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IPRA signs agreement with UK’s CIPR

The International Public Relations Association (IPRA), has signed a memorandum of understanding with the UK’s Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), which pledges to share thought leadership content and access to training across their memberships.

Message from the IPRA President: Written on the body June 2017

Last month, I sat down for lunch in Amsterdam with Inna Shevchenko, the premier founder of the women’s activist group FEMEN. We hadn’t met before, only communicated by email, and our initial conversation was typically characterized by finding a common shared interest. This quickly and predictably centered on the occasion for which we met, the awarding of the 2016 IPRA President Award to Inna and the activists of FEMEN. Inna had come to Amsterdam to receive the award during a small ceremony we held in the afternoon.

IPRA honours provocative women’s rights group FEMEN

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 and the Irish Academy of Public Relations sign co-operation agreement

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.

IPRA Participates in UN’s World Press Freedom day: fake news and journalist killings at top of the agenda

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.

Message from the IPRA President: The importance of recognition: IPRA’s Golden World Awards May 2017

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.

UN ECOSOC calls for extended NGOs cooperation

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 and the Hungarian PR Association sign co-operation agreement

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.

IPRA announces co-operation with Russia’s Eventiada Awards

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.

Message from the IPRA President: Inequality is a bastion seemingly impervious to surrender. April 2017

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 and the Zambia Public Relations Association sign co-operation agreement

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.

ICCO and IPRA sign Memorandum of Understanding for mutual cooperation

The International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) and the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for mutual cooperation.

IPRA and the Public Relations Society of Tanzania sign co-operation agreement

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.

Message from the IPRA President: The Strengthening awareness and recognition of IPRA’s Code. March 2017

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.

Message from the IPRA President: The IPRA Code of Conduct in the Era of Alternative Facts February 2017

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.”

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