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Five Things We Learned about Crisis Communications

Crisis Communications is a lot like fire alarms and seatbelts: you hope you’ll never need any of them, but it would be foolhardy to go without. Responding to a crisis in a timely and honest way could actually raise your

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WonkComms Breakfast Club: Getting your story on TV or Radio

Coffee, croissants and comms. What could be a better way to start your day in #wonkcomms? WonkComms have teamed up with Soapbox to offer the UK WonkComms community an regular opportunity to get together and discuss some of the big challenges of

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Planning for impact: five things we learned

Another month, another WonkComms Breakfast Club. The topic this time? That most intractable of WonkComms challenges: planning. As always, there was more discussion than can be summed up in one blog. But we can sum up the key take-aways from the discussion.

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Coffee, croissants and comms. What could be a better way to start your day in #wonkcomms?

We’re very pleased to announce the first in a new series of small London-based events for the policy communications community. The first session ‘Targeting Parliament’ looks at how to reach MPs and peers given the changing party political makeup of both Houses, with particular reference to APPGs and select committees.

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Never mind the X Factor this is the So What Factor

Why we shouldn’t let them kill the policy brief like they did the press release.

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The wonkcomms crystal ball: Five things 2015 will bring for think tank communications

This time last year Nick, Richard and I recapped over the year in wonkcomms, looking back at thirteen tools think tank communicators used to promote and publicise their work. I was struck by the sheer diversity and creativity of the

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How a poll can change the world

What’s the most generous country in the world? Who does the most for good causes? Answering that simple (but quite difficult) question has led us to provoke debate round the globe and opened the door to some quite profound discussions about how the world is changing and how it could change for the better.

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Making ‘Cities Outlook’ the issue of the day

Every think tank comms professional dreams of making their annual publication the story du jour. I know many of you will be familiar with those first moments when you wake up and nervously turn on your radio and check your phone

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An engineering PR campaign unlike any other

While accustomed to the media spotlight, it is fair to say none of us at The Institution of Mechanical Engineers had experienced the the full blown media storm we caused in January 2013 with the launch of the Global Food: Waste Not, Want Not report.

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Welcome to the media – these are the rules.

‘News is what a chap who doesn’t care much about anything wants to read.’ Evelyn Waugh – Scoop. During last week’s Wonkcomms event, a well-known development blogger asked me over Twitter: how is it that 25,000 people will die today

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