Denver PR Blog

CPJ Questions Brown Palace Flack’s Version of Events
August 29, 2008, 8:31 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

The Committee to Protect Journalists is mixing it up with Brown Palace public relations manager Shannon Dexheimer over the arrest of an ABC News producer during the DNC.

McClain Finlon Clients ‘Scrambling’
August 29, 2008, 8:26 pm
Filed under: McClain Finlon

The Denver Daily News talks to Denver Zoo and Vail Resorts about their plans following McClain Finlon’s decision to close its doors.

And So It Ends …
August 29, 2008, 7:50 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

50 Percent of DNC Reporters Think There Are Too Many Reporters
August 29, 2008, 7:47 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

Columbia Journalism Review analyzes the 15,000 reporters in Denver for the Democratic National Convention, and comes to some very believable conclusions. (Hat tip: Brad Bawmann)

‘Hi Destiny, My Name’s Billy Jeff’
August 28, 2008, 7:28 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

Bill Clinton’s three-night stand at Shotgun Willie’s is apparently over. 

5280 Web Editor Sucker Punches Purse Thief
August 28, 2008, 7:21 am
Filed under: 5280, Democratic National Convention

Don’t screw with 5280, lest you suffer the consequences. Brava, Vanessa.

Hillary in Pepsi Center ‘Elevator Mishap’
August 28, 2008, 7:17 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

Welcome to conventionland, where this becomes news at ABC. Of course, an elevator mishap is better than a wardrobe malfunction.

Great Moments in Journalism, DNC Edition
August 26, 2008, 2:00 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

It’s all fun and games when the cable news show hosts turn on their guests, but tensions at MSNBC are so high that Joe Scarborough is turning on his colleagues. It gets fun at the 2:15 mark.

Latest Economic News
August 26, 2008, 10:17 am
Filed under: Denver, Economic News

It’s time to raise your rates … Denver’s economy is better than we thought.

So How’s the DNC Going So Far II
August 26, 2008, 9:59 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

It’s starting to look more like a convention finally — body-armored police riding on the sideboards of SUVs and pepper-spraying protesters, and protesters finally showing enough nerve to get arrested. Things were so pathetic on Monday that we saw a guy in a convertible Miata making fun of the so-called protesters who were trying to block traffic. If you can’t scare a guy in a Miata, well, there’s probably little hope for your protesting skills. Here’s what others are reporting:

Now It’s Starting to Look Like a Convention
August 26, 2008, 9:36 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

RTD FasTracks Leader Departs
August 25, 2008, 6:05 pm
Filed under: RTD

The rats are starting to jump ship train. Liz Rao, who heads the RTD FasTracks project that can charitably be described as “financially troubled,” has accepted a position in the private sector. Says an RTD spokesperson, “It’s totally coincidental that (her departure) came about at the same time (as the financial woes), it’s been in the works for a while now.”

DPD Gets Praise for Handling of Protesters
August 25, 2008, 4:00 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

U.S. News & World Report is giving the Denver Police Department high marks for how officers are handling DNC protests.

So How’s the DNC Going So Far?
August 25, 2008, 1:01 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

We are downtown today, and we’d be pretty happy if the DNC was here every day. Sure, the helicopter noise gets a little old, but traffic is light, people are smiling and the protesters don’t smell bad yet. All in all, a better-than-average day. Here’s a run down of what others are reporting:

Post: If Anyone is Going Away After the DNC, It’s the Rocky
August 25, 2008, 12:40 pm
Filed under: Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Westword

Denver Post editor Greg Moore issued his quarterly memo to staffers reminding them that the Rocky Mountain News is a weak, failing newspaper that would certainly go away long before anything happened to the Post:

“It seems foolish to think The Post would disappear. The Rocky Mountain News declared itself a failing newspaper in 2000, and nothing has changed.”

Metzger Adds ReLogic
August 25, 2008, 12:34 pm
Filed under: Metzger, Wins

Metzger Associates has picked up the commission-free, full-service real estate brokerage ReLogic as a client.

Washington Post Finally Goes Online and Discovers Blogs
August 24, 2008, 7:19 pm
Filed under: blogs

Playing catch-up on a trend that started five years ago, the Washington Post examines corporate blogs, which, depending on your perspective, either represent the ultimate in high-touch marketing or are the scourge of the authenticity that should define online communication. And while we agree with the Post that corporations are increasingly using blogs to help distribute information in a controlled manner, the statistics the paper cites (“Of the approximately 112.5 million blogs on the Web, almost 5,000 are corporate”) are hardly persuasive.

Attacks on AP Reporter’s Objectivity Growing Louder
August 24, 2008, 3:58 pm
Filed under: Associated Press

Associated Press political reporter Ron “Keep Up the Fight, Rovie” Fournier isn’t making any friends in the Obama camp, and questions about his objectivity are getting louder and louder.

Ward Churchill … Griff Jenkins. Where’s a Runaway Truck When You Need It?
August 24, 2008, 3:51 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention, Fox News

We put the odds at 3-1 that Fox News commentator Griff Jenkins gets out of Denver without being beaten up at least once. 

DNC Veteran Offers PR Advice for Denver
August 24, 2008, 3:43 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

The first arrests have been made, so the Democratic National Convention has unofficially started. How will the circus that surrounds the DNC affect Denver’s image? Jason Chupick of PRNewser has an interesting interview with Henry Miller, the head of New York’s 1992 DNC convention, that addresses how Denver and Minneapolis/St. Paul can use the rapidly shortening news cycle to cultivate and reinforce positive perceptions of their cities.

It’s Starting
August 23, 2008, 9:00 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

Regional Colleges Are Pretty Average in Latest U.S. News Ratings
August 22, 2008, 9:31 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

U.S. News & World Report is out with its latest college rankings, just in time to make the poor freshmen moving into dorms rethink whether they should have gone somewhere else. The Colorado/Wyoming results:

77.       University of Colorado at Boulder
80.       Colorado School of Mines
89.       University of Denver
125.     Colorado State University
Tier 3   University of Colorado at Denver
Tier 3   University of Wyoming at Laramie 
Tier 4   University of Northern Colorado 

And, even though it isn’t Colorado-related, Elaine Ellis would want you to know that Notre Dame is ranked 18th.

UPDATE: And Colorado College ranked 30th in the magazine’s rankings of Liberal Arts schools (thanks, Bree.)

Denver Agency News
August 21, 2008, 11:16 am
Filed under: Awards, Wins
  • Schenkein has landed Idea Work Studios as a client
  • PRSourceCode named Catapult PR-IR’s Guy Murrel and VisiTech’s Kendra Westerkamp as Top Tech Communicators
  • Cactus landed the Center for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Is McClain Finlon Advertising Shutting Down?
August 20, 2008, 2:16 pm
Filed under: Layoffs, McClain Finlon

That’s the rumor. Apparently the loss of the Qwest account was too much.

UPDATE: Yes, sadly McClain Finlon is closing its doors. See Cathey Finlon’s comment below. Denver Post coverage is here and Denver Business Journal coverage is here.

In Memoriam
August 20, 2008, 12:21 pm
Filed under: KCNC, Obit

Longtime KCNC/Channel 4 reporter and anchor Bob Palmer passed away last night. He was 77.

Web Site Auctioning DNC Restaurant Reservations Shut Down
August 20, 2008, 6:10 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention, Penny Parker

Penny Parker has the scoop on the Web site that made restaurant reservations all over town during the DNC and then tried to auction them on eBay. The only two problems were the reservation times sucked (most were after 9:45 p.m.) and the restaurants were apoplectic when they realized what was going on and immediately cancelled the reservations listed on the site. The site has since gone dark, but you can see a cached version here.

Typo of the Week
August 19, 2008, 4:50 pm
Filed under: Newspapers

From the Associated Press:

“(U.S. Sen. John McCain’s) top (vice presidential) contenders are said to include Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Less traditional choices mentioned include former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, an abortion-rights supporter, and Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democratic vice presidential prick in 2000 who now is an independent.”

Sustainable Wood Hotel Key Cards Make U.S. Debut in Denver
August 19, 2008, 4:39 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

A wood hotel key card that replaces the traditional plastic version will make its U.S. debut in Denver at the Democratic National Convention. Sustainable Cards LLC has donated 70,000 of the sustainably harvested birch cards that will carry the logo of the Denver 2008 Host Committee. Denver’s Stefanie Jones PR is handling communications for Sustainable Cards.

Television Remains the Dominant News Source for Americans
August 19, 2008, 8:58 am
Filed under: TV News

It looks like your grandfather is more average than you thought.

Restaurant/Movie Critic McDaniels Reappears at 560 KLZ
August 19, 2008, 8:54 am
Filed under: KOA, Westword

The mystery/blessing of former 850 KOA critic Reggie McDaniel’s disappearance has been solved.

Denver Police Dept. Releases Helpful ‘How to Protest’ Flyer
August 19, 2008, 8:48 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

The Denver Police Department has issued a flyer with suggested guidelines for Democratic National Convention protesters, and Paula Woodward can stand down. It is clear that none of the DPD money budgeted for new weapons has been illegally diverted to a graphic designer. 

Hat Tip: 5280′s Elevated Voices.

Denver PR Jobs
August 18, 2008, 11:54 am
Filed under: Jobs

Among those hiring this week: Voca PR, CoorsTek, Engineers Without Borders, Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States, US Airways, Village at Lowry and Waste Management. And if you like Texas, the American Heart Association and City of Austin are also hiring.

Conflicting Economic Stats of the Week
August 18, 2008, 7:22 am
Filed under: Economic News

Colorado lost 13,700 jobs in July … but that is actually good news because it is a slightly lower-than-usual drop for the month … but the number of unemployed Coloradans has increased significantly since April and is roughly 41,000 higher than a year ago … but statewide payrolls have grown by 31,400 (or 1.3 percent) over the past 12 months.

Post Using e-Edition/Free Copies to Inflate Circulation Numbers
August 18, 2008, 7:15 am
Filed under: Denver Business Journal, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News

Mark Harden at the Denver Business Journal has taken a hard look at the latest ABC audit of the circulations of the local dailies and found that the Denver Post’s numbers aren’t quite as good as it might seem. The Post actually “trails the Rocky by about 6 percent in sales of full-price weekday copies,” but has been inflating its numbers with “sales of its discounted ‘electronic edition’ as well as copies distributed to hotel guests and sales to ‘third parties.’ “

Qwest Reaches Agreement with Union, Avoids Strike
August 18, 2008, 7:06 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention, Qwest

Qwest has avoided a potential public relations disaster at the Democratic National Convention (and the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis) by reaching a contract agreement this morning with its largest union, the CWA.

RMN’s Temple Responds to Obama Gaffe
August 16, 2008, 11:00 am
Filed under: Rocky Mountain News

Credit Rocky Mountain News publisher John Temple for addressing the “eight-word gaffe” that caused Keith Olbermann to name the paper the “Worst Person in the World” Tuesday. The timeline of what happened is clear, but left unexplained is exactly what process exists that lets staffers rip “facts” from the Internet and package them as verified material.

AWWA Adds to Public Affairs Staff
August 15, 2008, 6:04 am
Filed under: LeGrand Hart, PR Moves

The American Water Works Association has added Deirdre Mueller as Public Affairs Manager. Mueller formerly was with LeGrand Hart.

Newspaper Update, Sponsored by Zoloft
August 14, 2008, 3:53 pm
Filed under: Gannett, Layoffs, Newspapers

Newspaper publisher (and KUSA/Channel 9 parent) Gannett is in the process of laying off 1,000 employees from its local newspapers across the country. Reuters has the details.

JohnstonWells Wins ‘Best Place to Work’ Award
August 14, 2008, 3:15 pm
Filed under: Awards, Johnston Wells

The Holmes Report named JohnstonWells the fourth best agency to work for in the small agency category. The agency ranked seventh last year.

In Memoriam
August 14, 2008, 8:29 am
Filed under: Obit

Rockmount Ranch Wear CEO “Papa Jack” Weil passed away yesterday at the age of 107. Weil was believed to be the oldest working CEO, and was featured in a national ad campaign for Denver last year.

Grand Junction Sentinel Among Newspapers Cox Set to Unload
August 14, 2008, 7:56 am
Filed under: Newspapers

Time to check under the couch cushions for any spare change –- the Grand Junction Sentinel is for sale.

9News DNC Plans Include Broadcast, Web Cast Coverage
August 14, 2008, 7:51 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention, KUSA

KUSA/9News will carry nearly 60 hours of broadcast and online news coverage of the Democratic National Convention. The coverage will appear on both Channel 9 and KTVD/Channel 20, as well as include a six-hour daily live Web cast from the Pepsi Center anchored by Gregg Moss and Shawn Patrick.

Isn’t It Amazing How Surveys Always Support the Ideas of Those Who Fund Them?
August 13, 2008, 7:39 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

A survey funded by the Colorado Environmental Coalition finds that … (GASP!) … a majority of Coloradans have “negative feelings toward the oil and gas industry.”

Olbermann Slams Rocky Mountain News
August 13, 2008, 10:12 am
Filed under: Democratic National Convention, Rocky Mountain News

Westword has the details on Keith Olbermann naming the Rocky Mountain News the “Worst Person in the World” last night.

Metzger Names Albee President, Makes Several New Hires
August 13, 2008, 8:45 am
Filed under: Metzger, PR Moves

A number of changes are afoot at Metzger Associates, which has promoted Doyle Albee to president, promoted Lisa Metzger to Vice President of Agency Services, hired Bevo Beaven as Vice President of Client Services and Senior Account Executive, and hired Lauren Preston as Account Coordinator.

China: Buck-teeth Kids Should be Heard, Not Seen
August 12, 2008, 9:16 am
Filed under: Olympics, Public Relations

Already reeling from the disclosure that the Opening Ceremony’s electrifying fireworks display was digitally enhanced, Chinese Olympic officials are now facing their own Milli Vanilli moment.

Scripps Announces $874M Write-off
August 12, 2008, 8:16 am
Filed under: Denver Post, Newspapers, Rocky Mountain News

Rocky Mountain News parent company E.W. Scripps Co. is taking a $874 million write-off “to account for the diminished value of its newspaper holdings. The write-off includes a $779 million noncash charge to reduce the value of goodwill and a $95 million reduction in the value of its investment in the Denver Newspaper Agency and Prairie Mountain Publishing.”

Denver PR Jobs
August 12, 2008, 6:52 am
Filed under: Jobs

Among those hiring this week: AIMCO, CoBank, CTA, Level 3 and Quantum.

Weise Relocates
August 12, 2008, 6:18 am
Filed under: Public Relations, Weise

JohnstonWells isn’t the only one on the move. Weise Communications has relocated from downtown Denver to East Colfax, which offers cheaper rent and better client access.

Seattle Times: Denver is ‘Rocky Mountain Hip’
August 11, 2008, 1:57 pm
Filed under: Democratic National Convention

The Seattle Times offers a nice antidote to this weekend’s New York Times DNC preview titled “36 Hours in Denver.” The Times‘ advice: 

“Ditch the cowboy boots. Pack the party clothes. More new West than old, Denver has morphed from sleepy former Gold Rush town in the foothills of the Rockies to urban outpost with an artsy, outdoors vibe.”


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