Professional newspaper journalists aren’t known for publicly expressing their opinions, so imagine my surprise back in June 2016 when my Denver Post colleagues asked me if I would join them in a protest.

My colleagues were planning to demonstrate against a New York hedge fund that was choking out a respected Colorado institution, a Denver business that had served the public for more than a century.

Fellow editors, reporters, page designers and artists — normally known outside the newsroom for their unbiased public presence and stringent ethical standards — made T-shirts and picket signs, organized a slate of speakers and invited media outlets with which The Post competes to attend.