The Rocky Mountain News is a Monday-Saturday morning tabloid-format newspaper published in Denver, Colorado, United States. It is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company. (Despite Scripps still running the paper, it's the only newspaper in the Scripps family not to have the corporate lighthouse logo on the front page.) As of March 2006, the Monday-Friday circulation was 255,427.
Under the leadership of President, Publisher and Editor John Temple, the Rocky Mountain News has won four Pulitzer Prizes since the year 2000. Most recently in 2006, the newspaper won two Pulitzers in Feature Writing and Feature Photography.
The Rocky Mountain News
is Colorado's oldest newspaper and continuously operated business. Its first issue was printed on April 23, 1859 by founder William N. Byers
, who had hauled his printing press from Omaha, Nebraska
by oxcart during the start of the Colorado Gold Rush
. The first issue was printed only 20 minutes ahead of its rival, the Cherry Creek Pioneer
The E.W. Scripps Company
bought the Rocky Mountain News
in 1926. The Rocky Mountain News
and its competitors, including The Denver Post
, resorted to gasoline giveaways and other promotions in an attempt to boost circulation. By the early 1940s, the Rocky Mountain News
had nearly died.
It was saved by then-editor Jack Foster when he convinced Scripps to approve changing the newspaper from a broadsheet-format to a tabloid design. Foster reasoned that the new format would make it easier for readers to hold and navigate and that it would make advertising more affordable.
Foster's wife, Frances, introduced America's first "advice" column called Molly Mayfield. It became an instant favorite among readers and was soon adopted many other newspapers, paving the way for advice columnists such as Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren.
The joint operating agreement
After a continued rivalry that almost put both papers out of business, the Rocky Mountain News
and The Denver Post
merged operations in 2001
under a joint operating agreement
Through the JOA, the Denver Newspaper Agency
was formed. The new company runs all non-editorial operations of both papers, namely advertising and circulation, and is equally owned by the E. W. Scripps Company
and MediaNews Group
(which owns The Denver Post
While the newspapers share an advertising and circulation department, they still publish separately (except during the weekends, when the Rocky Mountain News is published only on Saturday and The Denver Post on Sunday; both newspapers' editorial pages appear in both weekend papers) and maintain their rivalry.
Pulitzer Prize - Feature Writing
- Awarded to Jim Sheeler, Rocky Mountain News reporter for his "Final Salute" special report, the story of a Marine major assigned to casualty notification and how he helps families with fallen relatives in Iraq cope with their loss.Pulitzer Prize - Feature Photography
- Awarded to Todd Heisler, Rocky Mountain News photographer for his photos in the "Final Salute" special report.
Pulitzer Prize - Breaking News Photography
- From the citation: "Awarded to The Rocky Mountain News Photography Staff for its powerful, imaginative coverage of Colorado's raging forest fires." Colorado Press Association's General Excellence Award
- Named best large daily newspaper in Colorado for the eighth year in a row.25 Society for Newspaper Design Awards
- Awarded to the photo and design staffs. They placed eighth in the world.
- 9 National Press Photographers Association Awards
- 6 Pictures of the Year International Awards
Best Of The West
- Won more first place awards than any other western newspaper
Pulitzer Prize - Breaking News Photography
- From the citation: "Awarded to the Denver Rocky Mountain News Photo Staff for its powerful collection of emotional images taken after the student shootings at Columbine High School."
On January 23
, the Rocky Mountain News
was redesigned to a smaller, magazine-style format. The redesign's features included more color pages and photographs, full-page photo section covers, a new masthead logo and different page numbering from the previous design.
The redesign was the result of new presses that allowed the newspaper to print about 25 percent faster than its old presses and can print an average of 60,000 issues per hour.