CYBERSPACE (June 8, 2016) – Internet authorities today confirmed DavenPR is an actual thing—based on newly discovered, irrefutable proof of the existence of a DavenPR website at “We know it’s there because we’ve seen it. We visited the DavenPR website,” an internet spokesperson said. “It has all the characteristics of a legitimate website, so we’ve concluded that’s exactly what it is,” he said. “There are pictures, words, bullet points and a logo. Oh it’s real, all right.” DavenPR, a limited liability company (LLC), actually launched in January 2016 by veteran public relations strategist Ryan Davenport. The company name appears to be a derivation of Davenport Public Relations. The business is dedicated to helping people and companies tell their powerful stories to increase visibility and achieve their business objectives. “This is an exciting and yet very strange moment for me,” Davenport said. “I’m quoting myself in a news release and referring to me in the third person,” he said. “It’s like seeing yourself in the mirror, but the reflection is looking somewhere else.” The website describes how DavenPR can help clients with a variety of communications strategies through effective writing, media relations, multimedia content and social media. Visitors are invited […]

DavenPR now on the internet, authorities confirm

March is basketball nirvana for me. High school tournaments fill large arenas with fans, pep bands and dreams of a trip to state, while top seeded college teams and Cinderella hopefuls push for a national championship. My love of basketball and my career in public relations seem to be inextricably connected. Both were built on solid coaching, fundamentals and hustle. After earning my degree in journalism, I cut my teeth in small market TV news, covering crimes and courts, school boards and features. I chased deadlines, gained experience and put new skills to the test. On the court, my high school school playing days were over, but I searched for a way to stay in the game. After seven years in TV I switched to public relations. I knew what kind of PR person I wanted to be, based on the myriad interactions I had with them as a journalist. I started with a short stint at a large PR firm, then landed a media relations role at a large hospital and clinic system. I pitched incredible patient care stories and the media were happy to gobble them up. This was about the time I discovered a regular Sunday game […]

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Back in my corporate media relations days, I truly enjoyed working with colleagues who eagerly sent me story ideas to earn positive news coverage for their internal clients. Sometimes folks marched in with bona fide, slam dunk headline makers. Sometimes, bless their souls, they dropped off some real stinkers. And yet we loved the ideas, just the same. Because at a minimum, ideas were conversation starters. Conversations often led to more ideas. Sooner or later, something would stick. But every so often the pipeline of ideas would run dry. Years ago my partner and I tried to think of ways to create a steadier, more predictable flow of story ideas into our media relations office. We agreed on one thing: Sending out yet another meeting invitation to “pitch your story ideas to Ryan and Jen” was not going to get it done. Nobody had the bandwidth or the desire because these meetings usually played out like tension-filled congressional hearings. As the meeting drew closer, people began to feel the pressure to feed the insatiable media relations monster—or else. The pressure to share great ideas often smothered conversation altogether. It could also have the opposite effect, forcing people to cough up […]

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