Denver Post's Greg Moore on end of separate Travel section, future of Monday delivery

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This Sunday, the Denver Post Travel section was folded into Arts & Entertainment, rather than standing alone. Does this move, following reports of feature-section shrinkage at the paper, suggest that Travel might be hitting the road permanently? And could Monday delivery be doing the same? Post editor Greg Moore offers details about the former, reassurances (for now) on the latter.

"Travel has been shrinking over the past year as advertising has migrated to the digital platform," Moore writes via e-mail. "We could no longer support a stand-alone section. We have had as few as four pages some weeks.

"After talking about it, we thought it still important to provide Travel coverage in the paper, but it had to be done realistically," he continues. "We will plan to do a spread each week and then, as advertising and content dictate, expand beyond that, as we did this past Sunday."

In addition, Moore notes that "we will beef the Travel presentation on our website (as we said in the note to readers). We will also continue special Travel packages such as the Ski section October 23."

What's the reaction so far? "We know for some of our readers downsizing Travel is frustrating," Moore concedes. "But we are pleased that we seem to be getting some understanding and the complaints have not been overwhelming."

Negative responses could be if Monday delivery comes to an end, as will happen this month for the Oakland Tribune and two other papers publishing under the umbrella of the Bay Area News Group, owned by MediaNews Group, the Post's parent.

Could MediaNews institute such a cost-saving change in Denver, too? Moore's response is firm, but hardly categorical. "I have not heard anything about ending Monday home delivery," he notes.

Lucky thing -- because how else would we be able to relive the ups and downs of Tim Tebow?

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Robert Chase
Robert Chase

End Monday delivery (and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday delivery as well).

part-timer
part-timer

and how precisely do you expect to get your news? free online?and who pays the salaries of the reporters trained to gather news? or are you simply happy enough with "Joe Schmoe" down the street opining about whatever as the expert....until he gets tired of doing it 8 hours a day for nothing, too?

You folks simply don't get it, do you.

Lose the Fourth Estate and you are in deep deep trouble. Voting and a free press are all we've got that separates us from the hooligans of other dictator controlled countries. Ask them and they all want what we have: freedom to vote and of the press....and you're happy to toss one of them away.

That's just plain stupid. But of course the younger generation still thinks it's all perfect as long as no one complains.

Eye-Roller
Eye-Roller

Village Voice Media, owner of Westword, imposed nationwide layoffs last week. Funny, I can't seem to find any news of that in Westword. Funny, indeed, since you've previously knockd the Post for not airing its problems.

http://www.observer.com/2011/0...

Guest
Guest

"I know you are but what am I?" doesn't really address the underlying problems, now does it, eye-roller? The fact that VV is downsizing also only points up that the problem is industry-wide and isn't easing up, despite the slashing of staffs and content. The big problem is that management's solution at any publication continues to be "Hey! Let's save money and get rid of the one thing that people like about us!"

Ink Stained Wretch
Ink Stained Wretch

But the Post is "corporate." Westword is "cool." See the difference?

Ink Stained Wretch
Ink Stained Wretch

Wow, all the answers to the newspaper industry's problems, right here in one convenient place! 

C.J.
C.J.

So what's your answer Inky to fixing the industry that is obviously on life support.

Ink Stained Wretch
Ink Stained Wretch

Unlike so many uninformed commenters here, I don't pretend to have the answer.

Part-Timer
Part-Timer

It's only on life support because the rest of you folks out there think all their work is free online. So what will you do when it's gone? Rely on Yahoo or MSN for your local coverage. Where do you think they were getting it from? There's a very very bad day of reckoning to be had when our basic 1st Amendment protection is gone....all by our own hand. Government will absolutely love it!

part-timer
part-timer

>>And we could adapt without the Post if/when that day comes. <<

No kidding? I absolutely have to see that! Trouble is, you'll be so completely uninformed and lack any way to get accurate information....the puppeteers will have gotten precisely what they've wanted all along: an obliging mass that doesn't know any better

Good luck with that yourself! I'd rather live in a socialist state by then....oh, wait...it will be!

Mark the calendar, pal. Your demise is coming. Guaran-freakin-teed.

C.J.
C.J.

It's on life support because of people like Lean Dean slashing and burning newspapers everywhere the past three decades, doing things on the cheap, cutting staff (more buyouts underway at the Post, consolidation at all his other properties, for what's left of them), eliminating papers (Uncle Scooter had a big hand -- if not the ultimate hand -- in wiping out the Rocky Mountain News) and, yes, giving away the product for free.

But the same day it was announced old, grizzled newspaper people were put in charge of this Digital First garbage (good luck with that) there was a survey that said the majority of younger people won't pay for news online. That dog is out of the doghouse and your reckoning may come, but like everything else, we'll adapt. Like we've adapted without the Rocky Mountain News in this town. And we could adapt without the Post if/when that day comes.

C.J.
C.J.

Interesting that Mark Kiszla wrote on Monday morning that Tim Tebow was the worst quarterback in the league -- and it wasn't in the print edition. You could only get it online.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

That's happening more and more these days, isn't it? Thanks for the post, C.J.

eCurmudgeon
eCurmudgeon

Someone explain to me again exactly why the Denver Post continues to print on dead tree?

These days, any news organization with a clue would move exclusively to the web and mobile apps. It's far less expensive than physical printing and delivery, better for the environment, and most important of all focuses advertising resources towards a demographic with the disposable income to buy iPhones and the like.

Gary Pethnast
Gary Pethnast

Because newspapers still make roughly 80 percent of their advertising revenue in print. Kill the print edition, you kill the whole company.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Thanks for the post, eCurmudgeon. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats.

Ink Stained Wretch
Ink Stained Wretch

Thanks, eCurmudgeon, for sharing your vast knowledge of the economics of newspaper publishing.

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