Letter to the Editor: Save The Denver Post

From the Telluride Daily Planet

by Barbara Platts

This week, 25 newsroom employees at the Denver Post were laid off. In the newsroom, there are reporters, editors, photographers, videographers, designers and many more professions that work daily to create the publication’s online and print content. No type of position was safe from the cuts. The newspaper must layoff five more by the beginning of July. At this point, there are fewer than 100 staffers that make up a newsroom responsible for covering a growing city and surrounding area with nearly 3 million people, as well as a state with a total of 5.6 million.

The Denver Post, which is the largest publication of its kind in the state and often refers to itself as the “Voice of the Rocky Mountain Empire,” is used to layoffs. In 2007, there were more than 220 newsroom staffers. That number has decreased steadily since then, but the cutting of staff picked up significantly in 2010, when Alden Global Capital first purchased The Post’s parent company. Many of the layoffs have occurred in the last couple of years. Former editor Gregory L. Moore even admitted that he resigned in March 2016 because he didn’t want to be in the profession of letting go journalists.

 

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