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Denver Post lays off two amid continuing sale rumors

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Marcus Chamberland, as seen in a photo from his Facebook page.
Denver Post sale rumors began circulating earlier this month -- and they won't be quieted by the latest developments at the paper.

Two longtime staffers -- assistant city editor Marcus Chamberland and copy editor Chris Metteer -- have been laid off, and we hear that a new hire was put on hold following the end of a major initiative from the Post's parent company, Digital First Media. The closure of that program, dubbed the Thunderdome, sparked speculation about a possible sale in the first place.

As we've reported, the Thunderdome is described on the DFM web page dedicated to it as "Digital First Media's solution to providing content, support and coordination to its network of more than 100 local newsrooms, each with their own distinct communities and stories. Think of it as the wire service local newsrooms wish they had. Based on the strength of this network, Thunderdome is able to leverage the most-engaging news reports of the day -- produced by DFM journalists and through a growing portfolio of media partners -- for publication and distribution on all platforms."

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A banner from the Inside Thunderdome web page.
This approach, along with endeavors such as the clunkily titled Project Unbolt, were envisioned by DFM's boss, John Paton, as a way to lead newspapers forward amid the digital revolution. But on April 2, Paton shared a blog entitled "Moving on From Thunderdome," in which he announced that the company had decided it was time to "go in a new direction."

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A 2009 file photo of Post editor Greg Moore.
Just over three weeks later, the latest layoffs were announced. Here's an April 24 memo from Post editor Greg Moore describing the moves:
Colleagues:

By now you are probably aware that unfortunately we were forced to do two staff reductions today to address our continuing budget challenges in the coming fiscal year.

The positions for Chris Metteer and Marcus Chamberland were eliminated. We want to thank Chris and Marcus for their long service to The Post. These reductions are never easy, and we all hurt when they happen.

There are other difficult operational cuts under consideration , but we don't foresee any further reductions in personnel. More on that later.

No one can predict the future, but we believe these moves, along with carefully managing our resources, will meet our budget goals. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. I will be back in the office tomorrow.

Thank you,

Greg

Chamberland has served in a number of roles at the Post since 2003, surviving previous cutbacks along the way. Here's an excerpt from his LinkedIn page about the eleven months he spent as an assistant editor:
I was retained when two-thirds of my colleagues were laid off in June 2012. After that point, I was responsible for all of my old duties as well as interfacing daily with reporters and line editors covering politics, the Colorado legislature and breaking news. Workload increased substantially, and I became comfortable with the heavier workload and was able to maintain the quality of work that has always been my standard.
The profile notes that Chamberland was named assistant city editor in February -- meaning that his apparent promotion was followed a short time later by the elimination of his position.

Continue for more about the latest layoffs at the Denver Post, including more photos.



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25 comments
Pete Giger
Pete Giger

to the oil & gas industry who you're whoring out to? They don't need a section to sell themselves, they need it to convince fickle idiots who 'monkey see monkey do' ... read the report authored by HUMANITY'S LEADING SCIENTISTS, not the talking heads paid by the same corporations they praise

museumplanet
museumplanet

it is just a civic mouthpiece anyway. Might be better if it closed....out of the ashes who knows?

Frank Hickenlooperwooper Sturgell
Frank Hickenlooperwooper Sturgell

Fitz is lost on ice. Gannett is clearly right wing as is Disney, Scumcast, Columbia, Faux, Time Warner. These corps are left wing. Lost on ice.

Lori Payne
Lori Payne

Rocky Mountain News was so much better....

Jay Cismaru
Jay Cismaru

Bob Dobbs the post is definitely left wing

Keith Morse
Keith Morse

Michael Roberts is such a lazy reporter.

Fitz Greg
Fitz Greg

Right Wing??? hahahaha More like LEFT wing. Most news agencies, and newspapers are all LEFT!

Lynne Van Bebber Rerucha
Lynne Van Bebber Rerucha

maybe a new little paper could get going with news and no obvious bias and real research and deep digging into political improprieties and monumental waste...nah, probably not.

John P. Koury
John P. Koury

The loss of a daily in Denver would be terrible. The real press serves a real need - as conscience, educator, advocate and reporter. We would be a lesser community without it.

RustyShackleford
RustyShackleford

Sale? They'd have to find a buyer first.


It's far more likely the Post will go the way of the not-much-missed Rocky Mountain News...

Bob Dobbs
Bob Dobbs

The post is just a right wing propaganda rag, so no big loss.

Glenda Peterson Mostek
Glenda Peterson Mostek

They have laid off enough copy editors ALREADY. It is very obvious from the typos/errors in the paper.

Al Schafer
Al Schafer

The Denver Post is Dead. Their online service sucks, and I wouldn't wrap fish in the print version.

Craig Hawkins
Craig Hawkins

DP is nothing but a rag "news"paper. Wouldn't be sad to see it gone at all.

C.J.
C.J.

And yet they were able to bring back the former deputy sports editor after he bailed out on 9News.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Not too bright are you Dobbie?

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

@C.J. Because sports' junkies are the only readers left.

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