Denver PR Blog


Turner PR Seeking Fall Interns
September 30, 2009, 8:53 pm
Filed under: Jobs, Turner PR

Turner PR is seeking “recent graduates or current students majoring in journalism, communications or public relations” for its unpaid fall internship program. Duties include media relations assistance, drafting press materials, creating and updating media lists and editorial calendars, media monitoring, research, measurement assistance, and social and emerging media outreach. To be considered, email Charlotte Smith a cover letter and resume (no phone calls).



25 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a PR Firm
September 30, 2009, 7:14 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Media Orchard compiles the list.



Tickets Available for Denver Press Club’s ‘2009 Gridiron Dinner’
September 29, 2009, 9:33 pm
Filed under: Denver Press Club, Events

Come see some of Denver’s biggest names in politics and media, onstage in the Denver Press Club’s annual Gridiron Show – a hilarious night of political and cultural satire and songs. The details are:

Denver Press Club’s 2009 Gridiron Dinner
Friday, Oct. 23 (silent auction at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6 pm and entertainment at 7 pm)
Marriott Center City
1701 California Street, Denver, CO 80202
Click here to purchase tickets



Cohn Named ‘Top Place to Work in PR’ by PR Week
September 29, 2009, 8:45 pm
Filed under: Awards, Cohn Marketing

Congratulations to Denver-based Cohn Marketing, which was among the winners in PR Week’s first annual “Top Places to Work in PR.”



Metzger Lands Start-up Client
September 29, 2009, 8:40 pm
Filed under: Metzger, Wins

Metzger Associates has been selected by Denver-based start-up company NextWave Performance to launch its web-based SaaS platform.



Voca PR Launches New Web Site, Wins 2 Clients
September 29, 2009, 8:32 pm
Filed under: Voca PR, Wins

Voca PR has unveiled its new Web site and landed two new clients: Boca Raton, Fla.-based Revelex and Boulder-based Boulder Creek Life and Home.



MCG Hosting Bra Art Exhibit to Benefit Susan G. Komen
September 29, 2009, 8:25 pm
Filed under: Events

B2B technology marketing strategy and design firm Market Creation Group is showcasing its expanded office by hosting a bra art exhibit to benefit the Denver Metropolitan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The networking event and exhibit will be held in the Art District on Santa Fe from 6-9 p.m. this Friday (Oct. 2) at the MCG studios, 910 Santa Fe Drive, Studios 11 and 12, as part of the district’s First Friday Art Walk.



Early Registration for PRSA Colorado Retreat Ends Friday
September 29, 2009, 8:20 pm
Filed under: Events, PRSA

The Second Annual PRSA chapter retreat is Friday, Oct. 16, at the Curtis Hotel. Events include morning sessions for young professionals, a luncheon with keynote speaker Dana Perino, former White House Press Secretary, afternoon workshops covering topics for all types of professionals, an all-day resource fair, and a cocktail and networking reception. The early registration deadline ends Oct. 2. Click here for details.



5280’s Brogan Named President of CRMA
September 29, 2009, 8:16 pm
Filed under: 5280

5280 magazine editor and publisher Daniel Brogan has been elected president of the City and Regional Magazine Association’s (CRMA) board of directors. The national organization represents more than 80 local and regional lifestyle magazines throughout the United States and Canada.



Rebrand of the Week
September 29, 2009, 8:13 pm
Filed under: Marketing

The Wisconsin Tourism Federation held out as long as it could, but the rebrand to the Tourism Federation of Wisconsin was inevitable.



Denver PR Jobs
September 28, 2009, 11:05 am
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are Amelie Company, Remax, Department of Energy, Entercom Denver, Longmont Times-Call, Adrenaline Garage (Winter Park), American Public Health Association (Washington, D.C.), Monster.com (Maynard, Mass.) and the United States Agency for International Development (Afghanistan).



MediaOnTwitter Seeks Volunteer Editors
September 24, 2009, 8:31 pm
Filed under: Social Media

Want to rub shoulders with social media stars such as Brian Solis, Peter Shankman and Melissa Hourigan? Apply to be a volunteer MediaOnTwitter editor. If you are interested, email Melissa Hourigan a 200-word resume.



HuffPo Contributor EfRod Goes Live
September 24, 2009, 10:05 am
Filed under: Social Media

Congratulations to Denver social media guru Ef Rodriguez, who launched his inaugural Huffington Post column this morning.



Picture of the Week
September 23, 2009, 7:27 am
Filed under: Denver

A Denver parking enforcement vehicle, courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Independent.



Rocky’s Milstead Headed to Toronto
September 22, 2009, 3:29 pm
Filed under: Journalism Moves, Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News

Denver’s loss is Toronto’s gain. David Milstead, the talented business and financial columnist for the Rocky Mountain News, has accepted a reporter position with Toronto-based Globe and Mail. Milstead would have been a strong addition to the Denver Post, but his candid coverage of the events surrounding the Rocky’s closing – and the Post’s own less-than-solid financial footing – seemingly cost him that chance.

Here is Milstead’s email announcing the news to friends and colleagues:

From: David Milstead
Date: September 22, 2009 3:44:43 PM MDT
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Milstead update

I will be joining the Globe and Mail, Canada’s Toronto-based national newspaper, as a reporter in its Report On Business section. I’ll be doing something similar to what I did at the Rocky Mountain News – specialty finance coverage. (No column, however.)

The Globe and Mail competes directly with The National Post, which describes itself as a national newspaper, but fails to distribute in some provinces and has suspended publication of its Monday paper. The Toronto Star and The Sun provide local news in the market.

I consider myself fortunate to find a full-time job with benefits with an excellent newspaper that has a serious commitment to business journalism. The Report On Business has about three dozen reporters; the day I interviewed, it was 20 broadsheet pages. All told, the Globe and Mail has more than 300 newsroom employees and circulates about 330,000 copies a day.

My first day will be Nov. 2.

I believed from the beginning that I would face the choice of leaving journalism or leaving Denver, and thought it more likely I’d leave journalism. I had prepared myself for that possibility, and am somewhat shocked to be heading right back into the newspaper business.

It was not our goal or preference to leave Denver, and we will miss all the wonderful people we’ve met in the last eight years. We will keep in touch.



Bawmann Group Lands New Client
September 21, 2009, 5:28 pm
Filed under: Bawmann Group, Wins

The Bawmann Group has been retained by the Colorado Egg Producers for PR, social media, advertising and interactive services.



Denver PR Moves
September 21, 2009, 5:24 pm
Filed under: GBSM, Linhart, PR Moves
  • GBSM has added Becky Karlin as an associate. Karlin formerly served as a senior policy advisor to Gov. Bill Owens on health care, insurance and higher education issues. She also worked in the corporate communications department of Frontier Airlines.
  • The Humane Society of Boulder Valley named Kim Sporrer as director of communications. Sporrer most recently was with Linhart PR.


Denver PR Jobs
September 21, 2009, 5:18 pm
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are Livewell Colorado (two positions), The Children’s Hospital, Clear Channel, Covidien, Local Matters, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Waste Management, Work Options for Women and H&R Block (Kansas City).



Aiello Rep’ing Terror Suspect Lawyer
September 21, 2009, 5:14 pm
Filed under: Aiello, Wins

Arthur Folsom, the lawyer representing Colorado terrorist suspect Najibullah Zazi, hasn’t exactly been knocking the ball out of the park lately (who lets their client voluntarily talk to the FBI only to have them arrested for lying to the FBI a couple of days later?). But brighter days assuredly are on the horizon. Folsom has retained Wendy Aiello of Aiello Public Relations to represent him.

Unfortunately, things so far are not going well for Aiello, who is married to CBS4 GM Walt DeHaven. Since adding Folsom as a client four days ago, Bruce Goldberg at the Denver Business Journal reports she has received a number of threatening and abusive phone calls and emails.



PRSA Colorado Adds Qwest, Jeppesen as Corporate Members
September 17, 2009, 9:16 am
Filed under: PRSA

PRSA Colorado has added nearly 20 new members through new corporate group members Qwest and Jeppesen. Contact PRSA Colorado president Gina Seamans if you want more information about the group memberships.



Denver PR Moves
September 17, 2009, 9:04 am
Filed under: PR Moves
  • Dovetail Solutions named Scott Gossett and Ryan Peacock as managers of client services. Gossett formerly was with Stryker Weiner and Yokota in Hawaii and Peacock formerly was with Metro Mountain Media (a division of MediaNews Group).
  • The Loveland Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center named Nicole Hegg as communications and events manager. Hegg formerly was with VisiTech PR.
  • GroundFloor Media has introduced its new Web site that includes live Twitter and blog post feeds.
  • Dovetail Solutions has unveiled a agency new blog.


Which is Cooler: Column Inches, Impressions or Buzzles?
September 17, 2009, 8:07 am
Filed under: PRSA

When I worked at the data and Internet division of US West, I was always annoyed that they let the engineers name everything. Inevitably, products had names like Integrated Services Digital Network, Digital Subscriber Line and Asynchronous Transfer Mode. The only thing marketing could do at that point was to start using the acronyms: ISDN, DSL and ATM.

Anyway, the tide is turning. PRSA is on a quest to develop a unit of measurement for what it is we do in public relations, so presumably we will get to name it. In fact, in the spirit of true public relations, I think we should just name the unit of measurement and not bother figuring out what it quantifies. After all, we’ll probably just change that on a client-by-client basis to reflect best on our campaigns.

So if you have a suggestion, preferably something catchy like “buzzles” (as in, “Our last campaign generated 246,500 buzzles”), call Colorado PRSA President Gina Seamans at home post a comment on the PRSA blog.



Great Moments in Journalism XX
September 17, 2009, 7:44 am
Filed under: TV News

If you are at work, you’ll want to turn your speakers down for this one. And check out the female co-anchor’s eyes after he utters the magic phrase.



Media on Twitter
September 15, 2009, 8:09 am
Filed under: Social Media, Twitter

That community college-loving Sara Evans can try to take full credit for the Media on Twitter database, but we all know that it is a collaborative effort among Brian Solis, Peter Shankman, Sara and Denver’s own Melissa Hourigan and Ed Dunigan.



2009 Denver Gridiron Dinner Set for Oct. 23
September 15, 2009, 8:02 am
Filed under: Denver Press Club, Events

What do Mayor Hickenlooper, Reggie Rivers, Cynthia Hessin, Fred Brown, Gregg Moss, Steve Saunders, former Gov. Owens, Bruce Goldberg, Andrew Hudson, Neil Westergaard, Tom Clark and I have in common? If you guessed something to do with the federal investigation into the Denver Players prostitute ring, well, I can neither confirm nor deny that. But I can confirm that we will all be at the Denver Press Club’s annual Gridiron Show on Friday, Oct. 23.

Click here for more information.



KMGH’s Trujillo Celebrates 25 Years
September 15, 2009, 7:41 am
Filed under: KMGH, TV News

Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post gives KMGH/Channel 7 anchor Anne Trujillo the kiss of death by writing a congratulatory 25th anniversary article. In this devolving media environment, 25 is about the average age of anchors, not the length of time they’ve been at your station.



Pro Bono PR Opportunity of the Week
September 15, 2009, 7:30 am
Filed under: Social Media, Twitter

Teach Colorado Republicans how Twitter works (specifically that people can see your tweets even if they don’t “follow” you), and how open communication can be a good thing, even if not everyone agrees with you.



Denver PR Jobs
September 14, 2009, 10:18 am
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are the Dumb Friends League, John A. Jenson LLC, DRCOG, Level 3 (intern position), Evercare Hospice, Work Options for Women, NREL, Teletech and Colorado State Forest Service (Fort Collins).



A PR Marriage Made in Heaven
September 14, 2009, 8:07 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Who says water doesn’t find its own level? Today’s PR marriage made in heaven: drunk SUV jockey Lizzie Grubman and prostitute-loving ShamWow pitchman Vince Shlomi.



GroundFloor Lands 2009 Colorado Fall Home Show
September 13, 2009, 4:32 pm
Filed under: GroundFloor Media, Wins

The Colorado Fall Home Show has selected GroundFloor Media to lead its public relations programs for its 2009 event. GroundFloor will conduct media relations and social media campaigns to raise awareness of the organization and its 2009 event.



Denver PR Events
September 10, 2009, 2:31 pm
Filed under: Events

PRSA ‘Something to Tweet About’
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009
Click here for details

Ignite Boulder 6
6 – 10 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009
Click here for details

Asian Pacific Development Center Gala featuring Denver author Rick Reilly
6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9, 2009
Click here for details

PRSA Colorado Chapter Retreat Featuring Dana Perino
8:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 16, 2009
Click here for details



104 West’s Marshall Named to CU Advisory Board
September 10, 2009, 2:18 pm
Filed under: 104 West, CU Boulder

Congratulations to 104 West’s Kathryn Marshall, who has been named to the advisory board of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The Board is an all-volunteer group dedicated to helping the school in its commitment to providing a quality education, creating and disseminating knowledge and supporting the economic drivers of the region, state and nation.



Denver PR Jobs
September 10, 2009, 2:13 pm
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are 5280 Magazine, The Children’s Hospital, Texas de Brazil, Rocky Mountain PBS, Kiewit Building Group, MMG Mardiks, Grace Dickerson, One Earth Foundation/Colorado & Santa Fe Real Estate Company, Care and Share (Pueblo), Columbia College, Fire and Police Pension Association, Lexis Nexis, State Bar of Arizona and the UN Foundation (Washington D.C.).



Traction’s Hamling Named ‘Outstanding Woman in Business’
September 8, 2009, 9:31 am
Filed under: Awards

Congratulations to Traction Communications’ Kirtsen Hamling, who was named an “Outstanding Woman in Business” by the Denver Business Journal in its communications category.



‘Ladies Who Launch’ Award Nominations
September 8, 2009, 9:27 am
Filed under: Awards

The Colorado chapter of “Ladies Who Launch” is accepting nominations for its First Annual Leading Lady Awards recognizing Colorado’s women entrepreneurs. Nominations will be accepted through October 16. Details are here.



Dovetail Invites Friends to Annual ‘Day of Service’
September 8, 2009, 9:23 am
Filed under: Dovetail

Dovetail Solutions is inviting its employees, vendors, clients and friends to join the firm at its annual service day on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. Email Emily Holleran for details and to RSVP.



Dana Lauren Berry Launches Her Own PR Firm
September 8, 2009, 9:18 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Dana Lauren Berry, formerly a Denver Post reporter and assistant press secretary to Colorado Gov. Bill Owens, has launched Dana Lauren PR, a boutique public relations firm focusing on the hospitality and lifestyle industries, including hotels, restaurants, spas, retailers and luxury developments.



SE2 Lands CORHIO
September 8, 2009, 9:12 am
Filed under: SE2, Wins

Colorado-based public policy and issues firm SE2 has added the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) as a client. CORHIO works to improve the health care of all Coloradans by facilitating the state’s efforts to harness technology that will allow health care providers across the state to securely share patient information.



Dovetail Solutions Lands Three New Clients
September 8, 2009, 8:43 am
Filed under: Dovetail, Wins

Dovetail Solutions has added CBIZ, High Sierra Water Services and McDonald Automotive Group as clients.



Social Media Stat of the Day
September 3, 2009, 6:59 am
Filed under: Social Media

75 percent of women surveyed say that social networking sites do not influence what they buy.



Happy Birthday, GroundFloor Media
September 2, 2009, 6:03 pm
Filed under: GroundFloor Media

Congratulations to Laura Love and the crew at GroundFloor Media, who are celebrating the agency’s 8th birthday today.



Denver PR Moves
September 2, 2009, 1:20 pm
Filed under: GroundFloor Media, Journalism Moves, PR Moves
  • Jim Licko has joined GroundFloor Media as a senior public relations manager. Licko formerly was with Pete Webb Public Relations.
  • Former Rocky Mountain News business columnist Joanne Kelley has been named executive director of the Colorado Association of Funders.
  • Former CBS4 reporter Karlyn Tilley has been named the City of Golden’s communications manager.


With Ad Agencies Like These, Who Needs Enemies?
September 2, 2009, 6:45 am
Filed under: Advertising

The World Wildlife Fund is learning the hard way what happens when you pick an advertising agency more interested in winning awards than serving your needs.

UPDATE: The Denver Egotist has a link to a minute-long television commercial based on the same concept.

SECOND UPDATE: WWF and DDB Brasil now say the ad was approved by “inexperienced” executives on both sides, and that the ad ran once in a small Sao Paulo newspaper. We all  know that mistakes hurt but that it is the cover-ups that kill you, so we’ll see how long this story lasts.



Cover Shot Coverage Continues for Denver Magazine
September 1, 2009, 7:52 am
Filed under: Denver Magazine, Denver Post, Fox31

On the heels of Denver Magazine’s controversial cover shot of Fox31 anchors Libby Weaver and Natalie Tysdal, the Denver Post profiles the magazine’s CEO, publisher and editor Michael Ledwitz.




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