A Year Without the Rocky Mountain News

March 2010

The Denver Post might be able to boast dozens of 2009 awards from the Colorado Press Association and the Colorado Associated Press. But the competition was diminished with the Rocky Mountain News, which ceased publication after February 27, 2009, on the sidelines most of the contest year. The Rocky managed to claim a few honors anyway, victories that were certainly bittersweet for those who loved the old paper. Yet, while the news boxes have disappeared from the streets, the Rocky's Web site remains untouched, frozen since the day the final edition was printed, notes Westword. And though Texas investor Brian Ferguson, who explored purchasing the paper last year, remains interested in snapping up the Rocky's intellectual property, including its Web address, Scripps, the Rocky's parent company, has yet to comment on that possibility. (If you're looking for former Rocky staff, you'll find many with their own Web sites; INDenverTimes provides some good leads.) In his look back on a year without the Rocky, 5280 Senior Associate Editor Patrick Doyle lauds The Denver Post for its efforts to fill the void, but with the loss of the Rocky, he writes, "the city, state, and entire region are the worse off." The Post's latest report of circulation figures appears to meet a goal set by publisher Dean Singleton last year---80 percent retention of Rocky subscribers---according to the Denver Business Journal. Still, the Post's latest numbers are 15.8 percent lower on weekdays and 9.2 percent lower on Sundays than the two papers' combined figure in the six months ending September 30, 2008. Meanwhile, a recent survey by the Pew Research Center finds that more Americans are getting their news online than from newspapers (via the BBC), although the Newspaper Association of America reports that those readers value newspapers' Web sites most for online news and information. Final Edition from Matthew Roberts on Vimeo.