Denver PR Jobs

Among those hiring this week are Allstate Insurance Company, Colorado Access, Denver Water Dept., The Kempe Foundation, Kutak Rock LLP (intern), PCL Construction Enterprises (intern), Vail Resorts Management Company, KOAA TV (Colorado Springs) and Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District (Frederick, Colo.).

Jonas Named VP of Communications/Marketing at Rose Foundation

Jim Jonas has been named vice president of communications and marketing at Rose Community Foundation. Jonas will oversee the Foundation’s publications, media relations, marketing and strategic communications related to grantmaking, philanthropic services and program initiatives.

Jonas was previously director of marketing and communications for the University of Colorado Foundation. And from 2000 to 2010, he was a partner at Peak Creative Media, a Denver-based creative communications and advertising agency that he co-founded.

Garfield County Sheriff’s Tinfoil Hat Falls Off

If you are looking for a pro bono project, Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario could use some public relations counsel. Here’s the first sentence from his most recent press release:

“In response to the lies and slanderous accusations by the ACLU, the most dangerous organization to the United States of America today, as well as the Denver Post, channel 7 news (Denver) and others who produced stories without any attempt to contact the Garfield County Sheriff for an accurate response, here is the official GCSO response: The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office has never turned over a victim of a crime to any organization.”

I realize there probably isn’t a Garfield County chapter of Al-Qaeda, so the sheriff’s perspective may be skewed, but is the ACLU really “the most dangerous organization to the United States of America today?” And are official Garfield County Sheriff’s Department press releases really the right venue to settle personal grudges?

Denver PR Jobs

Among those hiring this week are the Associated Press, the City of Aurora, the City of Littleton, Colorado Rural Health Center, Crocs, the Denver Water Dept., First Data, Hunger Free Colorado, Janus, The Merage Foundation, PCL Construction, Universal Lending Corporation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Western Dairy Association, Westword, the Rio Grande Sun (Espanola, N.M.) and The (Butte) Montana Standard.

5280’s Brogan Recognized as a One of the ‘Folio 40’

5280 editor and publisher Daniel Brogan has been included on Folio Magazine‘s Folio 40, described as an honor for the industry’s most innovative and distinguished professionals. The list represents a broad facet of magazine publishing from every corner of the industry. Said Folio:
Brogan has proven that maintaining a focus on and investment in high-quality content is a proven long-term strategy.”

GFM Adds One, Promotes One

GroundFloor Media has added Cindy Springsteen as accounting manager and promoted Kristina Reilly to director of business operations. Springsteen brings nearly 20 years of accounting experience to GFM. Prior to joining the team, she worked as the CFO of Explore Communications. Reilly joined GFM in 2005 as the operations manager. Since joining the team, she conducted the day-to-day financial management, client invoicing, HR and benefits management, and IT support.

Pure Selects Freedom Service Dogs as Pro Bono Partner

Pure Brand Communications has selected Freedom Service Dogs of America is its 2012 Pure Good Works partner. Entering its second year, Pure Good Works awards one nonprofit organization one year of integrated creative services valued up to $75,000.

Freedom Service Dogs of America trains rescue dogs to serve people with disabilities, from those with physical challenges to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. The dogs accomplish simple tasks, such as turning on lights, and more profound feats like pulling a weakened client to an upright position in bed. The organization doesn’t breed dogs; it saves animals facing unfortunate futures. And while some dogs each year go unmatched with a client, they are found adoptive homes.

HealthOne Offering Four Summer Video Production Internships

HealthONE is looking for four students interested in for-credit video production internships this summer.

Dates: The internships will begin on June 1, 2012 and end on August 31, 2012
Interns must be available on June 6 for orientation.

Job Description
• Seeking internship candidates eager to gain experience in a wide range of production industry facets, including pre-production, location/talent resourcing, shooting, editing/post production and distribution. Continue reading “HealthOne Offering Four Summer Video Production Internships”

Yet Another High-profile Denver Post Departure

In the newspaper game, being a polarizing figure is about as good as it gets. Having people love you and love to hate you means that just about everyone is reading you. And at the end of the day, that is what drives newspaper subscriptions. Which is why I was sad to see columnist Tina Griego today join past lightning rods Penny Parker and Mike Littwin as the most recent Denver Post staff members to leave the paper.

So how long can the Denver Post survive while jettisoning its most interesting, engaging, loved and hated personalities? Unfortunately, it looks like we’re going to find out.

Guttau Joins Four Seasons Vail as Director of PR

Congratulations to Jim Guttau, who has joined Four Seasons Resort Vail as Director of Public Relations. Jim has spent the past seven years as the principal of Guttau PR, a boutique firm focused on clients in the hospitality, nonprofit, and lifestyle sector.

Previously, Dana Lauren Berry has split her attention between the Vail resort and the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver. She will now handle public relations exclusively for the hotel in Denver.

Linhart, Pure Brand Big Winners at PRSA Gold Picks

If you see Sharon Linhart and Larry Holdren at the Capital Grille today smoking cigars, swilling scotch and generally cackling like they own the town, well, actually that’s just a typical Friday for the two of them. But there’d also be another reason: their firms were the big agency winners at last night’s PRSA Colorado Gold Pick Awards.

Using the proprietary and highly sophisticated Denver PR Blog formula to determine which agencies fared best (four points for the Grand Gold Pick, two points for a gold, one point for a silver), the results are:

1. Linhart PR (16 points) – One grand gold, five gold, two silver
2. Pure Brand (15 points) – Four gold, seven silver
3. Webb PR (8 points) – Three gold, two silver
4. GroundFloor Media (4 points) – Two gold
5. Downing Street (3 points) – One gold, one silver
6. Communications Infrastructure Group (2 points) – One gold
6. Communications Strategy Group (2 points) – One gold
6. Philosophy (2 points) – Two silver
9. JDK & Co. (1 point) – One silver

And the big non-agency winners were:

1. Pinnacol Assurance (7 points) – Three gold, one silver
2. Farm Credit (5 points) – Two gold, one silver
2. Kaiser Permanente (5 points) – One gold, three silver
4. Colorado State University (4 points) – Two gold

And, finally, congratulations to the Special Award winners:

• JKD & Co.’s Jane Dvorak (Swede Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award)
• Rocky Mountain Arsenal: Charlie Scharmann/U.S. Army, Roger Shakely/Shell Oil Co. and Steve Berendzen/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Business People of the Year)
• Margaret Fogarty/Farm Credit and Carey Madsen/InView Communications (PR Team of the Year)
• EnCana’s Bridget Ford (Chapter Service Award)
• Linhart PR’s Ashley Frost (Joe Fuentes Rookie of the Year Award)

Great Moments in Denial

The Denver Post takes a pretty damn rosy view of its circulation numbers for a paper about to lay off two-thirds of its copyediting staff. The Post’s own 14-paragraph article reports the changes in the paper’s website hits, its online e-version, and its Facebook and Twitter followers, bit conspicuously absent are any numbers about the paper’s print circulation change. And given that advertisers typically pay a newspaper’s bills, that is an ominous sign.

The paper reported 250,200 print subscribers for the period ending March 31, which appears to be about a 25 percent drop from a year ago. But it also reported 150,000 digital subscribers. As usual, I’m waiting for Mark Harden at the Denver Business Journal or Michael Roberts at Westword to connect to connect the dots.

CPR’s Verlee, Markus Win Local, Regional & National Awards

A shout out to Colorado Public Radio reporter Megan Verlee, who picked up a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for best use of sound for her piece “Getting Hands-On at Colorado Gators.” And also to her CPR colleague Ben Markus, who picked up two awards for his piece “Local Firefighters Honor 9/11 First Responders:” a Colorado Broadcaster Association Award for best single event news coverage and a third-place award in the category for breaking news or continuing coverage from the National Headliner Awards.