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PRSA Colorado Luncheon to Feature #journchat’s Sarah Evans
March 30, 2010, 8:26 pm
Filed under: Events, PRSA

Public relations and new media consultant Sarah Evans — the founder of #journchat who is one of Forbes’s 14 Power Women to Follow on Twitter — is the speaker at this month’s PRSA Colorado luncheon on Wednesday, April 21.

Evans will share successful ways to create online media relationships and shed light on balancing social media with traditional PR tactics, including:

• What motivates both local and national journalists in the online world.
• How to define online media targets and objectives.
• How to pitch in 140 characters or less.
• Time management tricks to help you manage the growing number of tools at your disposal.

Click here to register or for more information.



Great Moments in Journalism XXVI
March 30, 2010, 7:31 pm
Filed under: New York Times, TV News

Ahhhh, Russia. It is so quaint how you are always 30 60 years behind us. If you were watching cable news here in the states on Monday morning, it was nearly impossible to avoid updates on the Moscow subway bombing. In Russia, not so much. As the New York Times reported, “Channel 1, a main government station, reported briefly on the attacks at 8:30 a.m., a half-hour after the first blast, but did not mention them again until noon.”

Why?, you may ask. Because, according to Channel 1′s Larisa L. Krymova, updates were unnecessary: “The majority of people who are not journalists leave the house before 9 in the morning. After that, the majority of people who watch TV are housewives.”



Get Ink PR Opens Denver Office
March 30, 2010, 6:34 am
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations

Get Ink Public Relations, a Miami-based agency representing hospitality and lifestyle clients, has opened a Denver office. The agency was founded by CU-Boulder grad Ellen Marchman, who previously worked in Mayor Wellington Webb’s administration.



Growth Continues at GroundFloor
March 30, 2010, 6:30 am
Filed under: GroundFloor Media, PR Moves

GroundFloor Media has added Alexis Anzalone as social media/public relations manager and Kimmie Greene as senior public relations manager. Anzalone formerly worked at Formula PR in San Diego, where she managed both traditional and social media programs. Greene’s background includes Level 3 Communications, where she managed media and analyst relations for new product launches, network expansions, financial earnings and corporate acquisitions.



Denver PR Jobs
March 29, 2010, 9:44 am
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are the Denver Public Schools Foundation, Harris Corporation, JBS, the Stapleton Foundation and Vail Resorts.



2009 PR Salaries Down; Tiger Fatigue; Social Media Tips
March 29, 2010, 7:08 am
Filed under: Crisis Communications, Salaries, Social Media


A Celebration of Don Cannalte
March 25, 2010, 1:14 pm
Filed under: Events, Johnston Wells

Friends and family of Denver public relations executive Don Cannalte – including his wife Gwin Johnston – “gathered Wednesday on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora to fete him for ’50 years of leadership and dedication to the public-relations profession.’” Penny Parker at the Denver Post has the details.



Post Profiles JohnstonWells
March 25, 2010, 1:07 pm
Filed under: Denver Post, Johnston Wells

JohnstonWells was among several companies the Denver Post profiled today who use technology to help employees stay productive during snow days.



Vladimir Jones Adds Number of Clients
March 24, 2010, 7:54 am
Filed under: Vladimir Jones, Wins

Integrated marketing, advertising, communications and insight agency Vladimir Jones added a number of clients representing more than $5.5 million in new billings. Among the new clients are Mercy Housing, Centura Health, Colorado Governor’s Energy Office, St. Julien Hotel & Spa, Bestway Disposal and The Kempe Foundation.



CHA Appoints VP of Communications
March 24, 2010, 7:48 am
Filed under: PR Moves

The Colorado Hospital Association has named Ron Zwerin vice president of communications. Zwerin formerly was with CSG|PR and SE2, and was an anchor and reporter at FOX31 and 9News.



More Changes at JohnstonWells
March 24, 2010, 7:34 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells, PR Moves

The evolution of JohnstonWells continues. Over the past few months, the agency has seen the return of Gwin Johnston as CEO and Michele Wells as a senior consultant, and now word comes that Gina Seamans and Lee Bley are leaving.

Seamans, who joined the firm in 2007 when it acquired her smaller agency Accent PR, says she is heading into semi-retirement, although she will still be involved in PRSA Colorado and may do some consulting. Bley, meanwhile, is headed to Washington, D.C., to work for WeddingWire.



Turner PR Adds Travel Clients
March 22, 2010, 5:47 pm
Filed under: Turner PR, Wins

Luxury travel, real estate and consumer agency Turner PR has added Mexico’s Riviera Maya Destination Marketing Office and the Estes Park Convention & Visitors Bureau to its client list. The Turner PR team will provide strategic media relations programs and social media counsel to both clients.



Tweet of the Week
March 22, 2010, 9:27 am
Filed under: Twitter

From Mark Cuban, who apparently is unhappy with his current PR firm.

(Hat tip: PRNewser)



Brand Iron Adds Brand Manager
March 20, 2010, 1:58 pm
Filed under: Brand Iron, PR Moves

Brand Iron has named Abbey O’Neal as its newest brand manager. In this role, O’Neal will provide day-to-day account management for a range of clients. O’Neal joins the firm after serving as an account executive with Porter Novelli in its Boston office. Prior to this, she held a position with Schenkein, where she led and supported a number of local and national accounts.



Cynthia Hessin vs. a Fat, Drunk Guy
March 17, 2010, 5:28 pm
Filed under: KMGH

Here’s a St. Patrick’s Day tip: if you are going to drunkenly grope a KMGH/Channel 7 reporter, don’t do it during a live shot. Your mom might be watching.



Job Hunting 101
March 16, 2010, 3:17 pm
Filed under: Jobs, Xstatic

If you are a public relations student looking for a job, check out Xstatic PR’s blog post, “Job Hunting 101.



5280 Nominated for Multiple Awards
March 15, 2010, 12:05 pm
Filed under: 5280, Awards

As publisher Dan Brogan noted, last week was a great one for 5280. The magazine was named again as a finalist for a National Magazine Award and was nominated for five awards from the City and Regional Magazine Association.

The National Magazine Award nod went to “Low on O2,” 5280′s in-depth look at the often-misunderstood effects of living at high altitude, which appeared in the October 2009 issue and was written by staffers Lindsey B. Koehler and Natasha Gardner.

The nominees for the City and Regional Magazine Association awards are:

  • Writer of the Year: Robert Sanchez
  • Photo Essay: “The Forgotten Plains,” by Jefferson Panis
  • Reader Service: “Snow Business,” by Lindsey B. Koehler, Natasha Gardner, Patrick Doyle, Julie Dugdale, Geoff Van Dyke, Corey H. Jones
  • E-Newsletter: “Table Talk,” by Amanda Faison
  • Community Service Project: “Single in the City Event”



Dovetail Adds Univ. of Colorado Hospital as Client
March 15, 2010, 10:47 am
Filed under: Dovetail, Wins

Dovetail Solutions has added University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) to its client roster. Dovetail will “develop strategic community investment within UCH, as well as media relations and public relations activities on behalf the academic hospital.” UCH, located on the Anschutz Medical Campus, is the region’s only academic hospital and consistently ranks among the top hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report.



Cohn Wins Several Awards
March 15, 2010, 10:43 am
Filed under: Awards, Cohn Marketing

Congratulations to Cohn Marketing, which nabbed three silver awards and one gold at the annual MAXI Awards, the shopping center industry’s highest marketing honor. Cohn also picked up a 2010 REBRAND 100 Global Award for is rebranding work with client Seattle Fish Company.



Denver PR Jobs
March 15, 2010, 10:34 am
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are Webb PR, Acme Manufacturing, Brewer’s Association, Charter Communications, Denver Water, Evergreen Newspapers, Hitachi Consulting, Lockton Corp., Newmont Mining, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (New York City), Archer Daniels Midland Company (Decatur, Ill.), and Maker’s Mark (Loretto, Ky.).



Free Interactive Marketing Seminar for Non-profits
March 12, 2010, 1:06 pm
Filed under: Events

Denver-based interactive marketing agency Location3 Media is hosting a free educational seminar for local non-profits in May. The three-hour workshop will help non-profits learn how to use paid and organic search, social media and web analytics to gain exposure, donations and volunteers. The event is limited to 50 individuals. More information is available here.



Mobile Marketing Webinar to Feature Volume PR’s Robinson
March 12, 2010, 12:58 pm
Filed under: VolumePR

Elizabeth Robinson of Denver-based Volume PR will be one of the speakers at Bulldog Reporter’s “3G PR: Mobile Marketing Secrets” Webinar at 11 am MDT on Thursday, March 18. Click here for more details.



Breakfast at Snooze
March 12, 2010, 10:25 am
Filed under: PRSA, Pure Brand

Larry Holdren and the good folks at Pure formally invite you to join PRSA’s annualish “Breakfast at Snooze” on Wednesday, March 24. Seating is limited, so register right away.



Funeral Details for Joe Fuentes
March 11, 2010, 9:22 am
Filed under: Obit

A Christian burial mass for Joe Fuentes will be held on Monday, March 15, at 2 p.m. at Mount Olivet Chapel. If you are so inclined, donations can be made in Joe’s name to Samaritan House (2301 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80205).

(Update: Here is a link to Joe’s obituary in the Denver Post)



InView Adds Freight Client
March 11, 2010, 7:09 am
Filed under: InView Communications, Wins

InView Communications has been named the communications agency of record by Craters & Freighters, a national leader in specialty freight solutions. InView (formerly SSA Public Relations) will deliver strategic national, trade and local communications programs to support Craters & Freighters’ 20th anniversary.



DPC Names P.J. O’Rourke Winner of 2010 Damon Runyon Award
March 11, 2010, 7:07 am
Filed under: Awards, Denver Press Club

I don’t know how Bruce Goldberg and the Denver Press Club does it year after year, but they have once again landed an impressive honoree for the DPC’s annual Damon Runyon award. This year’s winner is author and political satirist P.J. O’Rourke, who will be feted at a banquet in his honor on Friday, April 9, at the Denver Marriott City Center . Tickets are $100, or $80 for members of the DPC and PRSA Colorado (click here for tickets).

O’Rourke is the latest A-list winner of the award, and follows the likes of Jimmy Breslin, Mike Royko, Molly Ivins, Herb Caen, Pete Hamill, Ted Turner, Maureen Dowd, Tom Brokaw, David Halberstam, Ed Bradley, Carl Hiaasen, Seymour Hersh, George Will, Bob Costas, Tim Russert and last year’s winner, Rick Reilly.



Great Moments in Brand Failures
March 11, 2010, 7:06 am
Filed under: Advertising

(Hat tip: Andrew Sullivan)



Denver PR Moves
March 11, 2010, 6:55 am
Filed under: PR Moves, Weise


Weise Adds New Client
March 11, 2010, 6:31 am
Filed under: Weise, Wins

Weise Communications added Birmingham, Ala.-based Messerschmidt Safety Consulting (MSC) to its client roster. MSC provides traffic safety and forensic analysis, emergency response, and Motor Carrier Safety and Compliance consulting throughout the Southeastern U.S., as well as consulting and training services nationwide. Weise will manage public relations, media relations, marketing, branding and social media initiatives for the company.



In Memoriam
March 10, 2010, 9:41 am
Filed under: Obit

Today is a sad, sad day for Denver’s media and public relations communities. Joe Fuentes lost his battle with cancer last night.



104 West Adds Two Clients
March 10, 2010, 6:41 am
Filed under: 104 West, Wins

104 West Partners announced that is has added Mocapay and Intermap’s AccuTerra to its client roster. Boulder-based Mocapay offers a mobile wallet service that lets customers make payments with their gift and loyalty cards using their cell phone, and Englewood-based AccuTerra offers iPhone-based information ranging from mapping content to videos, educational content to 3D views of outdoor off-road recreation areas.



Kinkennon: ‘Hey, Smart PR Pro, Your Resume Stinks’
March 10, 2010, 6:34 am
Filed under: Jobs

Shane Kinkennon of Kinkennon Communications offers public relations job hunters three tips to improve a weak resume.



A Tribute to Joe Fuentes
March 9, 2010, 3:23 pm
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations

Doyle Albee at Metzger has written a moving tribute to his mentor and our friend Joe Fuentes, who is in a tough, tough battle with cancer. Chances are that you know – and love – Joe. He is a Denver media and public relations institution, having worked at the Rocky Mountain News, Coors, StorageTek and Xcel Energy, among others, over the course of his career. Joe was part of my communications team at StorageTek, and I was lucky to have him. I had never seen someone who so effectively combined charm and tenacity (and occasionally sheer stubbornness) to accomplish almost anything he put his mind to.

I had lunch with Joe shortly before his diagnosis, and he talked proudly about his kids and grandkids, about weddings and births, and vacations he loved taking with his wife Chris. He may be a great public relations practitioner, but he is an even better family man. Life can be cruel, and that someone as good and caring as Joe has cancer is proof of that.

You can send Joe a card at 10605 Osceola Loop, Westminster, CO 80031.



GroundFloor Promotes Licko, Moynihan
March 9, 2010, 12:00 pm
Filed under: GroundFloor Media, PR Moves

GroundFloor Media has promoted Jim Licko and Amy Moynihan to account directors. Licko and Moynihan will work closely with president Laura Love and VP/managing partner Ramonna Tooley to manage and oversee client accounts.



JohnstonWells Lands E&Y Entrepreneur Awards
March 9, 2010, 6:06 am
Filed under: Awards, Johnston Wells, LeGrand Hart

JohnstonWells has been named the public relations partner for the Rocky Mountain region of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year program. Public relations support for E&Y’s awards program was formerly handled by LeGrand Hart.



Weise Seeks AE
March 8, 2010, 4:22 pm
Filed under: Jobs, Weise

Weise Communications is looking for an Account Executive (minimum of five years of experience). Details are here.



Linhart Edges GroundFloor in 2009 Net Fees
March 8, 2010, 2:20 pm
Filed under: Catapult, GroundFloor Media, Linhart

Jack O’Dwyer may think he is clever by removing agencies that don’t pay him enough from his agency rankings, but I’m going to one up him. From now on, every time I mention an agency – regardless of whether they want me to – I am sending them an invoice for $50. Be warned.

And if you are interested in knowing where local agencies placed on the O’Dwyer’s list released today, here they are:

• 67 – Linhart PR – $2,760,555 – Down 3.7% from last year
• 72 – GroundFloor Media – $2,607,370 – Up 5.3% from last year
• 118 – Catapult IR/PR – $834,397 – Down 5.9% from last year

(Ka-ching. I just made $150.)



GBSM Seeks Entry-level PR Staffer
March 8, 2010, 1:19 pm
Filed under: GBSM, Jobs

GBSM is seeking “an exceptional professional to serve as senior executive assistant for our growing corporate communications, public relations and crisis management practice. The position requires one or two years experience in a PR agency, consulting firm or communications department. You must have absolutely superb organizational, administrative, research and project management skills. Responsibilities include all facets of principal support, scheduling, research and assessment, materials creation, contact management, social networking, conferences and events, distribution, community outreach, media relations, reporting and other areas.”

For consideration, send resume with cover letter directly to Steven Silvers at stevensilvers@gbsm.com. Put “Attn: New Staff Position” in the email subject line.



Denver PR Jobs
March 8, 2010, 12:40 pm
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are GH Phipps, TriZetto, Town of Frederick, Yampa Valley Medical Center (Steamboat Springs), Promo Communications (Aspen), Collective Brands (Topeka, Kans.) and the University of Phoenix Alumni Association (Phoenix, Ariz.).



Boyden to Join Vail Resorts
March 8, 2010, 6:33 am
Filed under: Cactus, PR Moves

If you’ve been hitting up Cactus’ Ashley Boyden for free lottery tickets, you’ll need to switch to hitting her up for free lift tickets. Boyden has left Cactus (which represents the Colorado Lottery) to join Vail Resorts, where she will lead the company’s internal communications programs.



Post’s Svaldi Wins SABEW Award
March 5, 2010, 7:26 am
Filed under: Awards, Denver Post

I have been tough on Denver Post business reporter Aldo Svaldi in the past for what must be the toughest job in town – reporting on the financials of your own paper. But today Svaldi deserves congratulations for his Society of American Business Editors and Writers award for best investigative project for large publications. Svaldi, along with colleague Miles Moffeit, won for their story investigating how state and federal regulator mistakes allowed Greeley’s New Frontier Bank to fail.



Could More ‘Cougar’ Stories Have Saved the Rocky?
March 4, 2010, 8:25 am
Filed under: journalism, SE2

SE2′s Eric Anderson has seen the future of journalism, and it includes female submission wrestlers.



Dovetail Adds Marketing Coordinator
March 3, 2010, 6:21 am
Filed under: Dovetail, PR Moves

Dovetail Solutions has added CJ Powell as marketing coordinator. Powell formerly was with Schenkein and worked as a reporter for The Daily Camera and the Colorado Daily in Boulder.



Denver Agency Wins
March 3, 2010, 6:19 am
Filed under: Cactus, Wins
  • Group Voyagers, Inc. has selected Cactus to grow its family of brands including Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Avalon Waterways through integrated advertising, branding, design, digital, media, print and production services.
  • Denver-based sustainable marketing firm Hughes & Stuart has won projects with Tetra Tech and New Image Dental Implant Center.


SE2 Adds Two Associates
March 2, 2010, 8:16 pm
Filed under: PR Moves, SE2

Public issues, policy and social marketing firm SE2 has added Jill Hamilton and Laura Giocomo as associates. Hamilton previously worked in development and communications with the Dalit Freedom Network and Giocomo most recently served as the director of scheduling for Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.



Chohan to Leave CBS4
March 1, 2010, 6:00 pm
Filed under: Journalism Moves, KCNC

CBS4 general assignment reporter Raj Chohan is leaving the station to become a lawyer, according to Colorado Pols. Chohan will earn his J.D. degree from the University of Denver in May, and will join an as-yet unnamed national law firm’s Denver office. He also will continue to host Colorado Inside Out, KBDI/Channel 12′s weekly public affairs show.



Denver PR Jobs
March 1, 2010, 10:47 am
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are Weise Communications, Boulder County, Colorado Health Foundation, Colorado Public Radio, Department of Veterans Affairs, ICF, National Cattleman’s Beef Association, NREL, University Physicians, International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse, FAA (Washington, D.C.), United States Agency for International Development (Washington, D.C.), Urban Land Institute (Washington, D.C.) and World Vision (Port-au-Prince, Haiti).




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