Whatever Happened to …

Since it is Friday afternoon, and I am distracted by how I am going to spend my $500 million lottery jackpot, I thought I’d throw an easy, feel-good story out there: Former Colorado Public Radio media relations manager Lana Taussig is profiled in a Nashville Business Journal Q&A piece. I don’t subscribe, so I can only see the first two answers, but I assume that she goes on to say that Nashville pales in comparison to Denver and that of everything she left behind she misses the Denver PR Blog most.

SE2, Artemis Big PR Winners in Pinnacol ‘Push to Privatize’

Ed Sealover at the Denver Business Journal has crunched the numbers on Pinnacol Assurance’s “pricey push to privatize,” and the big public relations winners in the effort are:

SE2 – $119,126 in fees
Artemis Communications – $77,725 in fees
Rockford Gray – $58,438 in fees
Galloway Group – $23,600 in fees

Of course, law firms billed nearly $1.5 million, so “big winners” is more of a relative term.

Pure Soliciting ‘Good Works’ Applications from Non-Profits

Pure Brand Communications is accepting applications for its second-annual Pure Good Works program. Pure Good Works awards one nonprofit organization—located anywhere in the U.S.—one year of integrated creative services valued up to $75,000.

The inaugural Pure Good Works grant was awarded to Rachel’s Challenge, a K-12 school assembly and continuing education program inspired by Rachel Scott, the first student killed in the 1999 Columbine High School shootings. Rachel’s Challenge is a program that empowers young people to release their inner good and create a chain reaction of kindness.

Denver PR Jobs

Among those hiring this week are Albeo Technologies, Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities, CenturyLink, Colorado Public Matters, GH Phipps Construction Companies, Johns Mansville, Karcher, Level 3, Maria Droste Counseling Center, Occidental Petroleum, Oculus Media, PCL Construction, Simon Property Group, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, The Creative Alliance, Universal Lending Corporation, USO, WHERE Denver Magazine, Spectranetics (Colorado Springs) and Walmart (Bentonville, Ark.).

Denver Press Club Hosts ‘Wild West Night’

The Denver Press Club is hosting its Wild West Night at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 23. The event is open to the public and includes silent and live auctions that will benefit the club and its endowment fund, which supports scholarships for Colorado journalism students, educational forums and other activities advancing the journalism profession.

Auction items include:
  • Dinner with Reggie Rivers at the Denver Chop House
  • Tickets to the Denver Center for the Performing Art’s “Heartbreak House,” including cocktails before the show and dinner with the cast afterwards
  • A three-night stay in the Steamboat Springs condo of Charlie Brown, Denver City Council, District 6
  • Books from local authors, gifts from local retailers and restaurants and more.

The event will be held at the club, 1330 Glenarm Place in Denver. Admission is $10, and reservations are suggested.

Linhart PR Inks Deal to Double its Office Space

Linhart PR has signed a long-term lease that will allow the agency to nearly double its space in the historic Baur’s Building downtown. The agency currently occupies about 10,000 square feet on the buildings’s second floor, and the new lease adds another roughly 8,000 square feet on the third floor. Linhart said the expansion was necessary due to growing client needs and continued staff additions.

TBG Adds Seven Clients

The Bawmann Group has added seven new clients: Catholic Charities of Wichita’s Marriage and Healthy Relationship Initiative, Vantage Dental & Perfect Teeth, The  Colorado Chorale, Doctor’s Express Englewood, Common Ground Colorado, The Caring for Colorado Foundation, and the Colorado Partnership for Children’s Oral Health. TBG is providing a variety of marketing and PR services for the clients, including web development, advertising campaign development, social media and community relations.

5280 Named Finalist for Prestigious ASME Award

It’s been a good week for 5280 magazine. Less than a week after being named one of America’s Top 5 city magazines for the third time, 5280 has become the first city and regional publication ever to be named a finalist for a National Magazine Award for Digital Media.

The digital award nomination from the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) is for “The Saddlemaker,” a short video that tells the story of Jesse W. Smith, who has been making saddles in southeastern Colorado for 47 years. It was created by Jefferson Panis. Other finalists in the video category are GQNew York Times Magazine and Slate.


Denver PR Jobs

Among those hiring this week are Adams County Economic Development, Adams County Government, BrightNest (internship), Catholic Health Initiatives, Idex, Kutak Rock, SCL Heatlth System, Senior Housing Options, The Alternative Board, University of Colorado, the Salt Lake (Utah) Tribune, Salt Lake City (Utah) Magazine and the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne).

Deadline Today to Register for PRSA ‘Championing Creativity’

The deadline to register for the 2012 PRSA Western District Conference “Championing Creativity” is today. The conference takes place next Monday and Tuesday in Denver, and it features a number of national and local public relations experts speaking on topics ranging from citizen journalism and technology to ethics and measurement.

As an added bonus, anyone who registers for the conference today will automatically be entered into a drawing to win two additional tickets to a keynote address by Carl Kasell of NPR’s “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!”

About the Conference
On March 12-13, public relations and communications professionals from five states will converge on the Denver Center for the Performing Arts for the PRSA Western District Conference, “Champion Creativity.” Our winning lineup of presenters includes an actor, a political pundit, a sportscaster and an engineer as well as a specialty team of top-ranked PR pros. The headline attraction is an evening with Carl Kasell, former NPR news anchor and current scorekeeper (and straight man) on the popular quiz show, “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me.” (Learn more and register at www.prsacolorado.org.)  Registration deadline is Monday, March 5.