Alden Global Capital, owner of The Denver Post, the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Times-Call, among other properties, has tripled down on the Tegna strategy of requiring reporters and others to take furloughs.
Boulder Daily Camera reporter Katie Langford shared that reporters at her paper and the Times-Call will be required to take three weeks of unpaid time off between now and the end of June.
Meanwhile, Alden has informed the Guild representing The Denver Post reporters that it wants a similar arrangement there, an issue that is being negotiated at the moment.
Denver Post publisher MediaNews Group is laying off 17 employees as part of an outsourcing strategy, according to the Denver Business Journal. The employees are part of MediaNews’ Prairie Mountain Publishing Co. division that publishes the Boulder Daily Camera and Longmont Times-Call. The 17 positions are mostly advertising design and production positions that apparently will be moved off-shore to India and the Philippines.
Part of the fallout of Scripps’ decision to shutter the Rocky Mountain News is that MediaNews will take full ownership of several Colorado newspapers, including the Boulder Daily Camera, the Colorado Daily and the Broomfield Enterprise. Alicia Wallace and Ryan Huff at the Boulder Daily Camera have the details.
The Boulder Daily Camera is moving its remaining printing and packaging operations from Boulder to Denver and plans to lay off nearly 30 more workers by the end of this month.
The cutbacks at Denver area dailies continue. This time, it is the Boulder Daily Camera making the layoffs. The newspaper announced today that it has let nine of its 155 (six percent) employees go, including one unnamed “newsroom employee.” Alicia Wallace has the details (well, a couple of them anyway).
The only thing newspapers have been shedding faster than reporters is paying subscribers. With free Web sites, it’s hard enough to get twentysomethings to pay for a newspaper subscription, but what happens when you can’t even keep subscribers who are in their fifties and used to be copyeditors at your publication? The Boulder Daily Camera is finding out. (Hat tip to Daniel Brogan at 5280.)
If you want coverage in the Rocky Mountain News, you might consider pitching reporters at the Boulder Daily Camera, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel and the Associated Press. The Rocky’s recent staff cuts, combined with its article-sharing agreements with other Colorado newspapers, means that as much as 40 percent of its local news is generated by reporters not at the paper.
The Boulder Daily Camera is taking heat for its article covering the spectacularly horrible car crash that killed three men who were in their early twenties. Westword has the details on reader reaction that accuses the paper of glorifying the men’s behavior, including this quote:
“The thing that really makes me feel much better about this is they died doing what they loved to do — they were drinking, they were going fast and they were together,” (one of the dead men’s sister) said. “It gives me comfort, it does, to know those three things.”
UPDATE: The Boulder Daily Camera editor responded to the readers’ reactions.