It’s a tough job, but PR people love doing it

Future skills ECM

Findings from the 2014 European Communication Monitor study show that it’s increasingly hard to find a good work-life balance in public relations. Nor do practitioners think they’re especially well paid given the increasing challenges and demands they face. But those interviewed reported high levels of job satisfaction and said they had the respect of their clients and colleagues.

PR boss is Asian Media Professional of the Year

Award winner: Farzana Baduel

The founder of a public relations consultancy has been named as Media Professional of the Year at this year’s Asian Media Awards. The award was presented to Curzon PR’s founder and managing director, Farzana Baduel at an event in Manchester yesterday.

A nation in love with its shopkeepers

The age of authenticity

In research released today, the top 10 most authentic brands named unprompted by consumers are dominated by well-known high-street names, such as M&S, Tesco, John Lewis, Asda and Waitrose. The research is part of the third Authentic Brands report from global communications agency, Cohn & Wolfe.

Professor speaks out on media sexism

Professor Karen Ross

Karen Ross, Professor of Media at Northumbria University, Newcastle, recently presented evidence at a House of Lords inquiry into women, news and current affairs broadcasting. Professor Ross’s research showed that men dominate decision-making positions across many major European media organisations. Northumbria Journalism graduate, Rosie Willan, caught up with Karen to find out more about her research on this topic.

Call for contributions: political communication

Westminster Bridge

Next year sees a UK General Election and the beginning of the long run up to the US Presidential Primaries and Election with all the speculation that entails. Politics is more interesting than ever and guest editor Paula Keaveney is keen to hear from potential contributors to a special issue on political communication.