Turner PR Seeking Fall Interns

Turner PR is seeking “recent graduates or current students majoring in journalism, communications or public relations” for its unpaid fall internship program. Duties include media relations assistance, drafting press materials, creating and updating media lists and editorial calendars, media monitoring, research, measurement assistance, and social and emerging media outreach. To be considered, email Charlotte Smith a cover letter and resume (no phone calls).

Tickets Available for Denver Press Club’s ‘2009 Gridiron Dinner’

Come see some of Denver’s biggest names in politics and media, onstage in the Denver Press Club’s annual Gridiron Show – a hilarious night of political and cultural satire and songs. The details are:

Denver Press Club’s 2009 Gridiron Dinner
Friday, Oct. 23 (silent auction at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6 pm and entertainment at 7 pm)
Marriott Center City
1701 California Street, Denver, CO 80202
Click here to purchase tickets

MCG Hosting Bra Art Exhibit to Benefit Susan G. Komen

B2B technology marketing strategy and design firm Market Creation Group is showcasing its expanded office by hosting a bra art exhibit to benefit the Denver Metropolitan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The networking event and exhibit will be held in the Art District on Santa Fe from 6-9 p.m. this Friday (Oct. 2) at the MCG studios, 910 Santa Fe Drive, Studios 11 and 12, as part of the district’s First Friday Art Walk.

Early Registration for PRSA Colorado Retreat Ends Friday

The Second Annual PRSA chapter retreat is Friday, Oct. 16, at the Curtis Hotel. Events include morning sessions for young professionals, a luncheon with keynote speaker Dana Perino, former White House Press Secretary, afternoon workshops covering topics for all types of professionals, an all-day resource fair, and a cocktail and networking reception. The early registration deadline ends Oct. 2. Click here for details.

Rocky’s Milstead Headed to Toronto

Denver’s loss is Toronto’s gain. David Milstead, the talented business and financial columnist for the Rocky Mountain News, has accepted a reporter position with Toronto-based Globe and Mail. Milstead would have been a strong addition to the Denver Post, but his candid coverage of the events surrounding the Rocky’s closing – and the Post’s own less-than-solid financial footing – seemingly cost him that chance.

Here is Milstead’s email announcing the news to friends and colleagues:

From: David Milstead
Date: September 22, 2009 3:44:43 PM MDT
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Milstead update

I will be joining the Globe and Mail, Canada’s Toronto-based national newspaper, as a reporter in its Report On Business section. I’ll be doing something similar to what I did at the Rocky Mountain News – specialty finance coverage. (No column, however.)

The Globe and Mail competes directly with The National Post, which describes itself as a national newspaper, but fails to distribute in some provinces and has suspended publication of its Monday paper. The Toronto Star and The Sun provide local news in the market.

I consider myself fortunate to find a full-time job with benefits with an excellent newspaper that has a serious commitment to business journalism. The Report On Business has about three dozen reporters; the day I interviewed, it was 20 broadsheet pages. All told, the Globe and Mail has more than 300 newsroom employees and circulates about 330,000 copies a day.

My first day will be Nov. 2.

I believed from the beginning that I would face the choice of leaving journalism or leaving Denver, and thought it more likely I’d leave journalism. I had prepared myself for that possibility, and am somewhat shocked to be heading right back into the newspaper business.

It was not our goal or preference to leave Denver, and we will miss all the wonderful people we’ve met in the last eight years. We will keep in touch.

Denver PR Moves

  • GBSM has added Becky Karlin as an associate. Karlin formerly served as a senior policy advisor to Gov. Bill Owens on health care, insurance and higher education issues. She also worked in the corporate communications department of Frontier Airlines.
  • The Humane Society of Boulder Valley named Kim Sporrer as director of communications. Sporrer most recently was with Linhart PR.

Aiello Rep’ing Terror Suspect Lawyer

Arthur Folsom, the lawyer representing Colorado terrorist suspect Najibullah Zazi, hasn’t exactly been knocking the ball out of the park lately (who lets their client voluntarily talk to the FBI only to have them arrested for lying to the FBI a couple of days later?). But brighter days assuredly are on the horizon. Folsom has retained Wendy Aiello of Aiello Public Relations to represent him.

Unfortunately, things so far are not going well for Aiello, who is married to CBS4 GM Walt DeHaven. Since adding Folsom as a client four days ago, Bruce Goldberg at the Denver Business Journal reports she has received a number of threatening and abusive phone calls and emails.

Denver PR Moves

  • Dovetail Solutions named Scott Gossett and Ryan Peacock as managers of client services. Gossett formerly was with Stryker Weiner and Yokota in Hawaii and Peacock formerly was with Metro Mountain Media (a division of MediaNews Group).
  • The Loveland Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center named Nicole Hegg as communications and events manager. Hegg formerly was with VisiTech PR.
  • GroundFloor Media has introduced its new Web site that includes live Twitter and blog post feeds.
  • Dovetail Solutions has unveiled a agency new blog.

Which is Cooler: Column Inches, Impressions or Buzzles?

When I worked at the data and Internet division of US West, I was always annoyed that they let the engineers name everything. Inevitably, products had names like Integrated Services Digital Network, Digital Subscriber Line and Asynchronous Transfer Mode. The only thing marketing could do at that point was to start using the acronyms: ISDN, DSL and ATM.

Anyway, the tide is turning. PRSA is on a quest to develop a unit of measurement for what it is we do in public relations, so presumably we will get to name it. In fact, in the spirit of true public relations, I think we should just name the unit of measurement and not bother figuring out what it quantifies. After all, we’ll probably just change that on a client-by-client basis to reflect best on our campaigns.

So if you have a suggestion, preferably something catchy like “buzzles” (as in, “Our last campaign generated 246,500 buzzles”), call Colorado PRSA President Gina Seamans at home post a comment on the PRSA blog.

2009 Denver Gridiron Dinner Set for Oct. 23

What do Mayor Hickenlooper, Reggie Rivers, Cynthia Hessin, Fred Brown, Gregg Moss, Steve Saunders, former Gov. Owens, Bruce Goldberg, Andrew Hudson, Neil Westergaard, Tom Clark and I have in common? If you guessed something to do with the federal investigation into the Denver Players prostitute ring, well, I can neither confirm nor deny that. But I can confirm that we will all be at the Denver Press Club’s annual Gridiron Show on Friday, Oct. 23.

Click here for more information.

Denver PR Events

PRSA ‘Something to Tweet About’
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009
Click here for details

Ignite Boulder 6
6 – 10 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009
Click here for details

Asian Pacific Development Center Gala featuring Denver author Rick Reilly
6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9, 2009
Click here for details

PRSA Colorado Chapter Retreat Featuring Dana Perino
8:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 16, 2009
Click here for details

Denver PR Jobs

Among those hiring this week are 5280 Magazine, The Children’s Hospital, Texas de Brazil, Rocky Mountain PBS, Kiewit Building Group, MMG Mardiks, Grace Dickerson, One Earth Foundation/Colorado & Santa Fe Real Estate Company, Care and Share (Pueblo), Columbia College, Fire and Police Pension Association, Lexis Nexis, State Bar of Arizona and the UN Foundation (Washington D.C.).

With Ad Agencies Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

The World Wildlife Fund is learning the hard way what happens when you pick an advertising agency more interested in winning awards than serving your needs.

UPDATE: The Denver Egotist has a link to a minute-long television commercial based on the same concept.

SECOND UPDATE: WWF and DDB Brasil now say the ad was approved by “inexperienced” executives on both sides, and that the ad ran once in a small Sao Paulo newspaper. We all  know that mistakes hurt but that it is the cover-ups that kill you, so we’ll see how long this story lasts.