About Behind the Spin

Behind the Spin is an online magazine for public relations students and young PR practitioners. We welcome articles and news stories about public relations – or of interest to PR students and young practitioners.

This Invitation from the editor tells how you can get involved in the magazine, whether you’re a PR student, a graduate, a PR lecturer or an employer.


RB portrait Sept 2013 croppedEditor:
Richard Bailey
Email: editor@behindthespin.com
Twitter: @behindthespin



Robert Minton-TaylorContributing editor:
Robert Minton-Taylor FCIPR MPRCA
Email: robert@minton-taylor.com
Twitter: @MintonTaylor


Bethany Ansell newAssociate editor:
Bethany Ansell
Email: bethany@lemonsqueezymarketing.co.uk
Twitter: @Beth_Ansell


Jessica North new

Associate editor:
Jessica North
Email: jessicanorthpr@gmail.com
Twitter: @JessicaNorthPR

Simon WakemanTechnical consultant:
Simon Wakeman MCIPR and Chartered Marketer
Website and blog: http://www.simonwakeman.com/



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Contributions are welcome at any time on any topic relevant to our readership. We regularly publish articles by PR students, articles about studying public relations and about career progression in PR. We also publish book reviews (and welcome books for review from authors and publishers) and welcome news of interest to our readers.

We welcome articles written by real people, but do not welcome bylined articles or those submitted purely for SEO purposes.

We also welcome volunteers to our editorial team, offers to write for the magazine, and offers to commission and edit articles on specialist subjects.

Special issue:

Political communication (edited by Paula Keaveney), January 2015

Editorial guidelines

Though run out of universities, this is not an academic journal. It is a magazine for students and young practitioners that accepts occasional academic contributions as part of its mix. Articles should be written in the English language (set your spell checker to UK English) and should be intelligible to international readers who may not speak English as their first language. (Many of our contributors aren’t writing in their first language.)

Sources should be cited by hyperlinks, either embedded in the text or gathered at the end. A typical article is 600-1000 words in length, and based on a specific theme. Your article does not have to be about your opinion on this topic (though we do welcome opinion pieces too) – it could reflect the thoughts of others, or be based on an interview with a specialist practitioner, or based on your research (or that of others if you cite the source).

Here’s an online magazine we like: Spiked is journalistic in style, intellectual in its approach, academic in its citing of sources, and written in plain English. Wow! If you’d rather write in the style of Hello magazine, you’re welcome to try that too. Richard Bailey editor@behindthespin.com