The Scripps newspaper in Denver announced today that it will publish tomorrow for the last time. The Dean Singleton-owned Denver Post immediately snapped up more than a dozen Rocky Mountain News writers and editors, including former L.A. Times staffers Mike Littwin and Tina Griego. Both will write columns for the Post. From Post editor Greg Moore at Romenesko:
Just minutes ago, we learned that The Rocky is closing after almost 150 years. Denver was blessed for a long time with two fine newspapers. Now we go it alone.
At the staff meeting last week, I told you that I planned to hire some journalists from The Rocky. I think I made plain that we need to do this because they can help us become a stronger paper and it will help us attract and hold onto Rocky readers, who will be trying The Post again for the first time in a while. We need to retain as many of those readers as possible and by having some familiar faces and features from The Rocky, our chances improve greatly.