So How’s the DNC Going So Far II

It’s starting to look more like a convention finally — body-armored police riding on the sideboards of SUVs and pepper-spraying protesters, and protesters finally showing enough nerve to get arrested. Things were so pathetic on Monday that we saw a guy in a convertible Miata making fun of the so-called protesters who were trying to block traffic. If you can’t scare a guy in a Miata, well, there’s probably little hope for your protesting skills. Here’s what others are reporting:

So How’s the DNC Going So Far?

We are downtown today, and we’d be pretty happy if the DNC was here every day. Sure, the helicopter noise gets a little old, but traffic is light, people are smiling and the protesters don’t smell bad yet. All in all, a better-than-average day. Here’s a run down of what others are reporting:

Washington Post Finally Goes Online and Discovers Blogs

Playing catch-up on a trend that started five years ago, the Washington Post examines corporate blogs, which, depending on your perspective, either represent the ultimate in high-touch marketing or are the scourge of the authenticity that should define online communication. And while we agree with the Post that corporations are increasingly using blogs to help distribute information in a controlled manner, the statistics the paper cites (“Of the approximately 112.5 million blogs on the Web, almost 5,000 are corporate”) are hardly persuasive.

DNC Veteran Offers PR Advice for Denver

The first arrests have been made, so the Democratic National Convention has unofficially started. How will the circus that surrounds the DNC affect Denver’s image? Jason Chupick of PRNewser has an interesting interview with Henry Miller, the head of New York’s 1992 DNC convention, that addresses how Denver and Minneapolis/St. Paul can use the rapidly shortening news cycle to cultivate and reinforce positive perceptions of their cities.

Regional Colleges Are Pretty Average in Latest U.S. News Ratings

U.S. News & World Report is out with its latest college rankings, just in time to make the poor freshmen moving into dorms rethink whether they should have gone somewhere else. The Colorado/Wyoming results:

77.       University of Colorado at Boulder
80.       Colorado School of Mines
89.       University of Denver
125.     Colorado State University
Tier 3   University of Colorado at Denver
Tier 3   University of Wyoming at Laramie 
Tier 4   University of Northern Colorado 

And, even though it isn’t Colorado-related, Elaine Ellis would want you to know that Notre Dame is ranked 18th.

UPDATE: And Colorado College ranked 30th in the magazine’s rankings of Liberal Arts schools (thanks, Bree.)

Denver Agency News

  • Schenkein has landed Idea Work Studios as a client
  • PRSourceCode named Catapult PR-IR’s Guy Murrel and VisiTech’s Kendra Westerkamp as Top Tech Communicators
  • Cactus landed the Center for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Web Site Auctioning DNC Restaurant Reservations Shut Down

Penny Parker has the scoop on the Web site that made restaurant reservations all over town during the DNC and then tried to auction them on eBay. The only two problems were the reservation times sucked (most were after 9:45 p.m.) and the restaurants were apoplectic when they realized what was going on and immediately cancelled the reservations listed on the site. The site has since gone dark, but you can see a cached version here.

Typo of the Week

From the Associated Press:

“(U.S. Sen. John McCain’s) top (vice presidential) contenders are said to include Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Less traditional choices mentioned include former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, an abortion-rights supporter, and Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democratic vice presidential prick in 2000 who now is an independent.”

Conflicting Economic Stats of the Week

Colorado lost 13,700 jobs in July … but that is actually good news because it is a slightly lower-than-usual drop for the month … but the number of unemployed Coloradans has increased significantly since April and is roughly 41,000 higher than a year ago … but statewide payrolls have grown by 31,400 (or 1.3 percent) over the past 12 months.

Post Using e-Edition/Free Copies to Inflate Circulation Numbers

Mark Harden at the Denver Business Journal has taken a hard look at the latest ABC audit of the circulations of the local dailies and found that the Denver Post’s numbers aren’t quite as good as it might seem. The Post actually “trails the Rocky by about 6 percent in sales of full-price weekday copies,” but has been inflating its numbers with “sales of its discounted ‘electronic edition’ as well as copies distributed to hotel guests and sales to ‘third parties.’ “

CABJ Names Award Winners

The Colorado Association of Black Journalists held its annual awards ceremony this weekend. Among the winners:

  • Public relations — Derrick Hudson, Metro State College
  • Special “Trailblazer” Awards Faye Wilson Tate, CH2M Hill; Bertha Lynn, KMGH/Channel 7
  • Print news — Kevin Simpson, The Denver Post
  • Print sports — John Henderson, The Denver Post
  • Print enterprise — Mike Littwin, Rocky Mountain News
  • Print investigative — Miles Moffeit/Susan Greene, The Denver Post
  • Print series — David Olinger, The Denver Post
  • Print feature — Chuck Plunkett/Jennifer Brown, The Denver Post
  • Print business — Lisa Marie Martinez, Denver Urban Spectrum;
  • Print photography (multiple images) — Bernard Grant, Denver Urban Spectrum
  • Print photography (Single Image) — Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post
  • Print overall Excellence — The Denver Post
  • Radio Enterprise — Jerry Bell, 850 KOA Radio
  • Radio feature — Donnie L. Betts, No Credit Productions
  • TV news — TaRonda Thomas/Anne Herbst, 9News
  • TV enterprise — Kirk Montgomery, 9News
  • TV investigative — Kevin Hartfield, CBS 4
  • TV series — Byron Reed, 9News
  • TV feature — Nelson Garcia/Byron Reed, 9News
  • TV business — TaRhonda Thomas/Byron Reed 9News
  • TV public affairs — Bazi Kanani/Tom Cole/Colleen Locke, 9News
  • TV photojournalism — Byron Reed, 9News; TV overall excellence — 9News

Denver Post Parent Company Sells Papers to Manage Debt

MediaNews CEO Dean “Shut the F&%@ Up, We’re Doing Fine” Singleton disclosed that the media company has sold the Connecticut Post and seven weekly newspapers to Hearst in an effort to “manage its balance sheet.” Singleton dismissed the move as business as usual (“This is not our first rodeo”), and insiders are speculating whether this is the first of several deals that will bring Hearst and MediaNews much closer together. 

The only remaining question is whether Singleton will make Aldo Svaldi write an article tomorrow about what a shrewd move it is.

UPDATE: Aldo Svaldi’s article is here. Interestingly, Singleton says the biggest threat to newspapers isn’t the Internet, but rather an “old-fashioned recession” that is hurting ad revenues.

PRSA Colorado ‘Gold Pick’ Snafu Leaves Seven Entries Missing

There has been some grumbling around town today after PRSA Colorado notified seven unlucky Gold Pick entrants that their submissions were lost prior to being judged. PRSA Colorado is refunding the entry fee and promises to evaluate any entries that are resubmitted. 

PRSA Colorado Chapter President Amy Johnson contacted each of the seven entrants personally, and Gold Pick Award co-chair Maggie McMonigle says they have been understanding. But some of those responsible for assembling the original entries aren’t exactly thrilled at the prospect of recreating them. Said one of those affected, “Naturally I am pretty angry since I spent countless hours putting my entry together and simply don’t have the time to duplicate those efforts again this month.”

Denver PR Moves

  • Xcel Energy added Joe Fuentes to its media relations staff. Fuentes formerly was with Quark.
  • Linhart PR added Russ “Ratso” Rizzo as an account executive. Prior to joining Linhart, Rizzo ran his own PR consultancy and was a reporter at the Salt Lake Tribune.