Twitter Vigilantes

Ahhh, delicious irony. The self-important Jacob Morse is profiled in the New York Times for spending his time “calling out the (grammar mistakes of the) self-important” on Twitter. In the spirit of Mr. Morse’s endeavor, I’m starting a “Name that Tweeter” contest to identify the authors of notable tweets. The first (and likely only) installment:

“Its impossible to eat sopapillas with hiney and not get sticky.”

Identify the author and you win lunch and a free Bawmann Group pen.

UPDATE: 5280 publisher Daniel Brogan correctly identified Andrew Hudson, publisher of the brand new Andrew Hudson’s Jobs List Blog, as the author of the Tweet. Andrew’s Tweet was quickly followed by a second one that read, “Arrrggg. I meant ‘honey,’ not ‘hiney.'”

Foxes in the Henhouse

Is it just me, or does the idea of public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard teaching kids “how advertising works so they can make better, more informed choices” just make you laugh your ass off?

And if that doesn’t, how about this: A representative of FH’s client, the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission, defended the hiring, saying, “(FH) know(s) the tricks of the trade. We’re tapping into their expertise.”

What’s lesson No. 1?: “Advertisers shout lies. Public relations executives whisper them?”

PRSA Colorado to Honor Fuentes at ‘Gold Pick’ Awards

PRSA Colorado will pay tribute to Joe Fuentes at its annual Gold Pick Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 6. Joe, who lost his battle with cancer in March, was a longtime PRSA Colorado member and well-known in the Denver PR and media communities. According to PRSA Colorado, “The tribute to Joe will include a video featuring many of his friends and colleagues reminisremembering the five attributes he displayed daily throughout his life, including: professional excellence, community, mentorship, family and ethics/integrity.”

Following the video, Joe’s widow, Christine, and her family will present the “Joe Fuentes Rookie of the Year Award.” The award was renamed to honor Joe and will continue to be awarded annually at the awards ceremony. The tribute also will include a Coors toast in Joe’s memory as a nod to the 14 years he spent leading PR efforts for the Coors Brewing Company.

5280 Names New Art Director

5280 has hired award-winning designer David McKenna as art director. McKenna most recently worked at National Geographic Adventure, and his work has been recognized with a National Magazine Award nomination for General Excellence, as well as other honors including a Society of Publication Designers award and Folio’s Ozzie Award recognizing excellence in magazine redesign.

I Dare Someone to Try this ‘Stunt’ in Texas

If you are looking for a change of public relations scenery, you might try (and thrive in) New Zealand. Apparently, Australia’s little brother is a little behind the curve when it comes to public relations strategy. From the New Zealand Herald:

“A marketing stunt to promote a video game sparked an armed police callout after an actor pointed a fake gun at terrified pubgoers in Auckland’s Viaduct Basin.”

Rocky’s Flynn Accepts RTD Position

If you saw Dean Singleton cackling like a James Bond villain today, it is because highly respected former Rocky Mountain News reporter Kevin Flynn has taken a position with RTD as “public information project manager for the public-private partnership that is to build and operate trains to Denver International Airport and Arvada/Wheat Ridge, along with other FasTracks elements.” Flynn spent 27 years at the Rocky covering a host of beats, including transportation.

Vladimir Jones Appoints Director of Emerging Brand Communications

Vladimir Jones has named Margaret Ebeling as Director of Emerging Brand Communications. Ebeling, who formerly was marketing director for Larimer Associates, “will serve as the agency’s lead for staying on top of emerging trends in the brand communications realm, further fulfilling the agency’s commitment to taking an integrated approach to client challenges and opportunities.”

Connect with Us … No, Wait, Go Away

B.L. Ochman at WhatsNextBlog examined the Web sites of America’s largest companies and found that “it would have taken Nancy Drew to find the company blog, or Facebook page, or Twitter feed, or all of its YouTube videos.” Why? Ochman suspects that companies “fear that they’ll lose control of their brand if too many people know they can have a say,” with Nestle a classic (and recent) example.

Pew Reports Finds Journalism Execs Remain Pessimistic

The money quote from the summary of a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism in association with the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA):

“Fewer than half of all (journalism executives) surveyed are confident their operations will survive another 10 years – absent significant new sources of revenue. Nearly a third believe their operations are at risk in just five years or less. And many blame the problems not on the inevitable effect of technology but on their industry’s missed opportunities.”

Denver PR Jobs

Among those hiring this week are the American Cheese Society, Aspen Chamber of Commerce, ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers, Covidien,, Nutrition Business Journal, Quiznos, The White House Project, Cricket Communications (San Diego), Glendive Ranger-Review (Glendive, Mont.), Kiewit Corp. (Omaha, Neb.), Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx (Minneapolis, Minn.), Smith Micro Software (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), SUPERVALU (Earth City, Mo.), and Weber Shandwick (Minneapolis, Minn.).

PRSA Hosts ‘Young PR Professionals’ Event

Nothing makes you want to drink as much as landing your first job in public relations and seeing first-hand how the PR sausage is made (except maybe trying to find that first PR job). So, either way, head on over to the Ginn Mill bar at 2401 Larimer Street this Thursday from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. to attend PRSA Colorado’s Young Pros Event. The event is celebrating the formation of PRSA Colorado’s Young Professionals group that is designed to be a go-to resource for all young pros looking for peer-to-peer networking opportunities, professional development and a nontraditional mentorship experience. Click here for more details.

MGA Campaign Named One of the Best of the Decade

Congratulations to Denver’s MGA Communications and its client Rocky Mountain Arsenal, which were named one of the top five public relations campaigns of the past decade by the Holmes Report. MGA President Jeff Julin said, “We are so pleased to have our clients and their programs recognized by our peers. We realize how fortunate we are to have clients who give us the opportunity to partner with them on programs that have a positive impact on the community.”

The four other campaigns recognized were:

  • Ketchum and Frito-Lay for encouraging customers to create a SuperBowl ad for Doritos.
  • Liz Claiborne and its agency Patrice Tanaka & Company (now part of CRT/tanaka) for their long-running Women’s Work cause-related marketing program.
  • The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide for The Heart Truth campaign and its introduction of the Red Dress icon.
  • Fleishman-Hillard and its support of SBC Communications, Yahoo! and Cingular Wireless for their efforts to help individuals displaced by Hurricane Katrina.