What Will Happen to the Rocky's Web Site?

August 11 2009, 11:08 AM
It's been months since the Rocky Mountain News ceased operations, but the suits at the top just won't let the newspaper rest in peace. While news boxes, for the most part, are off the streets, the Rocky's Web site still reads "Goodbye Colorado," a headline that's been unchanged since the paper's last day in February. As former Rocky editor and publisher John Temple writes, the E.W. Scripps Co., which formerly owned the paper, should tell readers what's going to be done with the site. Temple's screed comes in response to a piece by news vet Alan Mutter, who questions how long a dead paper should be left on the Web. Westword, describing the Rocky site as "zombified," notes that Scripps "stated that it would be selling the domain name and intellectual property prior to the Rocky's shuttering--and in March, Texas investor Brian Ferguson publicly announced that he would be bidding for these assets." No word since then other than the paper's archives will go to the Denver Public Library. Meanwhile, in news certain to make former Rocky employees groan, Scripps reported a quarterly profit for the first time in the wake of the Rocky's closure (via INDenverTimes, one of the online outlets established by former Rocky employees). "As part of the process of exiting the Denver market, Scripps expects to transfer by the end of the third quarter its 50 percent interest in the Denver Newspaper Agency (DNA), which published the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post under a joint operating agreement, and Prairie Mountain Publishing, a Colorado newspaper partnership, to MediaNews Group, which was the company's partner in PMP as well as DNA," according to a Scripps statement. Prairie Mountain Publishing operates Boulder's Daily Camera, the Colorado Daily, and other newspapers.