An unusual motion in a child abuse case accuses 7News and 9News of breaking state laws by airing details from confidential child welfare and medical records in their reporting on the death of Levi Welton, a two-year-old who perished in a fire in his family's Sterling home in January. The attorney fo ... More >>
Judi Terzotis.Yesterday, Bob Dickey, head of the publishing division for Gannett, announced 700 layoffs nationwide from the firm's newspaper division; see his memo below. And while the Gannett-owned Fort Collins Coloradoan didn't escape unscathed, the pain certainly could have been worse. Pub ... More >>
Greg Moore.The newspaper industry remains under economic assault, as shown by Gannett laying off 700 employees yesterday, including two at the Fort Collins Coloradoan, not to mention the recent closure of the Denver Daily News. And the Denver Post isn't immune to these challenges. Editor Greg ... More >>
Bob Moore.Furloughs are nothing new for the Fort Collins Coloradoan. Two years ago this month, the paper's parent company, Gannett, imposed company-wide one-week furloughs. Still, Coloradoan editor Bob Moore concedes that the latest furlough order will be tricky to implement -- although he's ... More >>
Laura Frank.With resources and revenues for print and broadcast news operations continuing to shrink, investigative journalism -- a vital form, but among the field's most expensive -- is becoming more rare with each passing day. But former Rocky Mountain News reporter Laura Frank thinks she's ... More >>
This past January, the Fort Collins Coloradoan, a Gannett publication, instituted a furlough program designed to save money and help preserve jobs. But it didn't prove to be the magic solution. In March, the Coloradoan shut down its press and farmed out its printing at the eventual loss of mo ... More >>
Joe Blake, as seen in an image from the Fort Collins Coloradoan. Today at 2 p.m., Colorado State University's board of governors will hold a meeting at which it will discuss "the resignation of Mr. Joe Blake from the CSU System Board of Governors," the "appointment of a replacement to fill the vaca ... More >>
An image from the last edition of "Fort Collins Now." Today marks the final edition of Fort Collins Now, a weekly newspaper that built up a considerable following dating to 2003, when it was born as the Fort Collins Weekly. Indeed, Northern Colorado as a whole was practically bursting at the seams ... More >>
Investigative reporter Paula Woodward, who confirmed this week that she's leaving Channel 9, has learned a few things during her 32 years on the job about how not to provide information -- or at least not any more of it than she'd like. When asked, for example, if the current economic difficulties a ... More >>
In the past week or so, reports have circulated that the Fort Collins Coloradoan, a Gannett property, was planning to outsource its printing to the Denver Newspaper Agency, which owns a high-tech press with lots of extra capacity thanks to the closing of the Rocky Mountain News. More recently, a s ... More >>
The basic information contained in a blog published earlier this morning under the headline "Report: Coloradoan Outsourcing Printing to Denver Newspaper Agency, Eliminating as Many as Fifty Jobs" has been confirmed. Moments ago, the Fort Collins Coloradoan issued a press release about its new agre ... More >>
As pointed out in the first of today's blogs about the closure of the Fort Collins Coloradoan's printing facilities, Kim Roegner, the paper's publisher and president since last June, didn't return a call on the topic yesterday. Following the issuing of a press release confirming a new partnership be ... More >>
Don Knox (pictured), the former Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post business editor who now runs Circuit Media, isn't happy about how the media is handled at Colorado's State Capitol -- and one area of concern for him is the press room, which is provided at no charge to reporters from credentialed n ... More >>
Even as a Denver Post statement branded a Rocky Mountain News story about troubles at the broadsheet inaccurate, another memo associated with MediaNews Group, the Post's owner, was turning heads on the left coast. The document, first published at Jim Romenesko's Poynter Online address, revealed that ... More >>
The January 5 blog "Rocky Mountain News Jumps the Gun on Shared-Helicopter Story" offered the anatomy of an announcement that was premature in more ways than one. On December 30, a Channel 7 rep sent out a press release about a pact between 7News and Channel 9, its longtime rival, to share a single ... More >>
As noted in a January 20 blog about Channel 9, the Gannett Company, whose portfolio includes 9News and the Fort Collins Coloradoan, among many other media properties nationwide, announced that in an attempt to prevent further layoffs, the vast majority of its 31,000-person workforce would be require ... More >>
You've got a lot of reading to do. But not like three chapters of The Grapes of Wrath, due by tomorrow. Fun reading. Today in Backbeat Online: • Meese finishes new album and lands mug in Spin. • Has hip-hop dance crew BreakEFX met their match? • A first look at the Fray's new documentary • ... More >>
During the 5 a.m. hour of this morning's 9News info block, anchor Gary Shapiro chatted with guest co-host Cheryl Preheim (pictured) about special-edition newspapers focusing on today's inauguration of Barack Obama. As she held up a copy of USA Today (a publication owned by Gannett, which is also Cha ... More >>
Ever since the Rocky Mountain News was put up for sale, John Temple, the tabloid's editor, publisher and president, has been the focus of much attention. Not so Greg Moore, editor of the Denver Post (seen here in a photo from several years back), who's stayed in the background even as reports surfac ... More >>
The process of researching virtually every article produces far more material than can possibly fit into the finished piece -- and a lot of the leftovers are every bit as interesting as the stuff that makes the final cut. That was certainly the case for the May 8 Message column, which dealt with cut ... More >>
In the January 31 Message, J. David McSwane (pictured), the muckraking editor of Colorado State University's Rocky Mountain Collegian newspaper, set off alarms over the possibility of Gannett purchasing the publication. In his view, CSU's decision to hold an unannounced meeting with representatives ... More >>
Reps from CSU and a Fort Collins daily meet about the future of the university's newspaper.
Colorado Springs police don't name a crime victim because of his advanced age, even though he shot and killed his attacker.
The northern Colorado newspaper market is a real pie fight.
The July 17 decision by overlords at the E.W. Scripps Co. to close the Cincinnati Post and its sister paper, the Kentucky Post, at year's end has locals wondering if the same fate might befall the Rocky Mountain News, Scripps' flagship newspaper. Fortunately, such a move is very unlikely in the near ... More >>
The Denver Post, whose newsroom reorganization plan is detailed in this More Messages blog, isn't the only local media outlet giving longtime staffers new responsibilities. KUSA-TV/Channel 9, the Post's print/synergy partner, has also done some shifting, owing to a new initiative from its parent com ... More >>
The forthcoming Postal Service rate hike promises to be record-breaking.
CU student journalists feel they were kept in the dark about changes at their publication. Talk about a real-world lesson.
Print is far from dead in Fort Collins, where five free weeklies compete for ad revenue and readers' eyeballs.
HD radio rocks -- but is anyone listening?
This week, Gannett announced that it had won FCC approval for its purchase of KTVD-TV/Channel 20; since the company also owns KUSA-TV/Channel 9, the deal creates a television tag team known as a duopoly. The news hardly came as a surprise, given that a memo about the formal transfer of Channel 20's ... More >>
Checks and Balances
From the week of July 1, 2004
If the FCC loosens its rules, will media giants go on a radio-and-TV shopping spree? Absolutely.
Wherever you go, there you are.
At fifty, William Dean Singleton has dozens of newspapers and all the money he needs. But what about respect?
The News wants to discourage its stars from sailing to the Post.
Westword's guide to the 1997-98 ski and snowboard season