Friday, February 27, 2009

R.I.P. Rocky Mountain News


Final Edition from Matthew Roberts on Vimeo.

Newspaper journalism is a lot like a fraternity. Once you've been a reporter or an editor (and endured a certain kind of hazing), you consider yourself a member of the profession long after you've left. So I've been taking all the news of layoffs, furloughs and cutbacks a little personally.

I don't know anyone who worked at the Rocky Mountain News, but the news that it was closing today — just straight up shutting down — genuinely saddens me. It's Colorado's oldest newspaper. Won four Pulitzers in the last 10 years alone.

This moving video says it all.

6 comments:

Nobody not really... said...

You'd think the Pulitzers were reason enough to continue the good fight...

Christina said...

Why did the video disappear, I wonder. It doesn't exist on the Rocky website, either.

EDP said...

Dude, I know! The Pulitzers are a BIG DEAL.

I also wonder what happened to the video. It's just as well that they took it down, because it is really depressing.

Christina said...

Looks like it's back up now.

Lyza Lynne said...

I live in Colorado, and have loved the Rocky Mountain News my whole life. It will be odd to have to get all my news from the 'other' paper or from the internet.

EDP said...

Two newspapers are always better than one. Competition encourages them to be sharper and more aggressive. It's such a shame for the readers.