Rocky Mountain News goes under

The Rocky Mountain News will close this week, publishing its last paper tomorrow.

E.W. Scripps Co., the paper’s owner, announced in December it was trying to find a buyer for the paper. Now Denver will only have one main newspaper.

[Scripps CEO Rich] Boehne told staffers that the Rocky was the victim of a terrible economy and an upheaval in the newspaper industry.

“Denver can’t support two newspapers any longer,” Boehne told staffers, some of whom cried at the news. “It’s certainly not good news for you, and it’s certainly not good news for Denver.”

Everyone keeps on saying papers will be radically different in the future. Yet as far as I can tell, papers are either dying off or unsuccessfully trying to adapt to the Web. When will this radical revolution be seen? Before long, no more papers will be left. There will be no journalists because it will be a dead-end career. 

So R.I.P, Rocky Mountain News. You are not alone and more will most likely join you.

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