The Denver Business Journal profiled Turner PR this week, noting that, “While many businesses struggle to survive the recession, Turner PR is doing something surprising: expanding its clients and staff. The Denver company, which also has offices in New York and Los Angeles, has picked up six high-profile clients since November and is looking to hire a new social media specialist.” New clients include Eddie Bauer and Hotel Teatro. I’d point out that much of that growth has followed Turner’s hiring of Jordan Blakesley and BrieAnn Fast, but they are far too modest to want me to do that.
Michael Sheehan, a reporter with the FOX affiliate in New York City, was arrested on suspicion of DWI after being involved in a car-horse accident. Not surprisingly, it is the local CBS affiliate that has the details. While there are no photos from the scene yet, it may have looked something like this:
GroundFloor Media has hired Kimberly Langston as senior public relations manager. Langston’s experience includes Swedish Medical Center and Ocean Journey (now the Denver Aquarium).
Former Schenkein principal and co-owner Leanna Clark has joined Denver-based IMA Financial Group as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications & Executive Director of the IMA Foundation. While at IMA Financial Group, Clark will continue her work with the non-profit Project C.U.R.E., helping it take groups of community and business leaders to developing nations where it delivers medical supplies and equipment.
Damon Runyon Award Dinner
Friday, April 17 at 6 p.m.
Sports writer, author and Colorado native Rick Reilly will attempt to cheat death by accepting the Denver Press Club’s Damon Runyon award. PRSA members can receive the Denver Press Club member rate when they purchase tickets online at http://www.blacktie-colorado.com
PRSA Western District Conference
April 22-24 in Newport Beach, CA
The conference program, registration, hotel information, and things to do are posted at http://www.westerndistrictconference.com.
2009 Gold Pick Awards
May 7, Ritz Carlton Hotel, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Register today for PRSA Colorado’s 2009 Gold Pick Awards. Register before Monday, April 27 to take advantage of early registration prices: http://www.prsacolorado.org/cde.cfm?event=257309.
Colorado AIDS Project selected Cactus to develop a locally activated and culturally relevant statewide HIV/AIDS awareness campaign.
KWGN/Channel 2, now known as “The Deuce,” has reshuffled its evening newscasts so it is not competing directly against sister station Fox31. The Deuce has moved its 9 p.m. newscast to 7 p.m., and made it more entertainment focused, in an effort to attract the 18-34 year old audience. Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post has the details.
Among those hiring this week are VisiTech PR (three positions), Webb PR, University of Colorado Denver, Western Union (two positions), Democratic National Committee, DigitalGlobe, IBM, ITT Corp. and Poudre Valley Health System.
Congratulations to Linhart PR’s Sharon Linhart, who was named a finalist for the annual Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) ATHENA Awards. The ATHENA Award “honors the Denver woman who best exemplifies exceptional professional achievement, devotion to community service and generosity in actively assisting other women in the attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.”
Linhart’s fellow finalists include Cathy Hart, vice president, corporate services, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer, Xcel Energy; Tensie Homan, managing partner, KPMG,LLP; Caz Matthews, foundation president, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield; and Jill S. Tietjen, president/CEO, TechnicallySpeaking. Winners will be announced April 30.
Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post examines the lives of local television news directors, and finds they are quickly adapting to new technologies such as Twitter, Skype and Facebook because their jobs are “less about responding to breaking news and more about inventing ways to connect with viewers.
TrackVia, Digital Idea Media, Sarah Evans and HARO‘s Peter Shankman are jointly launching Media On Twitter, a powerful media database available to all Twitter users. The database — which is populated by Twitter users, vetted by editors and free to the entire community — allows users to sort media twitter IDs by beat, location, name or media outlet. (Disclosure: I am a partner in Digital Idea Media and TrackVia is a client).
Harvard Business School professor John Quelch argues that the current recession demands businesses rethink how they segment their customers.
Metzger Associates added Melissa Vizcarra as an account coordinator. Vizcarra formerly was at Chris Christmas LLC and the Kempe Foundation.
The Washington Post asked several PR pros to offer their perspectives on President Obama’s “punch drunk” moment on 60 Minutes Sunday. The most curious response came from Rich Masters of Qorvis Communications:
“The interview was nearly 30 minutes long and the ‘punch drunk’ segment lasted about 30 seconds, I think it’s ridiculous that 30 seconds would come to define an entire interview.
As we all know, the purpose of a sound bite is to make a single statement define a much broader conversation. Sometimes in politics those sound bites work for you (think Lloyd Bentsen’s “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy” or Ronald Reagan’s “I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience”) ands sometimes they work against you (Richard Nixon’s “I am not a crook” or Bill Clinton’s “I did not have sex with that woman … Ms. Lewinsky”). But for a PR person to argue that a sound bite – intended or otherwise – unfairly defines a conversation is naive or duplicitous.
GBSM’s Steven Silvers squares off against PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. Unfortunately for catfight lovers, they appear to be on the same side of the issue, with just a few minor semantical differences.
Congratulations to 5280 for being named a finalist for the City and Regional Magazine Association’s annual General Excellence award. 5280 joins Texas Monthly, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles magazines as the nation’s top local magazines with circulations greater than 60,000.
Congratulations to Linhart PR and MGA Communications for being finalists for the 2009 PRSA Silver Anvil awards. Winners will be announced on June 4 at the Silver Anvil Celebration Event in New York City.
Bad Pitch Blog compiles the list.
The Denver Post’s business “section” is two pages today. You can subscribe to the Denver Business Journal here.
The civil suit between Denver Magazine and its former editor, Dahlia Weinstein, is moving forward, and the magazine’s publisher has retained Wendy Aiello as his spokesperson. Penny Parker at the Denver Post has the details.
The Denver Newspaper Agency today let go the first 40 employees of a planned 200-employee reduction.
GBSM expanded its management team with the promotion of Andy Mountain to Principal. Mountain has been with GBSM for five years as Senior Associate working with issues management and public involvement clients including AARP, RTD FasTracks, and Denver Water.
JW’s Gina Seamans and Cactus’ Ashley Boyden, working with Elaine Ellis and her team at Metzger, are taking Colorado PRSA social:
Here’s wishing best of luck to Colorado Media Matters’ Bill Menezes and his staff, who were let go this week after a national reshuffling that consolidated its operations in Washington, D.C. Bill will continue to consult with Media Matters for a couple of months, but will be looking for other opportunities after that.
Denver Magazine announced that it has formalized a relationship with CBS4 to jointly cover local entertainment stories and charitable events. As part of the agreement, CBS4 critic at large Greg Moody will contribute a regular column to the magazine, and CBS4 will carry a segment the last Friday of each month “that gives viewers a sneak peek of one of the stories in the new issue of Denver Magazine.”
- Congratulations to Cohn Marketing, which picked up two Rebrand 100 Global Awards for its branding work for Mont Blanc Gourmet and Developers Diversified Realty’s Centros ISLA (located in Puerto Rico).
- And congratulations to Vladimir Jones, which picked up the APikes Peak Advertising Federation’s Best in Show award for a television spot the agency created for its client St. Francis Medical Center.
JohnstonWells added consulting firm Boatz Knutsen and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Colorado to its client roster.
Hearst announced today that the Seattle Post-Intelligencer will morph from a print publication to online-only, starting tomorrow. But if you were looking for the online version to be as beefy as it has been, you’ll be disappointed. Hearst will staff the “new” PI at 20 people, down from 150 for the print version.
The former Rocky Mountain News reporters and editors behind IWantMyRocky announced today they will launch INDenverTimes.com, a subscription-based, online news service:
INDenverTimes is an effort to reinvent the newspaper for the Internet age, featuring many of the reporters, editors, designers and other journalists that the Denver community has come to depend on for coverage of local and national news, sports and the arts. News will be free, but the subscription will invite readers inside the newsroom as never before through news analysis, insight, online chats and other features.
Former Rocky staff involved in effort so far: Sam Adams, Tom Auclair, Lisa Bornstein, Mark Brown, Tim Burroughs, Mary Chandler, Mark Christopher, Kevin Flynn, Tillie Fong, Steve Foster, Scott Gilbert, Chuck Hickey, Cindy House, Kevin Huhn, Kim Humphreys, Jay Lee, Aaron Lopez, Gary Massaro, David Milstead, John Moore, Alex Neth, Melissa Pomponio, Bill Scanlon, Hank Schultz, Marc Shulgold, Ed Stein, George Tanner, Chris Tomasson, Bob Willis and Mark Wolf.
Among those hiring this week are Covidien, MillerCoors, National CineMedia, National Ecological Observatory Network, R.W. Beck, IT Tech, AECI (Springfield, Missouri), March of Dimes (Phoenix, Arizona) and the Salina Airport Authority (Salina, Kansas).
The former Rocky Mountain News reporters and editors behind IWantMyRocky.com have announced an 11 am news conference this morning to disclose what is presumed to be a paid online newspaper model.
Dovetail Solutions has launched its new Web site.
IZEA (formerly PayPerPost) founder Ted Murphy believes it has taken the industry three years to “warm up” to the idea of sponsored conversations such as blog posts. And with the trend evolving to include Twitter and Facebook, questions of disclosure and authenticity will take center stage.
Brad Bawmann of the Bawmann Group was among those experts offering perspective on the City of Glendale’s Mayor Pro Tem’s use of no-bid contracts in a Brian Maass/CBS4 investigative piece.
- The Creative Alliance has been selected by Naples (Fla.) Jet Center to redevelop that organization’s corporate identity, Web site and other marketing tools.
- Pivot Communication was named agency of record for The Boomer Group, a Denver firm that connects companies with experienced baby boomer temporary or full-time staff.
- SHiFT was selected by Boulder County Public Health to “refresh the organization’s graphic identity, develop strategic brand messaging, produce a PSA as well as print ads for the organization, all aimed at increasing awareness of BCPH health services.”
Bad news for Microsoft. The best case study it had that a business could create a logo using nothing more than PowerPoint is going away. KWGN/Channel 2 is rebranding itself “The Deuce,” and a new logo will presumably follow. While Michael Roberts at Westword examines the scatological implications of the new brand, we’d rather use this opportunity to again make fun of GM Dennis Leonard for his claim that he discovered John Mayer, Maroon 5 and Five for Fighting.
The consortium of former Rocky Mountain News writers that has formed I Want My Rocky will unveil their long-term plans tomorrow. Check it out (but wait until tomorrow).
Family and friends of former Rocky Mountain News reporter James B. Meadow have scheduled a memorial to “tell stories, laugh and cry and rejoice in his life well lived.” The details are:
A Celebration of James’ Life
Saturday, March 14, at 11 a.m.
Colfax Events Center
1477 Columbine Street
Denver, CO 80206
Additionally, friends have established the James B. Meadow Tribute Fund at 1st Bank of Cherry Creek to help the Meadow family with expenses during this difficult time. All 1st Bank locations are able to accept your donations if you stop by or you may mail a check to:
1st Bank of Cherry Creek
P.O. Box 461050
Denver, CO 80246
PR firm Waggener Edstrom has launched Twendz, a Twitter tool that examines tweets on topics and calculates whether opinions on them are trending positive or negative.
Rumors are that the Fort Collins Coloradoan has agreed to outsource its printing operations to the Denver Newspaper Agency, a move that helps the DNA fill the printing void left by the Rocky Mountain News and puts up to 50 Fort Collins jobs at risk.
We noted a couple of weeks ago that anchor/reporter Ward Lucas had decided to retire rather than accept another contract from 9News, but it was overshadowed that day by Scripps’ announcement that it would close the Rocky. Today, Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post provides the details behind Ward’s decision.
PRSA Colorado is a hosting a March 18 lunch event/panel discussion that will examine how public relations has played a prominent role in trying to minimize the loss in consumer confidence during the recent financial and peanut-recall turmoils. Linhart’s Paul Raab will moderate, and the panelists are GolinHarris’ Mitch Head (who works with the U.S. Peanut Board) and Charles Schwab’s Sarah Bulgatz.
More information/registration is available here.
Metzger Associates has landed ION Engineering as a client. Metzger will “develop industry positioning strategies and conduct a national public and investor relations program” for the company.
Fresh on the heels of the Rocky’s shutdown, Time Magazine offers its Top 10 List of Newspapers That Will Fold or Go Digital-Only (fortunately, the Denver Post is not one of them).
(Hat Tip: The Denver Egotist)
Bill Husted and Penny Parker are quickly becoming the Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez of the Denver Post. He hates her. And she hates him. But they’ve agreed to pretend to be civil and “respect each other out of a ruined friendship.” Here’s betting one of them is gone in 12 months. Not surprisingly, it is Michael Roberts at Westword who has the details.
Among those hiring this week are CH2M Hill, Children’s Hospital, Eco-Cycle, GHX, Level 3, NewsBios.com, Platte Valley Power Authority and the Women’s College of The University of Denver.
Sadly, former Rocky Mountain News reporter James B. Meadow passed away this evening. His family issued the following statement:
Dear family and friends:
It is with great sadness that we inform you of James’ passing earlier this evening. James’ condition deteriorated rapidly this afternoon and a follow-up CT scan revealed there was no brain activity.
We are humbled by your thoughts and prayers these past few days. Your outpouring of love and kindness has kept us strong during this difficult time.
We will be sending along more information as arrangements are made.
Julie and the Meadow family
Which means there’s a 50 percent chance it has jumped the shark.
Former Rocky Mountain News reporter James B. Meadow was involved in a nasty bike accident yesterday and has been hospitalized with serious injuries. Ping Brad Bawmann of the Bawmann Group if you want more details.
UPDATE 2: James’ family has set up a Facebook page to offer updates on his condition: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=54935367583&ref=mf
UPDATE 1: Here’s the email Brad sent to friends and colleagues:
At this hour, the life of my friend James B. Meadow hangs in the balance.
Please join with me in praying for his miraculous recovery. The world will be less without his friendship, masterful musings and poignant prose about life as we know it and life as we might not have imagined it.
You may know James as an astounding writer for the now defunct Rocky Mountain News. For more than 25 years he has regaled the community with his superb story telling and provocative profiles. Unlike the modern version of junk-food journalism, James writes with the eloquence of five-star dining dazzling our palates and tempting our taste buds for more, more, more.
Early Friday afternoon, James crashed during a bicycle jaunt at Chattfield Reservoir. I suspect he was celebrating the completion of his hardscrabble work for renowned photographer John Fielder and their upcoming book about Colorado’s ranching royalty. Continue reading “Former Rocky Reporter Meadow Hospitalized”
Former Denver Broncos running back and current CBS4 sports anchor Reggie Rivers is the biggest name being associated with an illegal gambling ring that may have ties to a New York Mafia family. CBS4 says it is “aware that Reggie Rivers is on the witness list” and that its management has “been informed that (Rivers) is fully cooperating with the CBI.” Tom McGhee and Deborah Sherman at the Denver Post have the details.
UPDATE: Rivers tells 9News he was unaware that gambling is illegal in Denver, and the CBI is treating him as a potential witness rather than a target of its investigation.
So, it’s been a week since we learned that Scripps would shut the Rocky Mountain News down. The most recent developments:
- The Denver Business Journal reports that Denver Post publisher MediaNews Group is “experimenting with producing a customized, printable electronic newspaper (that it) hopes to begin testing … this summer in an undisclosed market to be selected.”
- A number of former Rocky scribes are continuing to develop content that is being posted to IWantMyRocky.com.
- Michael Roberts at Westword reports on former Rocky sportswriter Tracy Ringolsby, who has migrated to the Web with his new blog, InsideTheRockies.com. Roberts also has an interview with former Rocky business reporter David Milstead, whose aggressive coverage of the the Scripps vs. MediaNews fight may have cost him a job at the Post.
Boulder-based social networking guru Dave Taylor has formalized a consulting agreement with Metzger Associates to help the agency’s clients “maximize their effectiveness in today’s online conversations through public relations tactics, blogging, podcasting and through social media sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.” Details of the arrangement are here.
The University of Southern California released the results of its survey on the effects of the current economic environment on public relations. The highlights:
- Budgets: 51 percent said their 2009 PR budgets are smaller than in 2008, while 18 percent said they are larger than in 2008
- Staff size: 22 percent said they downsized their staffs last year, while 63 percent said they made no changes to staff size last year
- Salaries: 56 percent anticipate salary freezes in 2009, while 21 percent expect salary cuts
- Agencies: 69 percent of those retaining PR agencies have – or plan to – cut agency budgets by an average of 25 percent
Last agency to get hired by AIG is a rotten egg.
Millionaire software entrepreneur turned U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, who perhaps still hasn’t quite grasped the idea that he represents constituents, has offered an apology for his gleeful comments about the death of the Rocky Mountain News.
- Linhart PR has been selected by Colorado Springs-based Colorado Technical University as its national public relations firm of record.
- The Bawmann Group has added Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics as a client.
Among those hiring this week are Digital Globe, Financial Planning Association, Jeffco Public Schools, Kaiser, Regis University, Swisslog, USO,and the Visiting Nurse Association.
(Hat Tip: Michael Roberts at Westword)
Former PRACO/Vladimir Jones flacks Lisa Bachman and Barry Grossman have started their own Colorado Springs-based public relations agency. The Colorado Springs Gazette has the details.
The anchors’ stupified reaction at the end is worth the watch.