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Research Update (July 2024)

June has been a busy month for the History of Internal Communication project, marked by significant engagements and valuable interactions with both internal communication practitioners and academics. Engaging with Professional and Academic Audiences The team’s participation in the Institute of Internal Communication festival at Tewinbury Farm near Welwyn Garden City was the highlight of the …

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Channelling the Vibe: BBC Internal Communication in the TV Era – Source of the Month (June 2024)

Last month’s blog post explored the behind-the-scenes strategy of internal communication at the BBC through its archive of minutes and memos. The story went from the inception of the BBC’s first magazine in 1928 up to its first reader questionnaire of 1959. This month’s blog post continues this story up to the present day. The …

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Research Update (June 2024)

May has been a busy month for the History of Internal Communication project, with some fantastic practitioner engagement opportunities and extensive archival work. May’s research update looks at the progress made in sharing insights and encouraging practitioner discussions around the evolution of internal communication within organisations. Engaging with Practitioners The major highlight of May was …

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Ariel Reconnaissance: Uncovering the Origins of the BBC’s Internal Communication – Source of the Month (May 2024)

In our eighteen months of study, no archive has rivalled the BBC’s behind-the-scenes insights into internal communication strategy. Spanning 1927 to 1989, its archive holds a collection of minutes and memos that tell a story of how the initiation of a magazine in 1927 evolved into a major organisational operation. An almost continuous run from …

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Research Update (May 2024)

April was a productive month for the History of Internal Communication project which spoke to practitioners at a webinar, launched a timeline resource, celebrated the 500th listener on their podcast, and commemorated significant historical events. April’s research update looks at the progress made on this project. Engagement with practitioners This April, the History of Internal …

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Chapter 4 of the History of Internal Communication (1878 to 2024): Communication Developments in the Pre-Digital Age

Yesterday, we explored how the Second World War drew attention to the importance of communication. After the war, internal communication underwent a series of significant transformations. One of these was an explosion in company magazines and readership.  From an estimated 350 magazines in Britain in 1938 company magazines expanded to 1,000 in 1950, 1,500 in …

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Chapter 3 of the History of Internal Communication (1878 to 2024): The Second World War and its Aftermath

Yesterday, we explored how magazines spread in the interwar years. With the Second World War, internal communication underwent significant transformations. The war itself led to backward steps in relation to the communication channels that had developed in the interwar years. Most notably, shortages of paper meant that many publications became slimmed down. Interestingly, internal communication …

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Research Update (March 2024)

February saw an important new step for the History of Internal Communication project, as it completed its transfer to Northumbria University with Research Fellow Joe Chick joining Michael Heller at the new university. The team had its first visit to the London campus of Northumbria University near Liverpool Street where we enjoyed a welcoming introduction …

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Research Update (February 2024)

Rhetorical History and Corporate Social Responsibility The new year has got off to a great start for the History of Internal Communication project. A year of research in the archives bore fruit this month. Having discovered so much about the history of internal communication, January gave us an opportunity to write about our findings. We …

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Research Update (January 2024)

Archival Research In the final month of 2023, our project has uncovered some fascinating insights into the history of internal communication. The highlight of our month has been a visit to the BBC Written Archives Centre. Located in Caversham, across the pictured river from Reading, this archive proved to have a vast collection of precisely …

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