Deputy Business Editor
Rocky Mountain News
101 W. Colfax Ave., Suite 500
Denver, CO 80202
Even though he grew up in Denver, Rudawsky worked in Aspen, South Florida and Bolder before he ended up back in his hometown. He started at Rocky Mountain News as a tourism reporter; five years ago, he became deputy business editor. His pastimes include road cycling and reading The Wall Street Journal.Circulation & readership
Sunday: 704,806 - the Sunday newspaper combines The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News, which are published together
Source: media monitoring service BurellesLuce for the six months ending March 2006.
The newspaper’s readers are made up of an equal number of men and women. They are mostly ages 35 to 54 (42%), married (59%) and own their homes (74%). 14% of professionals are involved in management, business and financial operations, while 17% are in sales.Examples of current editorial coverage
The newspaper’s business section covers trends (mostly) and news (some). Editors want local news that has to do with money. If national news is relevant to their readership, they’ll write it from a Denver viewpoint. Web site
The Denver Newspaper Agency, which publishes Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post through a joint operating agreement, reports that each online visitor accesses their site 9.3 times a week, on average.
The newspaper site is big on Web 2.0 features. Web extras include video, audio, photography, front-page gallery, special reports, slide shows, blogs and forums. The business section includes categories, such as business calendar, market watch, aerospace and real estate, among others. How to pitch
The most important aspect of your pitch is its “news value,” says Rudawsky, who also says they have a soft spot for photos and charts. In a perfect world, he wouldn’t have to hear from anyone but “some good sources to speak with.”
He suggests the following five tips:
#1. Read the newspaper before you reach out to a journalist. Become familiar with their coverage, angle and style.
#2. Personalize your news so that it’s about the ways your business venture affects people. What useful information can the readers take away from this article? A good idea would be to quote an expert or a client in your pitch.
#3. Suggest an angle for a trend story.
#4. If it applies, include the fact that you are local in the subject line.
#5. Paste your query into the body of the message and email it to individual reporters. You can find the beats list and contact information at: http://denver.rockymountainnews.com/aboutus/contactus.shtml What not to do
#1. Don’t hound the writers and editors. Avoid following up more than once. Assume the responsibility of checking whether your story ran.
#2. If you must pitch by telephone, don’t do it late in the afternoon; anytime after 3 p.m. (especially on Fridays) is deadline time.
#3. Don’t send news about business openings, product releases, etc.
#4. If you are a local company, don’t hire an out-of-state PR firm to pitch for you. “They don’t know the first thing about us or the markets,” Rudawsky says.
#5. Don’t confuse Rocky Mountain News with The Denver Post. Even though the newspapers’ business operations have merged, their “editorial operations are separate and distinct,” he points out.Contribute to Rocky Mountain News
The newspaper doesn’t accept prewritten contributions, but you can let your voice be heard in their guest opinion column. The editors prefer ‘speakouts’ on local matters; these columns shouldn’t exceed 650 words. Email letters(at)RockyMountainNews(dot)com or pitch the Business Editor at reuteman(at)RockyMountainNews(dot)com. Meet Rudawsky and other editors
Rudawsky hints that he wouldn’t mind taking up a PR person on the suggestion to meet in the Starbucks in their building. “Most journalists will be hard-pressed to turn down some coffee,” he says. You can also invite one to lunch, but the meeting must be conducted with the understanding that it’s “only for information purposes” and may not necessarily result in coverage.