What one journalist's learned since the death of the Rocky Mountain News

In July, former Rocky Mountain News copy editor and page designer Kim Humphreys shared her altered vision for The site was originally created as an Internet location for Rocky employees and loyalists to rally in support of the tabloid after it was put up for sale by E.W. Scripps -- a prelude to its eventual closure just shy of its 150th birthday. But with the Rocky'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, 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 and a partner site, The idea is to discuss where newspapering is headed next.

Here's hoping the answer won't be "oblivion."

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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