Government Communications Service
GCS Leaders Conference Reading Material
The GCS Leaders Conference addressed the upcoming challenges and opportunities facing government communications professionals across the UK, and laid out the tools and guidance GCS will provide to help them deliver world-class public service communications.
Access them here, and keep an eye on this page for more resources in the coming months.
Standards, Democracy and Communities: Alex Aiken lays out the GCS Challenges for 2019.
“I set out three priorities – raising standards, strengthening our democracy and reassuring communities. Each of these objectives is supported by tangible activity that I believe will help the profession and serve the country.”
You can read Alex’s blog post here.
Nic Newman, Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, presents his Journalism, Media and Technology Trends and Predictions 2019 report
“This will be the year when the regulation of platform companies starts to bite following growing concern about misinformation, privacy, and market power. Something once considered unthinkable has become ‘inevitable’, in the words of Apple boss Tim Cook – though the details will be messy, hard-fought, and take time to play out.”
GCS Local is a regionally based campaigns team, working to make Government’s priority campaigns relevant and compelling to audiences at the local level.
To find out more about GCS Local and how you can work with their regional teams, visit their page on the GCS website.
“Behaviour change is fundamental to all government communications, regardless of discipline. Communications is not simply broadcasting the work of government after the fact. We are one of the vital levers government uses to realise its objectives and implement public policy. The success of that policy inevitably involves people starting, stopping or changing behaviours. ”
Read the GCS Strategic Communications: A Behavioural Approach guidance (0.97MB).
“Communication business partners are critical links between communications teams and the rest of the organisation. They provide expert advice to the teams they work with so that communications is at the heart of planning and decision-making.”
Read the GCS Business Partnering guide (2.6MB).
“External Affairs teams are responsible for building and maintaining relationships with a range of influential individuals and organisations.”
Read the GCS External Affairs guide (3.6MB).
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Directors of Communications Appointments05/02/2020 09:38:00
Alex Aiken, Executive Director for Government Communications and Head of Profession congratulates colleagues newly appointed to Directors of Communications roles and thanks those moving on from the profession.
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Blog post by: Naomi Alderson, Friday, 31 January 2020.
GCS career framework published28/01/2020 13:25:00
The GCS career framework is for everyone in government communications. It's a useful guide that can help you develop your career, as well as improve your skills, raise professional standards and deliver outstanding campaigns.
Joining the Government Communications Service Apprentice scheme28/01/2020 09:10:00
Blog post by: Sam Hutcherson, Monday, 27 January 2020.
What’s it like to be an Information Officer in the Government Communication Service?27/01/2020 13:38:00
Blog post by: Lisa Goering, Friday, 24 January 2020.
GCS Standards in practice: Interview with Nicola Hudson27/01/2020 12:38:00
Blog post by: GCS, Thursday, 23 January 2020.