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So long, Rocky Mountain News

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Final Edition from Matthew Roberts on Vimeo.

The Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colorado, published its final issue today. The 149-year-old daily, owned by E.W. Scripps, Co., was one of two in Denver. Jim Hopkins at Gannett Blog notes that it's the largest-circulation daily to close its doors in the current "newspaper-industry crisis."

Staffer Matthew Roberts produced this fantastic 20-minute video about the Rocky's final days. I feel sorry for these guys, but I'm also optimistic about the future of journalism in general. It's going to be a rocky few years, though, pardon the pun. I think we're going to see a lot more of this, particularly from dailies.

Incidentally, I wrote a story last month about how the crisis is affecting the Burlington Free Press. So far, they're still alive and kickin'. Us, too.

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