Congratulations to Kristy Bassuener, Ashley Pritchard, Rose Beetem and the rest of the marketing and communications team at the Denver Art Museum. Coverage of the museum’s Yves Saint Laurent retrospective has been everywhere.
Month: March 2012
Great Moments in Journalism XLIV
Poynter posted this quote in an article headlined, “Newspaper association head doesn’t like talking to reporters:”
“I don’t give quotes for fear of being misquoted.”
– Ossie Sheddy, president of the board of the Alberta (Canada) Weekly Newspaper Association.
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.
9News Anchor Kyle Dyer to Return Monday
Good news: The Denver Post reports that 9News morning anchor Kyle Dyer will return to the airwaves Monday. She has been out on medical leave for the past eight weeks recovering from a dog bit she received during an in-studio interview.
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.
Bellco Renews with GroundFloor Media
If you had Bellco on your client prospect list, go ahead and cross them off: the credit union has extended its contract as a client of GroundFloor Media. Under the terms of the new contract, GFM will develop strategic communications programs to enhance Bellco’s community visibility and reinforce its reputation as a strong local banking option for individuals and businesses.
What Are Bad Employees Costing Your Firm?
Denver Rated Seventh-most Social Media-Savvy City
The University of Illinois at Chicago has ranked the nation’s 75 largest cities by the social media acumen of their city governments, and Denver ranks seventh:
1. New York
3. Virginia Beach, Va.
4. Portland, Ore.
5. San Francisco
6. Kansas City
8. Mesa, Ariz.
9. Louisville, Ky.
10. Long Beach, Calif.
10. Sacramento, Calif.
The State of Public Relations
Overall budgets are up slightly, measurement and evaluation are on the rise, PR increasingly has a seat at the C-suite table, and agency-of-record relationships are vanishing, according to The USC Annenberg Strategic Communication and Public Relations Center’s latest Communication and Public Relations Generally Accepted Practices study.
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.).
SE2, Cactus Team Up for Healthcare Campaign
SE2 and Cactus have teamed up to launch Project Health Colorado, an innovative and first-of-its-kind-in-Colorado media campaign that encourages and enables a real-time, statewide dialogue about health care. More details are here.
MGA Announces Promotions, New Hires
MGA Communications has promoted Sarah Rasmussen to vice president and Molly Osadjan to account manager. The firm also hired Kevin Frisbie and Matt Rodriguez as account executives.
Great Moments in Obituaries
Denver Post Lays Off Penny Parker, Perhaps Mike Littwin
Denver Post business/gossip columnist Penny Parker confirmed via Twitter that she was laid off yesterday, and rumors have columnist Mike Littwin also on the chopping block. Michael Roberts at Westword has some of the details.
Great Moments in Journalism XLIII
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.
- 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.
Orapin Adds Restaurant Client
Orapin Marketing + Public Relations has added The Original Pancake House to its client roster. OMPR will provide PR and marketing support for the restaurant’s two Denver area locations – Cherry Hills and the Denver Tech Center – including event planning and promotion, advertising campaign development and social media consultation.
Denver PR Jobs
Among those hiring this week are Allied – THA, Catholic Charities, Denver Zoo, Inspirato, Small Planet Foods, STARZ, The Cell, UCAR, The Rifle (Colo.) Citizen Telegram and the Torrington (Wyo.) Telegram.
Denver’s Phase Line Strategies Acquired by Vegas Firm
Las Vegas-based R&R Partners has acquired Denver’s Phase Line Strategies, and will rename it R&R Denver. Sean Tonner, the founder and president of Phase Line, will serve as managing director.
Travel PR Firm WordenGroup Opens Denver Office
WordenGroup, a boutique public relations firm specializing in travel & tourism, has added a Denver office. The firm is based in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Great Moments in Meteorology II
Hat tip: Eric Anderson
Jumel Named One of DBJ’s ’40 Under 40′
Congratulations to Elizabeth Jumel, who appears to be the lone public relations representative in yesterday’s “40 Under 40” awards presented by the Denver Business Journal.
Great Moments in Journalism XLII
Hat tip: Cynthia Barnes
JW Book Drive Benefits Mile High Montessori
JohnstonWells Public Relations donated more than 50 books to low-income children at the Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers. The book drive was part of the agency’s 40th-anniversary celebration.
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.
GroundFloor Media’s Jim Licko and Alexis Anderson have spent the past few days blogging from the SXSW Conference in Austin:
Great Moments in Meteorology
Maybe if Kathy Sabine’s forecasts were right more often, she’d get letters like this instead of blogs like this.
Hat tip: @SkiPRGirl
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 GQ, New York Times Magazine and Slate.
2-for-1 Deal Offered for PRSA Carl Kasell Tickets
If you are both a procrastinator and a fan of “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me!,” today is your lucky day. PRSA is now offering two-for-one tickets to Carl Kasell’s keynote address at the PRSA Western District Conference in Denver next Monday.
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.
Linhart Named PR Week’s 2012 Boutique Agency of the Year
Time for Sharon Linhart to fire up the ol’ F-250: Linhart Public Relations is PR Week’s 2012 Boutique Agency of the Year.
Wells Retained to Launch Restaurant Mobile App
ValuedPatron Marketing Services has retained Wells Communications to launch a new mobile customer loyalty app for restaurants in Denver, Boulder, Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Paul. The app is called Eat-A-Bite, Give-A-Bit, and it rewards loyal restaurant customers and benefits local Feeding America food banks in each market. VPMS plans to expand it to more than 90 U.S. markets.
Barefoot PR Seeks Spring/Summer Intern
Barefoot PR is hiring a spring/summer intern. Candidates should be a student or recent graduate interested in public relations and community involvement who can commit two to three days per week. Prior experience in media relations is a plus.
Cohn Joins Worldwide Partners
Cohn Marketing has joined Worldwide Partners, an international network of 91 independent advertising and marketing agencies in 85 markets around the globe.