Denver PR Blog

Hickenlooper Declares September ‘Ethics Month’ for PR
August 31, 2011, 9:11 am
Filed under: Ethics, Hickenlooper, PRSA

Better get home early, get a good night’s sleep and prepare to be on your best behavior because “Ethics Month” for public relations practitioners starts tomorrow.

GroundFloor Media Celebrates 10 Years
August 30, 2011, 3:37 pm
Filed under: GroundFloor Media

Congratulations to Laura Love-Aden and the team at GroundFloor Media. They are celebrating the firm’s tenth anniversary by expanding its award-winning “Get Giving” community donation program to award a total of $10,000 – $1,000 for each year of service – to four local charities: Dress for SuccessColfax Community NetworkUnderwearness and Morris Animal Foundation.

GroundFloor also celebrated the anniversary with a party for clients, employees and friends at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.


Denver PR Jobs
August 29, 2011, 12:54 pm
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are the City of Boulder, the Delta-Montrose Electric Association, Google, ITT Techncial Institute, National Honey Board, Nimsoft, Northern Colorado Business Report, Rocky Mountain PBS, SendGrid, Sierra Nevada Corp., Sky Ridge Medical Center, The GLBT Community Center of Colorado and University of Colorado Law School.

Great Moments in Public Relations
August 26, 2011, 9:28 am
Filed under: Public Relations

U.S. Congresswoman Congressional candidate Kate Marshall (R-Nevada) is making headlines with her latest press release, but not in the way she intended.

As Las Vegas Sun reporter Jon Ralston noted, “You don’t see this too often: A campaign puts out a statement by a candidate on an issue she has never talked about and then helpfully explains the political strategy at play at the end.”

Unfortunately for her, the explanation was clearly intended for her rather than for the media. Here’s the text of the press release:

Kate Marshall Issues Statement of Support for Israel as Violence Escalates

Reno, NV – As violence continues to escalate in Israel, Kate Marshall released the following statement this morning in support of the nation:

“The past several days have proven very challenging for the people of Israel. Last Thursday gunmen from the Gaza Strip entered Israel and launched coordinated attacks against a tourist bus and other vehicles en route to the seaside city of Eilat. The terrorists murdered eight people and scores more were injured.

In further escalation of violence, terrorists operating within the Gaza Strip proceeded to fire hundreds of rockets into southern Israeli cities. Rockets fells on homes, a religious school, and other civilian targets. One man was murdered, many people were injured including children, and among the injured casualties was a four month old infant.

I am proud to consider Israel a friend and I reiterate my unwavering support for its fundamental right to exist and the absolute necessity for Israel to secure its people from outside threats. I stand ready and willing to assist Israel in defending itself against all acts of terrorism.”

Background: Israel has been in the news lately, and will be even more in the news with Beck’s “Rally to Restore Courage” in Jerusalem. In an R district, it will be useful to express support for Israel and demonstrate some foreign policy prowess while it is a timely topic – especially for people who are likely paying attention to Beck’s event.


Shermer Joins Shaw Construction as Marketing Manager
August 26, 2011, 7:59 am
Filed under: Denver Press Club, PR Moves

Shaw Construction has hired Jennifer Shermer as marketing manager. Shermer will manage the marketing and PR activities at Shaw, which provides construction services throughout Colorado and Wyoming. Shermer previously has worked at Grant Thornton and Fransen Pittman, and she is a board member of the Denver Press Club.

Great Moments in Journalism XXXVIII
August 25, 2011, 7:47 am
Filed under: journalism

In the copy editor’s defense, “Loveland” is much easier to fit in a tight headline if you just drop the “e.”


(Hat tip: Elizabeth Robinson at Volume PR)

PRSA Colorado Taps Six All-Stars for Panel Discussion
August 24, 2011, 9:14 am
Filed under: Events, PRSA

If you are interested in learning first-hand what it takes to build one of Denver’s biggest and best PR agencies, plan to attend PRSA Colorado’s September luncheon. I am moderating an all-star panel discussion that features six of Denver’s most notable agency leaders:

Send me an email or post a comment if you have a question you would like me to ask any or all of these agency leaders. And don’t be afraid to make them tough – they can take it.