The front page of today's Denver Post -- the physical version, not its website -- features a note from editor Greg Moore announcing that the paper has been "reordered." Specifically, local news, which previously ran after national and international stories, will now appear in the lead section -- a ... More >>
John Temple has gone Hawaiian.After the Rocky Mountain News shut down in February 2009, Rich Boehne, CEO of the tabloid's owner, E.W. Scripps, promised Rocky editor/publisher/president John Temple a job. But Temple turned it down to pursue other opportunities -- the largest of which turned o ... More >>
That shirt looks kind of Hawaiian, doesn't it?After the closure of the Rocky Mountain News last February, E.W. Scripps CEO Rich Boehne publicly promised a job to Rocky editor/publisher/president John Temple -- but he turned it down to explore other opportunities. Since then, he's consulted a ... More >>
Photo by J. KnightJohn Temple at the February news conference announcing the impending closure of the Rocky Mountain News. This past Friday, the Wall Street Journal gave readers a look at "Confessions of an Organization Man," an op-ed penned by John Temple, former editor, publisher and presi ... More >>
John Temple. It didn't take former Rocky Mountain News editor, publisher and president John Temple long to react to a startling assertion in 5280's intriguing account of the Rocky's death -- that execs at E.W. Scripps, the tabloid's owner, thought the paper might survive if MediaNews Group CEO and ... More >>
Photo by J. Knight.John Temple at the February 26 press conference announcing the impending closure of the Rocky Mountain News. The months between the December announcement that the Rocky Mountain News had been put up for sale and word that it would be shutting down for good last week were filled w ... More >>
At staff meetings he's held on Thursdays since the December announcement that the Rocky Mountain News had been put up for sale by its owner, E.W. Scripps, John Temple, the paper's editor, publisher and president, has frequently reassured his staff that a given week would be "boxless" -- meaning that ... More >>
In the February 2 blog "Rocky Mountain News' John Temple Expects Something Related to the Sale of the Paper to Happen Soon," Temple, the tabloid's editor, publisher and president, foresaw an imminent update from parent company E.W. Scripps, which put the Rocky on the block in December. "The pressure ... More >>
If any press observer thought the fate of the Rocky Mountain News, which was put up for sale by E.W. Scripps almost two months ago, would remain unresolved in early February, he must have kept his opinions to himself. "I think people felt the way you did," confirms John Temple, the tabloid's editor, ... More >>
When he arrived at his office yesterday, Rocky Mountain News editor/publisher/president John Temple was greeted by an e-mail letting him know about a report from KOA radio claiming that executives from E.W. Scripps, the paper's owner, which put it up for sale last month, would be arriving in the nex ... More >>
Since November 2004, Cause Communications president Jason Salzman (pictured) has written a media column for the Rocky Mountain News; his pieces run every two weeks, alternating with offerings by the Independence Institute's Dave Kopel, whose perspective is typically as conservative as Salzman's is l ... More >>
The opening section of Westword's main article about the plight of the Rocky Mountain News, mentions a video of the announcement in the tabloid's newsroom featuring E.W. Scripps CEO Rich Boehne and John Temple, the Rocky's editor, publisher and president. Click above to witness this painful yet inev ... More >>
There was plenty of incentive for the Rocky Mountain News to soft-pedal the decision of its parent company, E.W. Scripps, to put the tabloid up for sale on the cusp of its 150th anniversary. But to the paper's credit, editors put the story front and center. As seen here, the cover shot features John ... More >>
Page one of the November 6 Denver Post. In "Bob Schaffer's Election Hopes are in the Bag," a November 4 blog, I noted Rocky Mountain News editor/publisher/president John Temple's pledge that the tabloid's day-after-the-election paper would be its largest ever -- and indeed, the offerings that morn ... More >>
John Temple. Rocky Mountain News editor/publisher/president John Temple has no shortage of detractors in and out of his newsroom, as he well knows. "I'm a pain in the ass," he says, noting that he's as likely to bust his employees' chops over a dubious subhead as he is for a major botch. However, ... More >>
John Temple. If some press observers were surprised that the Denver Post endorsed Barack Obama for president despite de facto owner Dean Singleton's rightward leanings (which led the broadsheet to support George W. Bush last time around), plenty of others were likely just as startled that the more ... More >>
Rocky Mountain News editor/publisher/president John Temple. Rocky Mountain News editor/publisher/president John Temple has offered his first response to the controversy that erupted after his paper assigned a reporter to create real-time posts about the Wednesday funeral of three-year-old Marten K ... More >>
Rocky Mountain News editor/publisher/president John Temple. Rocky Mountain News editor/publisher/president John Temple's August 16 column "8-word Gaffe Ripples Across the Web" is an apologia for a big botch reported about in this More Messages blog -- an erroneous Rocky web piece that claimed Bara ... More >>
The May 10 column by Rocky Mountain News editor/publisher/president John Temple focused largely on a speech he gave to graduates of the University of Colorado Boulder's School of Journalism and Mass Communications. But in the midst of anecdotes and observances about the address, he casually mentione ... More >>
When it comes to travel, news organizations are asking themselves: Should we stay or should we go?
The Colorado caucuses are over, but they're not forgotten -- particularly at the Rocky Mountain News. In a column published on February 9, four days after the vote, John Temple, the Rocky's editor/publisher/president, wrote that journalists who choose to take part in caucuses, where they are asked t ... More >>
The Rocky balked at printing a salacious story from an anonymous source. The Post and a political website didn't. Who was right?
Here it is: Super Tuesday, February 5, when politically active Coloradoans will gather to caucus in greater numbers than ever before. And thanks to an eleventh hour agreement with the Denver Newspaper Guild, Rocky Mountain News employees will be able to join them in a personal rather than profession ... More >>
A two-week binge on daily comic strips bored this columnist to tears.
Thanks to buyouts and staff shrinkage via attrition, there are fewer editorial employees at the Rocky Mountain News than at any time in recent memory. As a result, management at the paper is having to focus even more than usual on efficiency, in order to insure that those who remain can cover their ... More >>
Rocky Mountain News editor John Temple (pictured) is typically calm and measured in public -- but he put his combustible side on display during a riotous morning drive-time argument with KHOW yakker Peter Boyles on June 18. The spur to this confrontation was Temple's June 16 column "Papers Still Dr ... More >>
The Rocky's veteran broadcasting critic is the latest casualty of the paper's financial troubles.
(Updated) In his May 5 column, Rocky Mountain News editor/publisher/president John Temple told readers about impending changes in the newsroom that are intended to help the tabloid keep pace in today's digital age. However, he didn't go into the level of detail he shared in a May 2 memo to staffers ... More >>
Attrition has reduced the Rocky staff's size, but it's not happening quickly enough. A buyout targets another twenty positions.
Rocky Mountain News editor John Temple rose to Denver's defense in his March 10 column -- but he apparently didn't realize the writer he criticized for his superficial take on the city's recent woes was a longtime resident who once worked for his own paper.
Is the new, smaller Rocky more "convenient" than ever, or a sign of an impending newspaper apocalypse?
In a blog posted yesterday, I shared my take on the first half-dozen chapters of "The Crossing," the immense series about a 1961 train-schoolbus accident that's currently being serialized in the Rocky Mountain News. In my view, the decision to slice the tale into 33 separate pieces lessened the impa ... More >>
After Rocky Mountain News photog Todd Heisler (pictured) won a Pulitzer Prize this year for his work on "Final Salute," a sprawling piece that also earned a Pulitzer for reporter Jim Sheeler, there was no doubt that other publications would look to hire him. The only question, then, involved whether ... More >>
Ever since the announcement was made that the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News would be sharing the same building, at 101 West Colfax, journos have wondered how these longtime competitors would deal with such close quarters. Chumminess and collegiality? Icy looks and cold shoulders? Or someth ... More >>
What's in a Name?
Fact or Fiction?
From the week of August 15, 2002
The daily gets a facelift
The Rocky's leader believes his paper is a survivor.
In search of the lost boys of summer.
Gene Amole savors the opportunity to document his own demise.