Denver Post deals with 4 percent budget cut, shrinkage in features and sports sections

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The newspaper industry remains under economic assault, as shown by Gannett laying off 700 employees yesterday, including two at the Fort Collins Coloradoan, not to mention the recent closure of the Denver Daily News. And the Denver Post isn't immune to these challenges. Editor Greg Moore confirms the paper's budget has been cut by 4 percent amid shrinkage in the feature and sports sections.

"It is true that we will be implementing some news hole cuts in an effort to save money," Moore notes via e-mail. "We have tried to do it smartly so as to have minimal impact on the reader experience. The fact of the matter is that we started news hole cuts in April and I don't [think] they have been all that noticeable or upsetting. The biggest adjustments will be in Features and Sports, but those are also areas where the news hole has been most generous over the past several years."

Regarding the 4 percent budget cut, Moore is confident it can be handled without resorting to layoffs. Instead, he foresees balance achieved "through continued attrition and other adjustments, including smart cuts in expenses for every department."

Moore adds that "over the last five years, we have made a number of budget reductions, but also added people to buttress our digital operation. I am happy that we have been able to maintain a quality report in print and online and continue to do ambitious journalism."

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Larry Denton
Larry Denton

In regaurds to budget cuts  cutting comic strips is one thing,  but getting rid or the King crossword puzzle not a good idea! I think working a crossword puzzel gives your brain a much better workout than a comic strip does. As far as I'm concerned maybe one or two strips are funny, the rest are a pure waste of time. Bring back the King crosswords.

Fred
Fred

I heard the Post is thinking about not publishing on certain days of the week. Anyone know if there is any truth to this?

Bill
Bill

What they deliver on Mondays and Tuesdays when it's not football season could be classified as not publishing.

kickdemout
kickdemout

Who reads the Post?  It's nothing more that an extenson of the New York Enquirer.

taxpayer22
taxpayer22

And the website needs a complete overhaul

mak
mak

Mikey's just mad that the Rocky closed, John Temple left town and he doesn't get to sit in Dave Milstead's lap anymore.

Cronkite
Cronkite

News about News about Newspapers.

No matter how many times you say it, it doesn't make it "news".

Please thrill us with descriptions of typeface, circulation numbers, and what coffee is served in the editor's lounge.  The day is coming when the Post has one story about itself on the front page and the rest is AP Wire reports and furniture ads.  Oh wait!, that day is today.

Artimusmaximus
Artimusmaximus

I don't think Michael realizes how transparent he has become.]

Shaun
Shaun

Just talked to a friend of mine at the Post. Apparently Michael failed to note that the Post recently restored pay cuts from three years ago, bought several smaller papers in Colorado and hired a dozen people in the newsroom, including a couple of former high-profile Rocky reporters and one of the AP's national reporters. The Post also is in negotiations to buy out the company that owns the Colorado Springs paper. That hardly seems like the sinking ship, Michael. Guess it's a better story if you leave out some of those pesky facts, hunh?

Guest
Guest

Care to revise your thoughts, Shaun, about how the Post is thriving? Now that some new "pesky facts" have finally bubbled to the surface?

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Shaun, I printed Greg Moore's entire e-mail on the subject. Not one word was left out. And I've previously written about MediaNews Group's attempt to buy Freedom Communications, which owns the Colorado Springs Gazette. Here's the link:

http://blogs.westword.com/late...

BobbyT
BobbyT

Really? That's your whole defense? Moore didn't answer any questions you apparently didn't ask? What was the term you used recently, journalistically embarrassing?

Jeffrey
Jeffrey

Yes, those last two words perfectly describe the Post.

Bill
Bill

Sports definitely needs a haircut. And the website needs a complete overhaul, so the hiring for online doesn't appear to have been very smart.

DB
DB

Bill, can you point me to a better local news site? The lack of specifics makes it seem as though you're taking a shot aimed at nothing but some personal agenda. Explain please.

The Post is the first place I go in the morning, because it has the most news and much fuller reporting thatn TV, then I swing by here later in the day to catch Michael rewriting what the Post (and other media outlets) have written. The Post isn't perfect or even all that good some days, but, be honest, it's still the best there is in Colorado. It may not be the NY Times, but Denver is hardly New York.

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