Colorado State University Paper: Trickle-down newsonomics: If the Denver Post dies, so has part of our citizenry

by Erin Douglas

There is a surplus of information available to consumers right now. It’s on Google, it’s on Facebook, it’s on Twitter, and if you can’t be bothered, it’s likely your friend will mention it to you. It’s also free. But, Colorado has a shortage of reliable information suppliers, or journalists.

It’s about to get worse: The Denver Post announced a new round of layoffs on March 14. Thirty people will or have already lost their jobs. One-third of the already stripped and relocated newsroom will disappear.

If information was a product, if readers paid for that product and if journalists acted as a normal workforce, maybe this could all be explained by a trite tale of the internet’s power and the declining relevance of printed newspapers. But, none of these roles quite fit The Post’s story.

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