Denver: Media and culture in Denver was never the same when the Rocky Mountain News stopped the presses. Many say that the cold newspaper war was over when the news organizations merged in an unseemly relationship with The Denver Post. From the digital Press Club on Glenarm Street, a conversation comes up every year around this time when former Rocky Mountain News reporters get together to toast the memory of the Rocky Mountain News and it’s demise. Most reporters and editors took a big gulp (Sorry Michael Bloomberg) and delivered resumes to the brass at the Denver Post. Many found a job there. Some even took a walk up Broadway and delivered their credentials to Patty Calhoun at Westword. As rootshed.com began it’s quest at the Quest/Anaconda/Anshutz Tower on 17th and Glenarm the Digital Press Club began to overtake the Denver Press Club. “At that time Associated Content was selling out to Yahoo and were less likely to continue their run at citizen journalism in Cherry Creek.
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All of this background may have the spin cycle on steroids for the reader of Denver Media and Culture on this Wednesday. The point is the erosion of pure journalism. rootshed.com’s top stories that are trending now show a reckless regard for truth in journalism and continue to wallow in sensationalism. The Rocky was the community newspaper that got to the heart of the Denverite while reporting the news objectively and telling a story from the subjects eye. Even columnists like the late Gene Amole would write so descriptively that it could bring the reader to laughter, tears and other emotions that only Amole could express. The Denver Post took the creme of the Rocky and many like Kevin Vaughan have risen to the top. Like a fine wine rarely do we get a crafted piece since when journalists rise to the top they are often made editors.
The age old question is “What is trending on the web?” One of the veteran reporters laughed at the examiner’s list of news stories which leads with “Dolly Parton not gay;”
- Facebook confuses elbows for breasts in bathtub photo
- Dylan Redwine’s mom worries his dad may ‘have done something’ to son (Tag: Crime)
- Powerball jackpot now at $500 million as excitement builds (Tag: Powerball)
- Naked protesters storm Boehner’s office to protest cuts to HIV, AIDS funding (Tag: John Boehner, AIDS)
Many of these stories are lacking something according to the retired News veterans and according to most at the digital press club:”Objectivity and Silhouette Journalists.” “Today too many reporters are trying to make a name for themselves- beyond a bi-line. They want to be the news instead of telling the story.” Another writer looks out of place with a Grande Cup of Starbucks instead of a cigar and a Styrofoam cup seen in black and white photos of the newsroom at the Rocky in the sixties. He measures his words carefully, “Never before did journalism have a chance to get back to real news than now. With digital comes a murky soup of stories; skilled and unskilled writers, and some of the untrained tell better stories than the so-called Master’s of journalism.” What constitutes a breakthrough question in journalism? “Will there ever be a Digital version of the newspaper that brings the best in the business together reporting news, telling the human interest stories and community building; the cartoons, the local business section and the great photos of news happening in our cities?” The other vet smiled and said, “Well that would be breaking news-a Rocky Mountain Breakthrough!”
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