Journalism organizations frequently decry powerful enterprises that dodge questions about important issues. But media firms engage in such behavior, too -- although few do so with the tone-deafness currently being exhibited by Digital First Media, parent company of the Denver Post. Multiple sources ... More >>
Update: At this point, neither representatives of the Denver Post nor the folks at the Denver Newspaper Guild seem eager to talk in detail about a plan to lay off two-thirds of the copy editors at the paper of record. However, we've gotten more information about the likely fallout. In the end, as ma ... More >>
John Paton.In late August, we noted that the search for a new MediaNews Group CEO to succeed Dean Singleton had stretched out for seven months, with no end in sight. At last, the situation has changed. John Paton, a director of the Journal Register Company, has been named the firm's CEO as p ... More >>
Brian Hill.As an organization devoted to freedom of the press, Reporters Without Borders typically targets dictatorships and other iron-fist nations that attempt to quash objective journalism. Now, however, RWB is protesting a story very close to home: the copyright infringement lawsuit filed ... More >>
Dean Singleton.Dean Singleton is stepping down as CEO of MediaNews Group -- a position he's held for more than a quarter-century. But he's not retiring. He'll serve as MediaNews' executive chairman, as well as publisher for both the Denver Post and the Salt Lake Tribune. Speculation is rife t ... More >>
A surprised Jason Bane.Yesterday, Colorado Pols, Denver's preeminent political website, published a legal-action-threatening piece revealing that it had received a letter from attorney Christopher Beall, representing Denver Post owner MediaNews Group and two other newspaper companies. The all ... More >>
"Told you so."The Denver Post isn't exactly known for writing about itself in hard-hitting fashion: Note its coverage of the bankruptcy filing by parent firm MediaNews Group's holding company, which attempted to bury the word "bankruptcy." As such, it's not especially surprising that the sam ... More >>
It's been a bad year for newspapers, with cities acorss the country losing important institutions like the Rocky Mountain News. But it's been a very good year for homeless newspapers, judging from the entries in the first annual North American Street Newspaper Association Newspaper Awards. I ... More >>
A blog earlier today detailed a Debtwire article about MediaNews Group, a Denver-based firm that owns dozens of newspapers around the country, including the Denver Post. That piece included information about a series of outstanding loans, as well as the following passage: "MediaNews has scheduled ... More >>
Photo by J. KnightDean Singleton. A short time ago, Jim Romenesko's journalism-business page on the Poynter Online site posted a recent memo issued under the signature of MediaNews Group CEO and Denver Post publisher Dean Singleton and his right-hand man, Jody Lodovic, concerning a new approach to ... More >>
A coupon that attempts to lure Rocky Mountain News fans to sign up with the Denver Post. The Denver Post has done some mighty fine work since it became the city's only major daily, as pointed out in today's blog about an impressive drunk-driving-stats package. But that doesn't mean every subscriber ... More >>
Photo by J. KnightDenver Post editor Greg Moore at the February 26 press conference that announced the closure of the Rocky Mountain News. During the period of time between the December announcement that the Rocky Mountain News had been put up for sale and the February press conference revealing th ... More >>
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 >>
The Wednesday blog "Q&A with David Milstead About the Death of the Rocky Mountain News and the Future of the Denver Post" has prompted some extremely lively (and often nasty) commentary, much of it directed at the aforementioned Mr. Milstead, a former Rocky business writer I feel has done consistent ... More >>
As you can see, the logo of the Denver Newspaper Agency declares the business to be "The Publisher of the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News" -- but evidence uncovered by indefatigable Rocky business scribe David Milstead suggests that DNA officials are already preparing for the day when that's no ... More >>
Will 2009 go down in journalism history as the year when every two-newspaper town turned into a one-newspaper town? Events seem to be pointing in that direction. The Associated Press is reporting that Hearst Newspapers has put a for-sale sign on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, another publication in ... More >>
Jinx. Last month, the two dailies stopped arriving at my house. The last time I'd reupped my subscription, I hadn't been able to commit beyond six months -- I simply didn't think that both papers would be around that long. And in November, the end of one seemed so inevitable that I postponed re-uppi ... More >>
It's getting chilly for management pensions at the Post. Yesterday, multiple sources confirm, managers at the Denver Post and the Denver Newspaper Agency learned that their pensions would be frozen beginning on January 1. Tracy Simmons of the Denver Newspaper Guild stresses that the freeze will o ... 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 >>
Two newspapers that were once mortal enemies make plans to cohabit.
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 >>
(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 >>
In a March 2003 article, the Columbia Journalism Review declared Denver Post owner Dean Singleton to be a "newspaper surgeon" because of the trims he's made at properties acquired under the auspices of MediaNews Group, the sprawling company he heads. Some of these procedures have saved patients such ... More >>
The Daily Camera's new boss prepares to share.
Much of the August 5 edition of the Rocky Mountain News concerned the paper's move from its longtime headquarters, at 400 West Colfax Avenue, to a made-to-order building at 101 West Colfax, a few blocks away; the Rocky will share the address with the Denver Post and the Denver Newspaper Agency, whi ... More >>
Free for All
Here's to the good, the bad and the funny in Denver's most newsworthy newsroom.
The Denver Newspaper Agency has combined the city's dailies into a one-two punch.
Several Post staffers want more colors in their paper's palette.
The Rocky's leader believes his paper is a survivor.
The arrival of a new editor shakes things up at the Denver Post.
At fifty, William Dean Singleton has dozens of newspapers and all the money he needs. But what about respect?
Feeding the daily dinosaurs.
Are two weekend newspapers really better than four? You do the math.
Newspapers in Education programs are getting lost in the JOA shuffle.
Shake hands and come out writing.
JOAs can be bad news for newspaper employees.
It's our turn to take a hit off the Post/News merger.
The state's biggest school district signs a mutual-aid pact with the Rocky Mountain News.
What gets lost in the heat of Denver's newspaper battle.
DEAR EDITOR: THANK YOU FOR HAVING DAVE SHIFLETT TELL HOW THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT CAN INFLUENCE THE MEDIA.
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