Filed under: TV News
Poynter examines how the agreement among Denver TV news stations to pool interviews has affected coverage of events such as the Aurora theater shooting.
Filed under: Wins
Boulder-based Cocona, a provider of rapid-dry active particle technologies, has tapped Verde PR & Consulting for public relations support. Courtney Brunkow will lead the Verde team that will focus on bringing visibility to Cocona’s innovations and outdoor industry performance apparel alliances.
Filed under: Turner PR
Turner PR’s Megan Sullivan lost her brother, Alex Sullivan, in the Aurora Movie Theater shooting a week ago today. Angela Berardino, Megan’s friend and colleague at Turner PR, has a request of the Denver PR community:
Megan has been with Turner for a few years, sitting two feet from me for most of that time. She works on our social media team and she’s smart, and funny, and bakes cupcakes for no reason. It’s hard to describe how awful last Friday was – from the first frantic call at 5am, letting us know her brother was unaccounted for, to a morning spent searching trauma centers all over the city, to the final confirmation that didn’t come until 14 hours later. All documented excessively by cameras. …
I know that most of you don’t know Megan, or Alex, or the Sullivan family. However we helped them set up a memorial fund this week because so many people have asked about sending them food or notes or flowers. What they would really like is to make a donation in Alex’s name to a charity called We Can Be Heroes. Megan told us “Alex was our real life super hero”.
So here’s the favor: I’m asking you to make a small donation. $5 or $10; that’s a cocktail after work, something you won’t even notice at the end of the month. It’s not about the money. It just means that the Sullivan family will see a long list of names, people who took a moment to think of their family, to see the human side of a sensational headline. You can donate online at Alex Sullivan Fund. And if you really want to earn some karma points, send a version of this request to the people in your network or office or send a tweet, and ask the people you know to do the same. The power of 100 strangers sending something small in his name would be truly amazing.
Thank you, thank you, for taking a moment to do a small random act of kindness for a really amazing family who beyond deserves it.
GBSM has added water-rights expert Alexandra “Alex” Davis as principal. Prior to joining GBSM, Davis was the Assistant Director for Water with the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and the First Assistant Attorney General for the Water Rights Unit where she litigated cases for the State Engineer’s Office, the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Division of Wildlife.
“We are excited that Alex brings her deep experience in managing complex water and natural resource matters to GBSM,” said John Baron, chief executive officer. “She is highly skilled at solving problems in complicated situations in which both the substance and process count. She will be immensely helpful to our clients and to our already strong natural resources practice.”
GroundFloor Media has added Lauren Cook and Jon Woods as senior directors of social media and digital strategy. As part of GFM’s Digital and Social Media Strategy team, Cook and Woods will work with clients to develop and implement blogger and social media influencer outreach; online reputation management and crisis response plans; social media metrics, ROI tracking and analytics; corporate social media policies and data visualization elements.
Filed under: Public Relations
JohnstonWells Senior Associate Dan Peterson died from injuries sustained in a hit-and-run bicycle accident this weekend. He was 30. JohnstonWells released a statement saying that, “Dan will be remembered for his dedication to his clients and his love of the outdoors, especially the Colorado mountains.”
The still-unidentified person responsible for Dan’s death was a white woman with blonde, shoulder-length hair who was driving a green or dark-colored Subaru hatchback with a bike rack. The car likely has front-end damage. If you have any information, please contact Denver police.
Update: Members of Denver’s biking community have placed a “ghost bike” memorial for Dan at Lincoln Street and Sixth Avenue:
Philosophy Communication has added another client:
“Move over 007, Philosophy Communication adds AgentSolid, a mobile application development company, to its client roster. Philosophy will conduct brand positioning, public relations and SEO on behalf of this bad-ass mobile app company.”
Filed under: Jobs
Filed under: Pro Bono
Rhiannon Hendrickson of Orapin Marketing + Public Relations has been appointed as vice president of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Rocky Mountain Chapter’s board of trustees. Hendrickson has served on the board since 2010. She has been involved with LLS for more than six years, offering pro bono services to help create awareness of the organization’s mission and increase involvement and donations to its fundraising campaigns.
Filed under: Crisis Communications
Burger King is playing some defense after this photo was posted online, allegedly by a Mayfield, Ohio, employee.
Jen Lester and the team at Philosophy Communication report a few wins:
Filed under: Dovetail
dovetail solutions is joining Polsinelli Shughart, Deloitte and WideFoc.us in supporting the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) JumpStart Biz Plan Awards. The program will recognize the top ten start-up and early-stage business plan finalists with tools – including PR, legal, financial and social media counsel from the supporting companies – to help their businesses thrive in Denver.
“Our culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Denver is as strong as ever,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. “To celebrate this, we’re looking to identify and contribute to the strongest ideas that will help further strengthen Denver as a top city for small business.”
Filed under: Jobs
John Hall has been named senior manager of Corporate Communications at Dish Network. Hall formerly was market development manager at CenturyLink.
Congratulations to KMGH/Channel 7 investigative reporter John Ferrugia for being named a winner of the “Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.” The award is given by the University of Missouri School of Journalism, from which Ferrugia graduated in 1975.
The Bawmann Group just launched Love Letters from Kansas, a public education campaign on marriage and healthy relationships for the state of Kansas. The campaign will include advertising, social media, PR and an interactive website to encourage folks to sign up for classes on how to improve their relationships.
Filed under: Cactus
Cactus has teamed with the State of Colorado and a local non-profit to create the Man Therapy Campaign, which uses “humor to cut through stigma and tackle issues like depression, divorce and even suicidal thoughts head on, the way a man would do it.”
“Colorado currently has the 6th highest suicide rate in the nation,” notes Jarrod Hindman, director of Colorado’s Office of Suicide Prevention. “Men between the ages of 25 and 54 represent a significant portion of suicide deaths in the state, and the numbers are on the rise. It is clear that we have to do something to target this difficult to reach audience.”
Filed under: Public Relations
Utah is about the last place I’d expect to find a pants-optional PR agency, but desperate heat calls for desperate measures.
Philosophy Communication is growing:
“Nine is Philosophy Communication’s lucky number. Philosophy continues to strengthen its SEO department with the addition of employee number nine, Claire Jansen. Ms. Jansen is a recent graduate from The University of Colorado with an emphasis on Digital Media and Technology arts in addition to a BA in Film Studies.”
Denver-based Fitness company Pure Barre has selected Cohn to provide public relations and marketing services. Cohn will “leverage its expansive national media experience to help support the Pure Barre in its 2012 marketing initiatives and franchise expansion.”
Filed under: Events
Congratulations to Erin Rist and the team at Goodwill Industries of Denver, which recently received a “Best Corporate/Non Profit Event” award from the Denver chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES) for its inaugural Good Exchange for Change Fashion Show and Clothing Swap event.
The event, which sold out, featured local fashion designer Mondo Guerra of Project Runway fame and included a fashion show with designs by students from Goodwill’s youth programs.
Katie Shapiro, who formerly handled public relations for Denver Magazine before it was acquired by 5280, has officially launched Katie Shapiro Media, a boutique agency that focuses on freelance writing, public relations and events. Clients include SOL (The Store of Lingerie) in Cherry Creek, 303 magazine, Aspen Film, and Reel Social Club.