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‘Condemn or be condemned’: the optics of responding to jihad

When it comes to acts of Islamic terrorism, Muslim community leaders feel they have no choice but to wade into a debate that has little to do with them.

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Minerals Council raked over the coals for troubled PR campaign

The Minerals Council has a new pro-coal PR campaign, but it seems to be a flop. We factcheck “Australians for Coal”.

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More science, less PR in climate change message

Crikey readers talk unemployment and why PR flacks should not be the ones selling climate change.

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Time for a brown ribbon? Data reveals the truth on cancer deaths

Can you name the two cancers which kill the most Australians? You’ll probably get it wrong. Here’s the truth about cancer deaths — and the the types of disease we should be really worried about.

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Media bin day: how to hide a bad story in a 24-hour spin cycle

On a day with plenty of news, David Jones announced an ugly board shake-up. Does burying bad news still work? The country’s top spinners had differing opinions speaking to Crikey.

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Drama and competing accusations at PR peak body

The Public Relations Institute of Australia has elected a new president, and on the surface all appears calm. But InDaily journalist Liam Mannix says behind the scenes the picture is muddier.

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PR machine: when Anwar Ibrahim won over Adelaide

Anwar Ibrahim’s visit to Adelaide last weekend was an expert exercise in campaign politics, and showed that Malaysians in Australia want political debate as much as they want education. Academic Dr Amrita Malhi was there.

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The McTernan curse: when the spin doctor becomes the story

The Prime Minister’s chief spin doctor is in the news again. But the experts say John McTernan should not be seen or heard.

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Divine spin: inside the Church PR machine — and why Pell must go

With a royal commission into child sex abuse starting work, the Catholic Church faces a tough task in PR and communications. Experts agree the Church has not handled the challenge well — but is a seachange taking place?

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The Age and SMH’s latest byline: Vladimir Putin?

Why are stories sponsored by the Russian government running in supplements in Fairfax newspapers? Melbourne freelance journalist Sasha Petrova, who speaks Russian, asks some questions.

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Come in Spinner: the worst PR disasters of 2012 — or were they?

What were the 10 worst public relations disasters of 2012? Well, it depends on what you classify as PR — and how the company/person/show is faring publicly once the scandal has died down.

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Where are they now: losses at News, Fairfax are PR’s gain

Where have all the journalists who left News Limited and Fairfax this year gone? Crikey tracked them down to find out — and it’s something of a PR bonanza.

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Come in spinner: the dangers of journalistic innumeracy

The media’s inability to grasp the hard numbers and complex reports is good news for PR companies. Just not for society’s greater understanding of issues.

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Come in Spinner: the perpendicular pronoun in business and politics

The lengths that politicians and business leaders will go to convey leadership and responsibility can mean some very irritating language choices, writes Noel Turnbull.

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Greenwash: tackling banks, brewers on their clean green spin

Environmental writer Graham Readfearn tackles some Australian companies on their enviro-friendly spin — and finds the reality doesn’t always match the rhetoric.

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Hacks v flacks: the ‘grave-dancing’ publicist who created a storm

A publicist arguing restructures, and subsequent job cuts, by media empires Fairfax and News Limited was “great news” for spinners has opened up fresh wounds in the ongoing cold war between journalists and their public relations cousins.

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Come in Spinner: PR and the ‘Samantha Syndrome’

If you have a dismissive attitude to public relations, you will be delighted to discover that research has uncovered something very interesting about young PR students.

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The public service and spin

Crikey readers have their say.

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PR and the loss of civility

Are the PR industry and the media to blame for the loss of civility in public life? PR industry critics argue that it is inherent in the nature of the industry and the interests it serves.

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How to fake a celebrity endorsement

It costs a lot of money to have a bonafide celebrity endorse a product. But that doesn’t stop PR agencies sending out press releases linking celebrities by saying the company has approached the star…

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“Show pony” PR spinner Sue Cato

When the media pack is baying for blood, PR spinner Sue Cato is the one you want in your corner. Matthew Knott profiles the controversial spin doctor who’s helped Mark McInnes, Gunns and Bill Henson.

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Dannii Minogue’s cousin quite the PR star

We receive a lot of press releases. Most are useless, but one popped up overnight from Lauren Jones, an Aussie girl who works for gossip site Perez Hilton, which we thought deserved wider attention. But not exactly for the right reasons…

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PR nightmare for new cafe as blogger bites back

A yet-to-be-opened Melbourne cafe has found itself in the middle of a PR nightmare after a stoush with a local blogger turned horribly wrong.

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Come in Spinner: Adshel reaction to safe sex ads a case of what not to do

Adshel failed the first issues management test because it panicked after some 30 calls complaining about gay safe s-x ads in bus shelters and rushed into taking action.

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Come in Spinner: royal wedding a traditional PR framing device

The recent royal wedding is instructive for many reasons, but probably mainly for illustrating the effectiveness of using tradition as a framing device.

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