The late-afternoon Denver news battle will get a little bit tougher starting next week when KWGN/News2 launches a 5:30 p.m. newscast featuring its regular 9 p.m. team (Ernie Bjorkman, Kellie MacMullan, Dave Fraser and Marc Soicher).
David Milstead, the smartest financial beat writer in town and someone who has skin in the game, acknowledges that Denver can’t support two newspapers and that Scripps and MediaNews Group need to start deciding what the staff of a combined, single newspaper/online property will look like.
We have been reporting how weakened the economy has been getting for months now, but you wouldn’t know it from the jobs available this week on Andrew Hudson’s PR Jobs List: 9Health Fair, Action Marketing Group, Agilent, American Water Works Association, APRIA Health Care, Cohn Marketing, Denver Art Museum, Denver Water ($60K for a “junior writer” position?), Durango Public Schools, Envision, Lawscomm, Rotary International, CU-Boulder and University of Colorado Hospital.
Also, GBSM is conducting informational interviews for an accomplished, mid-level strategic communications professionals with experience in consulting, public outreach, issues management, media relations and corporate affairs. Contact HR manager Raleigh Decker at (303) 825-6100. GBSM assures that all communications will be held strictly confidential.
Rocky Mountain News parent company E.W. Scripps Co. officially separated into two companies: a “struggling” one holding its newspaper properties and a “more successful” one for its cable TV and online holdings. The rumor going around town all spring and summer has been that the Rocky will drop the printing presses and transition to a Web-only product following the DNC in August, but we bet that instead it will do what the Denver Post is doing –– slowly eliminating pages until the print product essentially serves only as an advertising vehicle to get people to the Web site.