“Retired” Rocky Mountain News media reporter Dusty Saunders is getting more column inches than … well, name a reporter who still works there. First, Dusty names names (and salaries) on Bob Kendrick’s departure from 9News. Then, Dusty is the first to report that 9News is offering buyouts to employees older than 55 years who have 10 years or more with the station.
And if that weren’t enough, Dusty today digs into the most recent four-week rating period that were measured by “Local People Meters,” the A.C. Nielsen’s new electronic measurement technology. The results:
10 p.m. Monday-Sunday Newscasts
1. 9News/NBC – 16.8 (+0.2 from 2007)
2. CBS4 – 11.5 (-2.5 from 2007)
3. KMGH/ABC – 9.9 (-1.0 from 2007)
(Courtesy of Jessica Hagy)
Peter Shankman say not right now.
As if this economy weren’t depressing enough, Careerbuilder.com has analyzed the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data to identify the 25 best cities to find a job. And you can forget about New York, L.A., Chicago or even Denver. The winners:
1. Sioux Falls, S.D.
2. Rapid City, S.D.
3. Idaho Falls, Idaho
4. Bismarck, N.D.
5. Houma, La.
6. Morgantown, W.V.
7. Logan, Utah
8. Fargo, N.D.
9. Casper, Wyo.
10. Billings, Mont.
11. Ames, Iowa
12. Lafayette, La.
13. Midland, Tex.
14. Iowa CIty, Iowa
15. Lincoln, Neb.
16. Portsmouth, N.H.
17. Great Falls, Mont.
18. Charlestown, W.V.
19. Des Moines, Iowa
20. Missoula, Mont.
21. Salt Lake City, Utah
22. Provo, Utah
23. Odessa, Tex.
24. Pocatello, Idaho
25. Sioux City, Iowa
Nearly half of reporters are using social media tools such as Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs and Wikipedia to research their stories. So are you using those tools to talk to (or at least influence) reporters?
Denver-based Exclusive Resorts has tapped Chicago-based Leo Burnett as its advertising agency, and at least part of the Denver ad community is not happy.
The Colorado Department of Human Services has extended its relationship with The Bawmann Group to support its “Be There for Your Kids” public awareness campaign for the Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative.
Among those hiring this week are HRO, Qwest, Front Range Community College, Banner Health (Greeley), State Farm Insurance (Lincoln, Neb.), and Zions Bancorporation (Phoenix, Ariz.).
Congratulations to GroundFloor Media and JohnstonWells, both of whom were named by the DBJ as “Best Places to Work in Denver.”
GBSM principal Steve Silvers is among several Denver business leaders profiled in a Rocky Mountain News piece examining how companies are reacting to the troubled economy.
GroundFloor Media and Weise Communications were the big agency winners at the 2008 Colorado Healthcare Communicators Gold Leaf Awards. GroundFloor picked up the Grand Gold Leaf and a Gold Leaf for its work with The Children’s Hospital, and a Gold Leaf and Best Non-Profit for its work with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Weise picked up five awards: Two Gold Leafs for its work with CCRM and Centennial Medical Plaza (CMP), the Best Hospital Award for its work with CMP, a Silver Leaf for its campaign for Bonfils and a Bronze Leaf for its work with Swedish. Welch Creative Group also won a Gold Leaf and a Silver Leaf for its campaigns for The Children’s Hospital, and Linhart PR won a Bronze Leaf for its campaign for New West Physicians.
You can see the complete list of winners here.
The number of unemployed Coloradans “surged” in October, rising to 5.7 percent, driven in part by layoffs at companies such as ProLogis, MDC Holdings, United Launch Alliance, Janus Capital, Western Union and Sun Microsystems. Jamie Paton at the Rocky Mountain News has the details.
From Mattie Silks and Soapy Smith to Brenda Stewart and Joe Nacchio. You’ve come a long way, Denver.
(Cook’s Restaurant, 1715 Lawrence Street, circa 1890)
Okay, it’s me. A few of you knew that; most of you didn’t. To those who did know, thanks for keeping the secret. And to those who didn’t know, thanks for not asking around too much. Secrets like this rarely keep long.
I started the Denver PR Blog because there was a vacuum of PR information in Denver, due in part to the shrinking business sections in the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. Many of us wanted to know what was going on in Denver’s PR community, but only knew what we heard around town at lunches or various PR events. My goal with the blog was to aggregate and disseminate Denver PR news and rumors for everyone’s consumption. And to do it with enough of an edge that it stayed interesting.
I kept the blog anonymous because I thought intrigue would drive traffic, which it has done. In fact, the growth has astounded me. I started it less than a year ago, and in that time it has grown from 150 hits a month to more than 14,000 a month. I have done nothing to promote it other than exchange a few links; the growth has been organic, driven entirely through word-of-mouth by you. And I thank you for that.
So, now, the next evolution of the blog will begin, and I hope that it will contain many more voices than just mine. Thanks for reading.
– Jeremy Story
A survey conducted by a PR firm says using a PR firm makes you more successful. We all know that, of course, but why can’t it ever be a Harvard Business Review or McKinsey & Company case study that proves it instead of some dodgy survey from a PR outfit like BIGfrontier Communications.
Everyone’s favorite jobs guru Andrew Hudson will be on the CBS4 10 p.m. newscast tonight to share his tips for finding a new job in a bad economy. And if you want the full Andrew Hudson experience, head over to El Chapultepec where Andrew will be performing between tonight 9 p.m. and 1 a.m.
How many times have you tried to tell clients that no reporters care that they moved offices? JohnstonWells just made that a tougher argument.
It’s not just PR agencies that are suffering from reduced client budgets. PRNewswire has eliminated 25 positions “due to the loss of market share” and its president will step down in the first half of 2009.
Nothing says “We understand the gravity of the situation and humbly request your help” like flying to Washington, D.C., in three separate private jets.
What would the holiday season (whoops, I meant “Christmas season”) be without a little insult to injury. Michael Roberts at Westword has the details on the Longmont Times-Call’s holiday bonus program.
Following a tough year that saw Schenkein reduce its headcount by nearly one-third, principal and co-owner Leanna Clark announced she will be leaving the firm in January. She plans to devote more time to her philanthropic endeavors, while still remaining an advisor to the firm. The DBJ called Clark one of Denver’s “communications leaders” and noted that Schenkein has “represented many of Denver’s top companies and nonprofit groups as well as national firms.”
Over the past year, I have received a lot of questions about who I am. I have been accused of working for GroundFloor Media, GBSM, Linhart and JohnstonWells. And more specifically, I have been accused of being Steven “Steve” Silvers, Paul Raab, Dan Welch, Ramonna Tooley, Donna Crafton, Bruce Goldberg (just learned that one yesterday), Matt Wagner, Melissa Hourigan, Andrew Hudson, and (my favorite) Bill Husted.
For the record, none of those guesses is right. So why am I telling you this? Because Bruce Goldberg at the Denver Business Journal has figured out who I am and will disclose it Friday in his Street Talk column. So until then, I’ll enjoy my last few days of anonymity.
Catapult PR-IR won Boulder-based JNBridge, a supplier of Java/.NET interoperability tools for software developers, as a client.
Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family has released its annual list of naughty and nice Christmas retailers. Those retailers headed to heaven include Cabella’s, Kohl’s and Wal-Mart, while Barnes & Noble, Best Buy and Dick’s Sporting Goods will have to settle for purgatory. Those destined for hell include Banana Republic, Old Navy and Lane Bryant. See the entire list (and FOTF’s rationale) here.
PRSA Colorado is holding its annual Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 11, from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Magnolia Hotel (17th & Stout), and the agency with the most attendees will win a free happy hour for up to 20 people at Harry’s Bar. To qualify, email Dana Berry (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your list of agency attendees by this Friday. More information is here.
Kelly Pascal Gould of Pascal PR points us to Stop the Presses, a documentary about the troubled newspaper industry that will appear at the Starz Film Festival today at 4 p.m. Patty Calhoun at Westword has the details on its premier yesterday in the auditorium at the Denver Newspaper Agency, which, according to former Post columnist Al Lewis, was “like showing a horror film inside a graveyard.”
Burson-Marsteller and PR Week have released their Eighth Annual CEO Survey.
Johnson & Johnson brand Motrin got schooled in the finicky art of social media over the weekend when one of the ads it wanted to “go viral” did just that. Unfortunately, the conversation, which began on Twitter and spilled over into the blogosphere, focused on why the ad was insulting rather than clever.
By 8:30 last night, the Motrin website was down as the company removed the ad. Unfortunately for Motrin, the print executions will continue for another month before they cycle out.
An American Press Institute closed-door summit has concluded that the newspaper industry has reached “full-blown crisis” stage and will need outsiders to help it weather the storm. Editor & Publisher has the details.
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough drops the F-bomb (0:25 mark) in a discussion about presidential politics and takes 55 seconds to realize he’s done it (1:20 mark).
A reminder to the NYSE that symbolism still matters. So in the current economic environment that has left the reputations of many of Wall Street’s leading brands in tatters, you might want to avoid having a clown ring the bell.
Didn’t sign up to attend the PRSA Colorado Member Retreat? Efrem Rodriguez from JohnstonWells will be live blogging the event, and keynote speaker Dave Taylor is tweeting the event.
Sun Microsystems, which has been chasing Crocs for the title of worst Colorado-related investment play of 2008, announced it will cut 6,000 employees, which translates to approximately 18 percent of its workplace. It is unknown how many of those cuts will come from the company’s Broomfield campus.
Following the lead of cities such as New York and Los Angeles, the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau has changed its name to something more memorable: Visit Denver. “Our challenge was to find a 21st Century name that would be easy to remember and enunciate, be consistent with our brand, and have a call to the action,” said DMCVB/Visit Denver President Richard Scharf.
TW Telecom VP of Corporate Communications Bob Meldrum is doing double duty this week as a spokesman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after a burning Book of Mormon was found on the steps of a Denver-area LDS church.
Linhart PR won a Colorado Healthcare Communicators Bronze Leaf Award in the Newsletters-Electronic category for its work on behalf of New West Physicians’ Health E-Newsletter.
Women and Hispanics are bearing the brunt of Colorado’s weakening economy, according to an analysis of BLS data by the Denver Business Journal.
JohnstonWells has grown to be the largest public relations agency in Denver, but even it hasn’t escaped the effects of the softening Denver market. The agency let three staffers go in the past few weeks “after looking at our projections and evaluating the economic realities many companies are facing,” according to President/COO GG Johnston.
And JohnstonWells isn’t alone. Last June, Schenkein reduced its headcount by nearly one-third, and a number of agencies continue to quietly downsize through attrition.
The Vail weekly newspaper Vail Trail has ceased publication after 46 years, a casualty of the economic downturn.
Howard Kurtz at the Washington Post profiles the “Obama Whisperer” Robert Gibbs, who is likely the incoming White House press secretary.
It looks like Bob Kendrick is no fan of Dusty Saunders after Dusty guesstimated (incorrectly, Bob asserts) the salaries of various Denver TV newsers. And, no, Steve Saunders wasn’t among those whose salaries were listed.
Andrew Hudson’s JobsGobble seminar Wednesday has sold out, but there are still a few spots open for the evening networking party. Register here if you are interested.
PRSA Colorado has added a panel to its Member Retreat titled, “How Do We Survive and Thrive in this Economic Recession.” Targeted at senior-level public relations/communications practitioners, the panel features GroundFloor’s Laura Love, the DBJ’s Scott Bemis, Andrew Hudson, Qwest’s Sheila O’Neill and Steele Street Bank’s Matt Baldner. Registration for the event has technically closed, but if you hurry you can probably still sneak in. Register here.
Colorado-based Noodles & Company has selected Carmichael Lynch Spong as its public relations agency of record. CLS will begin work immediately on brand strategy, creative development, local relationship marketing and public relations services.
The Mile High Social Media Club’s next meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. at The Whiskey Bar. Details are here.
Roger Fillion at the Rocky reports his paper will be spared as parent company Scripps prepares to layoff 400 workers and eliminate its dividend.
ProConect Public Relations hired Elisa Herzog as an account associate. Herzog formerly was with JohnstonWells.
This is the last week to register for the PRSA Colorado Chapter Member Retreat. Details are here.
Starbucks quickly went from offense to defense and back to offense again with its free coffee promotion. Better hurry if you want your free cup.
Dusty Saunders at the Rocky Mountain News conducts the most extensive post mortem to date on Bob Kendrick’s departure from 9News, and concludes that he is a victim of the sagging economy. Dusty also guesstimates the annual salaries of various local news personalities:
- Jim Benemann, CBS4 – $700,000
- Adele Arakawa 9News – $500,000
- Bob Kendrick, 9News – $400,000
- Mike Nelson, Channel 7 – $400,000
- Kathy Sabine, 9News – $400,000
Among those hiring this week are Pure Brand, CloudMade, DirecTV, ExxonMobil, FEMA, Kaiser Permanente, Momentum Media, Playa Lakes Joint Venture and Qualistar Early Learning.
PRWeek asked for presidential election predictions from a number of notable practitioners, and an Obama victory was the overwhelming consensus. The only local connection was Linhart’s Paul Raab, who predicts, “An Obama victory is likely.”
It was 25 years ago today that former Denver Post columnist Dick Kreck coined the term “LoDo.” Bill Husted has the back story.