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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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Election Fever: The Role of Think Tanks in the Election

On Wednesday 26 November, we were fortunate to host a WonkComms event at our Southbank offices, bringing together a panel of hacks, wonks and wonkcomm-ers, to discuss the role of think tanks in the upcoming General Election.

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LIVE EVENT – Election Fever: how can think tanks make the most of the UK General Election

With just 6 months until polling day, the next election looms large on the horizon. Think tanks can’t ignore it and business-as-usual for research led organisations seems impossible in such a politically charged atmosphere. What should we do? What are we allowed to do (particularly in light of the Lobbying Act)? And how can Comms teams help their Wonks to get it done?

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VIDEOS: Research in the digital age: wonk or comms?

David Skelton speaks at Wonkcomms event on research in the digital age: wonk or comms?

Videos from last week’s event are now available. The event considered the following questions: Is there is a danger in modern think tanks that the communications tail wags the research dog? Is there value in preserving the traditional think tank publication? Should communications be seen as a means to an end or as an end in itself? And is the nature of research changing because of the rapidly changing communications environment?

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EVENT: Rent-a-quote? Think tanks, media and strategy

Following our successful launch event last April, WonkComms are bringing you the third in a series of events on think tank communications. We are delighted to have a top line-up of speakers too!

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The death of the 00:01h embargo

A bygone era - Capital Journal News Room 16 in 1961. Source: flickr/Marion Doss

Like a zombie, the ‘minute past midnight embargo’ haunts my press releases like an undead spectre. No longer fit for purpose, and yet still a ubiquitous header on the top of most attempts at proactive media relations, the phrase “Embargoed: 00:01h” is dead but not yet buried.

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