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Denver Post execs on in-print, web changes, status of Colorado Rockies stake for sale

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Update: Yesterday, we shared our views about changes at the Denver Post, including new, smaller dimensions for the print edition, a website redesign and the departures of Broncos specialist Jeff Legwold and Jeff Bairstow, president of the Post's parent company, Digital First Media; see our previous coverage below.

Since then, we've corresponded with two of the paper's most powerful executives -- president and CEO Mac Tully and editor Greg Moore -- to get their takes on the latest developments at Colorado's largest news operation. Here's what they had to say.

Tully has only been a part of the Post braintrust for a relatively brief period. The former president and publisher of the San Jose Mercury News came to Denver in May to fill the slot vacated by Ed Moss, who left the previous month.

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Mac Tully.
Digital First is now undergoing a similar shift in upper management, with Bairstow, who'd served as president of the company for less than two years, splitting in favor of a gig as chief financial officer at Time Inc. However, Tully doesn't believe local readers will feel the impact of Bairstow's exit.

"Although we will miss Jeff, his departure will not impact the day-to-day operations of the Post," he notes via e-mail. "The operating committee and their reports make those decisions."

Among the moves that preceded Tully's arrival was the decision this past November to put the Post's small ownership stake in the Colorado Rockies baseball franchise on the market. At the time, an inside source told us the strategy was dictated by dire financial problems at the Post -- ones serious enough that they could lead to bankruptcy. But Moss denied this assertion.

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Ed Moss.
"There couldn't be anything further from the truth," Moss said about Chapter 11 fears -- concerns likely stoked by the September 2012 bankruptcy filing by the Journal Register Company, a sister firm of MediaNews Group, the Post's owner. "The attempt to potentially sell our stake really has everything to do with what I stated in our press release, and what John Paton" -- MediaNews Group's CEO, as well as the Journal Register Company's top dog -- "has been talking about, which is that we're focusing on our core business. And we're actually making great strides at improving our position overall."

More recently, another story about baseball and newspapers has thrust its way into the national journalism conversation -- Boston Red Sox majority owner John Henry's agreement to purchase the Boston Globe. Some observers worry that Henry's influence will result in a softening of the Globe's often tough Red Sox coverage, which has occasionally gotten under the new boss' skin. But that hasn't been a major point of controversy in Denver given the modest size of the Post's share of the Rockies -- just 7.3 percent, an asset obtained by the paper upon the 2009 death of the Rocky Mountain News.

What's the status of the Post's piece of the Rockies?

"We are still a partial owner of the Rockies," Tully notes. "We also recognize the increased value of our position, as the overall valuation of major league teams continues to rise. Accordingly, we remain open to a reasonable offer for this non-core asset."

In other words, a transaction can still happen, but there have been no takers over the better part of a year.

Meanwhile, the aforementioned loss of sports reporter Legwold, who left to become an ESPN Broncos specialist, comes at a particularly difficult time; the team is touted as a Super Bowl contender and its season is just starting to rev up. Is editor Moore concerned?

Continue for Denver Post editor Greg Moore's comments about changes at the paper, plus our previous coverage.



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Andrea Birgers
Andrea Birgers

I do. I think the smaller the print edition gets, the less relevant it is.

Bill
Bill

Gregg Moore isn't driving the Volkswagen that is this clown show, but he's in the passenger seat with a hand on the steering wheel. Out of touch, but that's no surprise.

Bill
Bill

 If the Post print edition gets any smaller, people might think it's the old Rocky Mountain News and it will bring back readers because the vast majority of Metro Denver people who actually still get print (far, far smaller today than the combined total of the Post and News when Mean Dean took a 357 to the News in 2009) agree the News was the wrong paper that was killed off. Still, the dreadful, pathetic, clunky, sloppy design, and numerous editing errors (We don't need copy editors!) will remind them that, no, it's not the News.

Then there's the "new" website. Still clunky. Still cluttered. Still hard to navigate. And even the editor's note saying they expect there will be complaints. Um, then fix them before launching. So much for Digital First!

Legwold is a great move for ESPN. The Post is scrambling with the Broncos coverage with just one person and an intern and some out-of-touch hockey people out at Dove Valley.

As for Greg Moore, perhaps he's sipping Chardonay with John Henry to weasel his way back to the Boston Globe, since he and Uncle Dean have their hatchet fingers all over the debacle that is the Post (and the tombstone that is the News).


What the Post needs is a complete revamping of all management and a fresh look, and a new owner. Kind of like the Washington Post and its new owner. But with completely new management. Editor. Managing editors. Section editors. Gut the entire place and start over with fresh, different looks and not an approach that it's 2003.


RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

The Denver Post is a disgrace; an institution that suppresses more news about Denver than it covers.  It employs a semi-literate staff whose work-product makes transplants realize how far from the centers of culture they have ventured.  If all the people who subscribe to it knowing better were to drop the DP and it to go out of business, room for a new daily would open up in the market, and the possibility of local journalism might be realized.  Denver and its People could stand to learn more about the connivings of our government and putative representatives than the DP chooses to reveal or is even aware, e.g.

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

My folks still do. I used to on Sunday, but the only coupons I could use didn't pay for the paper. And they're assholes when you cancel.

Alec Revelle
Alec Revelle

I read it every day while riding the light rail to work...old school baby!

Channing Henson
Channing Henson

Gawd, I might start reading their printed version since they've unveiled their new web-design. That thing is dreadful.

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

My boyfriend has a subscription. He reads it faithfully.

DougHubka
DougHubka

Old habits die hard. The morning paper and a bowl of cereal is how my day gets started. Then I go to the computer.  Interestingly enough the printed paper often has stories not carried or really hard to find on line. And usually has small side bar stories that are interesting that the on line just doesn't do. So it is worth the $ 10.00 a month to keep my routine and get more information

GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

http://www.denverpost.com/ci_23789629?source=bb

From the denver post - "We have listened to our users and worked to speed up the load time of our pages. We have new advertising rules that will limit the number of moving ads on a page and we are removing pop-ups and pop-unders (probably the main complaint we receive from readers)." - If the westword listened to their readers they would do the same. The load time is horrible with weird refreshes after content has already loaded once and the "in case you missed it" box feels like constant harassment.

a94buff
a94buff

Maybe if DP didn't keep morons like Paige and Kizla on the payroll people would still read the Post.  Though probably not.  

Julie DonCarlos
Julie DonCarlos

Wow! $2.89? Really. Please don't kill a tree for me.

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

You are wasting your time asking Greg Moore these questions. He is treated like a mushroom.

You need to ask John Paton the questions.

Venus Cruz
Venus Cruz

yep. yes. @ russ holler, why are you commenting on a another "liberal slant" forum? btw- the westword is also in print. lol.

Ellen Kessler
Ellen Kessler

Nope. Stopped reading printed papers when the News went under.

David C. Sosa
David C. Sosa

The only thing I get in print anymore is the Westword...mainly for the MMJ specials...:-P

Mary Mahoney
Mary Mahoney

I get the cross word puzzles from my neighbor who still gets it delivered to their house!

Tyler Hawkins
Tyler Hawkins

I thought of that this morning when I walked past a newspaper dispenser and copies cost $2.89. I laughed.

Shawn Duncan
Shawn Duncan

We read it with our coffee at the firehouse. Tradition.

Russ Hollar
Russ Hollar

If you want news with a ridiculous liberal slant.

James Gold
James Gold

They're still printing? Dinosaurs!

RustyShackleford
RustyShackleford

@Bill Rather than attempting to "revamp" a stinking right-wing turd of a media outlet, how about we get a new newspaper. One with a principled, take-no-prisoners stand for the truth.

You know, like the Guardian in the UK.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DougHubka    I'm with you Doug.  The morning paper and a cup of coffee is how to enter the day.  Not a fan of the Post, but the News is no more and the COS Gazette is pathetic.  

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

Firefox with Ad Block Plus. I did not know that Westword eve had ads on this site.

I see no ads. And, I am not tracked by Google Analytics nor Quantserve.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@davebarnes Update: Haven't heard from Greg Moore yet. Thanks for posting, Dave.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@David C. Sosa I suspect a certain portion of our advertisers will be pleased to hear that, David. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Mary Mahoney Share and share alike. Thanks for the comment, Mary.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Chris Arnold It's true! Thanks for the comment, Chris.

tippy66
tippy66

@michael.roberts They still print Westword?

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