Another sad day for journalism, in Denver today the Rocky Mountain News has shut down. A combination of factors, including classified advertising sales down, non-classified ad sales fallen, young people getting their news from internet sources via search portals like Yahoo, MSN, Excite ; Social Networks for example MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and blogs such as Pajamas Media, Townhall, Daily Kos,the Huffington Post, just to name a few.
Ten reporters and photographers from the Rocky Mountain News will move over to the Denver Post. The final print edition of the News has been distributed to the subscribers, retailers newsstands and newspapers racks(machines). Starting Saturday, February 28, all subscribers of the Rocky Mountain News will new receive the Denver Post.
Denver will join a growing list of Major American cities that are served by one major newspaper: The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, Houston Chronicle; San Antonio News-Press, Dallas Morning News, Austin American-Statesman;Albuquerque Journal-Review, Oakland Tribune, The(Portland)Oregonian;Miami Herald, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch as the main newspapers in their respective cities.
The shrinking collection of Major US Cities that have 2 or more newspapers includes: Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC, San Francisco, Seattle and New York City of course.
Incidentally, San Francisco Chronicle days area numbered, the paper announced this week that they are seeking a buyer , but warned the Chronicle will shut down is an owner isn’t found. Late Last Year The Seattle Times would shut down in March if now buyer is found.
Meanwhile the Philadelphia Newspapers,LLC the parent company of the Philadelphia Inquier and Philadelphia Daily News has filed for Chapter 11 Bankrupcy Protection which will the paper to reorganize itself leaner and meaner in a changing news environment. Newspaper deliveries have continued without interruptions.
Ironically, The Rocky Mountain News comes to an end just two months of it 150th anniversary. The Paper began April 1859, in the hamlet of Denver City, Colorado Territory. The paper covered all things Coloardo since and have the awards to prove it including 10 best sport coverage awards ,10 best business news awards, and 10 photography awards.
The paper will be missed.