The week’s best to 23 January

So #Leeds is really really #cold #cosy #selfie @oliviapaget

This week we highlight six individual blog posts (three are from newcomers) by UK-based public relations students. The posts are from Katie Burchell, Phoebe Frost, Susanna Ising, Lauren Old, Polly Snell and Livi Wilkes. Our picture of the week comes from Olivia Paget.

Winner reflects on essay prize

Jeremy Dickey with 2014 CIPR presidemt Stephen Waddington

As the challenge is announced for the 2015 Douglas Smith student award, last year’s winner Jeremy Dickey reflects on how he approached this assignment. What does it take for a student to win £1000 and achieve industry recognition?

The week’s best to 16 January

Sandra in Paris

This week we highlight six individual blog posts (three from newcomers) written by UK-based public relations students. The individual posts are from Deni Gavrilova, Paige Hiley, Ashley Keir-Bucknall, Lauren Old, Marica Scevlikova, Lauren Whitty. Our picture of the week comes from Sandra Yap.

PRCA up for two awards

Association Excellence Awards

The Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) has been shortlisted in two categories at the Association Excellence Awards 2015. The PRCA is a finalist for the Overall Best UK Association Award, and also for the Innovation Award – for the PR Apprenticeship. The Association Excellence Awards recognise excellence in professional and trade associations. The Awards ceremony will take place on 27 February.

Guest editorial: Election campaigns have already started

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Guest editor Paula Keaveney rounds up our special issue on political communication and notes that all the contributions have come from women (though men are still welcome to submit articles on this topic).