Mark Contreras.At the February 2009 press conference announcing the closure of the Rocky Mountain News, Mark Contreras, the senior vice president/newspapers for E.W. Scripps, the Rocky's owner, mainly stayed out of the spotlight -- but many soon-to-be-unemployed staffers felt he played a big ... More >>
Photo by J. KnightScripps CEO Rich Boehne at the news conference announcing the final edition of the Rocky.On February 26, the day before the first anniversary of the Rocky Mountain News' final edition, we published an item about the status of the paper's intellectual property -- most importa ... More >>
The IWantMyRocky.com logo. In July, former Rocky Mountain News copy editor and page designer Kim Humphreys shared her altered vision for IWantMyRocky.com. The site was originally created as an Internet location for Rocky employees and loyalists to rally in support of the tabloid after it was ... 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 >>
E.W. Scripps has made no secret of its desire to sell the intellectual property of the Rocky Mountain News -- but the company hasn't done much since the tabloid's February closure to peddle these particular wares. That appears to be changing, however. In recent days, a number of potential bidders ... 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 >>
"Ex-Rocky Mountain Newser Tracy Ringolsby Carrying On -- After Being Stranded by Scripps," published on March 5, shared an anecdote about the aforementioned Ringolsby, a Hall of Fame baseball writer who launched InsideTheRockies.com after the News went under. He was in Tucson covering the Colorado b ... More >>
Update, 4:45 p.m.: The initial version of this blog was based on information provided by a source that has been extremely reliable over a period of several years. However, I just received a call from Al Manzi, president and publisher of the Boulder Daily Camera, and CEO of Prairie Mountain Publish ... More >>
At the February 26 press conference announcing the imminent closing of the Rocky Mountain News, E.W. Scripps CEO Rich Boehne announced that the Rocky website and archives were for sale. Now, a credible bidder is stepping forward to announce his interest in the journalistic treasure trove: Texas-base ... More >>
"Texas Investor Brian Ferguson Plans Bid for Rocky Mountain News Assets," a just-published blog, notes that the aforementioned Ferguson has a proposal ready to go as soon as bidding starts for the Denver Publishing Company; the firm controls the intellectual property of the Rocky, which stopped pu ... More >>
About an hour ago, I was a guest on the KHOW radio show hosted by Peter Boyles -- who, much to my chagrin, didn't mention vaginas even once -- and he said two sources had told him that executives from the E.W. Scripps company, owner of the Rocky Mountain News, are in town. If that's true (and I have ... More >>
Reporter Lynn Bartels's colleagues at the Rocky Mountain News warned her not to try exiting the Denver Newspaper Agency building through the main lobby. After all, the place was swarming with reporters gathered to attend an upcoming press conference at which E.W. Scripps CEO Rich Boehne -- and, as i ... More >>
The only surprise contained in "Newspaper Agency, Unions Reach Agreement on Wage, Benefit Cuts," a just-published Rocky Mountain News article about a deal between the Denver Newspaper Agency and assorted labor organizations regarding a new contract, is that the reductions weren't deeper. Early in th ... 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 >>
Pundits eager to come up with ideas to rescue the foundering newspaper industry have lately been touting a back-to-the-future concept: charging for online content. Most prominent among this group is Walter Isaacson, who made "micropayments" a cornerstone of his recent Time magazine cover story, "How ... More >>
The Rocky Mountain News typically steers clear of anonymous sources. In a February 2008 column about accusations of lewd conduct by state rep Michael Garcia (read about them in the Message column "A Denver Daily Wouldn't Touch Michael Garcia"), editor/publisher/president John Temple quoted his paper ... More >>
This morning brought a press release announcing "Beating the Recession," a new series jointly reported by Channel 4 and the Denver Business Journal. Pretty standard stuff overall, but the parties involved may be meaningful in terms of the area's shifting media landscape. After all, Channel 4's longt ... More >>
This morning, both Denver dailies feature articles spurred by a Denver Post memo sent out in response to "Scripps Says Post Violates JOA," a January 28 Rocky Mountain News report based on a leaked letter reportedly penned by two executives at E.W. Scripps, the Rocky's owner. The latter piece, by sta ... More >>
The story about the possible sale of the Rocky Mountain News by its owner, E.W. Scripps, continues to evolve in unexpected and fascinating ways -- and many of the developments have come to our attention via the Rocky 's own reporting. Case in point: Today's article "Scripps says Post Violates JOA" b ... More >>
The worsening of the economy over the past seven or eight months hasn't changed Denver Post editor Greg Moore's opinion about the importance of sending staffers to personally witness the most major of sporting spectacles. In the May 2008 Message column "Olympics Travel a Hurdle for Local News Medi ... More >>
"Leaked Letter Reveals Deep Problems at Denver Post, Denver Newspaper Agency," a More Messages blog published this morning, considers the content of "Scripps Says Post Violated JOA," a David Milstead-penned piece from today's Rocky Mountain News. The article's centerpiece is a letter purportedly wri ... More >>
Yesterday's blog headlined "The Latest From the Rocky Mountain News Grapevine About the Paper's Future" noted that the E.W. Scripps-owned tabloid had reported very little about its potential sale since December 24. That changed this morning with the publication of "Efforts to Sell Rocky Could Extend ... More >>
The silence has been deafening in regard to the possible sale of the Rocky Mountain News -- at least officially. The last article in the Rocky itself about potential buyers appeared way back on December 24; that piece noted that a "deal book" of financial and demographic information had been sent to ... More >>
In mid-December, news broke that MediaNews Group head Dean Singleton (pictured) asked unions to open negotiations on new contracts early in the hope of saving a combined $20 million at the Denver Post and the Denver Newspaper Agency. But, as mentioned parenthetically in a December 16 More Messages b ... More >>
"You're a hard lady to get a hold of," the caller said. "I've been trying to find out why you let your Rocky Mountain News subscription expire." I stared at the receiver. Um, it seems that the future of the News might be a little uncertain, I said. "Oh, it's just being sold. The subscription would c ... More >>
Veteran Rocky Mountain News staffer John Ensslin (pictured) isn't one of those reporters who files his stories and then forgets about journalism until he's back on the clock the next day. As president of the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the program director for the ... More >>
The current Westword includes a feature article about the Rocky Mountain News, which was recently put up for sale, as well as a sidebar about the marquee Rocky talent most likely to leap to the Denver Post in the event of a closure and a look into the mysteries of the joint-operating agreement that ... More >>
It's beginning to feel a lot like blog roundup time. Today in Backbeat Online: • Twelve things every Wu-Tang Clan fan should own. • Mile High Makeout: Dreaming of me. • An extremely entertaining Q&A with Ryan Hendrix of Colourmusic. • Rap Up: Whygee and Sunken State unite for a free EP. • ... More >>
One of the few things worth laughing about among reporters and editors following yesterday's announcement that E.W. Scripps has put the Rocky Mountain News up for sale was columnist Mike Littwin's newsroom reenactment of a famous scene from Animal House -- John Belushi's "It's not over!" speech. ("W ... More >>
Layoffs aplenty at other Scripps properties -- but not at the Rocky. The Reuters headline "E.W. Scripps Posts Loss, Cuts Jobs, Suspends Dividends" is undeniably bleak -- and it accurately reflects the article that follows. Today, Scripps, which owns the Rocky Mountain News among many other print a ... 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 >>
Brightly colored advertising stickers on the front of the Denver dailies are part of a national trend to turn page one into a billboard.
The Rocky's veteran broadcasting critic is the latest casualty of the paper's financial troubles.
With buyout offers and other efforts at staff shrinkage taking place at the state's two biggest newspapers, the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post, little media attention has been given to happenings at Boulder's main broadsheet, the Camera. However, sources inside the paper (which, like the Ro ... More >>
Attrition has reduced the Rocky staff's size, but it's not happening quickly enough. A buyout targets another twenty positions.
After the Rocky Mountain News entered into a joint-operating agreement with the Denver Post several years ago, many newspaper-business observers predicted that, figuratively speaking, the Rocky would soon go from wrapping fishes to sleeping with them. Instead, the tabloid has stayed above water than ... More >>
A Message column published last month focused on Albert Manzi (pictured above), the new publisher of the Boulder Daily Camera, as well as the president and CEO of Prairie Mountain Publishing, a joint MediaNews Group-E.W. Scripps enterprise that oversees a slew of local publications, including the ve ... More >>
The Daily Camera's new boss prepares to share.
A misbegotten experiment implodes.
Top TV news stories often scrape bottom.
Akeelah spells out a fantasy that feels wonderfully real.
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JOAs can be bad news for newspaper employees.