Denver PR Blog

Dusty Saunders 2.0
November 28, 2008, 4:39 pm
Filed under: KCNC, KMGH, KUSA, Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News

“Retired” Rocky Mountain News media reporter Dusty Saunders is getting more column inches than … well, name a reporter who still works there. First, Dusty names names (and salaries) on Bob Kendrick’s departure from 9News. Then, Dusty is the first to report that 9News is offering buyouts to employees older than 55 years who have 10 years or more with the station.

And if that weren’t enough, Dusty today digs into the most recent four-week rating period that were measured by “Local People Meters,” the A.C. Nielsen’s new electronic measurement technology. The results:

10 p.m. Monday-Sunday Newscasts

1. 9News/NBC - 16.8 (+0.2 from 2007)

2CBS4 - 11.5 (-2.5 from 2007)

3. KMGH/ABC – 9.9 (-1.0 from 2007)

Happy Thanksgiving, Denver
November 27, 2008, 6:01 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

(Courtesy of Jessica Hagy)

Is HARO for Sale?
November 25, 2008, 1:59 pm
Filed under: HARO

Peter Shankman say not right now.

25 Best Cities to Find a Job
November 25, 2008, 9:47 am
Filed under: Jobs

As if this economy weren’t depressing enough, has analyzed the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data to identify the 25 best cities to find a job. And you can forget about New York, L.A., Chicago or even Denver. The winners:

1.  Sioux Falls, S.D.
2.  Rapid City, S.D.
3.  Idaho Falls, Idaho
4.  Bismarck, N.D. 
5.  Houma, La.
6.  Morgantown, W.V.
7.  Logan, Utah
8.  Fargo, N.D.
9.  Casper, Wyo.
10. Billings, Mont.
11. Ames, Iowa
12. Lafayette, La.
13. Midland, Tex.
14. Iowa CIty, Iowa
15. Lincoln, Neb.
16. Portsmouth, N.H.
17. Great Falls, Mont.
18. Charlestown, W.V.
19. Des Moines, Iowa
20. Missoula, Mont.
21. Salt Lake City, Utah
22. Provo, Utah
23. Odessa, Tex.
24. Pocatello, Idaho
25. Sioux City, Iowa

Reporters Increasingly Rely on Social Media Tools
November 24, 2008, 9:25 pm
Filed under: Newspapers, Social Media

Nearly half of reporters are using social media tools such as Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs and Wikipedia to research their stories. So are you using those tools to talk to (or at least influence) reporters?

Denver’s Exclusive Resorts Taps Chicago Ad Agency
November 24, 2008, 9:23 pm
Filed under: Advertising, Denver Egotist

Denver-based Exclusive Resorts has tapped Chicago-based Leo Burnett as its advertising agency, and at least part of the Denver ad community is not happy.

CDHS Extends Bawmann’s Contract for Fatherhood Initiative
November 24, 2008, 2:45 pm
Filed under: Bawmann Group, Wins

The Colorado Department of Human Services has extended its relationship with The Bawmann Group to support its “Be There for Your Kids” public awareness campaign for the Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative.

Denver PR Jobs
November 24, 2008, 9:40 am
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are HRO, Qwest, Front Range Community College, Banner Health (Greeley), State Farm Insurance (Lincoln, Neb.), and Zions Bancorporation (Phoenix, Ariz.).

GroundFloor, JohnstonWells Named ‘Best Places to Work’
November 24, 2008, 6:12 am
Filed under: Denver Business Journal, GroundFloor Media, Johnston Wells

Congratulations to GroundFloor Media and JohnstonWells, both of whom were named by the DBJ as “Best Places to Work in Denver.”

Economy Forces Colorado Businesses to Make Calculated Cutbacks
November 22, 2008, 9:41 am
Filed under: GBSM, Rocky Mountain News

GBSM principal Steve Silvers is among several Denver business leaders profiled in a Rocky Mountain News piece examining how companies are reacting to the troubled economy.

GroundFloor, Weise Dominate CHC Awards
November 22, 2008, 9:35 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

GroundFloor Media and Weise Communications were the big agency winners at the 2008 Colorado Healthcare Communicators Gold Leaf Awards. GroundFloor picked up the Grand Gold Leaf and a Gold Leaf for its work with The Children’s Hospital, and a Gold Leaf and Best Non-Profit for its work with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Weise picked up five awards: Two Gold Leafs for its work with CCRM and Centennial Medical Plaza (CMP), the Best Hospital Award for its work with CMP, a Silver Leaf for its campaign for Bonfils and a Bronze Leaf for its work with Swedish. Welch Creative Group also won a Gold Leaf and a Silver Leaf for its campaigns for The Children’s Hospital, and Linhart PR won a Bronze Leaf for its campaign for New West Physicians.

You can see the complete list of winners here.

Colorado Unemployment Spikes in October
November 22, 2008, 9:30 am
Filed under: Economic News, Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News

The number of unemployed Coloradans “surged” in October, rising to 5.7 percent, driven in part by layoffs at companies such as ProLogis, MDC Holdings, United Launch Alliance, Janus Capital, Western Union and Sun Microsystems. Jamie Paton at the Rocky Mountain News has the details.

Happy 150th Birthday, Denver
November 22, 2008, 7:03 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

From Mattie Silks and Soapy Smith to Brenda Stewart and Joe Nacchio. You’ve come a long way, Denver.

(Cook’s Restaurant, 1715 Lawrence Street, circa 1890)

Who is Behind the Denver PR Blog, Part II
November 21, 2008, 6:11 am
Filed under: blogs

Okay, it’s me. A few of you knew that; most of you didn’t. To those who did know, thanks for keeping the secret. And to those who didn’t know, thanks for not asking around too much. Secrets like this rarely keep long.

I started the Denver PR Blog because there was a vacuum of PR information in Denver, due in part to the shrinking business sections in the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. Many of us wanted to know what was going on in Denver’s PR community, but only knew what we heard around town at lunches or various PR events. My goal with the blog was to aggregate and disseminate Denver PR news and rumors for everyone’s consumption. And to do it with enough of an edge that it stayed interesting.

I kept the blog anonymous because I thought intrigue would drive traffic, which it has done. In fact, the growth has astounded me. I started it less than a year ago, and in that time it has grown from 150 hits a month to more than 14,000 a month. I have done nothing to promote it other than exchange a few links; the growth has been organic, driven entirely through word-of-mouth by you. And I thank you for that.

So, now, the next evolution of the blog will begin, and I hope that it will contain many more voices than just mine. Thanks for reading. 

Jeremy Story

Would You Trust a PR Firm that Had This Web Site?
November 20, 2008, 5:05 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

A survey conducted by a PR firm says using a PR firm makes you more successful. We all know that, of course, but why can’t it ever be a Harvard Business Review or McKinsey & Company case study that proves it instead of some dodgy survey from a PR outfit like BIGfrontier Communications.

Finding a Good Job in a Bad Economy
November 20, 2008, 4:53 pm
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Everyone’s favorite jobs guru Andrew Hudson will be on the CBS4 10 p.m. newscast tonight to share his tips for finding a new job in a bad economy. And if you want the full Andrew Hudson experience, head over to El Chapultepec where Andrew will be performing between tonight 9 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Post Profiles New JohnstonWells Office
November 20, 2008, 8:34 am
Filed under: Denver Post, Johnston Wells

How many times have you tried to tell clients that no reporters care that they moved offices? JohnstonWells just made that a tougher argument.

PRNewswire Cuts 25 Positions
November 20, 2008, 8:15 am
Filed under: Layoffs, PR Newswire

It’s not just PR agencies that are suffering from reduced client budgets. PRNewswire has eliminated 25 positions “due to the loss of market share” and its president will step down in the first half of 2009.

At the Very Least They Could Have Jetpooled …
November 19, 2008, 11:24 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Nothing says “We understand the gravity of the situation and humbly request your help” like flying to Washington, D.C., in three separate private jets.

Longmont Publisher: ‘… and Bring Your Journalism Degree Along In Case We Need to Dry Off Any of the Cars’
November 19, 2008, 3:00 pm
Filed under: Longmont Times-Call, Westword

What would the holiday season (whoops, I meant “Christmas season”) be without a little insult to injury. Michael Roberts at Westword has the details on the Longmont Times-Call’s holiday bonus program.

Clark to Leave Schenkein
November 19, 2008, 1:50 pm
Filed under: PR Moves, Schenkein

Following a tough year that saw Schenkein reduce its headcount by nearly one-third, principal and co-owner Leanna Clark announced she will be leaving the firm in January. She plans to devote more time to her philanthropic endeavors, while still remaining an advisor to the firm. The DBJ called Clark one of Denver’s “communications leaders” and noted that Schenkein has “represented many of Denver’s top companies and nonprofit groups as well as national firms.”

Who is Behind the Denver PR Blog?
November 19, 2008, 6:02 am
Filed under: Denver Business Journal

Over the past year, I have received a lot of questions about who I am. I have been accused of working for GroundFloor Media, GBSM, Linhart and JohnstonWells. And more specifically, I have been accused of being Steven “Steve” Silvers, Paul Raab, Dan Welch, Ramonna Tooley, Donna Crafton, Bruce Goldberg (just learned that one yesterday), Matt Wagner, Melissa Hourigan, Andrew Hudson, and (my favorite) Bill Husted.

For the record, none of those guesses is right. So why am I telling you this? Because Bruce Goldberg at the Denver Business Journal has figured out who I am and will disclose it Friday in his Street Talk column. So until then, I’ll enjoy my last few days of anonymity.

Catapult Lands JNBridge
November 18, 2008, 8:11 am
Filed under: Catapult, Wins

Catapult PR-IR won Boulder-based JNBridge, a supplier of Java/.NET interoperability tools for software developers, as a client.

Has Bob Ewegen Retired from the Denver Post?
November 17, 2008, 4:48 pm
Filed under: Denver Post

It would seem so.

Focus on the Family: ‘Christmas. There, Was That So Hard?’
November 17, 2008, 2:07 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family has released its annual list of naughty and nice Christmas retailers. Those retailers headed to heaven include Cabella’s, Kohl’s and Wal-Mart, while Barnes & Noble, Best Buy and Dick’s Sporting Goods will have to settle for purgatory. Those destined for hell include Banana Republic, Old Navy and Lane Bryant. See the entire list (and FOTF’s rationale) here.

PRSA Colorado Announces Annual Holiday Party
November 17, 2008, 1:16 pm
Filed under: Events, PRSA

PRSA Colorado is holding its annual Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 11, from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Magnolia Hotel (17th & Stout), and the agency with the most attendees will win a free happy hour for up to 20 people at Harry’s Bar. To qualify, email Dana Berry ( with your list of agency attendees by this Friday. More information is here.

Starz Film Festival to Screen ‘Stop the Presses’
November 17, 2008, 1:04 pm
Filed under: Layoffs, Newspapers, Westword

Kelly Pascal Gould of Pascal PR points us to Stop the Presses, a documentary about the troubled newspaper industry that will appear at the Starz Film Festival today at 4 p.m. Patty Calhoun at Westword has the details on its premier yesterday in the auditorium at the Denver Newspaper Agency, which, according to former Post columnist Al Lewis, was “like showing a horror film inside a graveyard.”

Burson/PR Week Release Annual CEO Survey
November 17, 2008, 12:53 pm
Filed under: PRWeek, Public Relations

Burson-Marsteller and PR Week have released their Eighth Annual CEO Survey.

Twitter Takes Down Johnson & Johnson
November 17, 2008, 10:18 am
Filed under: Social Media, Twitter

Johnson & Johnson brand Motrin got schooled in the finicky art of social media over the weekend when one of the ads it wanted to “go viral” did just that. Unfortunately, the conversation, which began on Twitter and spilled over into the blogosphere, focused on why the ad was insulting rather than clever.

By 8:30 last night, the Motrin website was down as the company removed the ad. Unfortunately for Motrin, the print executions will continue for another month before they cycle out.

API Conference Finds Newspaper Industry in ‘Crisis’
November 16, 2008, 7:58 pm
Filed under: Economic News, Newspapers

An American Press Institute closed-door summit has concluded that the newspaper industry has reached “full-blown crisis” stage and will need outsiders to help it weather the storm. Editor & Publisher has the details.

Great Moments in Journalism X
November 16, 2008, 1:04 pm
Filed under: journalism

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough drops the F-bomb (0:25 mark) in a discussion about presidential politics and takes 55 seconds to realize he’s done it (1:20 mark).

It’s Official: Clowns Are Running Wall Street
November 15, 2008, 4:24 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

A reminder to the NYSE that symbolism still matters. So in the current economic environment that has left the reputations of many of Wall Street’s leading brands in tatters, you might want to avoid having a clown ring the bell.

Live Blogging the PRSA Colorado Member Retreat
November 14, 2008, 10:48 am
Filed under: Events, Johnston Wells, PRSA

Didn’t sign up to attend the PRSA Colorado Member Retreat? Efrem Rodriguez from JohnstonWells will be live blogging the event, and keynote speaker Dave Taylor is tweeting the event.

Sun to Cut 6,000; Colorado Effects Unknown
November 14, 2008, 9:50 am
Filed under: Crocs, Layoffs, Sun Microsystems

Sun Microsystems, which has been chasing Crocs for the title of worst Colorado-related investment play of 2008, announced it will cut 6,000 employees, which translates to approximately 18 percent of its workplace. It is unknown how many of those cuts will come from the company’s Broomfield campus.

DMCVB Selects Delightfully Pushy New Name
November 13, 2008, 4:01 pm
Filed under: Denver, Visit Denver

Following the lead of cities such as New York and Los Angeles, the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau has changed its name to something more memorable: Visit Denver. “Our challenge was to find a 21st Century name that would be easy to remember and enunciate, be consistent with our brand, and have a call to the action,” said DMCVB/Visit Denver President Richard Scharf.

TW Telecom Exec Leads LDS Response to Arson Case
November 13, 2008, 3:45 pm
Filed under: Politics, Public Relations

TW Telecom VP of Corporate Communications Bob Meldrum is doing double duty this week as a spokesman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after a burning Book of Mormon was found on the steps of a Denver-area LDS church.

Linhart Lands Healthcare Award
November 13, 2008, 3:25 pm
Filed under: Awards, Linhart

Linhart PR won a Colorado Healthcare Communicators Bronze Leaf Award in the Newsletters-Electronic category for its work on behalf of New West Physicians’ Health E-Newsletter.

Women, Hispanics Hardest Hit by Colorado Layoffs
November 13, 2008, 3:21 pm
Filed under: Denver Business Journal, Layoffs

Women and Hispanics are bearing the brunt of Colorado’s weakening economy, according to an analysis of BLS data by the Denver Business Journal.

JohnstonWells Reduces Staff
November 13, 2008, 7:13 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells, Layoffs

JohnstonWells has grown to be the largest public relations agency in Denver, but even it hasn’t escaped the effects of the softening Denver market. The agency let three staffers go in the past few weeks “after looking at our projections and evaluating the economic realities many companies are facing,” according to President/COO GG Johnston.

And JohnstonWells isn’t alone. Last June, Schenkein reduced its headcount by nearly one-third, and a number of agencies continue to quietly downsize through attrition.

Press Release of the Week
November 12, 2008, 10:24 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

You make the call:

  • McStain NeighborhoodsDenver Examiner Reporter ProConnect’s Steve Caulk is spinning a tale that McStain is abandoning its headquarters building so that the company can be “more nimble (and) efficient” (rather than because the company is in such a dire financial situation that it has reduced headcount from 155 to 20 employees over the past year).
    (UPDATE: Here’s the Rocky’s article on the news)
  • 90octane — Announced it is “going green” by implementing such cutting-edge steps as having employees turn out lights, and recycling paper and cans (and, apparently, press releases other companies issued 10 years ago).

Vail Trail Ends 46-Year Run
November 12, 2008, 9:51 pm
Filed under: Economic News, Layoffs, Newspapers

The Vail weekly newspaper Vail Trail has ceased publication after 46 years, a casualty of the economic downturn.

The ‘Obama Whisperer’
November 11, 2008, 9:26 pm
Filed under: Politics

Howard Kurtz at the Washington Post profiles the “Obama Whisperer” Robert Gibbs, who is likely the incoming White House press secretary.

Catfight Alert: Bob Kendrick vs. Dusty Saunders
November 11, 2008, 6:36 pm
Filed under: KUSA, Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News

It looks like Bob Kendrick is no fan of Dusty Saunders after Dusty guesstimated (incorrectly, Bob asserts) the salaries of various Denver TV newsers. And, no, Steve Saunders wasn’t among those whose salaries were listed.

JobsGobble Networking Party Still Has a Few Tickets Left
November 11, 2008, 6:30 pm
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Events

Andrew Hudson’s JobsGobble seminar Wednesday has sold out, but there are still a few spots open for the evening networking party. Register here if you are interested.

PRSA Adds Recession-focused Panel to Member Retreat
November 11, 2008, 6:23 pm
Filed under: Events, PRSA

PRSA Colorado has added a panel to its Member Retreat titled, “How Do We Survive and Thrive in this Economic Recession.” Targeted at senior-level public relations/communications practitioners, the panel features GroundFloor’s Laura Love, the DBJ’s Scott Bemis, Andrew Hudson, Qwest’s Sheila O’Neill and Steele Street Bank’s Matt Baldner. Registration for the event has technically closed, but if you hurry you can probably still sneak in. Register here.

Noodles & Company Selects Carmichael Lynch Spong
November 11, 2008, 6:13 pm
Filed under: CLS, Wins

Colorado-based Noodles & Company has selected Carmichael Lynch Spong as its public relations agency of record. CLS will begin work immediately on brand strategy, creative development, local relationship marketing and public relations services.

Mile High Social Media Club Plans November Meeting
November 8, 2008, 3:01 pm
Filed under: Events

The Mile High Social Media Club’s next meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. at The Whiskey Bar. Details are here.

Scripps to Lay Off 400 Workers; Rocky Not Affected
November 8, 2008, 2:54 pm
Filed under: Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News

Roger Fillion at the Rocky reports his paper will be spared as parent company Scripps prepares to layoff 400 workers and eliminate its dividend.

ProConnect Hires One
November 6, 2008, 6:03 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells, PR Moves

ProConect Public Relations hired Elisa Herzog as an account associate. Herzog formerly was with JohnstonWells.

November 4, 2008, 9:33 pm
Filed under: Politics


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