PR Week: Should PRs ever ask for copy approval?

Editorial control should (almost always) reside with the journalist - that's the consensus of PR pros contacted by PRWeek, after the issue of copy approval came to the fore following a spat involving TV presenter Clare Balding.

Journalist Ginny Dougary claimed Balding had been given editorial control over an article she wrote for Saga Magazine and had been allowed to remove and rewrite sections of the interview.

David Alexander, MD at Calacus PR and former sports journalist, said that early in his PR career he was once reprimanded for not demanding copy approval.

Calacus appointed to promote clothing brand LFT

Calacus has been appointed by LFT, Lifestyle Fitness Threads, to promote its range of gym clothing and daywear.

The fashion brand, which caters for those who enjoy standing out at the gym or want something comfortable when they’re out and about, is aiming to build its brand and secure concessions in major UK department stores.

CALACUS APPOINTED TO RUN INTERNATIONAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN COMMUNICATIONS FOR UCI PRESIDENT BRIAN COOKSON

Calacus has been appointed by Brian Cookson, the current President of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), to run his re-election campaign.

Cookson, who became President of the world governing body for the sport of cycling in 2013, is standing for a second term on a platform to drive growth across all cycling’s disciplines, accelerate international development and champion cycling for transport and leisure.

He also aims to build on the restored credibility and best practice that he has overseen since becoming President.

PR Moment: You must constantly update your skills to thrive in modern public relations

Do you need any qualifications to succeed in PR?

Well, of course, they aren’t mandatory, but they can certainly help. And this doesn’t mean getting a PR degree or gaining a PR qualification just at the start of your career, but constantly updating your skills.

After analysing top communications professionals throughout Europe, the European Communication Monitor findings suggest that making the effort to continue gaining knowledge will benefit your career.

David Alexander, managing director at agency Calacus Public Relations said: "I took it upon myself to learn as much as I could and over the course of time, there is now a lot more in terms of resources for PR newbies to learn from.

“I also committed to taking the CIPR Chartered Practitioner qualification and worked hard to ensure I passed it first time.  

Calacus appointed by international gaming company Letou to promote Swansea FC partnership

Calacus has been appointed by international gaming company Letou to promote their shirt sponsorship of Premier League football club Swansea City for the 2017-18 season.

Calacus will launch Letou’s consumer-facing campaign ‘Letou Goals for Good’ which will promote their sponsorship to support local charities in South Wales.

Letou will feature on the front of home, away and training kits with branding visible at the stadium and all marketing materials.