By Pete Webb
Principal, Webb PR
Following the mid-spring demise of the Rocky Mountain News, we’ll be deluged with resumes from former Rocky staffers. PR hiring remains flat, so many of those journalists won’t be able to land. The Post will pick up a handful, but it won’t improve the product or local news gathering, and it won’t go back to a robust stand-alone business section.
“New media” will remain a mystery to anyone over 40. In targeted campaigns we’ll be able to achieve some penetration and results through blogging/Twitter/YouTube strategies, but like so many PR strategies, the approach is situational and will have to be rifle-shot.
Channel 4 will release news anchor Karen Leigh and try again for a counter-voice to Jim Benneman. Leigh may have the looks, but not the presence. KCNC is better off letting Benneman go solo.
Steve Kelley will end up back on KOA.
Corporate PR spending in Colorado will remain steady but restrained, and start to show signs of a rebound in third quarter 2009.
Governor Ritter will continue to cross swords with the oil and gas industry, and no one will come forward to forge a compromise.
And the Rockies will continue to be a disappointment.
Andrew Hudson has created JobsGobble, a quarterly job-seeker seminar, job fair and networking party, and the inaugural event is Wednesday, November 12, at the Denver Athletic Club. The event includes a CEO Roundtable featuring GroundFloor’s Laura Love, Webb’s Pete Webb and Cactus’ Joe Conrad, followed by a networking party and jobs fair. Details and registration are here.
Bruce Goldberg at the Denver Business Journal recognizes Pete Webb and his agency’s 20th anniversary.
Pete Webb PR’s new Web site has gone live.
Local abortion opponents have been hammering Weitz Construction for months now for their deal to build Planned Parenthood’s new Denver facility, so much so that the company retained Peter Webb PR to handle the crisis communications.
Having finally dumped its interminable “14 Days to Launch” banner, the VisiTech Web site has retreated and now is in week 2 of “Preparing to Launch.” And this is a tech agency?
And before you get smug, Pete Webb, we’ve noticed that you’ve been without a real Web site for a couple of months. Remember the good old days when companies created a new Web site and then pulled down the old one to replace it?