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January 21, 2009 9:21 PM

Broncos Defense: Daily reminders

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Cartoons amidst chaos
I've been asked through the years from many people, how do I get my ideas? While it is a perplexing question to answer, I can tell you this...it is difficult to create and come up with ideas amidst the possibility that the newspaper you work for could close its doors at any time. If you knew all that it takes for a staff to produce a daily newspaper you would most likely conclude it is a miracle each and every day. It takes a staff working together as a team, each role a vital part of the process.

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I'm including this cartoon that I did recently for the website iwantymyrocky.com. The website was built to try and raise community interest in helping us to save this newspaper. I encourage you to take a look at the site, wander through the profiles of people who help put together this daily miracle known as the Rocky Mountain News and join our effort to preserve this Colorado institution.



Discussion

  • January 22, 2009

    8:14 AM

    livefortoday writes:

    Drew I like your cartoon on the Rocky Mountain News. I think its time for RMN to re-invent itself as a 100% online news paper. I for one read the Rocky online everyday and would continue if it was still there. I beleive that all newspapers will be paperless or close to it by 2020 so why doesn't the RMN lead the way just as they have for the past 150 years.

  • January 22, 2009

    9:29 PM

    Ryan writes:

    Hi Drew here's an idea. Since the internet is a main cause of this, maybe Google should offer to buyout failing newspapers and as a concession, Google can advertise on a page or two in the Rocky and other news papers they buy...??

  • January 23, 2009

    11:36 AM

    Thrawn writes:

    There was an explanation offered a week or two ago (I think on this blog) that even if the RMN does go exclusively online, it covers nowhere near the type of revenue they get from print. The paper would have to lay off quite a few writers and the quality would go down.

    There are papers thriving in even this environment. The WSJ is doing quite well, but I think they actually charge people to view their paper online with a monthly fee.

    Technology advancements will kill an industry that does not adapt. The music industry got a taste of that a few years back with NAPSTER and some of those other music sharing sites where music can easily be pirated. Software companies have to have similar protections as well.

    Looks like the newspaper press will have to do some similar modifying of how they conduct business as many papers are facing the problems the RMN is.

  • February 2, 2009

    12:37 PM

    eric jennings writes:

    Drew,

    Having met you before and read countless cartoons over the years, I can assure you that the Rocky Mountain News should continue, serving the public with quality newspaper journalism. I'll do all I can to keep the paper going.

    Sincerely,

    Eric Jenningns

  • February 7, 2009

    8:38 AM

    Ricky T writes:

    It's difficult to comprehend how technology has grown since I delivered the Rocky in the early 60's. I read the Rocky regularly in paper form and will truly miss it when it's gone.Change seems inevitable, if and when the "paper" stops I will mat and frame the final front page and hang it on my office wall,but miss Drew's humor most of all.

  • March 10, 2009

    9:06 AM

    Emily, Brooklyn writes:

    Tearful. So very sorry.

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