Clarity media Group launched The Denver Gazette, a new daily interactive publication, on Sept. 14.
Clarity, publisher of The Gazette in Colorado Springs, said The Denver Gazette aims to deliver “more hard-hitting news, investigative journalism and thought-provoking local opinions than any other publication in the city.”
Denver-based Clarity Media is part of The Anschutz Corporation, owned by billionaire Philip Anschutz. The Anschutz Corporation owns the Coachella music festival, the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Kings and part of the LA Lakers.
The publication is focused on legislative news, business, national and international coverage, as well as outdoor trends, entertainment and local editorials, Clarity said.
Readers can register at www.denvergazette.com to receive a free three-month trial.
“We see ourselves presenting a news alternative for all consumers in Denver,” said Colorado Springs Gazette Publisher Chris Reen, who holds the same title for The Denver Gazette. “We’re focused on fact-based, straight, balanced, non-agenda driven news, which is more important now than ever.”
The digital publication is delivered to subscribers at 5 a.m. daily. It resembles a tabloid print paper, reminiscent of the Rocky Mountain News, which published its last issue in February 2009. It includes 56 pages daily and 68 pages on Sundays.
News pages do not feature ads, but full-page ads appear between sections. Readers can flip from the front page, through sections and news pages on their desktop computers or mobile devices.
A two-digital-newspaper town?
The Denver Gazette comes almost exactly two years after former Denver Post staffers Larry Ryckman and Dana Coffield launched The Colorado Sun, an all-digital publication dedicated to delivering indepth journalism across the state.
The Sun was born out of Post employees’ desire to deliver a higherquality news source following disenchantment over newsroom cuts by the Post’s hedge fund owner, Alden Global Capital.
“The Post was no longer able to do the deep reporting the community deserves,” Larry Ryckman, former Post senior editor and current Sun editor, told News & Tech in September 2018. “We are aimed at watchdog, investigative, deep-dive journalism — the type of journalism that promotes understanding in Colorado.”
The Sun has since won a number of awards from peers and readers alike since its launch.
The Denver Gazette is composed of more than 50 staffers and contributors. Among them, sports columnists Paul Klee and Woody Paige
of The Colorado Springs Gazette, senior writer and deputy managing editor Joey Bunch of Colorado Politics and former Denver legislative writer Lynn Bartels. Vince Bzdek, editor of The Gazette in Colorado Springs and Colorado Politics, serves as editor of The Denver Gazette.
“We’ve added a number of new positions in Denver, we've centralized our production and design work and all of our reporters and editors are based in Denver,” Reen said. “And we'll be hiring more — this is just the beginning.”
In addition to the digital edition, The Denver Gazette’s website and app are updated with breaking news throughout the day. Readers can also see archived articles and imagery from the Rocky Mountain News’ 150-year history of journalism.