IABC raises more awareness of PR and Wikipedia


Yesterday, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) published its latest edition of CW Bulletin, the monthly online supplement to CW, the association’s printed monthly magazine for members. Each edition of CW Bulletin presents articles, case studies and additional resources on timely topics in communication. The September edition is no different, with its focus on […]

What if Wikipedia was a bit prettier and more usable?


Imaginative, well thought out ideas – they definitely make Wikipedia prettier – which I’m interpreting as meaning far easier to understand the structure and navigate it to the things that interest you. I’d argue that usability would be improved, too (I wonder what Jakob Nielsen would make of it?). Huge kudos to Lithuanian agency New! […]

The journey begins: guidance from the CIPR on PR and Wikipedia published


It’s taken quite a while but it’s finally here – Wikipedia Best Practice Guidance for Public Relations Professionals: version 1 of a document that sets out a formal picture on how the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) believes public relations practitioners should behave when it comes to content on Wikipedia. The most controversial view […]

Add your voice to the PR and Wikipedia conversation


Here’s a plea to PR practitioners this Jubilee Bank Holiday Monday and Tuesday – give just 15 minutes of your time in contributing your thoughts to the online discussion about public relations and Wikipedia being spearheaded by the CIPR and some members of the Wikipedia community. The discussion is focused on the CIPR’s draft Best […]

QR codes at the heart of Monmouthpedia


An interesting experiment gets its official launch this weekend when Monmouthpedia formally kicks off today. The Welsh town of Monmouth is the focus of this Wikipedia project that aims to create physical connections between places throughout the town, and events in its history, with respective content on Wikipedia. According to the description on Wikipedia: [...] […]

Your time, your place, your opportunity


In the Wikipedia and Public Relations presentation to Wikimedia UK that Philip Sheldrake and I did last weekend when we participated in the Wikimedia UK annual conference in London, a significant aspect was sharing some content from a draft document prepared by the CIPR that’s designed to help CIPR members understand more about the Wikipedia […]

Wikipedia and public relations


The Science Museum in London is a fascinating place. I spent quite a bit of time there yesterday – and have some pics to show for it – in my first visit in twenty years. It never ceases to amaze me that such an astounding place of learning, wonderment and inspiration is free, as in, […]

Closing the chasm between PR and Wikipedia


If you’re a PR practitioner, especially if you work for an agency, you may have experienced a dark side of Wikipedia when it comes to editing existing entries or creating new ones for clients. It’s not anecdotal when you hear someone say “Public relations people are not welcomed to edit Wikipedia entries” and you wonder […]