‘Rocky Mountain News’ Veterans to Launch Online Daily

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By: E&P Staff

A group of journalists from the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News plan to launch an online daily news site this summer.

Content of the site, named The Rocky Mountain Independent, will be provided by “a team of professional reporters and editors, paid contributors, and independently owned partner blogs that will participate through content and revenue-sharing agreements,” according to an announcement.

The Rocky Mountain Independent business model depends on “memberships” and advertising revenue, the journalists said. Members will have access to premium content and features that would include live discussions with Independent reporters.

The founding journalists with a majority stake in what they are calling an “online daily magazine” include Steve Foster, Cindy House, David Milstead, John B. Moore, and other reporters and editors from the former Rocky Mountain News.

“RMI will bring an independent voice to journalism and the Denver community,” Foster said in a statement. “Our goal is to partner with the people of Denver and serve as the hub of an ongoing conversation between those who cover the news and those who read it.”

Foster said the group has been working together since the Rocky Mountain News was closed in February.

One of the blogs that will partner with the Independent is IWantMyRocky.com, a Web site created last December to rally support for the Rocky Mountain News before it was folded. The Independent said IWantMyRocky.com will relaunch May 20, headed by Kim Humphreys, a copy editor at the Rocky who helped organize the original Web site.

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