Four years ago today, the Rocky Mountain News closed on the cusp of its 150th birthday. The changes in the Denver media scene since then have been profound. And while the Denver Post, the city's surviving paper, continues to exist, its present doesn't look much like the future that seemed in the off ... More >>
Denver blog posts are ready for the week. Big Media's Jason Salzman thinks David Sirota's Harper's article about Dean Singleton (I'm quoted in it) is accurate in some respects, exaggerated in others. Plants & Animals Denver's Hana: Dog manners are for CHAMPS. The Ralphie Report's Jon Woods checks ... More >>
Denver blog posts work hard to satisfy your every desire. Mile High Report's John Bena on the media scrum on hand to witness Peyton Manning's first public practice as a Bronco. Big Media's Jason Salzman searches for liberal media bias in Denver Post head honcho Dean Singleton's introduction of Bar ... More >>
A blogosphere search generated these three Denver blog posts. The folks at ColoradoPols think pay-wall ideas Dean Singleton shared in a Westword interview are illogical. Mile High Mamas: How to lighten the burden of bed rest. How about a serving of Mile High Hockey's daily cupcakes? Just a ... More >>
Dean Singleton.On Sunday, the Denver Post published "Notice to Readers About Denver Post Copyright Protections" -- although readers weren't really the target audience. The piece is actually a bellicose warning to content thieves who reproduce Post stories or photos without permission. So... w ... More >>
Dean Singleton.Correction below: Is Dean Singleton, head of MediaNews Group and Denver Post publisher, looking for a successor, Kim Jong-Il style? Doubt it: Despite his continuing battle against multiple sclerosis, he seems energetic, active and fully in charge. But judging by a Thursday memo ... More >>
Dean Singleton doesn't like the B-word.Here are some sample headlines from other publications around the nation about the latest development involving MediaNews Group, owner of the Denver Post and dozens of other newspapers around the country: UPI: "U.S. Newspaper Group to File Bankruptcy." ... More >>
A Craig F. Walker photo of soldier Ian Fisher, segmented for use as a navigation tool on the Post's website. Unlike most Denver TV stations, the Denver Post leads its offerings today with a report inspired by 9-11. Blessedly, though, it's not another roundup of anecdotes from people recalling ... 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 >>
Even as journalists debate about whether or not E.W. Scripps executives pinned their hopes for the Rocky Mountain News' survival on Denver Post owner Dean Singleton's death, MediaNews Group, Singleton's company, is moving ahead with an unusual effort to monetize its content. As detailed in "MediaN ... More >>
Photo by Soren McCartyThe Conchords in flight. Did they play "Albi the Racist Dragon?" Today in Backbeat Online: • Over the weekend: Flight of the Conchords at Red Rocks. • Moving Pictures: the Sexy Convicts, Lyin' Bitch, the Get Down, Vitamins, the Swayback, Ian Cooke, Young Coyotes. • Over ... More >>
The conversation took place at Parker's Warhorse Inn. Covering the troubles in the newspaper industry can be mighty dispiriting: I sometimes feel like I spend my days writing the obituary for my own career. No wonder I felt such trepidation when accepting an invitation from the folks at the Douglas ... 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 >>
The Game. And now, without further ado... Today in Backbeat Online: • Q&A with the Game. • Little Fyodor celebrates a quarter-century of zaniness. • Lee Ball, RIP. • Next Astrophagus gig to feature Astrophagus playing, uh, its own songs? • Diamond Boiz crew ready to bust through. • The ... More >>
The only surprise in yesterday afternoon's announcement that Harry Whipple would no longer be in charge of the Denver Newspaper Agency was the identity of his successor: former Denver Post publisher Gerald Grilly, who's coming out of retirement to take the gig. Indeed, the February 26 press conferen ... 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 >>
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 >>
A week from tomorrow, January 16, is the day by which MediaNews Group chieftain Dean Singleton and execs at the Denver Newspaper Agency say they need to secure $18 million in labor savings prior to renegotiating $130 million in debt. "If that fails," says a letter penned by DNA senior human resource ... More >>
MediaNews Group vice chairman and chief executive officer/Denver Post publisher Dean Singleton faces the same kind of bleak economic outlook as any newspaper magnate, albeit with a number of intriguing twists -- among them the potential closure of the Rocky Mountain News, the Post's joint-operatin ... More >>
Better late than never. Today in Backbeat Online: • Vintage Q&A with the late, great Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton. • Mile High Makeout: Coming home. • A review of the Fray at the Gothic Theatre. • Baji wants to announce your calls. • Femi Kuti cancels Boulder Theater show. Today in Cafe ... More >>
Today, the Detroit News and the Detroit Free-Press announced that they will reduce home delivery of their products to three days a week: Thursday, Friday and Sunday. It's a radical move that's got plenty of Denver connections and correlations. The Detroit papers are linked by a joint-operating agre ... More >>
As if the Denver newspaper scene couldn't get any more confusing... Yesterday, word surfaced that Moody's Investors Services downgraded the credit rating of Denver-based MediaNews Group, declaring that the Dean Singleton-run newspaper chain is at significant risk of default. Indeed, the firm, whose ... 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 >>
This past weekend, the New York Times published "A Penny For My Thoughts? ," a Maureen Dowd column that focused on James Macpherson, publisher of the online publication Pasadena Now. To save money, Dowd writes, Macpherson sacked his staff of seven Pasadena-based staffers and replaced them with six c ... More >>
Peruse these, won't you? Today in Cafe Society: • Health magazine declares DIA to be the fifth greenest airport in all the land. • Rooting around Root Down. • Cooking for a cause at the Ice House. • Cafe Bisque loses half its name. • The skinny on Fat Sully's grand opening. • Alaskan Wi ... More >>
Chris Lopez. When former Denver Post higher-up Chris Lopez was chosen to serve as communications director for the Democratic National Convention's host committee, he let everyone know that one of the main appeals of the position for him was the opportunity to return to Colorado, his home state. Bu ... More >>
Looks like we miscounted. In his November 11 column about the Bill Ritter-bashing front-page editorial that inspired this edition of the Message, Denver Post editorial page editor Dan Haley revealed that the broadsheet has published three other page-one salvos since 1946 -- not two, as Rocky Mounta ... More >>
For the first time since 2005, the Post's editorial board opines on the front page.
The editorial writers at the Denver Post didn't soft-peddle their displeasure with Colorado Governor Bill Ritter for issuing a November 2 executive order effectively allowing unions to organize bargaining units for state workers -- a move that bypassed the legislature, which is presently dominated b ... More >>
When MediaNews Group CEO Dean Singleton and his partners ponied up $1 billion for three California Bay Area newspapers formerly owned by Knight Ridder (and one ex-KR paper in Minnesota), he earned the enmity of a relentless foe: Bruce Brugmann, the editor and publisher of the Bay Guardian, an altern ... More >>
The Post offers staffers money to leave.
Checks and Balances
From the week of November 27, 2003
Brave New World
Is Channel 9 successful because of its people or its system?
If the FCC loosens its rules, will media giants go on a radio-and-TV shopping spree? Absolutely.
The Denver Post's new editor wants to help the paper realize its potential.
From the week of May 30, 2002
Post columnist Woody Paige's big shtick shrinks in chilly Utah.
Dueling articles about police shootings spur plenty of newsroom fireworks.
No good deed goes unpunished.
The "Denver" is gone from the Rocky Mountain News. What's next?
What gets lost in the heat of Denver's newspaper battle.