General28 Feb 2009 08:57 pm

It’s hard working in an industry that may or may not be dying; it can’t quite make its mind up. Things were not great around the newsroom this week. Our parent company continues to struggle, and 15 people in the building received pink slips this week. This has not happened in previous cutbacks. Everything has been voluntary up to this point.

This week the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colorado failed to sell and was shut down. So close to the 150th anniversary. They put together an amazing video documenting the death of the paper. It is something I hope is not echoed where I work, but there are so many similarities, it is frightening for me to watch at times.

Final Edition from Matthew Roberts on Vimeo.

2 Responses to “End of an era”

  1. on 01 Mar 2009 at 7:21 am Mark

    The end of an era is always sad, but what’s particularly sad about this situation is that the whole economic crisis is killing newprint before newpapers are prepared for it.

    I’m a strong believer in journalism, but I do think that, in today’s reality, printing out tens of thousands of copies of every story for a particular day and hand-delivering it door to door is a ridiculous concept.

    Lately the Montréal Gazette has been giving us free copies of the paper, probably in an attempt to boost exposure and gain new subscriptions, but—and I hate to say this about anyone’s hard work—it’s actually burdensome for me to deal with all this paper.

    A transition to a viable, online alternative absolutely must happen—and I think anyone who thinks that print editions, whatever their merits, will survive in the online world is being very un-journalistic by ignoring the warning signs and the way the world is moving. I also believe that it is not necessary for the quality of journalism to suffer in the transition away from a print medium—but some experimentation in finding a model that works is necessary. It won’t be the same, but it won’t necessarily be worse. I just hope that news organizations get the opportunity to try this out before they go the way of the Rocky Mountain Times. 🙁

  2. on 01 Mar 2009 at 7:50 pm Kelly

    I think the thing that bothers me most is that I really like my job. It’s something I had no idea existed two years ago and I’d love to get cozy here and make a little nest. I guess only time will tell who the people will be to weather the storm.