They say suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem, and in that spirit let us remember that it was two years ago today that Scripps pulled the plug on the Rocky Mountain News. In that moment, 150 years of scrappy journalism was abandoned, hundreds of talented journalists and production staff suddenly were without jobs and Denver was left with one less important community voice.
Here is a behind-the-scenes look at how Scripps’ decision played out in the newsroom.
Filed under: Wins
Pure Brand Communications has hired Drew Kramer, formerly of InterMountain Corporate Affairs. Kramer will continue to be involved in public affairs consulting, as well as working with Pure’s other clients.
Filed under: Public Relations
… and other public relations observations from a New York restaurateur.
Filed under: Crisis Communications
Why are unions in Wisconsin – and nationwide – so vulnerable? Because they lost the public relations battle years ago.
Many strategists and even some labor officials argue that the genuine passion and emotion being felt and displayed on the ground in Wisconsin is obscuring a central problem: Unions still haven’t figured out even a semblance of an effective PR strategy.
The 9/11 Freedom Rally is looking for pro bono support to help it with messaging and media outreach. The group is a nonprofit organization that is trying “to reclaim the date of September 11 each year as a time of honoring and helping instead of just mourning.” Sponsors include Best Buy, Harley-Davidson, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and American Family Insurance, among others. Email the planning committee or Randy Blauvelt if you are interested.
Filed under: Colorado Public Readio
Colorado Public Radio (CPR) hired award-winning journalist Pat Mack as a reporter and producer for its daily interview program, “Colorado Matters.” Mack previously was with South Dakota Public Radio, and prior to that served as health affairs communications coordinator for the University of South Dakota’s Sanford School of Medicine and School of Health Sciences. Mack received two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for his feature stories and production work.