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Krieger Departs Post for 850 KOA
January 6, 2012, 3:31 pm
Filed under: Denver Post, KOA, Rocky Mountain News

Denver Post sports columnist Dave Krieger is leaving to join 850 KOA’s afternoon sports show. Krieger was one of a handful of Rocky Mountain News staffers who were picked up by the Post after the Rocky folded.



The Consequences of a One-Newspaper Town
June 14, 2011, 8:47 am
Filed under: Denver Post, Politics, Rocky Mountain News

I don’t know newly elected Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and I don’t know whether the allegations of his involvement with prostitutes are true. But I do know this: if the Rocky Mountain News were still here, we would have gotten to the bottom of the story much faster. I love the Denver Post, but I love a Denver Post being pushed by a competing Rocky Mountain News even more.



In Memoriam
February 27, 2011, 10:48 am
Filed under: Obit, Rocky Mountain News

They say suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem, and in that spirit let us remember that it was two years ago today that Scripps pulled the plug on the Rocky Mountain News. In that moment, 150 years of scrappy journalism was abandoned, hundreds of talented journalists and production staff suddenly were without jobs and Denver was left with one less important community voice.

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at how Scripps’ decision played out in the newsroom.



Rocky’s Flynn Accepts RTD Position
April 19, 2010, 5:43 pm
Filed under: Rocky Mountain News, RTD

If you saw Dean Singleton cackling like a James Bond villain today, it is because highly respected former Rocky Mountain News reporter Kevin Flynn has taken a position with RTD as “public information project manager for the public-private partnership that is to build and operate trains to Denver International Airport and Arvada/Wheat Ridge, along with other FasTracks elements.” Flynn spent 27 years at the Rocky covering a host of beats, including transportation.



In Memoriam
February 26, 2010, 9:35 am
Filed under: Obit, Rocky Mountain News

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the final edition of the Rocky Mountain News. Here’s to all the great journalists who worked for the newspaper over the past century, and especially to those who were with it at the end. You deserved better.



Former Rocky Editor Joins Hawaii-based News Service
January 21, 2010, 3:55 pm
Filed under: Denver Post, Journalism Moves, Penny Parker, Rocky Mountain News

Former Rocky Mountain News editor John Temple will relocate to Hawaii after accepting the position as editor of Peer News, “a Honolulu-based local news service that will produce original, in-depth reporting and analysis of local issues in Hawaii.” Expect a “John Temple gets lei’d” joke in Penny Parker’s Denver Post column tomorrow.



Sprengelmeyer’s ‘Tom Sawyer Business Plan’
October 14, 2009, 1:58 pm
Filed under: journalism, Journalism Moves, New York Times, Rocky Mountain News

The New York Times profiles former Rocky reporter and current Guadalupe County Communicator publisher Michael “M.E.” Sprengelmeyer. Interestingly, Michael only went by “M.E.” professionally because the byline “Michael Sprengelmeyer” was too long to fit in one column width.



Rocky’s Milstead Headed to Toronto
September 22, 2009, 3:29 pm
Filed under: Journalism Moves, Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News

Denver’s loss is Toronto’s gain. David Milstead, the talented business and financial columnist for the Rocky Mountain News, has accepted a reporter position with Toronto-based Globe and Mail. Milstead would have been a strong addition to the Denver Post, but his candid coverage of the events surrounding the Rocky’s closing – and the Post’s own less-than-solid financial footing – seemingly cost him that chance.

Here is Milstead’s email announcing the news to friends and colleagues:

From: David Milstead
Date: September 22, 2009 3:44:43 PM MDT
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Milstead update

I will be joining the Globe and Mail, Canada’s Toronto-based national newspaper, as a reporter in its Report On Business section. I’ll be doing something similar to what I did at the Rocky Mountain News – specialty finance coverage. (No column, however.)

The Globe and Mail competes directly with The National Post, which describes itself as a national newspaper, but fails to distribute in some provinces and has suspended publication of its Monday paper. The Toronto Star and The Sun provide local news in the market.

I consider myself fortunate to find a full-time job with benefits with an excellent newspaper that has a serious commitment to business journalism. The Report On Business has about three dozen reporters; the day I interviewed, it was 20 broadsheet pages. All told, the Globe and Mail has more than 300 newsroom employees and circulates about 330,000 copies a day.

My first day will be Nov. 2.

I believed from the beginning that I would face the choice of leaving journalism or leaving Denver, and thought it more likely I’d leave journalism. I had prepared myself for that possibility, and am somewhat shocked to be heading right back into the newspaper business.

It was not our goal or preference to leave Denver, and we will miss all the wonderful people we’ve met in the last eight years. We will keep in touch.



Denver Magazine Appoints Associate Editor
June 12, 2009, 11:23 am
Filed under: Denver Magazine, Journalism Moves, Rocky Mountain News

Former Rocky reporter Jeff Kass has been named associate editor of Denver Magazine.



They Could Call it ‘Shine’; That Name isn’t Being Used
May 14, 2009, 2:36 pm
Filed under: INDenverTimes, Rocky Mountain Independent, Rocky Mountain News

Several of the more prominent backers of the ill-fated InDenver Times have stepped forward with a new, more streamlined approach: The Rocky Mountain Independent. Designed as a “daily online news magazine,” the Rocky Mountain Independent is backed by former Rocky Mountain News journalists, including Steve Foster, Cindy House, David Milstead and John B. Moore. Michael Roberts at Westword has the details (and so does Ed Sealover at the Denver Business Journal).



Happy, uh, Anniversary?
April 23, 2009, 7:26 am
Filed under: Rocky Mountain News

Today marks what would have been the 150th anniversary of the Rocky Mountain News.



Rocky Staffers to Launch Online News Service
March 16, 2009, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Rocky Mountain News

The former Rocky Mountain News reporters and editors behind IWantMyRocky announced today they will launch INDenverTimes.com, a subscription-based, online news service:

INDenverTimes is an effort to reinvent the newspaper for the Internet age, featuring many of the reporters, editors, designers and other journalists that the Denver community has come to depend on for coverage of local and national news, sports and the arts. News will be free, but the subscription will invite readers inside the newsroom as never before through news analysis, insight, online chats and other features.

Former Rocky staff involved in effort so far: Sam Adams, Tom Auclair, Lisa Bornstein, Mark Brown, Tim Burroughs, Mary Chandler, Mark Christopher, Kevin Flynn, Tillie Fong, Steve Foster, Scott Gilbert, Chuck Hickey, Cindy House, Kevin Huhn, Kim Humphreys, Jay Lee, Aaron Lopez, Gary Massaro, David Milstead, John Moore, Alex Neth, Melissa Pomponio, Bill Scanlon, Hank Schultz, Marc Shulgold, Ed Stein, George Tanner, Chris Tomasson, Bob Willis and Mark Wolf.



IWantMyRocky News Conference Scheduled for this Morning
March 16, 2009, 7:41 am
Filed under: Rocky Mountain News

The former Rocky Mountain News reporters and editors behind IWantMyRocky.com have announced an 11 am news conference this morning to disclose what is presumed to be a paid online newspaper model.



Sealover Lands at the DBJ
March 12, 2009, 4:49 pm
Filed under: Denver Business Journal, Journalism Moves, Rocky Mountain News

Former Rocky Mountain News reporter Ed Sealover has landed at the Denver Business Journal, covering a mix of tourism and hospitality, airlines, DIA, retail, the brewing industry, and legislative affairs. One down, 200+ to go.



What’s Up with ‘I Want My Rocky?’
March 12, 2009, 4:30 pm
Filed under: Rocky Mountain News

The consortium of former Rocky Mountain News writers that has formed I Want My Rocky will unveil their long-term plans tomorrow. Check it out (but wait until tomorrow).



James B. Meadow Memorial Scheduled
March 11, 2009, 6:44 pm
Filed under: Obit, Rocky Mountain News

Family and friends of former Rocky Mountain News reporter James B. Meadow have scheduled a memorial to “tell stories, laugh and cry and rejoice in his life well lived.” The details are:

          A Celebration of James’ Life
          Saturday, March 14, at 11 a.m.
          Colfax Events Center
          1477 Columbine Street
          Denver, CO 80206

Additionally, friends have established the James B. Meadow Tribute Fund at 1st Bank of Cherry Creek to help the Meadow family with expenses during this difficult time. All 1st Bank locations are able to accept your donations if you stop by or you may mail a check to:

          1st Bank of Cherry Creek
          P.O. Box 461050
          Denver, CO 80246



Fort Collins Paper May Outsource Printing to the DNA
March 11, 2009, 8:26 am
Filed under: Economic News, Newspapers, Rocky Mountain News

Rumors are that the Fort Collins Coloradoan has agreed to outsource its printing operations to the Denver Newspaper Agency, a move that helps the DNA fill the printing void left by the Rocky Mountain News and puts up to 50 Fort Collins jobs at risk.



Bill Husted and P-Park
March 9, 2009, 1:34 pm
Filed under: Bill Husted, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News

Bill Husted and Penny Parker are quickly becoming the Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez of the Denver Post. He hates her. And she hates him. But they’ve agreed to pretend to be civil and “respect each other out of a ruined friendship.” Here’s betting one of them is gone in 12 months. Not surprisingly, it is Michael Roberts at Westword who has the details.



In Memoriam
March 8, 2009, 7:42 pm
Filed under: Obit, Rocky Mountain News

Sadly, former Rocky Mountain News reporter James B. Meadow passed away this evening. His family issued the following statement:

Dear family and friends:

It is with great sadness that we inform you of James’ passing earlier this evening. James’ condition deteriorated rapidly this afternoon and a follow-up CT scan revealed there was no brain activity.

We are humbled by your thoughts and prayers these past few days. Your outpouring of love and kindness has kept us strong during this difficult time.

We will be sending along more information as arrangements are made.

In love,

Julie and the Meadow family



Former Rocky Reporter Meadow Hospitalized
March 7, 2009, 8:29 am
Filed under: Rocky Mountain News

Former Rocky Mountain News reporter James B. Meadow was involved in a nasty bike accident yesterday and has been hospitalized with serious injuries. Ping Brad Bawmann of the Bawmann Group if you want more details.

UPDATE 2: James’ family has set up a Facebook page to offer updates on his condition: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=54935367583&ref=mf

UPDATE 1: Here’s the email Brad sent to friends and colleagues:

Dear friends:

At this hour, the life of my friend James B. Meadow hangs in the balance.

Please join with me in praying for his miraculous recovery. The world will be less without his friendship, masterful musings and poignant prose about life as we know it and life as we might not have imagined it.

You may know James as an astounding writer for the now defunct Rocky Mountain News. For more than 25 years he has regaled the community with his superb story telling and provocative profiles. Unlike the modern version of junk-food journalism, James writes with the eloquence of five-star dining dazzling our palates and tempting our taste buds for more, more, more.

Early Friday afternoon, James crashed during a bicycle jaunt at Chattfield Reservoir. I suspect he was celebrating the completion of his hardscrabble work for renowned photographer John Fielder and their upcoming book about Colorado’s ranching royalty. Continue reading



Polis Apologizes for Rocky Comments
March 3, 2009, 1:22 pm
Filed under: Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News

Millionaire software entrepreneur turned U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, who perhaps still hasn’t quite grasped the idea that he represents constituents, has offered an apology for his gleeful comments about the death of the Rocky Mountain News.



Who Killed the Rocky?
March 2, 2009, 8:10 am
Filed under: Obit, Rocky Mountain News

A hint – they had nothing to do with the electric car.

(Hat Tip: Michael Roberts at Westword)



The End of the Rocky, In Their Own Words
February 27, 2009, 8:47 pm
Filed under: Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News

A tremendous behind-the-scenes look at how Scripps’ decision to close the Rocky Mountain News played out in the newsroom.



In Memoriam
February 27, 2009, 2:56 pm
Filed under: GBSM, GroundFloor Media, Layoffs, Metzger, Pure Brand, Rocky Mountain News, Webb PR

Among those offering their thoughts on the demise of the Rocky Mountain News are Metzger’s Lisa Greim (a former Rocky business reporter who offers a touching eulogy for the paper), Webb PR’s Pete Webb, GBSM’s Steve Silvers, GroundFloor’s Ramonna Tooley and Pure’s Larry Holdren.



The End
February 27, 2009, 7:57 am
Filed under: Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News



Denver Post Announces Rocky Staffers it is Hiring
February 26, 2009, 1:49 pm
Filed under: Denver Post, Journalism Moves, Penny Parker, Rocky Mountain News

The Denver Post wasted no time announcing which Rocky staff members it would hire (and, yes, Penny Parker is on the list, but not as a gossip columnist.)



RIP, Rocky Mountain News
February 26, 2009, 12:37 pm
Filed under: Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News, Scripps

A profoundly sad day for Colorado – Friday will be the final edition of the Rocky Mountain News. Here’s the coverage:

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS
•  Rocky Mountain News to close, publish final edition Friday
•  The Rocky tick-tock of the internal announcement
•  Scripps press release announcing the news
•  Video of the Scripps CEO announcing the news to staffers
•  Recession forced closure, Boehne says

DENVER POST
•  Friday last day for the Rocky Mountain News 
•  Through the years: A gallery of the Rocky 
•  Q&A on the closure of the Rocky Mountain News 
•  Ritter: Newspaper’s closure ‘sad’
•  MediaNews statement on Rocky Mountain News

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL
•  Rocky Mountain News to shut down Friday
•  Reaction to the Rocky shutdown 
•  Post to stand pat on ad rates despite Rocky closure
•  Denver Newspaper Agency renegotiating $150M loan 
•  Singleton, MediaNews seen as potential buyer for San Francisco daily

WESTWORD
•  Friday’s Rocky Mountain News will be the last 

EDITOR & PUBLISHER
•  Rocky Mountain News to close after Friday edition

TWITTER
•  Rocky Mountain News newsroom Twitter account

I WANT MY ROCKY BLOG
•  Rocky will publish last paper Friday



Lame Penny Parker Sighting of the Month
February 25, 2009, 2:41 pm
Filed under: Penny Parker, Rocky Mountain News

“Boston Celtics players boarding their bus Monday at The Ritz-Carlton Denver on their way to face (and beat) the Nuggets.”



DNA, Unions Reach Tentative Agreement
February 25, 2009, 2:35 pm
Filed under: Denver Post, Economic News, Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News

David Milstead at the Rocky Mountain News reports that unions representing employees at the Denver Newspaper Agency have reached a tentative agreement on wage and benefit cuts that average 11.7 percent.  According to Milstead, “Today’s tentative agreement includes salary reductions averaging 7 percent, 10 unpaid days off for most workers, the suspension of the 401(k) match, cuts in sick days and mileage reimbursements, and increases in health and dental premiums.” Layoffs are still a possibility if the agreement doesn’t yield the $18 million in concessions the DNA was seeking.



Denver Post Interviewing Rocky Staffers
February 19, 2009, 1:16 pm
Filed under: Denver Post, Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News

Michael Roberts at Westword has multiple sources telling him that the Denver Post has begun the process of cherry-picking Rocky Mountain News talent.



Will Scripps Try to Outlast MediaNews Group?
February 12, 2009, 9:23 am
Filed under: Denver Post, Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News

The most interesting predictions often are the ones that have a 2 percent chance of coming true. So in that spirit, let me offer this prediction: Scripps has analyzed the numbers and realized that it can outlast MediaNews Group if it is willing to suffer another tough six months. MediaNews Group will be forced to fold the Denver Post by summer, and the Rocky Mountain News will survive as the only major daily in Denver.

Will that prediction come true? Probably not. But if the economics of being the only newspaper in town work for MediaNews Group, they should also work for Scripps. And Scripps seems much better positioned financially to ride out a tough six months than MediaNews Group. We are just two days away from mid-February, which is a full month after Scripps initially implied a decision would be made about shutting down the Rocky, and there still has been no word on its fate.



DNA Seeks $35 Million in Union Concessions
February 12, 2009, 8:47 am
Filed under: Denver Post, Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News

It is hard to figure out which is in worse financial shape: the Denver Post, the Rocky Mountain News or the Denver Newspaper Agency. Post publisher MediaNews Group often seems to be teetering on the brink of missing its debt payments, the Rocky is almost certain to be shut down, and now Jeff Smith at the Rocky reports that the DNA needs to cut about $35 million through union concessions, roughly double what had been reported previously.



Metzger Hires Former Rocky Reporter
February 9, 2009, 10:12 am
Filed under: Metzger, PR Moves, Rocky Mountain News

Metzger Associates has hired Lisa Greim as senior account executive. Greim formerly was a technology reporter for the Rocky Mountain News and a public relations consultant for the Fresh Ideas Group.



DNA Prepares for a One-Newspaper Town
February 4, 2009, 2:24 pm
Filed under: Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News

Adding insult to injury, the Denver Newspaper Agency appears to be among those who have written off any future for the Rocky Mountain News. David “Screw a Job with the Post. If I’m Going Down, I’m Going Down with Style” Milstead has the details on a letter to advertisers that has been prepared by the DNA.



Rocky, Redux
February 2, 2009, 9:54 pm
Filed under: Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News, Westword

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the fate of the Rocky Mountain News could be decided within the next week.



Rocky Candlelight March is Tonight
January 29, 2009, 12:27 pm
Filed under: Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News

The Rocky Mountain News candlelight march to show support for the newspaper is tonight at 6 p.m. The march will begin at the Denver Press Club on Glenarm Place and end at the Denver Newspaper Building on West Colfax Ave. Details are here.



If the Rocky Survives, Will the Post Fold?
January 28, 2009, 10:20 am
Filed under: Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News

And now it gets interesting. 

David Milstead at the Rocky Mountain News reports today that his paper’s parent company Scripps has accused The Denver Post and its publisher MediaNews Group of improperly borrowing “$13 million from their jointly owned operating agency to cover The Post’s newsroom payroll.” Rumors of MediaNews Group’s financial shaky footing have been around for months, and Scripps alleges MediaNews was forced to resort to the improper “loan” after the JOA’s banks tightened credit.

So now we know why Scripps has been silent since it announced its mid-January deadline for finding a buyer for the Rocky or shutting it down. And we also know why MediaNews Goup’s Dean Singleton has been so desperate in his efforts to ensure that the Rocky disappears. If the Rocky were to find a buyer, it might not be long before the Denver Post went under.

Update: Michael Roberts at Westword also blogged about Milstead’s article. Definitely worth reading.



Rocky Update (And We Use the Term ‘Update’ Loosely)
January 27, 2009, 1:12 pm
Filed under: Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News

The news about the Rocky Mountain News is that there is no news. Mark Harden at the Denver Business Journal reports that Scripps “is maintaining its silence on its plans for the money-losing Denver daily — or if there’s an offer on the table for the newspaper.”



Guest Commentary: Closing the News is Bad PR for Denver
January 22, 2009, 4:32 pm
Filed under: Layoffs, Newspapers, Rocky Mountain News

By Jon Pushkin, APR and Gina Seamans, APR

jonginaThe news about the News hit Denver’s PR community like a bombshell. Partly that’s because we spend a good deal of our time building relationships with members of the media. We get to know them as people and in many case we build friendships that go well beyond the newsroom.
 
So when the finality of the announcement that the News was on life support was delivered to employees matter-of-factly by the corporate decision makers in the Scripps company, we felt their pain as though it was our own.
 
We also had another eye-opening realization that was even more sobering. That is that newspapers and the journalists who work for them are disposable. It is one thing to make a business decision to sell or close a company that is not profitable. But in this case, the surprising thing is what the people making this decision failed to see: the value in the brand is worth more than the money they will save by closing the Rocky.
 
The equity in a 150-year-old brand like the Rocky Mountain News is priceless. Maybe you tweak the business model or make some significant changes, but you don’t just discard it. The intellectual capital represented by the talented journalists who work at the News is another valuable asset that the owners fail to appreciate. Rather than asking for options or even concessions, the owners are content to dispose of that asset as well.
 
A free and vibrant press is a core pillar of public relations. The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Code of Ethics states that “protecting and advancing the free flow of accurate and truthful information is essential to serving the public interest and contributing to informed decision making in a democratic society.” Healthy communities and democratic societies depend on the free flow of information to help the public make informed decisions about important issues. The troubling trend toward eliminating newspapers and treating journalists as expendable will have a serious long-term impact on the health of our communities.

Blogs and social media and word of mouth are important sources of information but they are no substitute for professional news organizations. They usually have a particular perspective and they generally do not cover stories in the same in-depth way that a reporter would. In many cases, the people who provide the news through those channels are not professional journalists. They are not Clark Kent or Lois Lane or Damon Runyon or Jimmy Breslin or Thomas Friedman. They are just people with opinions who like to express them in public forums with other people who share those same interests. There is nothing wrong with that, but it is not news. Too often it is just noise.

PRSA Colorado believes that the loss of the News would be devastating to our city’s culture and reputation. We call on the decision makers at Scripps to exhaust every potential buyer and to consider other creative options before they close the paper. We offer our assistance to help them explore these options and research reasonable alternatives. We stand in solidarity with our colleagues at the News and encourage them to keep the faith.
 
Disposing of a priceless brand and a valuable asset is not good business. It is just bad PR.   
 
Jon Pushkin is president of Pushkin Public Relations and a past president of the Colorado chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Gina Seamans is a senior counselor at JohnstonWells and president of the Colorado chapter of PRSA.



Rocky Staffers Plan Candlelight March
January 20, 2009, 3:44 pm
Filed under: Rocky Mountain News

Rocky Mountain News staff members are planning a candlelight march on Thursday, January 29, to show support for the newspaper. Organizers hope to have 150 participants, “each holding a candle and placard representing one year of the newspaper’s 150-year history.” The march will begin at 6 p.m. at the Denver Press Club on Glenarm Place and end at the Denver Newspaper Building on West Colfax Ave. Details are here.



Andrew Hudson Sparks Debate with ‘Newspaper Tax’ Proposal
January 15, 2009, 9:44 am
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Rocky Mountain News, Scatterbox

Andrew Hudson is out this week with a not-so-modest proposal to enact a Newspaper Tax to “to subsidize the operations of statewide and local newspapers.” To Andrew, propping up newspapers that are important to communities is no different than subsidies that have propped up Denver’s symphony, opera, public transportation system and NFL team. To get the dissenting opinion, check out the blog post from GBSM’s Steve Silvers, who argues that “the potential closing of the Rocky Mountain News represents the market-driven loss of a delivery product, not the wholesale elimination of news and journalism.”



Scripps: ‘No Timetable’ for Evaluating Rocky Bids
January 15, 2009, 8:28 am
Filed under: Rocky Mountain News, Scripps

With “mid-January” officially upon us, Scripps officials said attempts to sell the Rocky Mountain News could extend into next week or even next month as “there’s no specific timetable” for evaluating bids. David Milstead and Jeff Smith at the Rocky have the details.



Tick-tock
January 14, 2009, 1:53 pm
Filed under: Rocky Mountain News

By my reckoning, tomorrow is officially “mid-January,” and still no word on the fate of the Rocky Mountain News. For the record, I Want My Rocky.



What the Rocky Mountain News Doesn’t Want You to Read
January 8, 2009, 11:39 am
Filed under: Rocky Mountain News

It’s a Jason Salzman column that examines 1) whether the federal government could – because of the JOA – intervene in Scripps’ decision to quickly unload or shut down the Rocky Mountain News and 2) whether the local papers have ignored this angle because it isn’t in the interest of their publishers. Bottom line: Rocky publisher John Temple’s explanation for spiking the column is weak.



Singleton Sets Mid-January ‘Ultimatum’ for Union Concessions
December 19, 2008, 1:03 pm
Filed under: Denver Post, Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News

Mid-January is shaping up to be a pivotal time in the history of Denver newspapers. Scripps will decide whether to shut down the Rocky Mountain News, and the Denver Newspaper Agency has issued an ultimatum to six unions to agree to $20 million in wage and benefit concessions by Jan. 16 or … (insert evil Dean Singleton laugh here)… “face even worse consequences.”



Is Penny Preparing for a Post-Rocky World?
December 17, 2008, 8:10 pm
Filed under: Penny Parker, Rocky Mountain News

I (and many others) have advocated for several years that print reporters should be laying the groundwork to go independent if necessary. Om Malik and Tom Foremski have proven that there is a marketplace for niche expertise, and, to her credit, Penny Parker seems to be preparing for just that kind of move. She has started promoting her “On The Town” blog heavily this week, and  you can expect her to continue it as an independent effort should the Rocky shut down next month.



Staffers Start Web Site ‘I Want My Rocky’
December 15, 2008, 8:42 am
Filed under: Layoffs, Newspapers, Rocky Mountain News

In an effort to save the Rocky Mountain News, staffers have joined together to start the Web site I Want My Rocky, which encourages readers to write letters to the Scripps board, the DOJ, and Colorado’s Congressional delegation.



Rocky Mountain News Staff Awards
December 13, 2008, 12:42 pm
Filed under: Awards, Rocky Mountain News

The Rocky Mountain News announced the winners of its annual staff awards, just in time for the journalists to add them to their resumes:

  • Best Reporter – Sara Burnett
  • Best Writer – Kevin Vaughan 
  • Best Copy Editor – Scott Gilbert
  • Best Artist – Charles Chamberlin
  • Best Designer – Steve Miller
  • Best Photographer – Ellen Jaskol
  • Best Web Producer – Amy Burke
  • Unsung Hero – Lizzy McCormick
  • Best YourHub Journalist – Charmaine Robledo
  • Best YourHub Assistant – Kristin Morin
  • Best Newsroom Contributor – Kathy Potter
  • Editor’s Award – Joe Mahoney


Is There a Chance Denver Could Become a Zero Newspaper Town?
December 12, 2008, 9:56 pm
Filed under: Denver Post, Economic News, MediaNews Group, Newspapers, Rocky Mountain News

A day after Moody’s downgraded MediaNews Group, citing its “substantial”risk of default, CEO Dean Singleton today asked unions representing the Denver Post and the Denver Newspaper Agency to “reopen their labor contracts immediately” in an effort to cut costs by $20 million. Jeff Smith at the Rocky Mountain News reported that Singleton would seek concessions of $2 million from the Post and $18 million from newspaper agency.

And that wasn’t the only bad news for MediaNews Group today. The Wall Street Journal reported that the MediaNews Group-owned Detroit News has joined the Gannett-owned Detroit Free Press in considering cutting home delivery of the papers to three days per week. The remaining four days would be available only via newsstands.



A Rocky Goodbye?
December 10, 2008, 3:23 pm
Filed under: Denver Post, Layoffs, Newspapers, Rocky Mountain News

Michael Roberts at Westword looks beyond all the posturing and spin and finds that the economy and Denver Post Publisher Dean Singleton are conspiring to kill the Rocky Mountain News.




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