Some of the former employees of the Rocky Mountain News, which shuttered its doors recently, are starting a new online, daily news magazine, according to this report.
The Rocky Mountain Independent, as the site will be called, is expected to debut this summer.
I was reading the comments on the blog post that announced this, the Denver Westford, and was surprised at how they were all negative. My company has had a ton of layoffs and I’m sure more will come. I can’t imagine what it is like when your paper folds. Believe it or not, there really is a need for journalism. Just because people aren’t buying ads or the papers does NOT mean they aren’t reading the stories. Look at how many people go to the NY Times web page and comment.
Let’s hope this new site works out. These are, after all, journalists who no longer have jobs. They might not be able to make a print publication work, but perhaps their website will become huge. I certainly hope so. People don’t seem to realize that if papers go the way of the dinosaur, there will be a huge problem. Bloggers and blogs are not journalists and professional reporting. Reporters have a role in our society.
It just makes me sad to see negative people are about journalism. Why is the immediate reaction that this venture will fail? Where is our optimism? The Huffington Post does very well, no print attached. It might take some time, but I’m sure people in the Rocky Mountains want to get their news, they just don’t want to pay for it.
Send out some positive thoughts for these ex-Rocky journalists. Let’s hope their new site succeeds, instead of assuming it will fail.