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    July 8, 2013

    Reader: Fox News reporter needs to learn First Amendment is a right, not a shield

    Melanie Asmar has been reporting about the efforts to force Fox News' Jana Winter to reveal where she got information about a key notebook in the Aurora theater shooting case. Winter's fighting a subpoena, but she hasn't gotten a lot of support from our readers, including this one.

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    March 8, 2013

    Free Press media reform panel answers the question: "Is journalism dead?"

    Journalism is dead: That seems to be the familiar refrain among the public these days. But last night, a panel of practitioners and free-press advocates at a preview event for the National Conference on Media Reform taking place in Denver next month, begged to differ. In their view, journalism is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Phil Anschutz-owned company buys Colorado Springs Gazette

    For years, media observers have speculated that Dean Singleton would someday purchase the Colorado Springs Gazette with the idea of synergizing with his other Front Range newspapers, most prominently the Denver Post. But that day isn't today. With Singleton taking a backseat to John Paton in Digital ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 1, 2012
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    October 2, 2012

    Kevin Vaughan, Denver Post city editor, leaving to join nonprofit I-News

    Despite reassurances, questions continue to be raised about the financial health of the Denver Post following the bankruptcy of the Journal Register Company, sister firm of MediaNews Group, the Post's owner. But Post city editor Kevin Vaughan insists that sinking-ship fears had nothing to do with hi ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    Rocky Mountain News vet Gil Rudawsky: Old newspaper days were great, now they blow

    Journalists these days inevitably know lotsa former journalists, many of whom seem happier than those still employed in the profession. That appears to be the case with former Rocky Mountain News staffer Gil Rudawsky, whose new blog post about making the leap from newspapering to public relations a ... More >>

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    July 6, 2012

    Armando Montano: Account of "accidental" finding in journalist's death disputed

    Update, 2:15 pm: Since I posted the account below concerning the mysterious death of 22-year-old journalist Armando Montaño in Mexico City, his family has received new information from the Associated Press that contradicts many of the details presented in the Mexican press (particularly an article ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012
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    April 19, 2012
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    February 16, 2012

    Susan Greene: Funding investigative journalism today as challenging as doing it

    In late 2010, Susan Greene resigned from the Denver Post after learning her column had been canceled. She later wrote a Huffington Post piece that compared working for the paper to Stockholm syndrome. And since then? She's spent much of her time putting together "The Gray Box," a moving project made ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Journalism Plus: There is a future for journalism at CU-Boulder after all

    I'm three weeks an intern for Westword, and with each day, I'm made more aware of the strengths (and the pitfalls) of my journalism education at CU-Boulder. Nothing scares me more than joining my older brother in his misery caused by the mania surrounding this economic downturn. "Good luck finding a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Ke$ha rules, journalism drools

    Britt ChesterEat it, journalism!​There are two distinct periods in the average American's life: high school and not-high school. For me, the farther I get from those formative ninth-through-twelfth-grade years -- 1994 to 1998 -- the cooler they seem to have been. Today, when I look back at say ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    Rick Perry: CO lawyer on criminal investigation of reporter who wrote N*ggerhead story

    On October 1, the Washington Post published a story by reporter Stephanie McCrummen in which she noted that early in his political career, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry hosted lawmakers at a family hunting camp labeled near its entrance as "Niggerhead." Castle Rock attorney Mike Robinson found ... More >>

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    August 25, 2011
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    August 5, 2011

    Wendy Kale, veteran Boulder music writer, R.I.P. -- and also say a prayer for Colorado Daily

    Wendy Kale.​This week, the local journalism community is mourning the loss of Wendy Kale, longtime music writer for the Colorado Daily, who died at age 58 of still-undetermined causes -- although her death is not seen as suspicious. Her passing ends an era for the Boulder music community -- an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Reader: Michael Hancock prostitution story example of journalism at its worst

    Hancock.​A Comment of the Day from last week condemning the media for overcovering the Michael Hancock prostitution story spurred a strong opinion from another reader distressed by the press' approach to the sensational (and unproven) allegations. Here's what he had to say.

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    June 20, 2011

    Christopher Braider, French & Italian prof, on job overseeing CU journalism faculty

    Braider.​CU's journalism school officially closes June 30 in favor of what's being called a Journalism-Plus program. And now we know who'll be overseeing the transition: Christopher Braider, an Italian and French professor. Braider, who's been appointed to a two-year term as director of the jo ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    CU journalism school to close June 30: Read critics' take on why it's a bad idea

    Bruce Benson.​Last August, CU journalism school dean Paul Voakes insisted that reports about the impending death of the J-school were hysterical and premature. Not anymore. Yesterday, at the urging of CU prez Bruce Benson, regents voted for a shutdown by a 5-4 vote -- one closer than anticipat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    CU Journalism School, good riddance

    ​The University of Colorado at Boulder decided to shut down its journalism school and is looking to reboot the program, with President Bruce Benson is seeking feedback from media-industry pros. It's a peculiar question in the Westword office, since many past and present writers never went to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    The Daily: Five ways it could fail

    ​Rupert Murdoch's News Corp unveiled The Future of Journalism this morning in an elaborate, hour long event at the Guggenheim in New York. The product: The first tablet-native newspaper, a 14 cents per day, iPad-only publication called The Daily. There was some amount of fervor surrounding it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    I-News: Can Laura Frank's journalism project slow the disappearance of investigative reporting?

    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 >>

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    September 8, 2010

    With The FILTH and the FURY!! game you can pretend to be a music journalist

    ​Back in the 1980s, music journalism was a field people were falling over themselves to get into. This was hot on the heels of the Lester Bangs era, when DIY and punk movements started taking over and bands were coming out of every small town in America. It also marked a surge in music 'zine p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    CU journalism school possible-closure headlines went from premature to inaccurate, dean says

    Paul Voakes.​Nothing gets journalists more hysterical than perceived attacks on journalism. It's no surprise, then, that an announcement the University of Colorado at Boulder was considering discontinuing its journalism school in favor of a new media entity prompted big play for panicky pieces ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Medical marijuana reporting "press vape" prize at Caregivers' Cup: Top that, Pulitzers!

    The most practical prize ever.​Today, there's a dwindling number of journalists (or at least journalists getting paid for practicing their profession). But there are still plenty of journalism prizes -- although none quite like the one to be awarded to Westword at Sunday's Caregivers' Cup: a " ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Miles Moffeit, reporter who helped break Tim Masters case, to leave Denver Post

    Miles Moffeit is heading back to Texas.​For the past eight years, Miles Moffeit has been one of the most consistently outstanding reporters for the Denver Post. "Trashing the Truth," a series co-written with now-columnist Susan Greene that documents the failure of law enforcement agencies in r ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    Phil Anschutz attacked on website he owns

    An illustration of Phil Anschutz from a NowPublic screed.​Citizen journalism has a lot of attributes -- but its mainstreaming can be messy. Case in point: A spelling-challenged attack on Denver gazillionaire Phil Anschutz published earlier today on NowPublic, a Canadian citizen-journalism site ... More >>

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    November 4, 2009

    An early look at Colorado Public News, the latest online news experiment

    Photo by Joe Mahoney"You said it wasn't going to hurt!": A photo from Colorado Public News' beta site.​After the closure of the Rocky Mountain News earlier this year, groups featuring former staffers launched not one but two high-profile online news projects, neither of which revolutionized th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    HDNet's Greg Dobbs talks about Life in the Wrong Lane

    ​"A lot of people consider the practice of journalism with a lot of scorn, and sometimes it's deserved," says veteran newsman Greg Dobbs, who'll talk about his new book, Life in the Wrong Lane: Why Journalists Go in When Everyone Else Wants Out, at 6 p.m. tonight at the Denver Press Club. "But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Investor Kevin Preblud: Only 3,000 subscribers signed up for InDenver Times

    As noted in a blog published earlier today, the Denver Post is reporting that the three entrepreneurs backing the INDenver Times online news operation are leaving the project. However, the Post was unable to reach Kevin Preblud, the investor who speaks for the trio, prior to publication -- and while ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009

    David Milstead on the staff split at INDenver Times

    Former Rocky Mountain News business writer David Milstead wasn't among the group of Rocky types who founded, a website that served as the foundation for INDenver Times, a site that's not going forward with a full-scale launch early next month because only 3,000 subscribers signed up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Paula Woodward opens up -- a little -- about her decision to leave 9News

    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 >>

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    March 24, 2009

    Q&A with Kevin Preblud, an entrepreneur backing In Denver Times

    On Monday, one week after a press conference about In Denver Times, a new web venture peopled by former members of the Rocky Mountain News, Kevin Preblud, one of three entrepreneurs behind the project (along with Brad Gray and Benjamin Ray), took part in the following interview. In addition to detai ... More >>

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    March 18, 2009

    Q&A with Steve Foster, managing editor of In Denver Times

    As noted in Tuesday's blog "Highlights from the In Denver Times Launch Announcement Press Conference," Steve Foster is among the driving forces behind the project, which will debut in May with a thirty-person staff culled from the Rocky Mountain News if 50,000 subscribers agree to pay around $60 per ... More >>

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    March 16, 2009

    The sequel: In Denver Times

    At this writing, the press conference to announce the new project inspired by is still more than an hour away. But Artemis Communications, a firm handling public relations for the folks involved in the enterprise, has already posted a press release announcing the hoped-for creation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    Highlights from the In Denver Times launch announcement press conference

    At around 11 a.m. today, two prominent churches on the Auraria campus were hosting very different functions. A group of down-on-their-luck people stood in a line behind St. Elizabeth of Hungary to receive a donated lunch. Meanwhile, several hundred yards away, thirty former Rocky Mountain News journ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Face the State's Brad Jones wants to pay you to report the news

    Face the State, a news site with a conservative point of view, has earned a reputation for feistiness. Note that last year, FTS' Brad Jones (pictured) bought the URL as a way of tweaking the Colorado Independent, a left-leaning online source whose web address is ColoradoIndep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    Interview with Christopher Ortiz, co-creator of the Stuff Journalists Like website

    In a Westword Q&A published earlier today, Stuff White People Like author Christian Lander rattles off a list of websites that pay a form of tribute to his Internet creation, which shares its name with a bestselling book he'll be talking about and signing at the Boulder Bookstore tonight. Among thos ... More >>

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    December 24, 2008

    Stuff Journalists Like: A disturbing look into the mind of newsies

    Journalists are an unusual bunch. We complain about our godawful pay and long hours, but we also live for such things. We make fun of all the self-indulgent and pointless press awards we constantly bestow upon each other, but if we don't get any ourselves, we quietly mope for weeks. And while we spe ... More >>

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    November 20, 2008

    Denver Post and 9News vet Amy Herdy's journalistic mission to Pakistan

    Amy Herdy. Journalist Amy Herdy has jumped from place to place in recent years. Her first job in this market was as a reporter for the Denver Post -- but she left that position to take a behind-the-scenes role at 9News, as documented in the 2007 Message column "Life Swap." From there, she shifted ... More >>

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    November 20, 2008

    Campus Press advisor Amy Herdy's Pakistan travel log

    Amy Herdy as she appeared in the Pakistani press. The blog Denver Post and 9News vet Amy Herdy's Journalistic Mission to Pakistan provides an overview of a trip to Islamabad recently completed by Herdy, who currently serves as the advisor for The Campus Press, the daily online news source for the ... More >>

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    November 11, 2008

    Outgoing 9News anchor Bob Kendrick unloads on Rocky Mountain News article during college appearance

    Bob Kendrick. Last week, I was invited to take part in a panel discussion at Thorton's Everest College about the impact of the media on crime victims. In front of a criminal justice class, I joined the Denver Post's Miles Moffeit, 9News anchor Bob Kendrick and June Menger, whose son’s execution- ... More >>

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    April 9, 2008

    Campus Press Documents, Part 3: The Herdy Study

    The April 10 Message column discusses three documents handed out to attendees of an April 2 faculty meeting held to consider the fate of the Campus Press, the student-operated online newspaper affiliated with the University of Colorado Boulder, in the wake of a divisive column by scribe Max Karson t ... More >>

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    April 9, 2008

    Campus Press Documents, Part 2: The Voakes Report

    The April 10 Message column refers to a report by Paul Voakes, dean for the School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of Colorado Boulder, about the Campus Press, CU’s student-operated online newspaper. The de facto investigation into the Press following its publication of “If ... More >>

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    April 9, 2008

    Campus Press Documents, Part 1: The Yulsman Statement

    The April 10 Message column, about the future of the Campus Press, the University of Colorado Boulder’s student-operated campus newspaper, quotes briefly from a statement read at an early April faculty meeting by faculty member Tom Yulsman (seen here in a photograph that appears courtesy of the Pr ... More >>

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    July 13, 2007

    Colorado Confidential: A Survivor Story

    Shortly after the Colorado Confidential website launched a year ago, David Bennahum, the author and onetime Wired muckraker who co-founded the project, told Westword that he wanted "to build an infrastructure to support promising individuals who could function as journalists -- people who could adhe ... More >>

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    July 12, 2007

    Dan Brogan's a Mile High on 5280

    Most interviews done for the The Message column contain more information than can possibly be squeezed onto any given page, and plenty of what doesn't make the cut is very interesting indeed. Seldom, though, is it presented in such an easily digestible form as was recently the case with comments pro ... More >>

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    May 1, 2007

    Back to School

    Greg Griffin is among the stronger staffers in the Denver Post's business department. His work is consistently smart and incisive -- and according to this press release, it'll be missing from the paper for a year. Griffin was one of ten candidates from across the country to be named Knight-Bagehot F ... More >>

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    August 18, 2006

    Karr Crash

    Just when the University of Colorado was starting to resurrect its reputation, journalism professor Michael Tracey, long a sideshow in the JonBenet Ramsey circus, hits (or is that creates?) the news with his creepy e-mail exchange with John Mark Karr -- in which Tracey (pictured) looks about as much ... More >>

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    February 16, 2006

    Tube Time

    A columnist's latest dirty secret? He watches TV to get his news.

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    April 12, 2001

    Lights, Camera...No Comment

    Two years after the shootings, 60 Minutes brings Columbine back to prime time -- and local officials get camera-shy.

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