Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Goodbye to a Newspaper

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Goodbye to a Newspaper

I deliberately have not said much here about the recent troubles with newspapers, including my own. Even last month when the Rocky Mountain News, one of the country's top photo newspapers was put up for sale.

But there were no buyers. So on Thursday, the owners announced their decision to fold it. And just like that, less than 24 hours later, the last edition of the 150-year-old newspaper was published yesterday.

Colorado's first newspaper, The Rocky, as it's known in Denver,  has about 230 reporters, photographers, editors and other newsroom employees. The end came just two months shy of its 150th anniversary. The staff still put out a complete final edition and web site, which the owners said would stay up for a while. They also produced a video.

The Rocky photo staff has always been listed among the best photo newspapers in the nation. In the past decade, earned three photo Pulitzers. Click on each photo to see the galleries.

In 2005, Todd Heisler (now with the NY Times) photographed a Marine major assigned to casualty notification for families with fallen relatives in Iraq, and helping them to cope with their loss.

The staff covered devastating wild Fires in Colorado during  the summer of 2002:

And from the citation for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography: "Awarded to the Denver Rocky Mountain News Photo Staff for its powerful collection of emotional images taken after the student shootings at Columbine High School."

Inquirer Staff Photographer
About this blog

Tom Gralish is a general assignment photographer at The Inquirer, concentrating on local news and self-generated feature photos.

He has been at the paper since 1983, photographing everything from revolution in the Philippines to George W. Bush’s road to the White House to homeless people living on the street right outside his newspaper's front door. For his photo essay on Philadelphia’s homeless, he was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

His weekly newspaper column, "Scene Through the Lens," takes a look at Philadelphia's urban landscape.

Gralish, along with Inquirer colleague and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Vitez, spent a year visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art to capture the stories and photos of "Rocky runners" who come from all over the world to climb the steps - just as Sylvester Stallone did in the Academy Award winning film, Rocky. Their book, Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps, was published in November 2006.

Reach Tom at tgralish@phillynews.com.

Tom Gralish Inquirer Staff Photographer
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