My old job has been advertised, although it’s not exactly my old job. (By the way, if you want to apply, get your skates on – deadline is this Friday.)
I’m pleased to see that the title has been changed from ‘media manager’ to ‘news and content’ manager. That’s important for several reasons: it marks the fact that the job had, intentionally, become about social media as well as traditional media; it recognises that what’s most important is the ‘news and content’, not necessarily the channel; and, from a dull, organisational point of view, it provides greater flexibility in the responsibilities and functions of the team managed by that person.
For the right candidate, I can barely think of a better time to have this job. Read the rest of this entry »
The stories of pub-goers, passers-by and the emergency services have been brilliantly reported in the last couple of days. I have spent the weekend mostly decorating, with 5Live and Radio Scotland for company throughout, and more than once did I down tools to focus on the compelling commentary and testimonials that occasionally left me speechless.
Glasgow’s response to the tragedy has been inspirational and, speaking as someone with no connection to the city, I’m not sure every other community could claim it would equally emerge with its reputation enhanced if faced with a similar challenge.
Supporting those at the scene will have been a great number of people often overlooked in the reports of such incidents: council road workers, 999 operators and, yes, comms officers, among many others. Now, I’m sure no-one in those lines of work would claim a parallel in what they do with the awful reality of dealing with a major incident at its sharpest end. But, they all have their own pressures and stresses that they need to manage.
I’ve been struck by the fact that, just a day or so before this tragedy, plans to restructure – and perhaps to reduce – the Police Scotland comms service were reported. Read the rest of this entry »
The first was courtesy of Kenneth Fowler, Director of Comms at Creative Scotland, who shared David Hume’s quote at the end of his presentation on partnerships.
This resonated with me particularly because not long before that I’d met our global Chief Executive Officer, Andy Polansky, for the first (and possibly only!) time.
He’s in charge of the 2500 people in more than 80 countries that make up Weber Shandwick. It so happened he was having a holiday here and decided to make a visit to the Edinburgh office, where folk from our four Scottish offices gathered to hear his views about PR and the company’s future. Read the rest of this entry »
I recently had to review 93 job applications for a couple of temporary assistant posts. It was a fairly mammoth task to do properly, something which I don’t mind, but there were some distressing sights in among them.
Worst of all was that at least a third of them had an obvious spelling or grammatical mistake. I read – but don’t proof read – applications, so if it was easy to spot the errors then it’s safe to assume there were more I failed to see.
And this wasn’t only among the ‘random’ entries that every vacancy attracts. These were basic errors that mark ignorance – or more often, carelessness – on the part of people who really ought to have known better. I wouldn’t quote application text verbatim, so to summarise some of what I observed: Read the rest of this entry »