Newspaper re-earns an old nickname

Back in the day, when I was attending j-school in Fort Collins, the state’s dominant newspaper, The Denver Post, was still nicknamed the Bucket of Blood, though its use of screaming red headlines had faded a bit.

It has re-earned that nickname but for a different reason.

According to the Denver Business Journal, the Post is cutting its newsroom from 90 journalists to 60. The newsroom has been halved in just three years.

When the feisty Rocky Mountain News tabloid shuttered in 2009 the two Denver dailies had 450 journalists on their payrolls, the business newspaper says.

Denver City Councilman Kevin Flynn, former reporter at the Rocky, was quoted as saying, “It’s my understanding [The Denver Post’s] owners still make money in this town. A newspaper is supposed to be part of the civic conversation, and you can’t have a conversation if there’s no one there to engage from that side. … People rely on journalists to ferret out what’s going on in a community. We’ve already lost so much. … It’s obviously a race to the bottom, and that’s no good for Denver.”

Denver Post newsroom back in the day.

5 comments on “Newspaper re-earns an old nickname

  1. Steve says:

    The RJ has a new sign and the roof was being redone just the other day.

  2. Adelson can afford a fresh coat of paint. What goes on inside is what counts.

  3. Steve says:

    Yup, gotta wonder though, if they are springing for building upgrades; are they also putting money into people?
    Glenn Cook is still there, so it looks like they are doing something right.

  4. Steve says:

    When Eastman Kodak hired me (to a subsidiary) I had every reason to believe I landed in my retirement job.

    Well….we see what happened to Kodak. The same is happening to newspapers and Kodak with 40% of the press business, was an integral part of that industry too.
    Adelson didn’t happen to you, that was done before their arrival and ownership. But I understand the feeling, I am not happy with what Kodak does today. And I have a better job now.

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