Vladimir Jones Inks COMPA Ministries

Vladimir Jones has signed COMPA Ministries. VJ will help generate awareness of the non-profit organization serving the homeless, under-employed and at-risk in the Denver area. The part paid/part pro-bono scope of work is focused on positioning the organization to have greater fundraising potential in order to ultimately help more people in need.

Westword Takes Issue with Post’s Rosy Circulation Picture

Aldo Svaldi at the Denver Post says the paper is satisfied with its post-Rocky circulation numbers, but Michael Roberts at Westword says Svaldi’s article is “journalistically appalling.” One thing is for sure – it is going to take six months to a year for the Post to truly understand what percentage of Rocky subscribers it held on to. Any analysis now is like trying to project a pitcher’s ERA during the first inning of the first game.

Good News, Bad News for the Denver Post

First, the good news: The Denver Post is now the 11th largest newspaper in the U.S., thanks to Scripps’ decision to shutter the Rocky (and the JOA’s ability to automatically switch Rocky subscribers to the Post). The bad news? The Post is already down 17.4 percent compared total Rocky/Post subscribers, making it tough for the Post to maintain its goal of keeping 80 percent of Rocky subscribers. 

Mark Harden at the Denver Business Journal and Michael Roberts at Westword have examined the numbers and what they mean.

Apple Fumbles ‘Billionth Download’ Celebration

The truly great PR blunders are self-made, as Apple showed us this week. As the company prepared to publicly celebrate the one billionth download from its App Store, it managed to change the focus to how it ever could have allowed the Baby Shaker application to get approved. Apple finally hit the billion downloads mark early this morning, but every article written about the achievement will now mention the Baby Shaker controversy.

Financiers Pull the Plug on InDenverTimes

The former Rocky Mountain News reporters’ ambitious plans to launch a subscription-based online news site to compete with the Denver Post just got harder. After failing to reach their goal of 50,000 subscribers, the projects financiers have pulled out. But business reporter David Milstead hasn’t given up, and he told the Post, “The take-away is that (managing editor) Steve Foster, myself and others who are committed to this venture will continue to pursue the concept, and we are now looking for new backers.” Joey Bunch at the Post has the details.

‘Media on Twitter’ Database Moves to its Permanent Home

The “Media On Twitter” coalition – Digital Idea Media’s Melissa Hourigan, Elgin Community College’s Sarah Evans, Help a Reporter Out’s (HARO) Peter Shankman, FutureWorks’ Brian Solis, and TrackVia’s Ed Dunigan – announced today that the database has moved to its permanent home at http://www.mediaontwitter.com. The database has grown to nearly 1,000 reporters, editors and producers since it launched three weeks ago.

One Peabody, 40 Emmys, Zero Jobs

The number of Denver television anchors and reporters who have departed over the past year has been brutal, but the behind-the-camera exodus has been just as bad. Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post reports today that CBS4 producer Vicki Hildner’s contract was not renewed. Hildner’s resume includes a Peabody Award and 40 Emmys in her two decades at CBS4.

Denver Agency Wins

  • Volume PR has added American Energy Resources, Faction Media, JuicedHybrid.com, WebSafety.com, Auto-trol Technology and The Alternative Board as clients
  • The Bawmann Group landed HSA Colorado and HPL as clients, and added David Whitney as account coordinator
  • SSA Public Relations has been selected by TeleTech as its agency of record
  • GroundFloor Media was selected by Westwood College as its national public relations agency of record

PRSA Colorado Announces ‘Gold Pick’ Nominees

PRSA Colorado is out with its list of 2009 Gold Pick nominees. The organizations/agencies nominated are:

  • 104 West Partners
  • Bonfils Blood Center
  • Carmichael Lynch Spong
  • Cohn Marketing Group
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • First Data Marketing and Communications
  • GroundFloor Media
  • JohnstonWells Public Relations
  • Linhart Public Relations
  • Metropolitan State College of Denver, Office of College Communications
  • Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
  • MGA Communications
  • Morris Animal Foundation
  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • Newmont Mining Corporation
  • Philosophy Communication
  • Pure Brand Communications
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans
  • Room 214
  • SSA Public Relations
  • University of Denver, University Communications
  • Xstatic Public Relations

So far, Linhart leads the field with six nominations. If you know someone with more, let me know. You can register to attend the Gold Pick awards at http://www.prsacolorado.org/cde.cfm?event=257309.

UPDATE: Carmichael Lynch Spong is the new Gold Pick nominee leader with nine.

GBSM Lands Slew of Consulting/Communications Assignments

GBSM has been awarded management consulting, strategic communications and/or public affairs assignments over the last quarter from AARP State Operations, Black Creek Capital Group, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Denver International Airport, Denver Water, Evergreen Energy, Grease Monkey International, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, The Klutznick Company and the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments/Fort Carson Regional Growth Plan.

Event: Denver’s New Media Landscape

PRSA is sponsoring a luncheon next week that will examine Denver’s changing media landscape, and what implications it has for the city generally and public relations professionals specifically. The panel will include: 

  • Jeanette Chavez, managing editor of the Denver Post
  • Darrell Proctor, online content channel manager for Examiner.com, in charge of content for the business and finance, careers and workplace, and gadgets and technology channels
  • David Milstead, former reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, representing InDenverTimes.com
  • Jim Anderson, Colorado Associated Press news editor
  • Sharon Linhart, founder and managing partner of Linhart Public Relations 

If you are interested in attending, the details are:

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Curtis Hotel, 1405 Curtis Street
Registration and Networking: 11:30 a.m. – Noon
Luncheon: Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Click here to register

Nearly 90 Percent of Firms Report ‘Idea Theft’

Nearly 90% of respondents to a recent PR Leaders’ Panel said that ideas they pitched to clients in proposals had been used by the client without the agency being hired or receiving any compensation. As PRNewser notes:

“This is food for thought about on the age-old question of how much detail to include in a new business pitch. It’s tough to prove theft unless the company in question hires no firm and immediately implements a program. The inclusion of detailed strategy should be weighed against how well you know the client contact, and what the odds are of landing the account.”