Thursday, February 14, 2013 After the Love Is Gone -- Following the ‘Rocky’ Road Former Rocky Mountain News Staffers Share Their Stories Four Years Later
After 149 years and 311 days, the Rocky Mountain News published its final edition on February 27, 2009. As the four-year anniversary of its closure approaches, we reflect on this stark example of the ever-changing media landscape in our own backyard. Join PRSA Colorado on Valentine’s Day as we catch up with four former Rocky staffers who were there until the end. They will share tales of where they've been since, where they are now; offer perspectives on the best and worst news stories of 2012 and the evolving world of news media; and open up about the personal and professional impact of the Rocky closing after 150 years of publishing.
Meet Our Panelists
Smooth. Clever. Clean. Colorful. Hilarious. These words are often used to describe Sam Adams, who, at age 41, performed comedy for the first time in 2001. With more than 20 years of experience as a sports journalist, he's covered championship sporting events at all levels – most notable four Super Bowls, two Olympics, two NCAA men's basketball Final Fours, one Stanley Cup Finals and one World Series. Since the Rocky closed he has been focused on his comedy full-time.
A business journalist since 1994, David Milstead began writing for The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, in 2009. During his eight years at the Rocky, he individually or jointly won nine national awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW).
Penny Parker is Colorado’s source for celebrity and entertainment news, from the latest restaurants to don’t-miss society fundraisers and fashion events. After six years as a business writer at The Denver Post, Parker opted to cross Colfax and join the Rocky as the On the Town columnist. After the paper’s closure, she rejoined The Post, and in April 2012, brought On The Town to Blacktie-Colorado.
As the editor of Medical Marijuana Business Daily, Chris Walsh oversees coverage of financial and legal news aimed at cannabis dispensaries, investors, lawyers and related vendors. He also organizes a national industry conference and writes in-depth business reports for marijuana business owners. Previously he served as a reporter and editor for the Rocky, the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Korea JooongAng Daily in Seoul.
Moderator: A seasoned marketing/communications professional with more than 20 years of experience, Andrew Hudson has worked in a variety of industries and is currently following his passion -- an entrepreneurial venture he began in 2000 called Andrew Hudson's Job List which has connected thousands of PR and marketing professionals with employers throughout Colorado and beyond.
Here are the details:
THURSDAY, February 14, 2013
Registration and Networking | 11:30 a.m.
Luncheon | Noon-1:30 p.m.
The Four Seasons Hotel | 1111 14th Street | Denver, CO 80202
If you register by Friday, February 8, prices are reduced to $35 for PRSA Colorado members | $49 for Non-members | $30 for Students. Luncheon prices after February 8, $45 for PRSA Colorado members | $59 for Non-members | $40 for Students. No refunds will be issued after February 8th.
Valet parking is available at the Four Seasons. Metered Parking is available on the surrounding streets (14th, 15th, Lawrence, Arapahoe). Covered parking is available in the DCPA garage.