Feb 26, 2009

Rocky Mountain News to close*, **

AP reports that the Rocky Mountain News will close after Friday:
DENVER (AP) — E.W. Scripps says the Rocky Mountain News in Denver will publish its last edition Friday.

The company announced on the newspaper's Web site Thursday that its search for a buyer for the paper was unsuccessful.

*Updated 12:18 p.m.: The Rocky Mountain News has posted a story, which says Scripps still plans to sell "the masthead, archives and Web site" of the paper in a deal that excludes the agency that ran the paper with the Denver Post. The story ends with what seems to be a lament that even good work couldn't save the day:

In the past decade, the Rocky has won four Pulitzer Prizes, more than all but a handful of American papers. Its sports section was named one of the 10 best in the nation this week. Its business section was cited by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers as one of the best in the country last year. And its photo staff is regularly listed among the best in the nation when the top 10 photo newspapers are judged.

**Updated 2:17 p.m.: The Denver Post is hiring some of the Mountain News journalists. Dean Singleton says the Rocky's demise will help the Post financially. (via Romenesko)


Anonymous said...

didnt take long for the post to put an announcement up on the rocky mountain news site claiming people could still get the news in the Post.

Will Denver become the first major city without a daily paper??

Mike Rappaport said...

This is extremely sad news. I was part of a closing in 1986 in St. Louis, when the Globe-Democrat ceased publication for the last time, and there is nothing sadder in our business than seeing a great newspaper with a long tradition close.

There really weren't many good tabloid newspapers west of New York, but the Rocky was one of them. I wish I could say this is good news for the Denver Post, but I have my doubts.

So many people say print media is dying, but more often than not, the fatal wounds seem to be self-inflicted.

Anonymous said...

I dont see this as good news for the Post either, what is to stop the majority of the RMN readers from going to the net?? The ad folks may very well keep the dollar in the their pocket.

Singleton is already dancing on the RMN's grave and proclaiming how this helps his paper.

Anonymous said...

Holy-frigging crap. This is what happens when real reporters are let go and interns and rookies are brought in. Throw in early deadlines in the mix and now you got a sweaty, pimply kid wringing his hands to see what he can write before deadline so his editors (people with no editing experience but a lot of A** kissing experience) don't blow their tops. A true editor would have had this crap thrown out and left a blank space in the page instead of being embarrassed by such amateurish and idiotic writing. These papers can't close soon enough for me.

Anonymous said...

It does seem like Billy Dean is dancing on their grave. So this will help the post, eh? Can you now stop the BS and honestly tell people if the layoffs will stop now Deano? You hack.

Anonymous said...

The layoffs won't stop because advertising will not be coming back.The layoffs won't stop because Singleton's leadership team is a joke. The layoffs won't stop because saving your way to prosperity is all they know. The layoffs won't stop because Janiga said no more layoffs.

Anonymous said...

lean mean dean. ugh.

Anonymous said...

How many exclusive advertisers did the rmn have? How much circulation or circulation price increases can the post pass on to customers? These two questions in part will go a long way in deciding how much the post will gain. I think they will just use it to cut expenses further.