Denver PR Blog

Denver Post Buyout Update
November 30, 2011, 8:40 am
Filed under: Denver Post

The list of Denver Post employees who have accepted the paper’s buyout offer has started to trickle out is out:

  • Religion reporter (and obituary specialist) Virginia Culver
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Mike Keefe
  • Gossip columnist Bill Husted
  • Managing editor Jeanette Chavez
  • Theater critic John Moore
  • Fina arts critic Kyle MacMillan
  • Librarian Jan Torpy
  • Don Russell
  • Lifestyles reporter Sheba Wheeler
  • Sportswriter Natalie Meisler
  • Senior editorial assistant Pete Names
  • Designer Jackie Feldman
  • Information graphic designer Jonathan Moreno
  • Copy desk chief Joe Hudson
  • Robert Smith
  • Feature design director Jim Carr
  • Denver Newspaper Agency (reprints) Joyce Anderson
  • Photographer John Prieto
  • Reporter Jeff Leib
Update: The Denver Business Journal reports that 19 Denver Post staffers accepted a buyout.

Update II: Michael Roberts at Westword has the complete list of the 19 staffers who are leaving, and offers some perspective on what their departures might mean for the Post.

Jackson Hole Selects Cactus as AOR
November 29, 2011, 8:19 am
Filed under: Wins

The Jackson Hole (Wyo.) Travel and Tourism Joint Power Board has named Cactus as its agency of record. A $1.2 million budget will support public relations, social media, and print, digital, outdoor and radio advertising.

Denver PR Jobs
November 28, 2011, 2:30 pm
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, the City of Boulder, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce (unpaid intern), FCC Services, Financial Planning Standards Board, Medtronic Navigation, Oncure Medical Corp., Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, PlanSource, Rally Software, St. Julien Hotel and Spa, The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Western Union, NANA Development (Colorado Springs) and the Weld County District Attorney’s Office (Greeley).

Neenan Company Selects Dovetail for Crisis Work
November 28, 2011, 2:25 pm
Filed under: Dovetail, Wins

dovetail solutions has been retained for a crisis project by Fort Collins-based construction firm The Neenan Company.

Denver Post Says Goodbye to Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonist
November 28, 2011, 8:40 am
Filed under: Denver Post

Denver Post editorial page editor Curtis Hubbard offers his farewell to Mike Keefe, the Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist who, after 36 years and more than 8,000 cartoons with the paper, accepted a buyout.

Lies, Damned Lies, And Statistics
November 28, 2011, 8:35 am
Filed under: Denver Post, Economic News

The Denver Post has crunched the (Arizona Republic’s) numbers, and only Austin, Texas, ranks better than Denver among peer cities when it comes to economic indicators. So if you feel like we are in a recession, it must be your imagination.

Another Sad Reality of Fewer Column Inches
November 28, 2011, 8:20 am
Filed under: Denver Post, Obit

One of the sad realities of newspapers continually cutting back the column inches they publish every day is the loss of some of the traditional services they provided, including obituaries. Many of you may know Don Shook, who prior to moving to Las Vegas spent 27 years in Denver with Channel 4, Coors and the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. His wife, Maggie, passed away last month and Don was shocked to find that the Post wanted $1,600 to publish her obituary. Don fired off the letter below to the Post, but has yet to see it published or receive a response.

Dear Editor:

My wife of 37 years just got her dying wish, thanks to The Denver Post.  Maggie passed away last week in our Las Vegas home after many years of pain and suffering. She made it absolutely clear that she wanted NO obituary notices; however, after 25 years of living in Golden, I was willing to risk her wrath on “the other shore” to share news of her passing with our considerable number of friends along the Front Range. She will indeed get her wish regarding your newspaper.

I built a modest obituary into the paper’s template, along with a recent photo that captures her nicely.  To run it three days would be just under $1,600.  Does The Denver Post expect me to singlehandedly save the organization from financial doom? With the recent news of yet morestaff reductions being sought, is the newspaper hoping to stave off closure of its daily publication by capitalizing on people at such a moment of profound grief?

Given your apparent lack of feeling for the community you purport to serve, perhaps the time may come when we all read of the Post’s own obituary. For the sake of your many fine employees, I hope not.

Donald Shook

There will be a memorial for Maggie next summer in Golden. If you are interested in reconnecting with Don, you can reach him through his PR firm in Las Vegas.

Great Moments in Journalism XXXVI
November 26, 2011, 4:33 pm
Filed under: journalism

Calling ESPN “journalism” may be a bit of a stretch, but it wins a “Great Moment” award for taking the time to create a Wisconsin graphic that actually features Minnesota. (Hat tip: Darren Rovelle)

Deborah Sherman Leaves 9News
November 21, 2011, 7:04 am
Filed under: KUSA

9News and investigative reporter Deborah Sherman have parted ways, and details are sketchy. Sherman broke her share of stories for the station over the past decade, but it was her involvement in Hampersgate that gave her the most attention.

Bawmann Hires One, Wins Several
November 18, 2011, 8:44 am
Filed under: Bawmann Group, Jobs, Wins

Things are hopping at The Bawmann Group. The firm announced it has been retained by the Centers for Health and Public Safety, Kaiser Permanente-Colorado and the College for Financial Planning to provide a variety of marketing and public relations services such as web development, advertising campaign development, social media strategy and community outreach. TBG also was awarded a new contract by the State of Colorado to manage advertising and PR for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program.

Additionally, TBG has added Kelly Heavey as account executive. Heavey is a University of Kansas graduate and most recently handled social media and public relations for the sustainability grant under the direction of the mayor of Lincoln, Neb.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Names GroundFloor AOR
November 17, 2011, 1:55 pm
Filed under: GroundFloor Media, Wins

GroundFloor Media has been named agency of record by Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, a self-serve, choose-your-own-toppings frozen dessert chain. GFM will provide strategic planning, traditional and social media strategy and execution.

RIP LeGrand Hart
November 17, 2011, 1:33 pm
Filed under: LeGrand Hart, Obit

Denver public relations agency LeGrand Hart appears to have shut its doors for good. The news is surprising since the firm ranked second in revenue in the Denver Business Journal’s 2007-2008 Book of Lists ($2.70 million in revenue). But it was second only to Schenkein ($2.72 million in revenue), so maybe we should expect the unexpected.

For old time’s sake, here is the ranking of agencies that appeared in 2007-2008, the last time the DBJ ranked public relations firms:

1. Schenkein ($2.72 million)
2. LeGrand Hart ($2.70 million)
3. JohnstonWells ($2.65 million)
4. PRACO/Vladimir Jones ($2.51 million)
5. MGA ($2.29 million)
6. Pure Brand ($2.13 million)
7. GroundFloor Media ($2.10 million)
8. Linhart ($2.09 million)
9. CTA Integrated ($1.86 million)
10. Turner PR ($1.65 million)
11. CLS ($1.56 million)
12. 104 West ($1.51 million)
13. Webb PR ($1.35 million)
14. Bawmann Group ($1.28 million)
15. Metzger ($1.10 million)
16. VisiTech ($1.10 million)
17. LawsComm ($1.07 million)
18. InterMountain ($1.05 million)
19. Catapult ($0.92 million)
20. Corporate Advocates ($0.83 million)
21. Volume PR ($0.83 million)
22. SJI Ltd. ($0.75 million)
23. October Strategies ($0.74 million)
24. Aiello PR ($0.70 million)
25. Capitol Solutions ($0.69 million)

Sander Resigns from Sports Board Following Gambling Allegations
November 17, 2011, 10:18 am
Filed under: Denver

The high-end gambling ring that took down Denver Post sports columnist/reporter Jim Armstrong has claimed (partly) another victim: Steve Sander. Sander has resigned his seat on the Metro Denver Sports Commission board to “to prevent any misperceptions about the organization” that could arise from his name being linked to the gambling ring.

Sander also serves as director of strategic marketing for Denver, and a city spokeswoman told the Post that he will be allowed to complete the term of his contract that expires at the end of this year.

Yost Launches Fyn PR in Fort Collins
November 17, 2011, 8:58 am
Filed under: Fort Collins, Public Relations

Nicole Yost has launched Fyn (pronounced fine) Public Relations, a full-service public relations agency based on Fort Collins. Fyn PR is the agency of record for the Loveland Chamber of CommerceMidtown Arts Center, Backbone Gourmet Grub & BrewhousePerfect Square and Fred’s Used Websites. It also manages PR for several project clients as well, including the upcoming Snow Sculpture in the Dark event put on by Engaging Loveland.

Penn State Selects Ketchum for Crisis Work
November 16, 2011, 8:26 am
Filed under: Crisis Communications

Hard to believe, but apparently Penn State’s (lack of) response to its child sex abuse crisis is being guided by Ketchum. According to Ad Age, Ketchum was retained on Nov. 6, the day after former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was arrested.

9News’ Christiansen Named Co-anchor of 9 pm Slot
November 15, 2011, 4:06 pm
Filed under: KUSA

9News officially tapped Kim Christiansen to co-anchor its weeknight 9 p.m. newscast with Kyle Clark. Christiansen replaces Bazi Kanani, who has taken a job with ABC News in Nairobi, Kenya.

Denver PR Jobs
November 14, 2011, 1:08 pm
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are the Colorado Dental Association, Colorado State University, Colorado Symphony, Linhart Public Relations, National MS Society (Colorado-Wyoming Chapter), Peak Vista Community Health Centers, the Town of Parker (Colorado) and the Roswell (N.M.) Daily Record.

‘Two Top Marketing’ Targets Denver Restaurants
November 14, 2011, 1:04 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Lance Myers has launched Two Top Marketing, a hyphen-averse marketing firm that specializes in Denver food-and-beverage clients. Services include website development, social media and strategic consultation.

Hits to Traction Communications’ Hamling Keep Coming
November 11, 2011, 4:45 pm
Filed under: Crisis Communications

The hits to Traction Communications’ Kirsten Hamling keep coming. KMGH/Channel 7 has an update on a story CBS4 broke about Hamling’s alleged theft of money intended for The Children’s Hospital. According to KMGH’s Lance Hernandez, “the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation has issued a cease-and-desist order” against her organization, Fired Up For Kids. And sources indicate that the amount of the alleged theft is at least $50,000.

Additionally, Hernandez talked to a firefighter who appeared in the calendar who says he is “betrayed and hurt that all calendar money may not have gone to burn victims.”

UPDATE: CBS4 News Director Tim Wieland says that no cease-and-desist order has been filed, but that future calendar sales and events are on hold pending an investigation. And according to the Denver Post, TCH has asked the calendar maker to stop using its name until that independent investigation is completed.

Barnhart Hires Three
November 11, 2011, 8:58 am
Filed under: Barnhart, Jobs

Barnhart Communications has added three new staff members: Phil Metz as Director of Digital Services/Account Director, Adam Nelson as Art Director, and Lynda Pfaff as Media Director.

KMGH Investigative Reporter Kovaleski Headed to California
November 11, 2011, 8:56 am
Filed under: Jobs, KMGH

KMGH/Channel 7 investigative reporter Tony Kovaleski is leaving Denver to join KNTV/NBC in San Jose, Calif. Kovaleski’s crowning achievement in Denver, you may recall, was baiting Pinnacol Assurance CEO Ken “Paulie Walnuts” Ross into threatening to break his finger after Kovaleski surprised Ross during a junket to a Pebble Beach golf course.

Celestial Seasonings Selects Linhart as AOR
November 11, 2011, 7:55 am
Filed under: Linhart, Wins

Congratulations to Linhart PR, which was selected as the agency of record for Celestial Seasonings. Linhart will provide “strategic counsel and support for the brand’s tea and kombucha products through integrated brand campaigns, including digital strategy and engagement.”

Former 9News/Fox31 Reporter Launches PR Firm
November 10, 2011, 3:05 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

The migration from media to public relations continues. Former 9News and Fox31 reporter Ginger Delgado has teamed with former Gov. Bill Owen’s spokeswoman Amy Sampson to form Real PR Media, a boutique firm that offers media relations, crisis communications, branding and messaging, PR campaigns and video production services.

Great Moments in Journalism XXXV
November 10, 2011, 3:00 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

A good rule of thumb for journalists: you probably aren’t going to win an Emmy asking sketchy characters, “Did you pee or poop on the bank?” And you probably aren’t going to get promoted out of Eureka, Calif., if you keep acting like a substitute teacher who can’t control her third-grade students.

(Hat tip: Andrew Hudson)

Cohn Announces Four New Clients
November 10, 2011, 1:49 pm
Filed under: Cohn Marketing, Wins

Denver’s Cohn Marketing has picked up four new brand-development clients: Galleria Dallas, Serramonte Center, Lerner Enterprises and RK Mechanical. And good news if you are involved in the retail real-estate industry – Jeff Cohn says he’s seen activity pick up in that sector over the past six months.

Traction PR’s Hamling Denies Theft of Fire Calendar Money
November 10, 2011, 8:49 am
Filed under: Public Relations

A follow-up to yesterday’s post about a CBS4 investigation into Traction Communications’ Kirsten Hamling over missing money intended for The Children’s Hospital. Through her lawyers, Hamling has now explained that Fired Up for Kids actually was never a non-profit/charity and that she is under no obligation to donate the proceeds of its firefighter calendar to The Children’s Hospital’s burn unit. Classy.

CBS4 Investigating Traction PR’s Hamling for Fire Calendar Theft
November 9, 2011, 9:04 am
Filed under: Public Relations

CBS4 investigative reporter Rick Sallinger is hot on the trail of Traction Communications’ Kirsten Hamling over missing money intended for The Children’s Hospital’s burn unit. Hamling is the founder of Fired Up for Kids, a non-profit that creates beefcake firefighter calendars that benefit TCH’s burn unit, but questions are now surfacing over whether she pocketed the money instead.

UPDATE: The Denver Post reports that the Denver District Attorney’s office is investigating.

Senku Adds Account Manager
November 8, 2011, 7:41 am
Filed under: Jobs

Senku Marketing hired Kevin Maresca as account manager.

Denver PR Jobs
November 7, 2011, 5:22 pm
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are the American Alpine Club, Avaya, CH2MHill, Colorado Public Radio, Colorado State University, Community College of Aurora, Great West Life, News Link, UBM Cannon, Western Union, Westmeath Communications and the University of Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.).

Gambling Ring Implicates Armstrong, Sander
November 7, 2011, 9:59 am
Filed under: Crisis Communications

It isn’t as juicy as the Denver Players Club scandal, but this weekend’s report of a high-end Colorado gambling ring has done what the Players Club scandal couldn’t do: name names. Among those who have been caught up in the ring are Denver Post sportswriter Jim Armstrong (who was fired Friday when his name surfaced) and Steve Sander, Denver’s director of strategic marketing and a member of the Metro Denver Sports Commission’s board of directors.

The silver lining for Denver Post colleagues is that Armstrong represents one less layoff that may come should the newspaper’s buyout program not yield results.

‘Content Fusion’ Just Marketing Hype
November 7, 2011, 8:51 am
Filed under: Weber Shandwick

When I was a vice president at Weber Shandwick, I spent a lot of my time – 60 percent, if you believed my job description – having conversations with prospective clients, and I was always looking for a hook that would let me have a different kind of conversation with them than my competitors could have.

So I was curious about the agency’s announcement last week of its new “content fusion” approach to integrated storytelling that promises to identify “what stories can be told in which formats and where to drive those stories.”

After watching the video and reading the white paper, it is clear that “content fusion” is both brilliant and disappointing. It is brilliant because it give Weber Shandwick another proprietary hook to have unique conversations with a prospective client, and disappointing because it boils down to simply acknowledging that some stories are better told using video and graphics. Hardly innovative stuff, but you have to give Weber Shandwick credit for the fancy packaging.

Dovetail Solutions has Acquired Story + Welch …
November 2, 2011, 9:17 am
Filed under: Public Relations

… and I am joining dovetail as president:

DENVER – November 2, 2011 – dovetail solutions today announced that it has acquired Story + Welch LLP, a Denver-based public relations firm that focuses on B2B, professional services and technology clients. The acquisition expands dovetail’s client roster and strengthens its ability to offer its signature Strategic Community Investment-focused communications approach.

As part of the transaction, Story + Welch co-founder Jeremy Story will join dovetail solutions as president, reporting to dovetail founder and CEO Andy Boian. Story has more than 15 years of experience developing and executing high-profile communications campaigns for organizations ranging from the Fortune-100 to private start-ups. Among the companies he has counseled over the course of his career are CIGNA, H&R Block, Sun, American Airlines, ExxonMobil, StorageTek, tw telecom and Faegre & Benson.


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