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Denver Post strengthens sponsored content designation on energy section

Center for Western Priorities | ThinkProgress | Wonkette

Following articles that said a Denver Post-sponsored energy section wasn’t marked clearly enough, Post President and CEO Mac Tully told Poynter in an email the paper decided to “strengthen the sponsored content designation and included a definition of custom content.” Tully said he hadn’t “seen one complaint that misunderstood the content to be Denver Post generated.”

The change comes after reports in several publications about the “Energy and Environment” section, which is sponsored content from Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development, a group formed by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Noble Energy “to provide scientifically sound information about fracking.”

The section looks too much like regular Denver Post content, Erin Moriarty writes for the Center for Western Priorities: “Advertising is, of course, crucial to newspapers’ existence, but there is a line that has been crossed.”

A “former Denver Post staffer who asked not to be named” told ThinkProgress’ Katie Valentine, “If I weren’t a journalist, I’m not sure I could tell the difference here.”

(As long as we’re discussing the Post’s decisions, why on earth did ThinkProgress let a former employee zing his former employer under cover of anonymity? Read more

This July 20, 2012 file photo shows police outside of a Century 16 movie theatre in Aurora, Colo. after a shooting during the showing of a movie. Police and fire officials failed to tell each other when and where rescuers were needed following the Aurora theater shootings, according to reports obtained by the Denver Post. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

Learning from prize-winning journalism: how to cover a breaking news story

In Poynter’s e-book, “Secrets of Prize-Winning Journalism,” we highlight and examine 10 award-winning works from 2013 through interviews with their creators.

These works are inspiring. They’re also instructive. Starting with the “secrets” shared with us by their creators, we’ve extracted some great lessons about how to learn to do better journalism, and paired them with questions to ask in your own newsroom.

In this first installment, we explore lessons learned from The Denver Post’s coverage of the Aurora theater shootings, which earned the newsroom recognition for its work, winning the ASNE distinguished writing award for deadline news reporting, the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News and The Scripps Howard Award for Breaking News. The Post also received positive feedback from the community, which pleased Post’s News Director Kevin Dale even more.

In “Secrets of Prize-Winning Journalism,” Dale examines the factors that contributed to the Post’s multiplatform coverage of a news story that broke shortly after 1 a.m., when only one person — the night digital producer — was left in the newsroom. Read more

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Reporter at Arapahoe: ‘I have to hug every student I interview, I can’t help it’

Among the members of the media reporting via Twitter from the scene of Friday’s shooting at Arapahoe High School in Colorado, Denver Post reporter Ryan Parker’s tweets stood out. He posted photos, news and on occasion wrote about what it’s like to cover an event like this.


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In a Q&A, a Guardian reader asked new Denver Post marijuana editor Ricardo Baca whether writing about pot for a mainstream paper meant “generalising this to cooking, gardening, for example.” Baca replied:

James, we already have been reporting on pot as an ingredient in the kitchen (, pot in your backyard garden ( and Want a killer recipe for a cannabis-zucchini bread? Check that first link, which ran in print in The Denver Post a few months ago. Post readers will see much more of this (as well as stories addressing the culture of cannabis in our daily lives) in the coming year in addition to the news coverage that we’ve focused so much on.

Marijuana leaves (Depositphotos)

Denver Post marijuana editor named

Denver Post

Denver Post has announced the appointment of entertainment editor and music critic Ricardo Baca as its first marijuana editor as Colorado braces for the legalization of recreational marijuana in the new year.

News Director Kevin Dale provided details in a memo to the newsroom on Tuesday:

I’m happy to announce that Ricardo Baca has been appointed the editor of the marijuana website we are building. In this new role, Ricardo will be responsible for building the community and engagement around the site much like he did with Reverb in its early days. Ricardo will be working with editors and reporters in every department to ensure the site is lively, authoritative, in-depth, educational and packed with content spanning regulations to reviews.

Marijuana legalization will be the newspaper’s biggest story in the coming year, Dale said. Read more


Denver Post, San Antonio Express-News among Scripps Howard award winners

Scripps Howard Foundation
Spencer S. Hsu won the Ursula and Gilbert Farfel Prize for investigative reporting in this year’s Scripps Howard Awards, announced Thursday. Hsu’s articles on forensic science “exposed the Department of Justice’s use of flawed data in more than 20,000 criminal convictions,” the awards text reads.

Other winners include Patricia Callahan, Sam Roe and Michael Hawthorne of the Chicago Tribune for their series on flame retardant furniture, Lisa Krantz of the San Antonio Express-News for her photojournalism, and the Denver Post for its breaking-news coverage of the July 2012 Aurora, Colo., theater shootings. The New York Times won in the digital innovation category for “Snow Fall.” The Post’s Aurora coverage and “Snow Fall” also both won ASNE awards.

Previously: SABEW, Selden Ring, SND winners announced as awards season heats up | Austin Tice, David Corn win Polk Awards Read more


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. But there were some sites that did well and that have continued to grow in recent years, effectively changing the way that news is distributed and consumed throughout the state. Read more

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Denver Post’s new iPad app ‘advances how news apps should look’

Garcia Media | Digital First Media
Design expert Mario Garcia has high praise for the new iPad app launched by Digital First Media’s Denver Post. “It advances how news apps should look like, it does not pretend to look like a newspaper … Bravo. … a news app appearing today does not need to remind us of the iconic newspaper look,” Garcia writes.
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Denver Post writer ‘weirded out’ by alt-weekly adding whip sound to black mayor’s message

Westword editors thought Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s new Denver International Airport underground train greeting “begs for the sound of a cracking whip” because the African-American city leader’s “Welcome to the MILE HIIIGH CITY!” has the twang of a rodeo announcer. Joel Warner wrote:

Cowboy-speak? Really? Sorry, but most folks don’t want to imagine themselves on a dude ranch when they’re packed like sardines in an underground train after a four-hour red eye from Newark.

The Denver Post’s Lynn Bartels, who was in Albuquerque in 1992 covering March Madness when Bobby Knight cracked a bullwhip across the butt of one of his black players, says she was “weirded out” by the whip sound, but media critic Michael Roberts points out:

Post readers haven’t flooded its website with angry invective. As of now, there’s just one comment on the item, which doesn’t really take a stand one way or the other. And on Westword’s original post, published yesterday, only two of six comments were critical — and neither mentioned race.

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Denver Post kills ‘Doonesbury’ in print edition, readers yawn

Westword | Denver Business Journal
Editor Greg Moore says he’s heard “zip” about “Doonesbury” and the other strips that were cut, including the weekday ‘Peanuts,’ ‘Non Sequitur, Overboard,’ ‘Rhymes with Orange’ and others. (Managing editor/administration Jeanette Chavez got one complaint about the missing “Doonesbury.”) “There’s no mystery why the strips are bidding farewell, print-wise,” writes Michael Roberts. “Last week, [editor Moore] confirmed a 4 percent budget cut and shrinkage to the feature section, where the comics appear, as well as the sports section.”

Denver Business Journal new media editor Mark Harden reacts to the news:

I’m sure the Post is armed with a sheaf of readership data that told its editors that, for example, Beetle Bailey – about a guy who’s been a private for 60 years in an Army that never seems to get deployed anywhere — was worth saving. But still, I was stunned Sunday when I went looking for Doonesbury in my Sunday Post and couldn’t find it – Doonesbury, arguably the most influential, most talked-about strip of the last generation.

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