RIP, Rocky Mountain News

Update (3:15 PM): Here is a hot-off-the-presses iVoices podcast, with Jon Caldara and Dave Kopel discussing the end of the Rocky Mountain News era:

Only one more edition of a 150-year-old Denver journalistic institution before the axe falls. We knew the day was coming, but the sudden realization is still striking. More often than not, the Rocky‘s editors have provided a sensible, Rightward-leaning balance to the liberal Denver Post. That will be missed.

It’s a sad day for many good people – some of whom I have agreed with much more than others – who only have left the guarantee of one day of work and two months of pay. Here’s wishing them all the best in landing on their feet somewhere soon.

Even as we reflect back, the local media landscape is shifting rapidly. (How much longer will we even have the Post?) El Presidente reminds us of the opportunities before us in the wake of the Rocky‘s untimely demise.

Joshua Sharf also adds to the lament.

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