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R.I.P. Rocky

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Final Edition: The Rocky Mountain News

Final Edition: The Rocky Mountain News

It’s a sad day. My Company, E.W. Scripps, pounded the final nail into the Rocky Mountain News coffin today. It’s very unfortunate and disappointing that hundreds of people are losing their jobs and that a newspaper that has been reporting and publishing since the Civil War is shutting down. They almost made it to 150 years. What’s scary though, is thinking about what might happen if the Denver Post crumbles as well. Even if you’re not a big reader of local news, or much of a reader at all, it’s hard to imagine a city without a newspaper covering your community, whether printed on paper or published on the web, and serving as a watch dog over those in power. In a video on the Rocky’s website today, a reader sums it up very well. He says “I tell you what, if you take out our paper, people will not be informed anymore. And an uninformed society breeds a lot of social evils.” These two proverbs come to mind as well: When the cat’s away, the mice will play and where there is no cat, the rat is king.

The Rocky is the first big city giant to fall. Many more are on the verge. When they fall, and they will, I hope it is not the end of quality, in-depth journalism and photojournalism, but rather the beginning of something fresh. We won’t get anything with teeth or in-depth from television news or local radio. News related blogs are interesting, but they are usually focussed on national and international topics and I have little faith in their accuracy. There is no oversight, no ethics. They can do and say whatever they want and get away with it. Don’t get me wrong, newspapers are not perfect and they don’t always get it right. But more times than not, they do. But if you fuck up and don’t triple check the information or you skew the facts to your liking at a newspaper, the readers take notice and respond. You’re held accountable and have to either stand by your work and defend yourself, or stand corrected and ashamed.

Even if you didn’t like the Rocky, their political slant, their style, their columnists, their editorial page etc… I still think it is a terrible loss to Denver and they will be missed. The question is, when our city’s papers disappear, will the void be filled or will the mice play.

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February 27, 2009 at 5:34 PM

I WAS BOARED

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Copyright © 2009 Matthew Ratajczak. All Rights Reserved.

Copyright © 2009 Matthew Ratajczak. All Rights Reserved.

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February 23, 2009 at 5:10 PM

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Suau Talk About His World Press Photo of the Year

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Copyright © 2009 Anthony Suau and Time Magazine. All Rights Reserved.

Copyright © 2009 Anthony Suau and Time Magazine. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

American photographer Anthony Suau talks about his photo essay for Time Magazine on our shit economy and its crippling effect on the U.S. and the city of Cleveland with the The British Journal of Photography. The above photo, from this story, has also won the World Press Photo of the Year, and the essay a second place prize in the daily life stories category. Congrats Mr. Suau.

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February 13, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Ask the Experts!

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Just came across this piece, via Conscientious, written by photographer Simon Norfolk and this piece written by Oxfam Novib picture editor Evelien Schotsman, both for Enter, the online magazine of World Press Photo’s education department.

In the “Ask The Experts” section of the magazine under the subhead of Marketing 1 and Marketing 2, they address issues such as how photographers, primarily photojournalists, will market their work over the next several years and how they should approach their work (Schotsman says it’s not effective for photojournalists to simply try to “capture the facts of life or tell an untold story” and sees “a need for the photojournalist to become a photo artist of reality”). And Norfolk gives his depressing prediction for the future of all working photographers, “My advice? Get re-skilled. Keep your photographic aspirations but try to get a trade like film editing, web-design or accounting.” That’s encouraging.

Feel free to comment on this. Would be interested to hear what you think about what’s being said in these two articles.

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February 11, 2009 at 4:12 PM