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At a ceremony in Amsterdam on 23 May in the art gallery of Bayu Food, Dutch PR representatives bore witness to the IPRA President’s Award being given to Inna Shevchenko on behalf of her organisation FEMEN.
IPRA, the International Public Relations Association, has signed a co-operation agreement with the Irish Academy of Public Relations. Under the Agreement, inter alia, the two organisations will exchange materials and know-how to help with the development of the PR profession such as IPRA’s Thought Leadership essays.
The United Nations held its annual conference on the state of global press freedom, and panellists said they were clearly worried about the erosion of trust with the media, and the increasing dangers posed to journalists.
On May 15 the term closes for entries for IPRA’s Golden World Awards. These Awards are among the most prestigious in the field of global professional communications. Just recently, I was honoured to be able to be present when Russia’s Eventiada Awards - supported by the country’s PR association - announced a cooperation agreement with IPRA. It is a further proof of the relevance of the GWA for public relations practitioners.
In line with IPRA’s long-standing role as an NGO in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC) we are pleased to cascade this ECOSOC call for co-operation with other NGOs.
IPRA, the International Public Relations Association, has signed a co-operation with the Hungarian PR Association (Magyar PR Szövetség). Under the Agreement, inter alia, the two organisations will exchange materials and know-how to help with the development of the PR profession such as IPRA’s Thought Leadership essays.
Speaking to the Russian media yesterday, IPRA President Bart de Vries announced the start of a co-operation between IPRA’s Golden World Awards scheme and Russia’s long running Eventiada Awards.
I was reading a post about a phenomenon the actress Kristen Bell called ‘pink sourcing’: that is the hiring of women for less money, less benefits and lower career recognition than men. It has also been described as a form of profitable outsourcing of jobs without leaving the country (Gloria Feldt www.motto.time.com). Former President Obama believed the non-existence of a US female president was symptomatic of the trouble society has seeing powerful women.
IPRA, the International Public Relations Association, has signed a co-operation with the Zambia Public Relations Association (ZAPRA). Under the Agreement, inter alia, the two organisations will exchange materials and know-how to help with the development of the PR profession such as IPRA’s Thought Leadership essays.
The International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) and the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for mutual cooperation.
IPRA, the International Public Relations Association, has signed a co-operation with the newly established Public Relations Society of Tanzania (PRST). Under the Agreement, inter alia, the two organisations will exchange materials and know-how to help with the development of the PR profession such as IPRA’s Thought Leadership essays.
My last month’s message to IPRA members concerned the worrisome trend in the US to recast mainstream media as ‘untruthful’ and ‘fake’. Across the globe, Kellyanne Conway’s phrase ‘alternative facts’ was subjected to derision and that is in itself a reason for some relief. However, the recent exclusion of several key mainstream media from the White House press secretary’s briefing room, makes it obvious that the struggle to safeguard the continuing existence of free media is far from over.
The Economist Magazine runs a column called Johnson in which the meaning of words and the use of words is discussed. In his recent column Johnson seeks the Word of the Year for 2016 and chooses “Post-truth.” Another word of phrase struck me at the beginning of 2017 in connection with the US Presidential election. This came about after a statement about President Trump’s inauguration by the White House press secretary (a professional communicator), Sean Spicer: “This was the largest inauguration audience ever”, he said to the assembled media in the briefing room, while at the same moment social media showed pictures of rows of empty seats. In an attempt to clarify, the President’s counselor (another professional communicator), Kellyanne Conway, told NBC’s Meet the Press TV programme that Spicer had merely been offering “alternative facts.” This made me wonder about the idea of “alternative facts.”
As I, unusually for IPRA, enter a second year as President, I wish all members of IPRA a fruitful and healthy New Year. According to the Chinese Zodiac, at the end of January we start the Year of the Fire Rooster. The characteristics of the Fire Rooster are ‘Trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work’.
Looking back over the past 11 months, the event which most immediately springs to mind is IPRA’s 2016 Golden World Awards for Excellence Gala in Doha, Qatar. This was special for several reasons. Firstly, it was the first time the Gala has taken place in the Gulf region. It offered the many PR practitioners in this region the opportunity to meet and mingle with professional colleagues from elsewhere in the world. The large presence of IPRA members and communication professionals from elsewhere in the world was the second aspect which made this year’s Gala remarkable. The awarding of the Grand Prix to Philips Breathless Choir - in support of the company’s medical solutions for patients suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - was a highlight of the Gala evening. Many of you meanwhile may have seen the outdoor and billboard publicity for this campaign. Those of you who haven’t seen the video showcasing the choir should do so on IPRA’s website here. It is truly great.