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    MedComms Networking - 30 May 2017


    First, many thanks to the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) team for helping facilitate a fascinating - and quite lively - meeting last week in London. A good number of senior editorial folks from MedComms agencies, most of whom had attended our previous Roundtable event in March, met with senior Rights and Permissions managers from leading publishers including ASCO, The BMJ, Elsevier, John Wiley and Sons, Oxford University Publishing (OUP), SAGE Publications, Springer Nature Publishing Group and Taylor and Francis.

    The quote of the day, for me, came from a MedComms representative; "our client told us they'd decided to work with their PR company on a project because they don't charge these copyright fees. So they're cheaper".

    Oh. That'll go well, then! But it did rather neatly illustrate the problem.

    Hopefully we'll soon have a report to distribute and a date for an open Webinar from the CCC for the wider community. I'll keep you informed.

    Talking of doing good last week, the Meet the Agencies Day certainly did that for the attendees. The feedback's been great. It's worth mentioning that we were joined on the day by Julia Walton, a specialist Recruiter from Media Contacts who could give lots of good advice directly to individual attendees about CVs and interviews and so on. Julia is now running a couple of CV Clinics on Saturdays 3rd and 17th June from 11.00 AM, at Media Contacts' offices in Islington. It's free to attend for anyone looking to join MedComms and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If preferred, Julia will run a telephone consultation. Simply email Julia directly on for details.

    We always stress at our careers events, the most likely route in to MedComms is directly via the employers themselves. But specialist Recruiters like Media Contacts do work on some opportunities and Julia will be a great source of general advice and expertise and is happy to help if she can. You'll also find the start of a series of short articles from Julia and her team are now appearing in the Careers Clinic section on the web site.

    Meanwhile do keep an eye on the events listing below and at for news of upcoming activities. There's lots happening. Importantly, note we'll run our first global Virtual MedComms Networking Event on 28 June, at 13.00 BST, supported by Blue Sky elearn. Assuming it works we're planning more virtual activity later in the year. This first event, though, will be a virtual event about... Virtual events; trends, best practices and avoiding pitfalls. Please sign up now. This meeting is free to attend for everyone, everywhere. The more the merrier. I'd encourage you to attend as a group and gather your colleagues together to discuss how to apply the advice to your own activities.

    Oh, did I mention... next Wednesday, 7 June, is #MedComms Day 2017. As usual, I've no idea what'll happen. I can only hope something will. Email me any questions.


    Peter Llewellyn
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