Denver PR Blog

Aiello, Redux Redux
October 31, 2008, 12:11 pm
Filed under: Aiello, Bill Husted, Penny Parker

We were going to stop taking shots at Wendy Aiello because she invited us to sit at her table at the Denver Press Club’s annual Gridiron Show (and because Walt kept eyeing us with a “I’m-not-afraid-to-stick-this-fork-in-your-throat” look), but then the entertainment was so godawful* we decided she was fair game anyway.

So imagine our glee when Wendy appeared in this morning’s Bill Husted column. Unfortunately, there really wasn’t much to make fun of. Successful restaurant launch. Placido Domingo. Big write-up in the News. No “PR Princess” comments. But after being a little optimistic with our over/under on Wendy Aiello mentions for both Bill and Penny Parker, we’re taking any mentions we can find. And we’re still gunning for you, Wendy (but please don’t mention that to Walt).

*We enjoyed Andrew Hudson’s band with that skinny lead singer guy

MediaNews Group Calls MediaNews Group Clueless
October 31, 2008, 11:43 am
Filed under: Denver Post

Aldo Svaldi at the Denver Post gets some serious reporter street cred for writing an article about his paper’s circulation drop that has resulted in a VP from his publisher’s company writing a scathing letter to the editor. And how badly does the Post not want you to read Aldo’s piece? Click the link to the original story in the VP’s rebuttal and see where it takes you. Not to Aldo’s piece. And good luck finding the original story linked anywhere else on the Post’s Web site. Mark Harden at the DBJ and Fitz & Jen at Editor & Publisher have more details.

Great Moments in Journalism Retrospective
October 30, 2008, 12:15 pm
Filed under: journalism

As requested, here is the complete list of “Great Moments in Journalism:”

Great Moments in Journalism I

Great Moments in Journalism II

Great Moments in Journalism III

Great Moments in Journalism IV

Great Moments in Journalism V

Great Moments in Journalism VI

Great Moments in Journalism VII

Great Moments in Journalism VIII

Gran Momentos en el Periodismo IX

Gran Momentos en el Periodismo IX
October 29, 2008, 10:19 pm
Filed under: journalism

Qwest Q4 Layoffs to Total 1,200, Company Says
October 29, 2008, 8:17 am
Filed under: Layoffs, Qwest

We have been chronicling (anecdotally) the Qwest layoffs for the past few months, and now the company has disclosed a cumulative number: 1,200 jobs, or 3 percent of its workforce. Based on our conversations with Qwest employees, that number seems awfully low.

Westword: Kendrick’s ‘Steady, Reliable and Dull’ Act Never Caught On with Denver Viewers
October 29, 2008, 7:26 am
Filed under: Journalism Moves, KUSA, Westword

Michael Roberts at Westword weighs in on 9News’ curious decision to dump half its top-rated anchor team. Meanwhile, 9News news director Patti Dennis is blaming tough economic times for the decision not to renew Bob Kendrick’s contract (as if his contract was anywhere near those of castmates Adele Arakawa, Kathy Sabine and Drew Soicher), and she says she has “no idea” who Adele Arakawa’s co-anchor will be (or whether she will even have one) going forward. If anyone sees Ernie Bjorkman delivering a bouquet of flowers to Dennis, let us know.

Newspaper Update, Sponsored by Zoloft
October 28, 2008, 4:10 pm
Filed under: Newspapers

Where to begin?

  • The venerable Christian Science Monitor is moving nearly all of its news operation online to save money.
  • A coalition of Northeast newspapers and CNN are fighting to offer wire stories to papers that are unhappy with the Associated Press’ high price tag.
  • Gannett’s newspaper division will cut another 10 percent of its staff in a next round of layoffs.
  • Moody’s Investors Service may downgrade its stellar rating of the Post Co.