Leaving local government: my 7 PR highlights

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True grit

Firstly, sorry about the title. It’s hardly Leaving Las Vegas I know but it’s the only thing I can think of.

As most of you will know I’ve now started a new role in the NHS, leaving behind the grit bins, potholes, landfill tax and all the other local authority issues that I’ve wrestled with over the past seven years. Continue reading

The Terrier and the arts

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A guest post this week from Kathryn GoodFellow (@forshesajolly) who not only has one of the best twitter handles ever, but does some great work around the arts in South East Northumberland.

The sight of a giant Bedlington Terrier chasing a fire breathing dragon greeted over 800 visitors to Woodhorn Museum last Sunday night. Yep, you read that right.

But, as weird as it sounds, that huge Bedlington Terrier has been a key part of a project supporting more people to create and take part in the arts. Continue reading

TV Times

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This blog first appeared on www.comms2point0.com 

It’s not often that I’m nervously tuned into ITV right before Coronation Street, furtively waiting for a middle aged TV star and former hit-maker to wax lyrical about my patch.

I say not often, when of course I mean never. In fact,  last Monday is probably the first time I ever pressed the ‘3’ button on my TV.

But working in local government comms has taken me to some strange places in recent years. Continue reading

Another brick in the wall

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“Are you one of the famous Wighams of Coanwood?”…….is not a question I’ve been asked before, or indeed thought about in much detail until this month.

Although I make my living being peppered with difficult questions this one did catch me slightly off guard.

I was very much ‘off duty’ (although still in Northumberland) at the visitor centre for Hadrian’s Wall on a family trip to one of the UK’s most unique world heritage sites.

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Northumberland fun: a social summer

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A guest post from our new comms intern Jenn & her perspective on our latest social media campaign (@msjennjennPR)

For those of you who see‘#’ and are looking at the text abbreviation of Northumberland, please don’t judge me and think I’m one of these young ones who can’t spell and write everything like I tweet it!

It’s actually the brand of a great campaign I am currently involved in, Northumberland Fun. Continue reading

My year as a PR intern

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This week I’ve turned the blog over to Hanif Laylabi (@hanifleylabi) our comms intern who leaves us at the end of the month. A year ago – inspired by the new CIPR intern guidelines – I decided to take the plunge and hire a university graduate for the first time.

I wrote about the start of the scheme here and everyone on it has been brilliant. The standard of graduates in the marcomms space in the North East is truly first class. Over to you Hanif.

Back in spring 2012, I was completing the taught part of my MA in Public Relations at the University of Sunderland and was looking forward to a long summer of dissertation writing.

One of my tutors had begun to email the class job and work experience opportunities, but I was set on finishing my dissertation first before I took on the job of finding work. Continue reading

Guest post: Local market lovin’

Here’s a guest post by one of our PR interns Maria (@mpfalangi) who has spent the last year working with our team. I blogged about our interns ages ago (see here) and they’ve proved a real breath of fresh air. Now that they’re about to leave we’re really going to miss them. Here, Maria talks about one of the projects she’d been working on.

Who doesn’t love a good local market? This fortnight is an opportunity for both traders and shoppers to be part of something bigger.

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