…

THE DEFINITION OF INSANITY

I’ve never felt the need to ask a doctor, architect, accountant or engineer to define what they do. I doubt they’ve invested much energy debating it among themselves.  Yet for as long as I’ve been in public relations, this industry…

LOCKING STABLE DOORS

The editor of the Press Gazette has argued today that the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson’s persistent reluctance to answer a direct question with a straight answer strengthens the case for better regulation of the public relations industry. The case for…

THE PRICE OF FREE

Goggle’s users are up in arms, universally agitated by the company’s new privacy policy and the way it’s being introduced and implemented.  “Don’t you think their communications on the issue have been dreadful,” a colleague asked using his Gmail account…

ARE YOU CLOSE ENOUGH?

The untimely death of Remi Ochlik, the award-winning French freelance photojournalist who died on duty in Syria last week, led me to re-read “In Our Time – the World as Seen by Magnum Photographers”. Robert Capa, the Hungarian photographer and…

WATCHING THE CLOCKS

Today is national ‘Work Your Proper Hours Day’ in the UK.  It has become an annual Trades Union Congress (TUC) initiative to highlight that five million workers in the UK collectively donate an estimated £29 billion in unpaid overtime to…