Public relations is horrible. Discuss.

The PRCA has launched the second annual £500 Reginald Watts Prize for Insight. The award, which launched in 2016, recognises the legacy of Reginald Watts FPRCA, former PRCA Chairman, CIPR President, and UK CEO of Burson Marsteller.

CIPR to launch new professional qualifications

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) will introduce a new suite of professional qualifications – aligned with the competences needed for contemporary PR practice – from September 2017. The qualifications, to be launched at an event on 19 July, will each feature a new syllabus shaped around the practical and future needs of public relations employers.

Picture this: Instagram rich list 2017

The world’s only fully-automated Instagram scheduling tool has launched the 2017 Instagram Rich List, based on internal and public data, revealing the highest earning celebrities and influencers on the platform. The scheduling tool has also revealed that one in 20 Instagram users monetise their posts, and there has been a 34% increase in the number of sponsored posts on Instagram in the last two years.

Research reveals blind spots in PR and comms

An international survey has revealed the knowledge and skills gaps facing communication professionals in Europe. The 2017 European Communication Monitor survey collected data from across 50 countries and explored trends like visualisation, social bots, hypermodernity and benchmarking for strategic communications.

CIPR recognition for MA PR course

As Birmingham City University launches a new suite of postgraduate media courses, its Public Relations programme has received national endorsement by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).