The alt-weekly Colorado Springs Independent has joined with the daily Colorado Springs Gazette to publish tandem endorsements regarding two upcoming ballot questions. "We have set aside our differences to graphically illustrate how important it is for citizens to vote this fall to ensure the short- and long-term health of the city we call home," Independent publisher John Weiss says. "Join with us to help save our city from a terrible -- yet still avoidable -- fate."
The winners of the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' 2008 Mark of Excellence awards were announced late last month, and both Boulder Weekly and the Colorado Springs Independent went home winners, AAN News has learned. The Indy won 13 awards total, including six first-place finishes -- in A&E Reporting, Education Reporting, Food and Beverage, Legal Affairs Reporting Personal Columns, and Political Reporting. Boulder Weekly won a total of four awards, including one first-place finish in the Science/Environment/Ag/Medical reporting category. In addition, Indy contributing editor Cara DeGette placed first in the blog category for her writing on ColoradoConfidential.com, the Denver-based website she helped launch in 2006.
Publisher John Weiss says he was asked a couple months ago by one area Starbucks store to pick up the Indy's news racks there. When he asked why the paper was being kicked out, the manager told him an individual had complained and the corporate office decided to pull the paper, KOAA-TV reports. "Starbucks has a non-solicitation policy and the standard operating procedure is to carry only the New York Times and the local paper, i.e. the Colorado Springs Gazette," the coffee giant says in a statement. Weiss says it sets a double standard: "Just allowing one newspaper, which is very, very conservative, into their stores, we don't think provides the balance this community needs." The Indy went through a similar ban eight years ago at King Soopers grocery stores, according to KOAA. The stores eventually brought the paper back after receiving multiple complaint letters and phone calls from customers.
Last month, the Independent announced that it had partnered with 12 local media outlets in the region to create SoCoAds.com, a classified web portal designed to compete with Craigslist with local ads gleaned from more than 500 national websites. ColoradoBiz thinks that SoCoAds.com may already have a leg up on Craigslist, since the site can buy advertising. The media companies have collectively invested $50,000 in premium ad and broadcast space to support SoCoAds.com in a big one-month starting push. In addition, ColoradoBiz reports the site won't allow prostitution services and other questionable listings, "because Colorado Springs is not that kind of market."
The Colorado Springs Independent has joined local TV and radio stations to launch a free classified portal covering Southern Colorado called SoCoAds.com. In addition to the Indy's free classifieds, SoCoAds will draw ads from national portals like Monster.com, CareerBuilder, HotJobs, AutoMart and eBay. "Southern Colorado now has easy, one-stop online shopping for jobs, apartments, cars, pets, roommates ... virtually anything," says Ethan Beute, creative services director media partner KOAA-TV, in a press release.
Nathaniel Glen ... it's got a nice ring to it, but it's just the pseudonym being used by The Gazette of Colorado Springs' new restaurant critic. Now the Colorado Springs Independent is working to lift his veil of anonymity, running two articles criticizing the pseudonym and hinting at his identity in the form of rhymes and anagrams, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The critic chose to work under an assumed name because he was already a staffer at the paper and his real identity was known. "But a person's byline doesn't make that person known to everyone in the community," says Ralph Routon, the Indy's executive editor. "We use several reviewers whose names are well known and their ability to do their job has never been compromised."
Ralph Routon, 54, a columnist and editor at the Colorado Springs Gazette for 24 years, will return to his adopted hometown to take the position of executive editor at the Pikes Peak region's alternative newspaper. Since leaving the area in 2001, Routon spent the past five years as an editor at daily newspapers in Florida and Texas. He will assume his new position in January, according to a release from the Independent.