Dinah L. Zeiger
Newspapers historically constituted the backbone of news in Denver, which, until the March 2009 closing of the Rocky Mountain News , was one of the few American cities served by two weekday daily newspapers, albeit publishing under a joint operating agreement since 2001. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, two trends began reshaping Denver's media landscape. First, the merging of technology and the 24-hour news cycle radically transformed local newsgathering and presentation. Second, the city's growing Hispanic population reconfigured local media, adding more local Spanish-language programming. Geography and journalism figured prominently in Denver's early development. The city straddles a prime position on the 105th meridian, where the Great Plains end and the Rocky Mountains begin, and newspapers became the primary vehicle for promoting its mineral riches after gold was discovered in 1858. More recently, its strategic location, halfway between Tokyo and Munich, made Denver the natural “bounce” point for ...