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Denver PR Jobs
December 29, 2008, 8:56 pm
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are Advantage Business Media, American Water Works Association, CaridianBCT, Kaiser Permanente (Colorado Springs) and CU-Denver.



12 Things I Need From a Communications Agency
December 26, 2008, 4:52 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

“Engage in PR” compiles the list.



Layoffs 101
December 26, 2008, 4:48 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

PBS’s Charlie Rose shows Corporate America (and countless media companies) that compassion and transparency can make you look stronger, not weaker.



SME: Is the Future of Advertising Public Relations?
December 26, 2008, 4:43 pm
Filed under: Advertising, Public Relations

The money quote:

“… online advertising is much less effective than online editorial coverage.”



SolaRover Selects Linhart
December 26, 2008, 4:35 pm
Filed under: Linhart, Wins

SolaRover, a provider of environmentally-friendly mobile power generation systems,  has selected Linhart as its national agency of record. Linhart will “develop tailored marketing collateral and implement an ongoing media relations campaign to create a regular pulse of news and build credibility with key journalists.”



Top 10 Media Blunders of 2008
December 23, 2008, 6:47 am
Filed under: Politics

Politico offers its Top 10 Media Blunders of 2008.



NYT: ‘Between Obama and the Press’
December 22, 2008, 2:32 pm
Filed under: New York Times, Politics

The New York Times offers a 5,000-word piece on President-elect Barack Obama’s media relations strategy, and the man implementing them. For those with ADHD, PRNewser hits the highlights for you.



Denver PR Jobs
December 22, 2008, 9:57 am
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this holiday week are the City of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs and Xcel Energy.



Social Media Experts Launch New Firm
December 19, 2008, 1:22 pm
Filed under: PRWeek, Social Media

PR pro Brian Solis, online journalist Tom Foresmski, blogger Neville Hobson and Social Media co-founder Chris Heuer have teamed up to form AdHocnium, “an ad-hoc agency that trains PR firms and clients to use new media.” PR Week has the details.



Finlon Among the 2009 Colorado Business Hall of Fame Inductees
December 19, 2008, 1:13 pm
Filed under: Awards, McClain Finlon

It has been a rough year for Cathy Finlon, but at least 2009 will be starting off on a positive note: She’ll be inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame in February with Bruce Benson, Sam Maynes, Jordon Perlmutter, Jack Vickers and the Loo family.



Singleton Sets Mid-January ‘Ultimatum’ for Union Concessions
December 19, 2008, 1:03 pm
Filed under: Denver Post, Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News

Mid-January is shaping up to be a pivotal time in the history of Denver newspapers. Scripps will decide whether to shut down the Rocky Mountain News, and the Denver Newspaper Agency has issued an ultimatum to six unions to agree to $20 million in wage and benefit concessions by Jan. 16 or … (insert evil Dean Singleton laugh here)… “face even worse consequences.”



Study Examines Client Turnover at PR Agencies
December 18, 2008, 10:50 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Being a tech agency in the Southwest is the hardest PR gig going, according to a study of client turnover by StevensGouldPincus. Overall, client turnover was 22% in 2008, while technology firms experienced a 30% client turnover rate and Southwestern states averaged 33%. The full report is here.



Great Moments in Journalism X
December 18, 2008, 10:37 pm
Filed under: journalism


‘The Poster Child for Everything Wrong with PR’
December 18, 2008, 10:28 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

You know that little voice in your head that tells you to hit delete before you send that angry email? Lois Whitman doesn’t have one of those.



‘The Biggest Hypocrite Who Ever Drew Breath?’
December 18, 2008, 4:56 pm
Filed under: Westword

Readers of the Denver PR Blog know that I am a fan of Westword’s Michael Roberts. His coverage and analysis of the Denver media scene is second to none, and the recent coverage of the Rocky Mountain News’ continuing near-death experience only solidified his position. So it was interesting to see a reader call out Roberts for not covering Westword’s financial situation the way he covers those of the Rocky and Denver Post.

Of course, what is lost on the reader is that part of what makes Roberts so effective at covering the Rocky and Post is that he is independent of them, a point he makes as well. Nevertheless, Roberts responds with an analysis of Westword’s situation, which concludes the both the paper and its parent company are … (drumroll please) … largely in good shape. But as much as I like Roberts, I’ll wait for David Milstead or Aldo Svaldi to write that before I believe it.



Is Penny Preparing for a Post-Rocky World?
December 17, 2008, 8:10 pm
Filed under: Penny Parker, Rocky Mountain News

I (and many others) have advocated for several years that print reporters should be laying the groundwork to go independent if necessary. Om Malik and Tom Foremski have proven that there is a marketplace for niche expertise, and, to her credit, Penny Parker seems to be preparing for just that kind of move. She has started promoting her “On The Town” blog heavily this week, and  you can expect her to continue it as an independent effort should the Rocky shut down next month.



PR Stat of the Week
December 16, 2008, 2:50 pm
Filed under: HARO, PR Newswire

Peter Shankman’s HARO has roughly 40,000 subscribers, while PRNewswire’s ProfNet (which requires a paid subscription) has 14,000.



Dismissed Fox31 Morning Anchor Kelley Says He was Blindsided
December 16, 2008, 12:23 pm
Filed under: Fox31, Layoffs

Fox31 morning news anchor Steve Kelley says being laid off was “a shock … it’s like a death.” But, he adds, you can expect him to rebound and pursue other television and radio opportunities in Denver.



AP Reporters and Photographers Withhold Bylines in Protest
December 16, 2008, 9:58 am
Filed under: Associated Press

Things are heating up between the Associated Press and the News Media Guild, the union that represents 1,400 editorial, technology and support workers. AP journalists and photographers have begun withholding their bylines in protest of  what they perceive as the company’s hard line in contract negotiations.



SHiFT Announces New Client
December 16, 2008, 9:46 am
Filed under: SHiFT, Wins

Longmont-based SHiFT has landed Emergenetics as a client.



In Memoriam
December 16, 2008, 9:35 am
Filed under: Denver Post, Obit

Many of us who worked in Denver a decade ago remember the fight former Denver Post reporter Kerri Smith waged against obesity and cancer. Sadly, Kerri lost that struggle this weekend. She was 48. Mike McPhee at the Post has the details.



Denver PR Jobs
December 15, 2008, 8:26 pm
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are Arrow Electronics, EnCana, Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association, GH Phipps, Construction Companies, National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), Pinnacol Assurance, TeleTech, The Wildlife Experience and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.



Staffers Start Web Site ‘I Want My Rocky’
December 15, 2008, 8:42 am
Filed under: Layoffs, Newspapers, Rocky Mountain News

In an effort to save the Rocky Mountain News, staffers have joined together to start the Web site I Want My Rocky, which encourages readers to write letters to the Scripps board, the DOJ, and Colorado’s Congressional delegation.



Pharmaceutical Giant Under Fire for Ghostwritten Articles
December 13, 2008, 2:25 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Another staple of public relations – the ghostwritten article – has come under fire after pharmaceutical giant Wyeth used ghostwriters to author medical journal articles that were favorable to Prempro, a female hormone replacement therapy.



Rocky Mountain News Staff Awards
December 13, 2008, 12:42 pm
Filed under: Awards, Rocky Mountain News

The Rocky Mountain News announced the winners of its annual staff awards, just in time for the journalists to add them to their resumes:

  • Best Reporter – Sara Burnett
  • Best Writer – Kevin Vaughan 
  • Best Copy Editor – Scott Gilbert
  • Best Artist – Charles Chamberlin
  • Best Designer – Steve Miller
  • Best Photographer – Ellen Jaskol
  • Best Web Producer – Amy Burke
  • Unsung Hero – Lizzy McCormick
  • Best YourHub Journalist – Charmaine Robledo
  • Best YourHub Assistant – Kristin Morin
  • Best Newsroom Contributor – Kathy Potter
  • Editor’s Award – Joe Mahoney


Is There a Chance Denver Could Become a Zero Newspaper Town?
December 12, 2008, 9:56 pm
Filed under: Denver Post, Economic News, MediaNews Group, Newspapers, Rocky Mountain News

A day after Moody’s downgraded MediaNews Group, citing its “substantial”risk of default, CEO Dean Singleton today asked unions representing the Denver Post and the Denver Newspaper Agency to “reopen their labor contracts immediately” in an effort to cut costs by $20 million. Jeff Smith at the Rocky Mountain News reported that Singleton would seek concessions of $2 million from the Post and $18 million from newspaper agency.

And that wasn’t the only bad news for MediaNews Group today. The Wall Street Journal reported that the MediaNews Group-owned Detroit News has joined the Gannett-owned Detroit Free Press in considering cutting home delivery of the papers to three days per week. The remaining four days would be available only via newsstands.



Moody’s Downgrades MediaNews Group
December 11, 2008, 4:46 pm
Filed under: Denver Post, Economic News, MediaNews Group

Moody’s downgraded MediaNews Group today, saying the owner of the Denver Post “faces a heightened risk of near-term default under the financial tests of its recently amended senior secured credit agreement as well as the refinancing risk posed by the December 2009 maturity of its revolving credit facility.” The Denver Business Journal has the details.



Google Releases Top Search Terms for 2008
December 11, 2008, 4:13 pm
Filed under: Google

Google has released its Top U.S. Search Terms for 2008, and it offers quite a glimpse into our collective psyche.



PR Week Salary Survey Underway
December 11, 2008, 2:30 pm
Filed under: PRWeek, Salaries

Click here to participate in PR Week’s annual salary survey. Results will be published in February.



Top PR Blunders of 2008
December 11, 2008, 11:01 am
Filed under: Awards

Fineman PR releases its annual list of the Top PR Blunders. Among the “winners” are AIG, John McCain, Nike, Mark Penn and Absolut.



CLS Wins PR News Nonprofit Award
December 11, 2008, 9:09 am
Filed under: Awards, CLS

Carmichael Lynch Spong has nabbed the Corporate/Nonprofit Partnership Award from PR News for its work with the Dunkin’ Brands Community Foundation. The campaign, which was led from CLS’s Denver office, helped address the growing problem of declining participation in volunteer fire departments.



At Least Sakic Isn’t a Two-Time Nominee Like Griese
December 10, 2008, 7:54 pm
Filed under: Awards

How tough are hockey players? Slightly less tough than snowblowers, it turns out. It is bad enough for Avalanche star Joe Sakic that he is out for the next three months with broken fingers and tendon damage, but adding insult to injury (literally) is that he now qualifies as a Denver Post finalist for Dumbest Professional Athlete Injury. From the Post Web site:

Denver Post Poll – Stupid Jock Tricks
Joe Sakic’s freak snowblower accident Tuesday is the latest in a line of less-than-stellar injury stories from Denver professional athletes. Which story do you think is the dumbest? 

  • Dog trips Brian Griese: The Broncos QB Brian Griese sprained his left ankle when he said one of his dogs knocked him down the stairs at home, in 2002.
  • Rockies Deer Meat: Shortstop Clint Barmes fell in his home in 2005 carrying a package of deer meat and broke his collarbone, causing him to miss three months.
  • Brandon Marshall’s McDonald’s Bag: The Broncos WR said he was wrestling with family in the offseason when he slipped on a wrapper, fell and severed his right forearm.
  • QB on Terrell Davis’ Driveway: While attending a party at Davis house in 2002, Griese trips on the driveway, is knocked out and suffers a black eye and chipped tooth.
  • Larry Walker Fishing Trouble: The Rockies all-star right fielder separated his right shoulder after the 1996 season. He was fishing in Canada and fell down a hill.
  • Mike Hampton’s Cheap Hotel Pillows: Former Rockies pitcher missed a start in 2001 because of a stiff neck, which he blamed on the pillows on his hotel bed.


Westword: ‘Andrew Hudson is Suddenly Very Popular’
December 10, 2008, 4:39 pm
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Westword

Westword Editor Patty Calhoun profiles Andrew Hudson and his burgeoning career-counseling business.



A Rocky Goodbye?
December 10, 2008, 3:23 pm
Filed under: Denver Post, Layoffs, Newspapers, Rocky Mountain News

Michael Roberts at Westword looks beyond all the posturing and spin and finds that the economy and Denver Post Publisher Dean Singleton are conspiring to kill the Rocky Mountain News.



Cactus Names COO
December 10, 2008, 11:46 am
Filed under: Advertising

Times seem good for Cactus. The 40-person Denver advertising agency, which touts that it has doubled its revenue in the last two years and is approaching $20 million in client billings, has just named Michael Martelon COO. Martelon is a Denver native whose experience includes working with the Islands Of The Bahamas, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Caesars Entertainment and MacWorld Conference & Expo.



The Perfect Marriage of Subject and Medium
December 9, 2008, 3:31 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

With all the reality TV shows peppering the airwaves these days, you knew it was only a matter of time before a PR agency became the backdrop for one. I always assumed that Lizzie Grubman would be the first reality PR star, but fashion PR guru Kelly Cutrone has instead won the honor. All of which leads me to wonder: Which Denver PR agency would make for the best reality show?



Webb Develops CDOT Web Site to Help Keep Revelers Safe
December 9, 2008, 11:26 am
Filed under: CDOT, Webb PR

Webb PR and CDOT have created a Web site, Plan Before You Party, designed to help holiday revelers stay safe. According to Jim Licko at Webb, “The site includes maps of bars and restaurants that are handing out free $5 cab vouchers to their customers, places to park your car overnight (without getting a ticket or towed), discounted hotels (if you don’t want to go home at all) and a listing of RTD park and ride locations if public transit is your choice. There’s even a link to find out when and where a sobriety checkpoint might be coming to a neighborhood near you.”



Flying Tomato to Make Rocky Mountain News Bid?
December 9, 2008, 9:54 am
Filed under: Rocky Mountain News, Westword

As if the staff at the Rocky Mountain News hasn’t already suffered enough indignity, it appears their best chance at a white-knight buyer could be Shawn White Wolf, who is either a Montana entrepreneur or a gold-medal-winning snowboarder. Either way, Michael Roberts at Westword is less than impressed, and has decided to make his own bid.



NBC Axes Former 9News Sports Anchor Kevin Corke
December 8, 2008, 5:38 pm
Filed under: KUSA, Layoffs, NBC

And the hits just keep coming. Former 9News sports anchor Kevin Corke has been laid off from NBC’s Washington bureau where he served as the network’s Sunday White House reporter. Corke, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from CU-Boulder, left 9News for ESPN, and later joined NBC. Corke’s NBC colleagues Bob Faw and Jeannie Ohm also were let go.



Fox31 Drops Morning Anchor Steve Kelley as Economy Worsens
December 8, 2008, 3:05 pm
Filed under: Fox31, Layoffs

Fox31 weekday morning anchor Steve Kelley is the latest big-name, big-paycheck Denver news personality to be let go (see Ernie Bjorkman and Bob Kendrick). Kelley was a victim of the station’s “belt-tightening,” according to Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post, and he will not be replaced. Kelley spent nearly two decades at KOA Radio (850 AM) before joining Fox in 2005.



Tribune Files for Bankruptcy; New York Times Mortgages its HQ
December 8, 2008, 1:12 pm
Filed under: Economic News, Newspapers

As expected, the Tribune Co. – owner of KWGN/Channel 2 – filed for bankruptcy. And the New York Times Co. announced it will borrow as much as $225 million – using its Manhattan flagship headquarters as collateral – to “to ease a potential cash flow squeeze as the company grapples with tighter credit and shrinking profits.”



Time: Top 10 of Everything of 2008
December 8, 2008, 11:56 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Time magazine is out with its annual 10 Best of Everything lists.



Denver PR Jobs
December 8, 2008, 11:36 am
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, Colorado WINS, Effective UI, GH Phipps Construction, Pinnacol Assurance, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Starz, Union Telephone, Affiliated Computer Services (Sandy, Utah) and PR Newswire (Albuquerque, NM).



CU Economists: The Worst is Still Ahead for Colorado
December 8, 2008, 9:21 am
Filed under: Economic News

CU economists predict Colorado’s unemployment rate will rise to 6.5 percent next year – from the current 5.7 percent – as the state joins the rest of the nation in a recession.



Newspaper Roundup, Sponsored by Zoloft
December 7, 2008, 6:23 pm
Filed under: Layoffs, Newspapers

While we have all been distracted locally by the Rocky Mountain News’ situation, here’s what has been going on outside of Denver during the past week:

Again, that was the past week. In total, Ad Age estimates that the media industries “have shed more than 30,000 jobs in 2008. … That’s about 3.5% of the total media work force of 858,000. Since the bubble-inflated high-water mark in 2000, media has lost more than 200,000 jobs.” For those of us with journalism degrees and newspaper reporting/editing jobs on our resumes, the profound sadness we feel for the newspaper industry is almost indescribable.



WSJ Proposes Merger to Help ‘Financially Distressed’ MediaNews
December 7, 2008, 9:25 am
Filed under: Denver Post, Newspapers, Wall Street Journal

Before Dean Singleton engages in too much scheudenfraude about the Rocky’s plight, he might want to read this weekend’s Wall Street Journal, which notes that MediaNews Group is among several publishers that “are carrying heavy loads of debt given their fast-shrinking revenues.” The WSJ’s solution for MediaNews: a merger with fellow troubled publishers Freedom Communications and Lee Enterprises.



Day Two Coverage – Rocky Mountain News
December 6, 2008, 7:36 pm
Filed under: Rocky Mountain News

It is day two of the news that the Rocky Mountain News is for sale and will be shut down in January if no buyer is found. Among the coverage today:



Vail Resorts Lays Off 50 as Advance Bookings Fall
December 6, 2008, 7:15 pm
Filed under: Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News

Broomfield-based Vail Resorts will lay off 50 employees, eliminate 100 open positions, suspend its match of employees’ 401(k) contributions and defer merit pay increases as it deals with a significant drop in advance bookings. Joanne Kelley at the Rocky has the details.



Denver Post Business Reporter Moves to AP
December 6, 2008, 1:06 pm
Filed under: Associated Press, Denver Post, Journalism Moves

Former Denver Post business reporter Kimberly Johnson has moved to Associated Press, where she is covering the auto industry.



Turner PR Expands Client Roster
December 5, 2008, 2:43 pm
Filed under: Turner PR, Wins

Turner PR has landed several new accounts: Caribbean real estate developer Oil Nut Bay, Caribbean resort Biras Creek, premium men’s sportswear brand Howe, and beauty/healthcare company DGL Products.




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