Social Shorts hit the comms catwalk

Social media doesn’t stop for the seasons. It’s on 24/7 and evolving around the clock.

With that in mind a brand new series of events have been revealed by the Social Media Panel of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations @CIPRsm, which I’m proud to sit on.

social shortsDesigned to be the antidote to day-long training sessions, Social Shorts are about cutting-edge social and digital conversations. They’re informal, inclusive and relaxed hour-long workshops for communicators to attend.

They are a development of the successful Social Summers which were pioneered by the panel and have been running in cities in the CIPR’s regions and nations including London, Manchester and Cardiff since 2010. I led one last Summer on employee engagement and social media.

In that time, thousands of practitioners have taken part in workshops designed to keep them updated of every aspect of social and digital media.

Attending a Social Short is worth five CPD points and tickets cost £5 + VAT for CIPR members and £10 + VAT for non-members.

Doors for ‘Social Shorts – London’ events will open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start with networking before and after the main talk. The venue for ‘Social Shorts – London’ is still being confirmed, but it will be in the WC1 postcode of Central London.

Thursday 8 May 2014 – Sourcing and sharing social news

Upcoming Social Shorts include Sarah Marshall, Social Media Editor at The Wall Street Journal on 8 May.

As a leading journalist in the digital and social space for one of the world’s top news brands, Sarah will overview the Wall Street Journal’s social news-gathering techniques, provide insight into the use of real-time reporting, and outline how the Journal approaches engaging in conversations with their audience. Sarah will also provide tips and advice on how communications professionals can learn from storytelling techniques used by the media and how this can inform the creation of engaging newsworthy content.

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Thursday 10 July 2014 – Digital in large organisations: The good, the bad, and the ugly

With Tim Lloyd, Head of Digital Communications at Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

As the leader of digital change programmes for senior management teams in businesses, Government and charities, Tim will provide insight into the challenges of establishing and maintaining an organisation-wide approach to digital and social in an era where digital skills are no longer a ‘nice to have’ but a core component of any project or team.

Tim will share his own experiences and will suggest how you can learn from his successes and mistakes in order to tackle resistance to these new ways of working within teams, senior leadership or the wider business.

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Social Shorts coming your way

Dan Tyte, @dantyte, Co-Chair of the CIPR Social Media Panel said: “We are currently working with CIPR regional and national groups on a UK-wide programme for Social Shorts. Details will be announced soon.”

Further information
For booking queries, please contact CIPR Events and Marketing Administrator, Anastasia Stefanidou, on 020 7631 6900 or email

If you’re interesting in leading a Social Short please contact CIPR Public Relations Manager, Andrew Ross, on 020 7631 6900 or email

Comms calendar

Want to know what events are on for comms pros to attend? Keep an eye on my comms calendar where I regularly collate details of awards, conferences, talks, webinars and events I hear of.

Thank you as ever for stopping by,


Post author: Rachel Miller.

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