Final Rocky Mountain News Edition Published

There were two papers in Denver: the Rocky Mountain News (owned by Scripps) and the Denver Post (Media News Group). Now there is one, the latter. 

The Rocky Mountain News published its final edition — it’s not going online only — yesterday:

The Rocky Mountain News publishes its last paper tomorrow.

Rich Boehne, chief executive officer of Rocky-owner Scripps, broke the news to the staff at noon today, ending nearly three months of speculation over the paper’s future.

“People are in grief,” Editor John Temple said a noon news conference.

But he was intent on making sure the Rocky’s final edition, which would include a 52-page wraparound section, was as special as the paper itself.

“This is our last shot at this,” Temple said at a second afternoon gathering at the newsroom. “This morning (someone) said it’s like playing music at your own funeral. It’s an opportunity to make really sweet sounds or blow it. I’d like to go out really proud.”

Boehne told staffers that the Rocky was the victim of a terrible economy and an upheaval in the newspaper industry.

“Denver can’t support two newspapers any longer,” Boehne told staffers, some of whom cried at the news. “It’s certainly not good news for you, and it’s certainly not good news for Denver.”

Get ready for a time when there’s not simply one paper per city but perhaps one paper per region.


5 Responses to “Final Rocky Mountain News Edition Published”

  1. Joe Says:

    Greg, your commentary regarding newspapers is engaging and would seem to be insightful if not for the fact you seem, sincerely, to lament the potential for their ultimate passing. All other considerations aside, the press itself posits the argument that without the Fourth Estate critical and rigorous journalism would cease to exist. Without it, who would be held accountable? Governments who engage in trumped-up preventative war? Bankers who conspire with regulatory agencies to perpetuate financial fraud on a massive and unprecedented scale? Self-dealing congressman, governors and lobbyists? Unqualified and incompetent vice-presidential candidates? Businesses whose only means to survival was their market status as psuedo-monopolistic enterprises? To paraphrase: “If they [must] die, they had better do it and decrease the surplus publications”.

  2. Greg Sterling Says:

    I don’t take the position that journalism dies without print newspapers. I think that journalism will survive but its successor form would not be as desirable in some respects.

    Print newspapers failed to act quickly and decisively enough and have suffered as a consequence.

  3. drumat5280 Says:

    Greg you are right, I think great journalism will continue without newspapers.

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  5. Paul Pedersen Says:

    Unfortunately it happened to one of the great papers.

    I definitely think journalism will continue without newspapers. “Great journalism” is another question entirely.

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