SaveTheNews Denver report: Discussing the commercial solutions

SaveTheNews.org‘s first big public meeting of journalists and community members (September 16) — strategically planned for the U.S. city at ground zero for the “News Crisis,” Denver — was clearly a success in sounding the alarm about the decline of serious public-interest journalism. Six months ago, the city lost one of its two major daily…

A news business-models primer (+ Denver: ground zero)

Yesterday in Denver felt like ground zero of the Future of Journalism and the News Crisis. Not only did HuffingtonPost launch its Denver edition (with 22-year-old Ethan Axelrod as editor and sole employee), but last night SavetheNews.org held a well-attended community forum at the Colorado History Museum; the event drew a mixture of working and…

Can InDenverTimes pull in $3 million? Doubtful

Hmmm. InDenverTimes, the digital-only “replacement” for the dearly departed Rocky Mountain News, to be staffed by about 35 former Rocky journalists and funded by three non-publisher entrepreneurs, wants to get by on paid subscriptions (at least initially). If 50,000 noble people sign up for monthly subscriptions by April 23 (which would have been the 150th…

Rocky’s farewell video

A poignant video goodbye from Rocky Mountain News staff. If you love(d) newspapers, or grew up reading the Rocky as I did, it’ll bring a tear to your eye. The staff did a great job on it. Personally, I’m feeling a combination of sadness and anger. The latter is because this didn’t have to happen….

Your predictions for Detroit and Denver

OK, so yesterday I tossed up a 100% unscientific poll to see what you thought would happen with the Detroit and Denver newspaper situations. Since we now know what the Detroit decision was (Thurs-Fri-Sun home delivery with papers for sale on newsstands only on other days), here are the current results. (Denver’s situation is in…

It’s not the liberal bias, stupid!

Egads. It was painful reading through the reader comments on this column by Mike Littwin of the Rocky Mountain News, bemoaning the impending doom of his newspaper. (It seems highly unlikely that there’s a white knight in the Rocky’s future, which means it will probably shut down in early 2009, after 150 years of serving…