Saddened by Rocky Mountain News’ Closure

The Rocky Mountain News announced today that it would cease publication on Friday. This is, no doubt, sad news not just for the Rocky but for the industry as a whole. So many news organizations are struggling to survive that when one paper dies, it makes the demise of other papers seem that much more imminent.

All day I felt as though I’d lost a family friend. I didn’t grow up reading the Rocky Mountain News, nor do I know anyone who works there. What I do know, though, is that a quality newspaper with gifted journalists has folded too soon. I’d hate to think that this is the first of many deaths in journalism, though the realist in me says it may very well be.

The Poynter Institute, where I work, is going to try to offer resources to the Rocky journalists so that they’ll know they have someplace to turn and that we care about their well-being. (More on this to come.)

My colleagues and I published a series of stories on Poynter Online about the Rocky‘s closing and plan to continue our coverage on Friday. Here is what we’ve published so far:

You can follow the Rocky‘s Tweets at RMN_Newsroom.

How did you react to the news?

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

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