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How the media scene has changed in Colorado since the Rocky Mountain News folded

The media landscape in Colorado has changed dramatically in the past five years.

In 2008, Colorado’s main content providers were the same traditional print and broadcast news organizations that had been providing the state with news for decades.

That all began to change when the Rocky Mountain News folded in February 2009 after publisher E.W. Scripps Co. failed to find a buyer for the paper. The Denver-based Rocky was Colorado’s oldest paper and had won four Pulitzer prizes in the decade before it folded.

Some Rocky Mountain News journalists who lost their jobs joined The Denver Post. Some left the field altogether. Others looked for ways to preserve what was lost — particularly investigative and enterprise reporting. They created sites such as The Rocky Mountain Independent, Inside the Rockies and In Denver Times, all of which struggled to find their footing. Read more

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