Reporters and other byline earners aren't the only folks fleeing the Rocky Mountain News these days. Employees assigned to the paper's all-important website are also moving on with a regularity that has to be disheartening for those who remain. Then again, the eagerness of techies to seek out other opportunities makes perfect sense. While writers can't jump to other publications as easily as they could in the old days, individuals with Internet design skills have a wealth of options.
Case in point: Chris Nguyen, who served as web developer for "The Crossing," reporter Kevin Vaughan's mega-ambitious 33-part series about a deadly train accident that killed twenty children in 1961. (See this March 15, 2007 Message column for details.) Here's managing editor Deb Goeken's announcement about Nguyen:
Internet developer Chris Nguyen is leaving tomorrow for a new job at Photobucket.com as a web developer. Lynn has already shed tears over Chris' departure, and I know the rest of us will miss him just as much. His claim to fame is The Rock, our brilliant budgeting production system. But Chris has been crucial in many other areas, including our election coverage on the web, where he's helped to develop lots of cool features. He is patient and good-natured, and very, very smart. A Metro State grad, he joined the Rocky in September 2003 as a Rocky Preps clerk, working his way up on the web staff. We wish Chris all the best in his next chapter.
While many writing positions at the paper have been left open after previous staffers vacated them, the Rocky is looking to fill at least one web slot. A JournalismJobs.com entry can be found by clicking here. In addition, the Rocky is seeking what another listing describes as "a talented 'new-age' journalist to help take us into the new era of journalism. The ideal candidate will have computer assisted reporting skills coupled with a vision about how database information should be used on our web site and print edition. He or she will be detail-oriented, possess strong writing and research skills and be able to manage our organization’s archives."
That computer class you decided against signing up for at college? Should have taken it. -- Michael Roberts