Denver PR Blog

Dovetail Solutions Wins Three, Hires Two
May 30, 2012, 7:55 am
Filed under: Dovetail, Jobs, Wins

dovetail solutions has added three new clients: land developer McWhinney, the Denver and Chicago offices of architecture firm HOK, and professional services company CBIZ. The firm also added Marissa Hoffman as a client services associate and Allison Rindels as an intern.

Denver PR Jobs
May 29, 2012, 5:09 pm
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are Allstate Insurance Company, Colorado Access, Denver Water Dept., The Kempe Foundation, Kutak Rock LLP (intern), PCL Construction Enterprises (intern), Vail Resorts Management Company, KOAA TV (Colorado Springs) and Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District (Frederick, Colo.).

Farewell to a Boulder Original
May 29, 2012, 8:00 am
Filed under: Boulder

Tomorrow, Ef Rodriguez departs Boulder for Amsterdam, a city famous for its bicycles and pot (if Amsterdam had more Subarus, Ef might not even realize he had moved). Best of luck to you, Ef. Come back home soon.

(Photo: Andrew Murray/@asketchyfish)

Coffman Ignores 9News, Turns to Post for Redemption Tour
May 28, 2012, 9:30 am
Filed under: Denver Post, KUSA

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s redemption tour continues in The Denver Post. Following his mea culpa Op-Ed Wednesday, the Post’s lead editorial Sunday lauds Coffman and fellow U.S. Rep. Jared Polis for their bipartisan approach to defense budget cuts. 9News’ Kyle Clark can’t be happy that he is being squeezed out of a story that 9News broke and he made national.

Jonas Named VP of Communications/Marketing at Rose Foundation
May 24, 2012, 8:03 am
Filed under: Jobs

Jim Jonas has been named vice president of communications and marketing at Rose Community Foundation. Jonas will oversee the Foundation’s publications, media relations, marketing and strategic communications related to grantmaking, philanthropic services and program initiatives.

Jonas was previously director of marketing and communications for the University of Colorado Foundation. And from 2000 to 2010, he was a partner at Peak Creative Media, a Denver-based creative communications and advertising agency that he co-founded.

Dovetail Solutions Celebrates Seven-Year Anniversary
May 24, 2012, 7:45 am
Filed under: Dovetail

Congratulations to all my colleagues at dovetail solutions – the firm is celebrating its seventh anniversary today. We plan to celebrate like any self-respecting seven-year-old – lots of Hello Kitty birthday cake and an afternoon of Justin Bieber karaoke.

Garfield County Sheriff’s Tinfoil Hat Falls Off
May 23, 2012, 3:40 pm
Filed under: Pro Bono

If you are looking for a pro bono project, Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario could use some public relations counsel. Here’s the first sentence from his most recent press release:

“In response to the lies and slanderous accusations by the ACLU, the most dangerous organization to the United States of America today, as well as the Denver Post, channel 7 news (Denver) and others who produced stories without any attempt to contact the Garfield County Sheriff for an accurate response, here is the official GCSO response: The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office has never turned over a victim of a crime to any organization.”

I realize there probably isn’t a Garfield County chapter of Al-Qaeda, so the sheriff’s perspective may be skewed, but is the ACLU really “the most dangerous organization to the United States of America today?” And are official Garfield County Sheriff’s Department press releases really the right venue to settle personal grudges?

Odwyer Revenue Rankings Includes Linhart, GroundFloor
May 23, 2012, 1:14 pm
Filed under: Economic News, GroundFloor Media, Linhart

Odwyer is out with its annual revenue ranking of independent PR firms, and several Denver-area firms disclosed their 2011 numbers:

67. Linhart PR, $4.60 million (+11% from 2010), 29 employees

89. GroundFloor Media, $2.91 million (-3% from 2010), 13 employees

103. Catapult PR-IR, $1.04 million (+24% from 2010), 6 employees

Great Moments in Journalism XLV
May 23, 2012, 10:10 am
Filed under: journalism, KUSA, Politics

If your media-training presentation’s example of how not to answer a media question is getting a little dated, here is a new clip you can insert.


Curious Journalism Fact of the Week
May 23, 2012, 8:26 am
Filed under: journalism

The Los Angeles Times has misspelled actor Elliott Gould’s name 47 times over the past 27 years.

CPR’s Warner, Barr Win 2011 CAPBAC Awards
May 23, 2012, 8:03 am
Filed under: Awards, Colorado Public Radio

Congratulations to Colorado Public Radio’s Ryan Warner and Zachary Barr for winning awards at the 2011 Colorado Associated Press Broadcasters Association Contest. Warner won first place for feature reporting for “Here’s What Happened – ‘Frostbitten’” and Barr won second place in the general reporting category for his story “A Really Good Nightmare.”

Denver PR Jobs
May 22, 2012, 8:03 am
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are the Associated Press, the City of Aurora, the City of Littleton, Colorado Rural Health Center, Crocs, the Denver Water Dept., First Data, Hunger Free Colorado, Janus, The Merage Foundation, PCL Construction, Universal Lending Corporation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Western Dairy Association, Westword, the Rio Grande Sun (Espanola, N.M.) and The (Butte) Montana Standard.

Clement Communications Adds Account Manager
May 21, 2012, 10:01 am
Filed under: Jobs

Clement Communications has added Allyse Sanchez as an account manager. Sanchez previously was with K/F Communications in San Francisco.

5280’s Brogan Recognized as a One of the ‘Folio 40′
May 21, 2012, 9:47 am
Filed under: 5280, Awards
5280 editor and publisher Daniel Brogan has been included on Folio Magazine‘s Folio 40, described as an honor for the industry’s most innovative and distinguished professionals. The list represents a broad facet of magazine publishing from every corner of the industry. Said Folio:
Brogan has proven that maintaining a focus on and investment in high-quality content is a proven long-term strategy.”

Farm Credit Issues RFQ
May 21, 2012, 9:35 am
Filed under: Public Relations, RFP

Farm Credit has published an RFQ for a project to help it celebrate its 100th anniversary. The deadline to respond is June 6.

Three More Reporters to Leave Denver Post
May 18, 2012, 9:48 am
Filed under: Denver Post

Michael Roberts at Westword has identified Denver Post reporters Ann Schrader, Margaret Jackson and Felisa Cardona as the latest three to accept buy-outs from the paper.

GFM Adds One, Promotes One
May 18, 2012, 8:20 am
Filed under: GroundFloor Media, Jobs

GroundFloor Media has added Cindy Springsteen as accounting manager and promoted Kristina Reilly to director of business operations. Springsteen brings nearly 20 years of accounting experience to GFM. Prior to joining the team, she worked as the CFO of Explore Communications. Reilly joined GFM in 2005 as the operations manager. Since joining the team, she conducted the day-to-day financial management, client invoicing, HR and benefits management, and IT support.

Cohn Lands Three BMA Colorado Awards
May 17, 2012, 8:17 am
Filed under: Awards, Cohn Marketing

Cohn Inc. was awarded a Gold Key and two Silver Keys from the Business Marketing Association’s Colorado Chapter at its annual Gold Key Awards gala.

Pure Selects Freedom Service Dogs as Pro Bono Partner
May 16, 2012, 8:03 am
Filed under: Pro Bono, Pure Brand

Pure Brand Communications has selected Freedom Service Dogs of America is its 2012 Pure Good Works partner. Entering its second year, Pure Good Works awards one nonprofit organization one year of integrated creative services valued up to $75,000.

Freedom Service Dogs of America trains rescue dogs to serve people with disabilities, from those with physical challenges to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. The dogs accomplish simple tasks, such as turning on lights, and more profound feats like pulling a weakened client to an upright position in bed. The organization doesn’t breed dogs; it saves animals facing unfortunate futures. And while some dogs each year go unmatched with a client, they are found adoptive homes.

HealthOne Offering Four Summer Video Production Internships
May 15, 2012, 2:38 pm
Filed under: Jobs

HealthONE is looking for four students interested in for-credit video production internships this summer.

Dates: The internships will begin on June 1, 2012 and end on August 31, 2012
Interns must be available on June 6 for orientation.

Job Description
• Seeking internship candidates eager to gain experience in a wide range of production industry facets, including pre-production, location/talent resourcing, shooting, editing/post production and distribution. Continue reading

Yet Another High-profile Denver Post Departure
May 15, 2012, 10:06 am
Filed under: Denver Post

In the newspaper game, being a polarizing figure is about as good as it gets. Having people love you and love to hate you means that just about everyone is reading you. And at the end of the day, that is what drives newspaper subscriptions. Which is why I was sad to see columnist Tina Griego today join past lightning rods Penny Parker and Mike Littwin as the most recent Denver Post staff members to leave the paper.

So how long can the Denver Post survive while jettisoning its most interesting, engaging, loved and hated personalities? Unfortunately, it looks like we’re going to find out.

Amelie Company Adds Three Employees
May 15, 2012, 8:54 am
Filed under: Jobs

Amélie Company has added three new team members: Courtney Housam and Jane McGillem as account executives, and Natalie Hengel as account coordinator.

Linhart Promotes Peters
May 15, 2012, 8:00 am
Filed under: Jobs, Linhart

Linhart Public Relations has promoted Andy Peters to account executive. Peters joined Linhart PR in April 2011 as an account associate, providing media relations, research and video production support to clients, including WhiteWave Foods and UnitedHealthcare. He will continue those communications services in his new position.

Guttau Joins Four Seasons Vail as Director of PR
May 14, 2012, 9:09 am
Filed under: Guttau, Jobs

Congratulations to Jim Guttau, who has joined Four Seasons Resort Vail as Director of Public Relations. Jim has spent the past seven years as the principal of Guttau PR, a boutique firm focused on clients in the hospitality, nonprofit, and lifestyle sector.

Previously, Dana Lauren Berry has split her attention between the Vail resort and the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver. She will now handle public relations exclusively for the hotel in Denver.

K2 Sports Selects Verde PR as AOR
May 14, 2012, 8:51 am
Filed under: Wins

K2 Sports, a leading global manufacturer of outdoor sports gear, has tapped Verde PR & Consulting as its agency of record. As part of the relationship, Verde will manage public relations for K2 Sports and its international portfolio of 16 brands and more than 40 consumer product categories.

Weise Sponsors Franchise Conference
May 14, 2012, 8:45 am
Filed under: Events

Weise Communications is a sponsor of the Second Annual Franchising in Health Care Conference in Denver in October.

Former 9News Reporter Sherman Spokesperson for Birdman Case
May 13, 2012, 5:35 pm
Filed under: KUSA

If the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson handling the case involving Denver Nuggets star Chris “Birdman” Anderson seems familiar, it is because she is former 9News reporter Deborah Sherman. And she knows a thing or two about the legal system.

Voca Adds Two Clients
May 13, 2012, 5:27 pm
Filed under: Voca PR, Wins

VOCA has added Outward Bound and Aspen’s Sky Hotel/39 Degrees Lounge as clients.

Linhart, Pure Brand Big Winners at PRSA Gold Picks
May 4, 2012, 2:20 pm
Filed under: Awards, PRSA

If you see Sharon Linhart and Larry Holdren at the Capital Grille today smoking cigars, swilling scotch and generally cackling like they own the town, well, actually that’s just a typical Friday for the two of them. But there’d also be another reason: their firms were the big agency winners at last night’s PRSA Colorado Gold Pick Awards.

Using the proprietary and highly sophisticated Denver PR Blog formula to determine which agencies fared best (four points for the Grand Gold Pick, two points for a gold, one point for a silver), the results are:

1. Linhart PR (16 points) – One grand gold, five gold, two silver
2. Pure Brand (15 points) – Four gold, seven silver
3. Webb PR (8 points) – Three gold, two silver
4. GroundFloor Media (4 points) – Two gold
5. Downing Street (3 points) – One gold, one silver
6. Communications Infrastructure Group (2 points) – One gold
6. Communications Strategy Group (2 points) – One gold
6. Philosophy (2 points) – Two silver
9. JDK & Co. (1 point) – One silver

And the big non-agency winners were:

1. Pinnacol Assurance (7 points) – Three gold, one silver
2. Farm Credit (5 points) – Two gold, one silver
2. Kaiser Permanente (5 points) – One gold, three silver
4. Colorado State University (4 points) – Two gold

And, finally, congratulations to the Special Award winners:

• JKD & Co.’s Jane Dvorak (Swede Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award)
• Rocky Mountain Arsenal: Charlie Scharmann/U.S. Army, Roger Shakely/Shell Oil Co. and Steve Berendzen/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Business People of the Year)
• Margaret Fogarty/Farm Credit and Carey Madsen/InView Communications (PR Team of the Year)
• EnCana’s Bridget Ford (Chapter Service Award)
• Linhart PR’s Ashley Frost (Joe Fuentes Rookie of the Year Award)

Downing Street Supports Colorado March of Dimes
May 2, 2012, 8:29 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Downing Street Communications provided pro bono public relations services to the Colorado March of Dimes for its “March for Babies” event last Saturday, and it will continue to provide ongoing support for the organization’s future communication needs.

Great Moments in Denial
May 1, 2012, 12:06 pm
Filed under: Denver Post

The Denver Post takes a pretty damn rosy view of its circulation numbers for a paper about to lay off two-thirds of its copyediting staff. The Post’s own 14-paragraph article reports the changes in the paper’s website hits, its online e-version, and its Facebook and Twitter followers, bit conspicuously absent are any numbers about the paper’s print circulation change. And given that advertisers typically pay a newspaper’s bills, that is an ominous sign.

The paper reported 250,200 print subscribers for the period ending March 31, which appears to be about a 25 percent drop from a year ago. But it also reported 150,000 digital subscribers. As usual, I’m waiting for Mark Harden at the Denver Business Journal or Michael Roberts at Westword to connect to connect the dots.

CPR’s Verlee, Markus Win Local, Regional & National Awards
May 1, 2012, 8:22 am
Filed under: Public Relations

A shout out to Colorado Public Radio reporter Megan Verlee, who picked up a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for best use of sound for her piece “Getting Hands-On at Colorado Gators.” And also to her CPR colleague Ben Markus, who picked up two awards for his piece “Local Firefighters Honor 9/11 First Responders:” a Colorado Broadcaster Association Award for best single event news coverage and a third-place award in the category for breaking news or continuing coverage from the National Headliner Awards.


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