Saving Community Newspapers

The June online meeting of Albuquerque Press Women and Friends will be a very special occasion. The guest speaker will be Larry Ryckman of the Colorado Sun, a community newspaper which has spearheaded the purchase of 24 more Colorado community newspapers in order to save them. He will be telling about that effort.

The meeting will be at 12 noon, Monday, June 14, via Zoom. In order to be recognized and allowed to join the Zoom, you must register in advance with Linda Lockett at She will send you the link.

You can read a little bit about this here:

A preview of that article:

All too often these days, hedge funds are the first ones in line to buy newspapers, and no one wanted to see that happen. News is too important to be left to absentee owners who care only about double-digit profits, not the journalists and the communities they serve.

Together, The Sun and the National Trust have purchased Colorado Community Media, which has 24 weekly and monthly newspapers serving eight counties including and surrounding Denver.

Larry Ryckman is editor and co-founder of The Colorado Sun. Previously he was senior editor at The Denver Post, managing editor at The Gazette in Colorado Springs and city editor at the Greeley Tribune. Ryckman spent 22 years at The Associated Press, where he was assistant managing editor, a national editor and supervisor of the AP’s national desk in New York. He spent nearly four years as a Moscow correspondent for AP and helped cover the fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of a new Russia. He also supervised AP’s coverage of the Columbine High School massacre and directed AP’s coverage of the presidential election recount in Florida in 2000.


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