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Story released today by University of Huddersfield regarding our research into global capability framework./

Hud news story

Adds to wide range of supporting statements from leading practitioners and professional associations. One called it a game changer for the profession, another said the framework offers the best 2 page summary of the communication function.  Wonderful to be involved in a major project that will make a difference.

 

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The result of two years’ hard work with eight partner Universities in six continents was published yesterday at the World Public Relations Forum in Oslo. Here is the Global Alliance news release:

GA release

The full report setting out the background, design and full results is here, as are the frameworks for each participating country:

Report and country frameworks

 

Here’s a pic from the launch, via Annette Tjomsland

and Prof Anne Gregory in action, via Catherine Arrow

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This is the presentation I made to the MeCCSA (Media, Communication, Culture & Society Association) annual conference at London’s South Bank University a couple of weeks ago. Given Clifford’s predatory, abusive character and enthusiasm for lying, I am queasy about appearing to support his position on anything. But there is another queasiness surrounding the legions of po-faced professional leaders who denounce him as if they never promised to call a journo back without meaning it.

PR and problem of truth: Clifford’s legacy

 

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Some recent reflections from Pamplona

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I’m starting a new blog to track the creation of my next book on appearance, deception, fast and slow communication. It’s provisionally titled Public Relations and Depth Communication: Behind the Mask (for the Routledge New Directions in Public Relations and Communications Research series). Will have thoughts, reviews, links. Followers, suggestions & contributions cordially invited here: Mask bookmask

  • with thanks to Padraig Macnamara for beautiful logo

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Just discovered my book on public relations and professional ethics is now in paperback. Always wanted it to be more accessible – do hope some of you will buy or borrow it .

PR and ethics book

 

Public Relations Ethics Fawkes

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Intense Indonesia

Ran a research workshop in Yogyakarta, Indonesia last week with colleagues from the University Atma Yogyakarta as part of a British Council project led by Prof Anne Gregory. The team are researching community engagement on renewable energy in rural communities. Fascinating work that has real importance for  developing countries and energy policy. It has also raised issues of cultural bias in research instruments, as villagers have been reluctant to sign ethics forms or speak up in focus groups because individual opinion is not part of collective decision making.

Luckily the UAJY team is creative and resourceful and have developed ethical, culturally sensitive approaches that will yield rich results.

My job was to focus on structuring the final report.  Again, realise that a formal report is a culturally specific product   – feels rather imperialist to force material into the traditional Exec Summary/Intro/Method/ Findings/Recommendations/Conclusions boxes. Then find myself describing this as a means of telling the story of the research and it makes sense. Reports are just another form of conversation after all.

We worked hard but had a really splendid few days of exchange and discovery – finding the common sense under the forms and formats, learning about each other’s ways of working. And Javanese food in particular – so many feasts of unfamiliar delight. My favourite was Javanese breakfast (a banquet of meat, rice and coconut) accompanied by gamelan concert (see pix). There were brief temple outings, but the heat floored me by mid morning so we retreated to a/c shopping.

The rest will have to wait till next time.

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