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The Rocky Mountain News
Rocky Mountain News
(nicknamed the Rocky[2]) was a daily newspaper published in Denver, Colorado, United States from April 23, 1859, until February 27, 2009. It was owned by the E. W. Scripps
E. W. Scripps
Company from 1926 until its closing. As of March 2006, the Monday–Friday circulation was 255,427.[1] From the 1940s until 2009, the newspaper was printed in a tabloid format. Under the leadership of president, publisher, and editor John Temple, the Rocky Mountain News
Rocky Mountain News
had won four Pulitzer Prizes since 2000. Most recently in 2006, the newspaper won two Pulitzers, in Feature Writing and Feature Photography. The paper's final issue appeared on Friday, February 27, 2009, less than two months shy of its 150th anniversary.[2] Its demise left Denver
Denver
a one-newspaper town, with The Denver
Denver
Post as the sole remaining large-circulation daily.

Contents

1 History

1.1 First issue 1.2 Crime fighter 1.3 Jack Foster 1.4 Joint operating agreement 1.5 Redesign 1.6 Closure

2 Revival plans and successors

2.1 IN Denver
Denver
Times and the Rocky Mountain Independent 2.2 Possible revival

3 Awards 4 See also 5 Footnotes 6 References 7 External links

History[edit]

February 10, 1960 cover of the Rocky Mountain News

First issue[edit] The Rocky Mountain News
Rocky Mountain News
was founded by William N. Byers
William N. Byers
and John L. Dailey along with Dr. George Monell and Thomas Gibson on April 23, 1859, when present-day Denver
Denver
was part of the Kansas Territory
Kansas Territory
and before the city of Denver
Denver
had been incorporated.[3] It became Colorado's oldest newspaper[3] and possibly its longest continuously operated business.[4] Its first issue was printed on a printing press from Omaha, Nebraska, that had been hauled by oxcart during the start of the Colorado
Colorado
Gold Rush.[3] That first issue was printed only 20 minutes ahead of its rival, the Cherry Creek Pioneer.[3] The Rocky went from a weekly to a daily newspaper in August 1860, and from an evening to a morning newspaper in July 1870.[5] Crime fighter[edit] In 1883, the newspaper took a stand against corruption and crime in Denver. One of its primary targets was city crime boss Jefferson Randolph Smith, alias "Soapy" Smith. In one crime-fighting campaign, the managing editor, John Arkins, allowed disrespectful comments about Smith's wife and children to be published and Smith assaulted Arkins with a cane, severely injuring the editor. The News continued its crusade to rid Denver
Denver
of its most celebrated bad man, which took nearly a decade to complete. Jack Foster[edit] The E. W. Scripps Company
E. W. Scripps Company
bought the Rocky Mountain News
Rocky Mountain News
in 1926. The Rocky Mountain News
Rocky Mountain News
and its competitors, including The Denver
Denver
Post, resorted to gasoline giveaways and other promotions in an attempt to boost circulation. By the early 1940s, the Rocky had nearly died. It was saved by then editor Jack Foster when he convinced Scripps to approve changing the newspaper from a broadsheet format to a tabloid design. Foster reasoned that the new format would make it easier for readers to hold and navigate and would make advertising more affordable. Foster's wife, Frances, introduced America's first "advice" column, called Molly Mayfield. It became an instant favorite among readers and was soon adopted in many other newspapers, paving the way for advice columnists such as Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren. Joint operating agreement[edit] After a continued rivalry that almost put both papers out of business, the Rocky and The Post merged operations in 2001 under a joint operating agreement.[6] Through the agreement, the Denver
Denver
Newspaper Agency was formed. The new company ran all noneditorial operations of both papers, namely advertising and circulation, and was equally owned by the E. W. Scripps Company
E. W. Scripps Company
and by MediaNews Group, which owns The Post. The two newspapers continued to publish separately except during the weekends, when the Rocky Mountain News
Rocky Mountain News
was published only on Saturday and The Denver
Denver
Post only on Sunday; each newspaper had one page of editorials in the other paper's weekend edition. They maintained their rivalry. The Rocky was considered more politically conservative than the Post.[7]

The May 2, 2006, front page of the Rocky Mountain News, before the 2007 redesign

Redesign[edit] On January 23, 2007, the Rocky Mountain News
Rocky Mountain News
was redesigned to a smaller, magazine-style format with more color pages and photographs, full-page photo section covers, a new masthead logo, and different page numbering from the previous design. The redesign was the result of new presses that allowed the newspaper to print about 25% faster than its old presses, at an average speed of 60,000 issues per hour.[8] Closure[edit] On December 4, 2008, E. W. Scripps
E. W. Scripps
put the News up for sale, with industry analysts saying the move was possibly a prelude to shutting down the paper.[4] Although Scripps was contacted by Brian Ferguson, a private equity investor from Texas, who expressed interest, that deal fell through for reasons that included complications of the joint operating agreement.[9] On February 26, 2009, Scripps announced that the Rocky Mountain News
Rocky Mountain News
would print its final edition the next day, and that the newspaper's masthead, archives, and web site would be offered for sale, separate from its interest in the newspaper agency.[2] Following the shutdown of the Rocky, the Post, now the only daily newspaper in Denver,[7] resumed seven-day-a-week publication. Revival plans and successors[edit] IN Denver
Denver
Times and the Rocky Mountain Independent[edit] On March 16, 2009, several former Rocky Mountain News
Rocky Mountain News
staffers announced a plan to develop a new on-line, real-time local newspaper, with a staff of about 30 journalists. The plan required 50,000 subscriber pledges before April 23, 2009; if that goal was met, the full website, with the name IN Denver
Denver
Times, would launch on May 4, 2009. On April 23, 2009, IN Denver
Denver
Times, the name for the proposed restart, reported that only 3,000 people had subscribed to the premium content subscription model.[10] The three co-founders said that they did not intend to continue the planned business model, and, instead, would create a less-staffed news site, while Steve Foster and several former Rocky Mountain News
Rocky Mountain News
journalists said that they believed that the original business model of a robustly staffed on-line alternative newspaper could succeed and were looking for new backers.[11] IN Denver
Denver
Times, still on-line as of December 2015[update], does not use the subscription model, instead depending on advertising for its revenue. As of October 2013[update], the three co-founders Kevin Prebuld, Brad Gray, and Ben Ray, editor Steve Haigh, and contributors Drew Litton and Ed Stein were the only remaining staff from the original venture.[12] The site relies on 15 contributors and six "INSighters". On September 7, 2009, INDT.com unveiled a new website design, allowing readers to read the news in a more organized format. On July 4, 2009, Steve Foster and several former Rocky Mountain News employees launched a new venture known as the Rocky Mountain Independent. The new website used a three-pronged revenue strategy: advertising, subscription revenues, and outside contributors. Subscriptions cost $4.00 per month and yearly subscriptions were 50% for the first three months, at $24. The 12 owners of the website committed to working for free until the end of September 2009.[13][14] The website stopped publishing new content on October 5, 2009.[15] Possible revival[edit] In December 2014 Denver
Denver
billionaire Philip Anschutz was reported to be exploring the possibility of reviving the Rocky Mountain News; he had placed a prototype online and was conducting market research to assess the feasibility of a relaunch.[16][17] Awards[edit] In 2000, the Rocky Mountain News
Rocky Mountain News
photo staff was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography "for its powerful collection of emotional images taken after the student shootings at Columbine High School."[18] In 2002, the paper won more first-place awards than any other Western newspaper.[citation needed] In 2003, the Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
for Breaking News Photography was awarded to the Rocky Mountain News
Rocky Mountain News
photography staff "for its powerful, imaginative coverage of Colorado's raging forest fires."[19] The paper also won the Colorado
Colorado
Press Association's General Excellence Award, the award for the best large daily newspaper in Colorado
Colorado
(for the eighth year in a row). The photo and design staffs won 25 Society for News Design awards, placed eighth in the world, and won nine National Press Photographers Association awards and six Pictures of the Year International awards.[citation needed] In 2006, Jim Sheeler of the Rocky Mountain News
Rocky Mountain News
won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for his "Final Salute" special report, the story of a Marine major assigned to casualty notification and how he helps families with fallen relatives in Iraq cope with their losses.[20] Todd Heisler won the Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
for Feature Photography the same year for his photos in the same special report.[21] See also[edit]

Newspaper Preservation Act of 1970 List of defunct newspapers of the United States

Footnotes[edit]

^ Circulation figures include combined figures from the Rocky Mountain News Saturday editions and The Denver
Denver
Post Sunday editions. At the time of its demise, the News did not publish a Sunday edition.

References[edit]

^ a b "2006 Top 100 Daily Newspapers in the U.S. by Circulation" (PDF). BurrellesLuce. March 31, 2006. Retrieved March 6, 2007.  ^ a b c DeBruin, Lynn; Ryckman, Lisa (February 26, 2009). "Rocky Mountain News to close, publish final edition Friday". The Rocky Mountain News. Archived from the original on February 28, 2009.  ^ a b c d "Scrappy Rocky Mountain News
Rocky Mountain News
closing its doors". San Diego Union-Tribune. Associated Press. February 26, 2009. Retrieved June 6, 2013.  ^ a b Raabe, Steve (December 5, 2008). " Rocky Mountain News
Rocky Mountain News
for sale". The Denver
Denver
Post. Retrieved February 28, 2009.  ^ Hudson, Barb (February 27, 2009). " Rocky Mountain News
Rocky Mountain News
history timeline". The Denver
Denver
Post. Retrieved January 19, 2015.  ^ "12 cities still have JOAs". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. April 28, 2003.  ^ a b Tatum, Christine (March 1, 2009). "In Denver, Residents Lament the Closing of a Newspaper". The New York Times.  ^ Video journal (Windows Media Video). Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved February 28, 2009. Four years of planning culminated Monday night when the Denver Newspaper Agency printed the redesigned Rocky Mountain News on new $65 million presses. DNA production director Larry Charest and his team oversaw the quality of 60,000 copies per hour in the 260,000-copy run.  ^ "'Rocky' Finance Editor Lands One Last Scoop on the Way Out". Editor & Publisher. February 27, 2009. Retrieved February 28, 2009.  ^ Roberts, Michael (April 23, 2009). "IN Denver
Denver
Times: The official response". Westword (Blog). Retrieved October 9, 2013.  ^ "IN Denver
Denver
Times investors, staffers to part ways". North Colorado Business Report. April 24, 2009. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011.  ^ "Meet our Staff and Contributors". INDenverTimes.com. Archived from the original on October 25, 2013.  ^ Roberts, Michael (July 6, 2009). "Behind the launch of the Rocky Mountain Independent". Westword (Blog). Retrieved October 9, 2013.  ^ "New models, new challenges". iwantmyrocky.com. August 27, 2009. Archived from the original on December 17, 2009.  ^ Tomasic, John (October 2, 2009). "Rocky Mountain Independent, online magazine experiment, folds". The Colorado
Colorado
Independent (Blog). Retrieved October 9, 2013.  ^ Westergaard, Neil; Harden, Mark (December 11, 2014) [December 9, 2014]. "Exclusive: Anschutz explores bringing back Rocky Mountain News in Denver". Denver
Denver
Business Journal. Retrieved July 20, 2015.  ^ " Denver
Denver
billionaire Anschutz floats plan to revive Rocky Mountain News". The Denver
Denver
Post. December 9, 2014.  ^ "The Pulizer Prize Winners 2000: Breaking News Photography". The Pulizer Board. Archived from the original on August 16, 2000.  ^ "The Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
Winners 2003: Breaking News Photography". The Pulitzer Board. Archived from the original on August 2, 2003.  ^ "The 2006 Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
Winners: Feature Writing". The Pulitzer Board. Retrieved December 13, 2015.  ^ "The 2006 Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
Winners: Feature Photography". The Pulitzer Board. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Rocky Mountain News
Rocky Mountain News
official website Rocky Mountain News
Rocky Mountain News
at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
(archive index) Denver Newspaper Agency official website Rocky Mountain News
Rocky Mountain News
profile from the E. W. Scripps Company
E. W. Scripps Company
website In Denver
Denver
Times Dodging the Memory Hole: Saving Born-digital News Content, University of Missouri, 2014 . (Discusses the saga of archiving the Rocky after its sudden demise, and the role of the Denver
Denver
Public Library)

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