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Rob Newsome

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Rob joined CharityComms as communications officer in June 2012, progressed to become digital content editor and moved to Medicins Sans Frontieres in June 2015. There he works on social media and web content. Before this, Rob worked as a PR and comms officer for a charity in Delhi after completing his MA in multimedia broadcast journalism.

11 September 2015
What’s your favourite pub? I bet it’s on social media. Who do you bank with? They’re on it too. Government departments, the celebrity you hate on Strictly Come Dancing and your dear old mum are on it. You can use it to: reply to the Dalai Lama, admire Gerry Adams’s pictures of wildlife and upset […]
30 March 2015
Said in a Texan or Northern Irish accent, “purdah time” sounds a bit like “party time,” and in six weeks it will be party time for the winner of the next general election. However, here ‘purdah’ refers to the period between Parliament dissolving and the final election results. Today at 5pm Parliament will dissolve and […]
27 August 2014
I nominate myself to write a blog about the Ice Bucket Challenge as it reaches the stage of newspaper columnists writing snarky pieces about narcissistic people putting things on the internet in order to get attention… One of the main things I’ve learnt from the Ice Bucket Challenge is that many of my Facebook friends […]
4 July 2014
At a recent seminar we invited 12 speakers to share a comms campaign they really admire. The presentations are below. We'd love to hear which is your favourite, and why, in the comments section under the videos. 1. Campaign: Long Live Southbank Presenter: Adeela Warley, head of communications, Friends of the Earth 2. Campaign: Finding […]
6 February 2014
Social media, have you heard of it? Supposedly it’s really going to take off. We asked in our enews for your thoughts on what 2014 holds. Some are not so sure Eek! No idea. No idea but would be interested to hear. Who knows? I don't think this growth was predicted anyway. Twitter The general […]
10 January 2014
Before last year fades into nothing but a distant memory we thought we'd share the most viewed articles from our Knowledge Hub. 1. The comms insider, anonymous comms professional “Who cared, thought I (revelling in a rose-tinted haze) that salaries were lower in the not-for-profit sector (the clue was, after all, in the name)? The […]
16 October 2013
In 2013 the Department of Health released statistics revealing teenage mental health issues were on the rise. Fabulous magazine wanted to do a report about this, and on 16 January sent out an AskCharity journalist request, which resulted in coverage for two charities. The original request Eimear O’Hagan, contributing editor for Fabulous magazine sent the […]
25 January 2013
2012, it was the one after 11 and before 13. Yeh, that's the one. After extensive research I've been assured that I'm just about still allowed to talk about last year. Move on, Rob! Get over it.   What and forget about all the fantastic content that's been shared on That's a good point, […]