In July, formerRocky Mountain News
copy editor and page designerKim Humphreys shared her altered vision
. The site was originally created as an Internet location forRocky
employees and loyalists to rally in support of the tabloid afterit was put up for sale by E.W. Scripps
-- a prelude to its eventual closure just shy of its 150th birthday. But with the
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's demise, Humphreys wanted to broaden the focus from a single newspaper's plight to the troubles faced by the print-journalism business as a whole.
This week marks six months since the Rocky shut down, and to commemorate the occasion, IWantMyRocky.com is publishing a series of pieces on the subject, beginning with one from Humphreys entitled, "Six Months After the Final Edition, What Have We Learned?" Her view: "Journalists cannot be objective about our right to exist. We must engage the forces that put profit ahead of public service, and we must do it by taking an active, informed role in shaping public policy and the business practices of our industry." But she doesn't see these statements as the final words on the subject. On Thursday at 3 p.m. Mountain Time, she'll join other blog authors for a live chat co-sponsored by IWantMyRocky.com and a partner site, SaveTheNews.org. The idea is to discuss where newspapering is headed next.
Here's hoping the answer won't be "oblivion."