GBSM has promoted Miles Graham to associate and named Jessie Roatch as executive assistant. Graham has worked with GBSM clients such as RTD and Aurora Water since joining the firm in 2006, and Roatch will support GBSM principals and client teams with research and project management.
Was KCNC/CBS4’s decision to dump Molly Hughes a mistake? Judging by the massive number of “what happened to Molly Hughes” search engine queries that have landed people at our site, it seems like the general public is missing her. And we’re not the only ones who have noticed.
A recent study from the National Association of Colleges and Employers shows this year’s college graduates should expect to enter the field of public relations at salaries somewhere between $31,000 and $35,000 annually. So don’t let anybody lowball you.
Filed under: Edelman
Edelman announced that its in-house staff has completely run out of ideas for clients. Instead, it will consider paying people off the street $2,500 for ideas the agency can appropriate. We submitted the idea to create a fake Wal-Mart blog that chronicles the travels of a “regular” couple across the country in an R.V. We’ll let you know when the check arrives.
The news for the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News keeps getting worse. The combined Post/News Sunday edition posted a 14.79 percent decline in circulation from last year, according to the Audit of Bureau Circulations (ABC). The drop (from 704,169 to 600,026) was the largest among the top 25 papers in the U.S.
Filed under: Denver Post
Weekday circulations at the top 20 U.S. newspapers:
1. USA Today, 2,284,219, up 0.3 percent
2. The Wall Street Journal, 2,069,463, up 0.4 percent
3. The New York Times, 1,077,256, down 3.9 percent
4. Los Angeles Times, 773,884, down 5.1 percent
5. New York Daily News, 703,137, down 2.1 percent
6. New York Post, 702,488, down 3.1 percent
7. The Washington Post, 673,180, down 3.6 percent
8. Chicago Tribune, 541,663, down 4.4 percent
9. Houston Chronicle, 494,131, down 1.8 percent
10. The Arizona Republic, 413,332, down 4.7 percent
11. Newsday, Long Island, 379,613, down 4.7 percent
12. San Francisco Chronicle, 370,345, down 4.2 percent
13. Dallas Morning News, 368,313, down 10.6 percent
14. The Boston Globe, 350,605, down 8.3 percent
15. The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., 345,130, down 7.4 percent
16. The Philadelphia Inquirer, 334,150, down 5.1 percent
17. The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, 330,280, down 4.2 percent
18. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 326,907, down 8.5 percent
19. Star Tribune of Minneapolis-St. Paul, 321,984, down 6.7 percent
20. St. Petersburg Times, Florida, 316,007, down 2.1 percent
Source: Audit Bureau of Circulations (reprinted in the Denver Post)
Frontier senior director of Corporate Communications Joe Hodas is leaving the airline to join a private equity firm in Denver. Ironic, given that private equity firm KKR-owned First Data sent Frontier reeling into bankruptcy.
5280 magazine has a marketing/public relations director position open.
Pure Brand is looking for a good intern.
Englewood-based Western Union has named Eric Jackson as its senior vice president of global corporate relations. Jackson previously was vice president of global corporate communications at FedEx.
Last month we examined the contradiction between the lip service many PR agencies give to new media tools and their use (or lack thereof) of the most prominent of those tools – the blog. While the results were interesting, they only offered a simplistic quantitative snapshot. What went unexamined was the qualitative aspect. Today, Steven Silvers of Scatterbox fame offered a brilliantly simple post that cuts right to the heart of the quality of blog posts. The Cliffsnotes version: posting vapidity frequently doesn’t get you anywhere.
Editor & Publisher has the details on a new study that contends that the Wall Street Journal has seen “a marked increase in political and general interest coverage and a decrease in business reporting” since Rupert Murdoch took over last December. And things will probably get worse with the departure of the WSJ’s managing editor.
Filed under: PRSA
The mayor of Tucson, Ariz., has declared tomorrow “Public Relations Appreciation Day.” Feel free to take the day off to celebrate.
Ed Stein will claim Joe Nacchio was the inspiration, but was it really the Rocky’s own situation that inspired him?
Filed under: Schenkein
The Denver Post covers Schenkein’s campaign to create awareness for Denver’s new preschool program. The first key message should probably be, “Hey parents, sign your annoying preschool kids up and you won’t have to have them at your house all day.”
Sigh … ancillary revenues and extending the brand, we guess. But this fashion statement is just stupid.
Filed under: Uncategorized
Nielsen Online/E&P Rankings for Newspaper Web Sites
Site — Unique Audience (000) — % Change (YoY)
NYTimes.com — 18,869 –30%
USATODAY.com — 10,709 — (-2%)
washingtonpost.com — 8,929 — 13%
Wall Street Journal Online — 6,850 — 99%
LA Times — 5,729 — 22%
New York Post — 4,677 — 31%
Boston.com — 4,184 — (-1%)
Chicago Tribune — 3,825 — 31%
SFGate.com/San Francisco Chronicle — 3,793 — (-10%)
Daily News Online Edition — 3,314 — 54%
Newsday — 3,240 — 44%
Village Voice Media — 2,814 — 139%
DallasNews.com – The Dallas Morning News — 2,727 — 96%
The Houston Chronicle — 2,690 — (-26%)
International Herald Tribune — 2,587 — 33%
Atlanta Journal-Constitution — 2,384 — 28%
Chicago Sun-Times — 2,206 — 8%
The Politico — 2,095 — 58%
Azcentral.com — 2,016 — (-4%)
Seattle Post-Intelligencer — 1,967 — (-8%)
tampabay.com — 1,908 — 6%
Star Tribune — 1,763 — 18%
MercuryNews.com — 1,662 — 36%
Orlando Sentinel — 1,642 — (-31%)
Philly.com — 1,554 — (-12%)
Sun-Sentinel — 1,524 — (-9%)
Detroit Free Press — 1,484 — 38%
Cleveland.com — 1,460 — 89%
MiamiHerald.com — 1,451 — (-17%)
The San Diego Union-Tribune — 1,432 — (-19%)
Filed under: Venture Capital
Venture capital investment in Colorado companies rose to a seven-year high in the first quarter of 2007. A total of $297.7 million was invested in 26 companies in Q1, the highest level since 2001.
Filed under: Public Relations
Denver entertainment agencies can stand down … Eliot Spitzer’s hooker has officially selected PR representation.
Filed under: GroundFloor Media
GroundFloor Media has introduced a social media offering that “is aimed at helping … clients expand their audience reach by leveraging the inherent viral capabilities of popular social media mediums like blogs, social networking sites, podcasts, vlogs and more.”
Filed under: Uncategorized
Filed under: Comcast
Sen. Ken Salazar’s former press secretary, Drew Nannis, has been named director of media relations for AARP’s advocacy team. He will be responsible for promoting the legislative media strategy, serve as a national spokesman and direct media efforts.
Former USA Today reporter Patrick O’Driscoll has landed in Lakewood as a public affairs specialist with the National Park Service. O’Driscoll was one of 43 employees to accept a buyout from the paper in late 2007.
If you had to pick a time NOT to have the IRS move 800 employees into new offices in Denver, you would probably pick tax time. Not the IRS.
Water finds its own level, and apparently so does “journalism.” YourHub arrives at the perfect intersection of medium and message.
Filed under: KUSA
9News sports anchor Drew Soicher calls Carmelo Anthony out for his DUI arrest. Amazingly refreshing to see a hometown sports guy criticize a local sports hero rather than pander to him. 5280‘s Daniel Brogan has the details.
The newspaper industry took a double hit today as The New York Times Company posted a Q1 loss — “one of the worst periods” the company has seen — and new Chicago Tribune Co. Chairman and CEO Sam Zell disclosed that revenues are down so far (double digits) this year that the company may be forced to sell newspapers and other properties.
Despite the earnings news, at least Sam Zell is trying to keep things interesting.
Denver Nugget star Carmelo Anthony is having a little trouble getting the love — and endorsements — that his NBA classmates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade get. While Wade has won an NBA championship and LeBron has taken his team to an NBA Finals series, Carmelo only seems to be able to top them in area of off-court incidents. There has been the recent DUI arrest, the Manhattan bar fight, the DIA marijuana incident, the anti-drug snitch video, the second marijuana incident, and the debacle against the New York Knicks when he threw a weak punch and then ran away like a scared kindergartner).
Like a lot of athletes and celebrities, though, Carmelo is looking to assign blame elsewhere. Taking the fall this time is his marketing firm BDA Sports, whom ‘Melo has fired and replaced (at least temporarily) with Theresa Tran of Tease Marketing.
The best part of being a lawyer? You know all the inside tricks.
Filed under: journalism
Not everyone believes that journalism is dead. Forbes details how eliminating the printing part of print journalism ultimately will save reporters’ jobs.
Filed under: Denver Post
Denver Post publisher William Dean Singleton has a very public Obama/Osama moment.
Filed under: VisiTech
If you work at VisiTech, please don’t tell Lisa Wilson we mentioned her.
Filed under: Crocs
Linhart PR client Crocs’ stock continues to fall, this time on the company’s announcement that it has reduced its earnings forecast for Q1. The stock, which peaked at $75.21 less than six months ago, is at $12.60 in after-hours trading today.
Filed under: Denver
PR Newser picks up yesterday’s Denver Post Q&A with PRSA chair Jeff Julin, and in a stroke of pure karma manages to spell reporter Steve Raabe’s name wrong.
Filed under: Public Relations
Amid the Olympics torch run debacle, The New York Times praises the pro-Tibet forces for their public relations savvy:
“Soon after China was awarded the Olympic Games seven years ago, a series of public relations strategy sessions were held. But it wasn’t the Chinese government holding the sessions: it was grass-roots Tibet support groups in the United States and abroad. The protesters quickly established a communications plan, focused their message and ran camps where they taught members interview skills and even rappelling — as they showed off last week in hanging banners on the Golden Gate Bridge. As a result, the protesters have pulled off a publicity coup.”
Filed under: RFP
Denver-based Atkins Nutritionals selected Minnesota-based Kohnstamm PR as its new public relations AOR following a three-round selection process.
Filed under: Linhart
Rudi’s Organic Bakery has tapped Linhart PR as its national public relations firm following a competitive selection process. Linhart will help educate consumers about the importance of including certified organic baked goods in their diets.
This morning’s Denver Post has a Q&A with Jeff Julin, president of Denver-based MGA and currently chairman of PRSA. Credit reporter Steve Raabe for asking some tough questions about how the public relations industry is perceived and why PRSA has been accused of staying on the sidelines in the Edleman/Wal-Mart debacle. Unfortunately, in the abbreviated Q&A format, the responses are mostly just sound bites.
Filed under: Pure Brand
The Pure Brand blog has the details on Starbuck’s latest marketing coup — customer engagement and transparency.
The airline business continues to grow more cutthroat. If it isn’t your financial partners trying to screw you against the wall, it’s your own pilots. We bet Andrew Hudson thinks ARCADIS is looking pretty good right now.
Filed under: PR Moves
- Metzger hired Theresa Blake as account services director and Craig Randall as account coordinator. Blake previously was with Wild Oats.
- Xstatic added Jim Randall as senior public relations expert. Randall’s previous experience includes Frontier Airlines and the U.S. Air Force.
- GroundFloor Media has added Amanda Brannum as a senior public relations manager. She previously worked with the North Texas Business for Culture and the Arts in Dallas.
Westword pays tribute to Denver Post entertainment editor Ed Smith, the latest casualty of the declining newspaper industry. His new job will be editor of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ magazine.
Filed under: Pitches
Sure, Oprah gets 15,000 pitches per day from companies that want their products on her show, but Harrow Communications gives Marketing Sherpa the insider tips on “How to Get on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show.’ “
9News has a little scheudenfraude going on this morning after a Fox31 videographer was arrested early this morning for interfering with police. This 2 a.m. arrest occurred as videographers from several stations were trying to get footage of an SUV that had plunged onto the banks of Cherry Creek.
Filed under: Ayers PR
Rendall Ayers tells us he has no intention of leaving public relations, and that he will continue to run Ayers Strategic Public Relations. Both of which are great news for Ayers PR’s clients.
Filed under: Denver
Remember the good old days when parents would argue over whether their children would be raised Protestant or Catholic, or whether they would root for Michigan or Ohio State? Here’s a lovely 21st Century twist.