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TNW Media: Two years after newspaper closes, 67% of its journalists earning less

TNW Media reports that a former editor of the now-closed Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colorado surveyed his former journalists to find out what they are now earning. Most of them are earning less than they did when they worked for the paper, which shut two years ago.

146 of the paper’s 194 journalists responded to Temple’s survey which found that 67% of them now earn less than in their old job at the Rocky Mountain News, with 57% saying that they now earn “Much less” than in their old job.

Full story on The Rocky Mountain News at this link



Westword Blogs: US editor asks staff to call out what’s boring in paper

Extracts from a memo sent by Denver Post editor Greg Moore to staff:

A series of meetings with staff should be underway to get your take on how we can do more compelling journalism.

Please speak up in these sessions but try not to whine. These are demanding times for everyone and we all work very hard.

But if you think there is boring stuff in the paper, call it out. Do we need a new approach to our beats? Do we need fewer beats? New areas of coverage? Are you ready for a change?

The commenters on this post certainly aren’t afraid to “call out” what they think…

As this post on Westword Blogs explains the Post is reorganising its news operation and Moore is concerned that the Post’s current 200 journalists are spreading themselves and subject matters too thinly by trying to achieve the same breadth as the paper’s formerly 300-strong newsroom.

Full post at this link…

New local site and verticals for HuffPo

The Huffington Post has launched its third local site, as expected, for Denver, Colorado.

An introduction from Ethan Axelrod, HuffPo’s Denver editor, explains the thinking behind launch in Denver and not another US city – namely the political importance of the state and Denver’s position as a destination for young professionals and businesses, he says.

The site is also planning launches of new technology, sport (end of October) and books (October 5) verticals – a move examined by the New York Observer:

“The advantage to adding verticals ad infinitum to general-interest websites is simple: they make it easy for web designers to mimic that familiar feeling of pulling out the business pages or flipping to the top sports story in traditional print newspapers. Drilling down on one topic at a time and carefully tailoring content by subject makes it easier for visitors to read what they want to and for advertisers to reach a specific, targeted audience,” the Observer reports.

Being able to roll-out new sections and topic pages quickly may suggest a landgrab approach towards attracting users.

As usability expert Jakob Nielsen tells the Observer, these sections allow sites to ‘scoop up’ users with specific interests and perhaps attract them to other parts of the site. To do this however, the content these sections offer must be more than just a filtering of the broader site.

All Things Digital: HuffPo to expand into New York and Denver

Following the launch of its news pages for Chicago, the Huffington Post has continued its local expansion with a new site for New York.

The local sites are a combination of curation, blogs and opinion, says Ariana Huffington.

In an interview with All Things Digital, the HuffP also confirms plans to cover Denver with a new vertical:

Full story at this link…

Does a series of Tweets really qualify as ‘citizen journalism’?

The Telegraph proclaims Mike Wilson a ‘citizen journalist’ after quoting his Tweets sent from the scene of the plane crash at Denver International Airport.

Mike Wilson, a passenger on the plane, sent these Tweets after leaving the burning plane.

According to the Telegraph: “As the entire right side of the Boeing 737 burned, Mr Wilson shared his experience live with his family, friends, and an increasingly wide audience of strangers on Twitter.”

The headline reads ‘Citizen journalist sets the world a Twitter after Denver plane crash.’

Wilson used Twitter to communicate to family and friends in a public way, and then to document his appearances on the television news, but is this really an example of ‘citizen journalism?’ Or a public eye-witness account? Or is there no difference?

Yahoo and Politico to offer inside view of Democrat and Republican conventions

Yahoo and POLITICO are to live stream a series of breakfast debates from the US Democratic and Republican National Conventions, which will be held in Denver in August and in St Paul in September respectively.

The panels will be moderated by Politico editors and will be open to convention attendees and the general public.

Local papers The Denver Post and St Paul Pioneer Press will also cover the events.

“It is hard to imagine more exciting partnerships at a more important time in this historic campaign. These events will offer politicians and the public access to unique and powerful audiences: the local community via the host newspapers, political enthusiasts via POLITICO and the world via Yahoo! News,” said John Harris, POLITICO editor-in-chief, in a press release.