The Rocky Mountain News (Denver CO, USA) will appear for the last time today, just short of its 150th birthday. And the staff has been chronicling the closure in real time through social media.
There is something extremely ironic and poetic about this, especially given the brutality of the announcement. Although rumours have been swirling for months (I know someone who works there who has been telling me abut it), the parent company gave the staff just one day to deal with the announcement: “Tomorrow’s is the last edition”. But the social media are giving the staff a way to express their grief and to be comforted.
I don’t have any deep insights into this example. I find it touching. And sad. And somehow very human.