A flagship local newspaper… plays a critically important role in its city and state: It provides a public record of the good and the bad, serves as a watchdog against public and private corruption, offers a free marketplace of ideas and stands as a lighthouse reflective and protective of — and accountable to — a community’s values and goals. A news organization like ours ought to be seen, especially by our owner, as a necessary public institution vital to the very maintenance of our grand democratic experiment.

Denver Post Editorial Board, April 6, 2018

“I had to do it because it was the right thing to do,” he said. “If that means that I lose my job trying to stand up for my readers, then that means I’m not working for the right people anyway.”

Chuck Plunkett, Denver Post Editorial Page Editor, as quoted in the New York Times, April 7, 2018

The New York Times reports that the Denver Post editorial may have been inspired in part by a rebellion at the Los Angeles Times, which is owned by the same publisher as the Capital:

The move at The Post followed a prolonged, slow-burning rebellion at The Los Angeles Times, where journalists agitated against the paper’s owner, the media company Tronc. Newsroom complaints about Tronc’s leadership helped lead to the sale of the newspaper to a billionaire medical entrepreneur, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, who had been a major shareholder in Tronc.

Various Sources

Editorial: As vultures circle, The Denver Post must be saved, Denver Post, April 6, 2018

May, Charlie, The Denver Post takes a stand against layoffs and its owners, Alden Global; Faced with layoffs the paper pleaded with its hedge fund owner to do good journalism, or sell it to owners who will, Salon, April 8, 2018

Ember, Sydney, Denver Post Rebels Against Its Hedge-Fund Ownership, New York Times, April 7, 2018

Platts, Barbara, Aspen Untucked: The importance of the Denver Post, The Aspen Times, April 12, 2018


The Montgomery Advertiser Versus The Capital

[T]he nearly two-centuries-old Montgomery Advertiser printed a front-page editorial apologizing for lynching coverage that dehumanized black victims.

–Staples, Brant, When Southern Newspapers Justified Lynching, New York Times, May 5, 2018