On Sunday, The Denver Post’s Perspective section ran 10 commentaries on the impending death of the newspaper, both blowing our minds and calling us to action.
This wasn't the work of disgruntled soon-to-be-former employees. This was a display of passionate citizens defending the free press and advocating for an informed public.
The Post’s editorial board members are bolder and braver than many of us. Taking on the Post’s owner, the hedge fund Alden Global Capital, couldn’t have been an easy decision. The writers know that their heads could soon be on Alden’s chopping block, right alongside two dozen of their colleagues.
If you ever looked forward to the headlines on your computer, to the shared posts on Facebook, or to the paper on your driveway, then it’s time for you to take action. Let’s save our paper by selling it to an owner who cares about news, not just profits.
Consider keeping or starting a subscription. The truth is, it's only about $12 a month for a digital subscription, but they'll knock it down to less than eight bucks if you let them drop an honest-to-goodness newspaper full of coupons on (or near) your driveway every Sunday. Either way, the first month is just 99 cents.
Or hold a really big bake sale and buy the darn thing: For only $100 million, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune was saved by a local supporter!
It’s up to all of us to do our part to protect the reporting that brings the truth to light, educates the public and generates grassroots responses.