Free Advice for the University of Denver’s A.D.

You fired two-time national champion hockey coach George Gwozdecky two weeks ago, and you have refused to discuss the decision with media. Now, reports are that you have narrowed your search to four finalists for the position.

Here’s some free advice: Hiding from the media is an amateur mistake. Sit down with them before you hire your next coach to explain why you fired Gwozdecky. Otherwise, your press conference to introduce the new coach will turn into a circus and all the media coverage will focus on the firing rather than the hiring.

You are the athletic director at a major university. Start acting like it.

DU Seeking PR Experts for Portfolio Reviews

The University of Denver’s Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies is seeking a few experienced public relations practitioners to conduct an interview and portfolio review of DU students enrolled in a PR seminar course. The PR practitioners will review the students’ resumes, portfolios and interview skills, as well as provide critiques to help students prepare for real world job interviews. It is a good chance to identify potential interns (Weber Shandwick snagged two of the students last semester).

The reviews will take place next Tuesday, May 17, starting at 5 p.m. If you are interested in participating, please email Michelle Honald at DU.