Sad 150th birthday for Rocky Mtn News – but hope

Today would have been the Rocky Mtn News' 150th birthday. Follow updates from some of the Rocky's journalists at www.indenvertimes.com

Today would have been the Rocky Mtn News' 150th birthday. Follow updates from some of the Rocky's journalists at http://www.indenvertimes.com

I received this letter today from InDenver Times, the courageous group of ex-Rocky Mountain News journalists who were attempting to keep local news balanced and vital in Colorado.  So, how do you envision the future of local news?  Are newspapers doomed and, if so, what will replace it?  Do you think broadcast news can fill the void?  Will they staff sufficient reporters to provide in-depth coverage of local government successes, needs, abuses, crises, etc., and how?

Dear Janet,

We are very grateful for your support and the encouragement we have received from every corner of this community.

As you know, today would have been the 150th Anniversary of the Rocky Mountain News.  It is also the deadline we set for a decision on moving forward with a paid subscription model.  Because we did not meet our goal of 50,000 subscribers, your credit card will not be charged (nor was it ever charged) on May 4th as initially intended.

However, we still have confidence in the future of online journalism and in our common vision.   While we did not meet our initial subscriber goal we made steady progress with all other metrics.  There is a long list of online media outlets that are working hard all over the country to create a new paradigm that will transform local journalism.

We are moving forward with the INDenverTimes.com website and will keep you posted on our progress and direction. To view this story on our web site, please click here.

Thank you again for your outpouring of support and encouragement.

Sincerely,
INDenverTimes
www.indenvertimes.com

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