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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,...
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...
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 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.
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...
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:
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."
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.