Coloradoan Veteran Duggan Says Farewell


Fort Collins Coloradoan

Adiós, amigos.

The time has come for me to say goodbye to regular readers of this column (both of you) and anyone else who has followed my work as a reporter, columnist and, once upon a time, an editor at the Coloradoan.

I have decided to retire from the paper — yes, I still call it “the paper” even though the Coloradoan has been primarily an online digital product for some time — a few months shy of my 25th anniversary. My last day will be Dec. 1.

In hopes of quashing conspiracy theories before they start, let me be clear. I am leaving of my own accord. I’m not being pushed out by the Coloradoan or its corporate owner, Gannett.

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KC Star To Sell Presses, Be Printed in Iowa


Poynter Institute
Nov. 23, 2020

When The Kansas City Star unveiled new presses in 2006, it was an event with only a bit less pomp than cracking a champagne bottle on a ship’s hull.

Four years in the making, the four-press unit, new and state-of-the-art, was enclosed in an eight-story glass “pavilion” covering two downtown city blocks with office space for 400. Total cost: $200 million.

Reeling ahead 15 years, you may have guessed how this movie ends. The Star announced Nov. 10 that it will vacate the building and no longer use the presses. Both had been sold to a wealthy local family’s real estate company for $30 million then leased back by The Star. Possible uses include a telemarketing center and eventual bulldozing for a new downtown baseball stadium.

The Star will switch to being printed 200 miles up the interstate at Gannett’s Des Moines Register sometime in the first quarter of 2021. By the end of next year, staff, already moved to the pavilion from a separate headquarters building nearby that the paper sold, will relocate to smaller offices. Pressroom job losses: 68 full-time and 56 part-time.

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Salt Lake City Will Have No 7-Day Newspaper Print Editions Starting Early in 2021


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The two newspapers serving Salt Lake City and other parts of Utah will switch from daily to once-a-week print editions early in 2021.

At the same time, executives of The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News said that their joint operating agreement, set to expire at the end of 2020, will not be renewed.

The JOA allowed the two to share printing and other business functions while keeping distinct news and editorial operations. Each will now need to bring that work back in-house.

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Bell Elected President of SPJ Colorado Pro Chapter


DENVER – Veteran journalist Doug Bell has been elected president of the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for 2020-2021, Election Chair Deb Hurley Brobst has announced.

Bell, who teaches journalism at Metropolitan State University of Denver, succeeds Tony Flesor, who chose not to seek re-election. Bell recently retired after a 40-year newspaper career, mostly as an editor, at various Colorado newspapers.

“I’m honored to lead SPJ’s Colorado chapter, and as president will continue my focus on outreach to the state’s college journalism programs,” Bell said. “Our scholarships and programming help young journalists find a foothold in our profession at a critical time for nurturing the next generation of journalists.”

Flesor, managing editor of Colorado Law Week, now will serve as immediate past president.

Ali Watkins was re-elected secretary. She is a multimedia journalist and artist based in Denver.

Robert W. “Bob” Burdick was re-elected treasurer. He is retired after serving as editor of the late Rocky Mountain News in Denver and publisher and president of The Gazette in Colorado Springs.

All four officers serve on the chapter board. The board terms for Bell, Burdick and Flesor end in October 2021. Watkins’ board term ends in October 2022.

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SPJ, Arapahoe Community College to Host Media Literacy Panel


SPJ Colorado Pro and Arapahoe Community College will host a media literacy virtual panel Wednesday. Oct. 14 from noon to 1 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Access it via Zoom at, and scroll down page for link.

Panelists will be Doug Bell, president of Colorado SPJ Pro; State Rep. Lisa Cutter, D-Jefferson County; Lisa Blake; Marianne Goodland; and Ross Taylor.

More information: Contact Andrea Mason —