"The Rocky" Folds
At a time when we hear story after story of businesses folding up, people being laid-off, the economy heading straight south and our new, trainee president seemingly intent on spending us out of debt, today I want to share with you one more of those sad stories.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS FOLDS
Today, Friday, February 27, 2009, the venerable Rocky Mountain News published its last edition. Just 55 days short of its 150th anniversary, this institution has run the presses for the final time.
Here's a LINK to the Rocky Mountain News web site that tells much of the story, although I don't know how long it will be available for viewing. Here's another LINK that takes you to a powerful video produced about this closure. It was apparently begun the day last December when it was announced by the owners that "The Rocky" was up for sale and finished late last night. This video is part of the first link, but that one may disappear soon.
LOSS OF NEWSPAPERS IS IMPORTANT NEWS
The closure of this newspaper and the precarious condition of others throughout the country - including here in Southern California, where the The Tribune Company, parent of the Los Angeles Times, filed for bankruptcy - is very important news. According to information in an Associated Press story on the closure of the Rocky Mountain News, "four owners of 33 U.S. daily newspapers have sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the past 2 1/2 months and a number of other newspapers are up for sale". Today, with our country in such critical financial condition and our new president apparently trying to fix all the wrongs in 100 days or less, it's important to have a strong, vital, vibrant free press to keep the citizens of this country informed.
DAILY PILOT IS OUR NEWS SOURCE
Here in our little slice of the world the Daily Pilot has been our newspaper of record for a century. We depend on the editors and reporters to keep us informed on important local issues so we can be active participants in our communities. Without the hard work, thorough reporting and careful editing so necessary to present the news to us we would be left at the mercy of less reliable, more biased sources of information - like this blog and others like it. It's important that we do not lose this source of news and information.
TACOS, NOT TURKEY DINNERS
Today the Daily Pilot, along with her sister publications in the Times Community Newspaper family, continue to keep their collective shoulders to the wheel, pumping out the hard news and stories of interest for their readers. They are trying to stay one step ahead in a changing media world, where people tend to get their "news" in nibbles rather than sitting down for a good meal presented by seasoned, competent reporters and digesting it all. Societally, we are tending to treat news like a taco, not a turkey dinner. We buy it fast, eat it fast and don't seem to worry too much if some of the important stuff falls in our laps or on the floor.
TODAY, THE DAILY PILOT...
It's important to me that our area has a strong, reliable, credible news source. Today that source is the Daily Pilot.