Denver Newspaper Agency Cuts Steeper Than Initially Reported

February 12 2009, 9:48 AM
With all those newspaper reporters working for the Denver Newspaper Agency, you'd think one of them would have learned by now that their bosses' economic situation is twice as bad as they were initially told. The DNA, which operates business and advertising for both The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News, needs to cut roughly $35 million in expenses, according to the Rocky. Earlier news reports focused on DNA's request that unions make $18 million in cuts. A spokesman for the agency would neither confirm nor deny the $35 million figure. Dean Singleton, the Post's publisher, requested the union talks in December after the E.W. Scipps Co. said it would attempt to sell the Rocky. Unfortunately, Scripps hasn't said whether the paper has a viable buyer. Meanwhile, the newspaper business is looking better in Carbondale. The Aspen Times writes that one of its former editors, Allyn Harvey, is now helping to create a new paper, The Sopris Sun, which debuts today. The Sun aims to fill the void left by the closing of Carbondale's only newspaper, The Valley Journal, in December. Interestingly, the Sun, which has hired former Journal employee Trina Ortega as its editor, will be a nonprofit.