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Layoffs whack another Colorado newspaper

  Some layoffs hit The Pueblo Chieftain earlier this month. On Twitter, ex-reporter Matt Hildner said there would be no more Chieftain news from his feed since he was...

The tectonic plates are shifting under Colorado’s media landscape

  OK, the headline on this column might be a little hyperbolic. But for those who follow media news closely in Colorado, this week rocked the industry. First,...

Why The Denver Post’s pot editor has to ‘remain sober at...

  Awww, man, why? Dude. Duuuuude. Why? A recent profile of The Denver Post's marijuana editor Ricardo Baca by the Time Inc.-operated breakfast-themed website Extra Crispy came...

Westword cuts staffers, pay amid ‘roughest stretch we’ve ever seen’

The layoffs and cutbacks keep coming. After exhaustively reporting on the impending sale -- and possible shutdown -- of the Rocky Mountain News last month, Denver's alternative weekly Westword turns a spotlight on itself, writing in blog posts that three staffers were laid off Monday and top brass at parent company Village Voice Media (VVM) are taking 10 percent to 15 percent pay cuts.

Rocky spikes column asking if Feds might intervene to prevent shutdown

Rocky Mountain News contributor Jason Salzman wrote in a column for the newspaper last week that "putting the Rocky on the market for one month over the holidays looks like it’s not a good-faith effort to find a buyer for the newspaper." But the observation didn't appear in the Rocky because editor and publisher John Temple rejected the column, Salzman says in a blog post Tuesday. It's the first time in more than four years the Rocky has refused one of his biweekly "On the Media" columns, Salzman writes.

Carbondale newspaper shuts down ‘for the unforeseeable future’

Citing "the current economic situation," Carbondale's 34-year-old weekly newspaper, The Valley Journal, announced on Christmas Day it would cease publication. An editorial told readers...

Insider offers encouraging ideas for a battered, bruised news industry

It's been an especially tough year for the news industry, which is suffering mass layoffs, sales and bankruptcy filings by some of the biggest companies in print and broadcast journalism. But all is not lost says Reuter's Chris Cramer at the Global Forum for Media Development. Andrew Lam writes the following from rough notes taken at the discussion and posted at the New America Media blog:

Rocky Mountain News staffers take to Web in effort to save...

A Web site aimed at keeping the Rocky Mountain News alive launched Sunday night as part of a campaign by the newspaper's staff to rally public support a week after E.W. Scripps Co. put the Denver daily up for sale and said it could cease publication if no buyer emerges. The IWantMyRocky.com site urges readers to share memories and propose methods to keep the 149-year-old newspaper — Colorado's oldest business — from closing. "We meet in this strange place in a noble effort to save the Rocky Mountain News," Rocky columnist Mike Littwin writes. "And if we can’t save the Rocky, we can, at minimum, make some noise before we go."

Politicker.com shuts down Colorado, 11 other state sites, lays off reporters

Twelve Politicker political news sites around the country, including PolitickerCO.com in Colorado, were shut down and their reporters unexpectedly laid off Friday morning. The sites, billed as "Inside politics for political insiders," covered news in 17 states around the country, are owned by the Observer Media Group, based in New York.

The death of print journalism

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