Congratulations to Denver-based VisiTech Public Relations, which is a finalist for a PRSA Silver Anvil award for its work with Polycom. It may be a bittersweet honor, though, because we hear Polycom dropped VisiTech a couple of months ago as part of an agency review.
Filed under: RFP
In the spirit of equal time, Michelin’s director of Public Relations for North America has responded to our post on the company’s RFP:
“I know the RFP process can be long and involved. However, we at Michelin believe it is very important to be thorough. We seek long-term partnerships, not short-term programs. Finding the best fit — from a corportate culture, ability, creativity, mindset, etc. etc. perspective — takes time. We very much appreciate each agency who participated and we are confident that this thorough process has brought the best result. And, perhaps if RFPs are to be “hated” the best solution is to make sure that they don’t have to be repeated anytime soon. Taking the time to make the right choice for a long-term partner, as Michelin has done, is for us the best option.”
— Lynn Mann
Director of Public Relations, North America
KCNC/Channel 4 reporter Arturo Santiago was among six employees caught up in a layoff at the station this week. The station said additional cuts in the engineering ranks may soon follow, and that other open positions will not be filled.
Bill Husted may have the lamest “Sightings” subject in the history of his column today: “Adam Foote at ESPN Zone for lunch Wednesday.”
Newspaper advertising suffered its biggest decline in more than 50 years, according to the Newspaper Association of America. So go buy your favorite reporters a drink, and explain why they should start Web sites dedicated to the beats they cover.
A battle is brewing between the “Let’s Suck Up to Reporters So They’ll Like Us” and the “Reporters Can Rot in a Turkish Prison for All I Care” camps.
Congratulations to Denver Post business columnist Al Lewis, who won the “Best Business Column” award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for the second year in a row. Among the columns reviewed for the award was his piece on “Flacks Gone Wild,” also known as “Why Spend a Little Extra Money to Hire a Veteran PR Executive? Because He Won’t Create a Story By Arguing with Nutjob Protesters in the Parking Lot of the Marriott City Center.”