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The battle for journalism in Colorado (and the Denver Post)

When I first moved to Colorado I used to read the Denver Post, but for at least the last year I’ve read constant stories about reporting staff being gutted down to a bare-bones skeleton crew. These days I don’t even bother looking at it, which is a shame, because honest journalism is important in a free society.

Today the battle for journalism in Colorado continues, as employees of the Denver Post signed a letter about one of their colleagues being censored in the midst of what appears to be significant profit-taking by the newspaper ownership. (I saw “appears” because there is no mention of profit margins; every for-profit business must have a profit margin to stay in business.)

Update: If you’re interested in this sage, I recommend reading, They’ve Killed a Great Newspaper on westword.com.

“Professional” NFL journalist doesn’t pay for a basic tool alvin April 28, 2018 - 6:39pm

Wow, I was just stunned to read that a so-called professional journalist (Mike Klis) here in Denver, Colorado doesn’t pay for a basic tool, or have his company pay for it. I can’t even imagine trying to cover the National Football League (NFL) and not having access to detailed statistics. The subscriptions go from $40 to $200 per year, not a huge cost at all for a “professional.” In the programming world we always try to find the best tools available for our jobs.

There’s a lot of things that take place in this business that you can’t control

Brock Osweiler on the Denver Broncos quarterback situation, circa December, 2017: “There’s a lot of things that take place in this business that you can’t control,” Osweiler said. “And I think the sooner you learn that, the better mindset you’ll have toward situations like this. So I support whatever the front office decides, the coaches decide. I’m just here to work hard and play quarterback when my number is called.”

westword.com interview with Alfred Williams alvin August 31, 2017 - 4:28pm

westword.com has this great interview with Alfred Williams. He’s a former football player who played at the University of Colorado, and then played for the Broncos at the end of his career, helping them win two Super Bowls. These days he’s on the radio, and he’s great to listen to in the afternoon. He seems like a really nice guy, and I’ve wondered how he gets along with his radio partner, who occasionally doesn’t seem like a nice guy, and the article touches on that.