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If you haven’t cared much when newspapers like the Rocky Mountain News go out of business, you’re not alone. The Pew Research Center finds that fewer than half of Americans think the loss of their local newspaper would hurt civic life in their communities “a lot.”
Try telling that to the more than 200 newsroom employees at the Rocky who lost their jobs reporting on the community. It seems the Rocky’s staff won’t go down without a fight.Â IWantMyRocky, the website established by former employees when their newspaper was on the verge of collapse, hints at a big announcement to come Monday: “Help us create a new vision based on a 150-year tradition.”
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Former Rocky sportswriter Tracy Ringolsby talks about blogging, terminology that he just doesn’t get. “In my mind it’s a website. We’re providing news and coverage of what goes on,” he tellsÂ Salon.
It doesn’t seem the Rocky’s legislative reporter, Ed Sealover, will join them. He’s just been hired at the Denver Business Journal, writesÂ WestwordÂ .
Meanwhile, Texas investor Brian Ferguson could acquire the assets of the former Rocky Mountain News, including its archives and website, according toÂ another Westword story.