NEW YORK (AdAge.com) – This week brought the news that Hearst Newspapers will have to close the San Francisco Chronicle unless it gets needed cuts from the union and non-union staff. Philadelphia Newspapers, owners of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, filed for bankruptcy protection. And E.W. Scripps decided to close the Rocky Mountain News in Denver.
A month ago, Rocky staffers were told that the paper was up for sale. But with little hope for a buyer in sight, most knew the end was coming. For anyone who wants to see what the end of a 149-year-old institution looks like, Multimedia Editor Matthew Roberts posted a remarkably well done video, considering it's coming from a bunch of ink-stained journos, that makes the closing of a newsroom that was able to put such a piece together all the more depressing. But sad as it is, it's worth the watch.