We're looking for ideas and writers for the next two major updates of Behind the Spin.
March 2009: Public Sector PR (local government, health service, police etc)
June 2009: PR consultancies & technology sector PR
As well as these changing themes, we always welcome articles on PR careers, courses and placements and also off-topic but publishable examples of writing from PR students and young practitioners.
Articles from PR students are particularly welcome. You don't have to be an expert on your topic, but you will need to do some research. Here are five ways to get started:
Request an interview with a senior practitioner – or shadow them for a day – and write a profile or interview piece based on this.
Start with a theme (or a question), and speak to as many people as possible who can help you answer the question. Example: 'Do ex-journalists always make the best press officers?'
Write an opinion piece based on your own views and experience.
Conduct a survey on a topic or question and report your findings.
Take an existing research project (your dissertation, say) and turn it into a general interest article.
Articles should be of around 1000 words and of interest to our readership of PR students and young practitioners.
Copy deadline is the end of the month before publication (end of February for March publication). But it's always best to contact the editor first with your outline proposal before researching and writing your piece (do this as soon as possible).