Note: I’ve reposted this on fixjournalism.com.
I don’t care who you are. Whether you’re an experienced journalist, a cynical editor, a skeptical student, a hopeful professor…you stopped to think about what the death of the Rocky Mountain News meant when they announced that their last issue would publish on Feb. 27.
You probably watched their Vimeo (my heart broke a little when I saw the journalist buy a lottery ticket and vow that he would buy the paper if he won) and downloaded the PDF copy of their front cover.
The day came and it ended. Newspapers closing isn’t a new story in America (see a full list of defunct newspapers here). It was time to move on and predict who was the next to go. The San Francisco Chronicle? The Seattle Post-Intelligencer (which has since stopped printing and is now online only)?
But part of the Rocky’s staff had a different idea.