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So What Do You Do, Ricardo Baca, Marijuana Editor for The Denver Post?

RicardoMost of us both inside and outside the media world can appreciate the occasional (dated) joke about marijuana — but the world’s most popular weed is now big business, and some would argue that there’s no going back. For evidence, look no further than The Denver Post, the paper of record for the state that may now double as the safest place in the world to grow, sell and consume cannabis.

The Post launched The Cannabist, a vertical dedicated entirely to the business and culture of marijuana, in December 2013 right after Colorado passed laws legalizing what remains a tightly controlled substance in much of the United States and the world at large. The paper didn’t have to look too far to find a reporter who was more than ready to handle this new challenge.

Ricardo Baca, a veteran journalist who worked on the Post staff for more than a decade as a music critic and entertainment editor, now has a new title to add to his resume: the first American journalist dedicated to covering all aspects of the (legal) marijuana industry.

He spoke to us about challenges, controversies and day-to-day operations at his high-profile gig. Read more

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Morning Media Newsfeed: García Márquez Dead at 87 | Whoopi Gets New Gig | Wallace Re-Signs

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Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Laureate, Dies at 87 (GalleyCat)
Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez passed away Thursday. He was 87 years old. Time The Nobel Prize-winning author was hospitalized for nine days in late March for an infection in his lungs and urinary tract. He had been recovering in his home in Mexico City since April 8. NYT His death was confirmed by Cristóbal Pera, his former editor at Random House. García Márquez, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, wrote fiction rooted in a mythical Latin American landscape of his own creation, but his appeal was universal. His books were translated into dozens of languages. He was among a select roster of canonical writers — Dickens, Tolstoy and Hemingway among them — who were embraced both by critics and a mass audience. The Guardian Journalists gathered outside García Márquez’s house in Mexico City in the hope that one of the family members who was reportedly at his side would emerge. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto expressed sadness at the death of “one of the greatest writers of our time,” in the name of Mexico, the novelist’s adopted home. Chilean writer Luis Sepúlveda was quoted by the Mexican newspaper Reforma as saying that he was “the most important writer in Spanish of the 20th century.” WSJ Born in the sleepy town of Aracataca, Colombia, García Márquez was best known for his 1967 masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude. In a career spanning more than 60 years, García Márquez wrote some of the Spanish language’s most revered books, many of which became best sellers in the U.S. They included Autumn of The Patriarch, Chronicle of A Death Foretold, Love in The Time of Cholera and The General in His Labyrinth. García Márquez was also an accomplished journalist, whose lyrical, deeply reported stories first caught the eye of readers in Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, in the early 1950s. He later became renowned not only his profiles of presidents and despots but for the real-life close ties he cultivated with leaders ranging from Fidel Castro to Bill Clinton to François Mitterrand.

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Other Media Companies Look To Join Murdoch’s Google Block

rupertm.jpgOther media companies are looking to follow the lead of Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corp., which has been in talks with Microsoft to feature its content exclusively on its Bing search engine, thus removing links to its news stories from Google.

Today, Bloomberg reports that those looking into the Google-block include newspaper publishers MediaNews Group and A.H. Belo Corp.

MediaNews, which publishes The Denver Post, among other papers, said it will block Google from searching content behind a pay wall once the pay structure is unveiled for its papers in Chico, Calif. and York, Penn. next year. Still, there is still a conflict between not wanting to let nonsubscribers see paid content while still reaping the benefits of Google’s traffic to news sites. Said MediaNews CEO Dean Singleton:

“The things that go behind pay walls, we will not let Google search to, but the things that are outside the pay wall we probably will, because we want the traffic.”

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Denver Post Takes Top Honors In E&P‘s Photo Contest

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Three staffers from The Denver Post have taken top honors in Editor & Publisher‘s Photo of the Year contest.

E&P announced last night that the Post‘s Craig F. Walker, Meghan Lyden and Tim Rasmussen had been awarded the top prize in the competition for their multimedia entry “Ian Fisher: American Soldier,” which followed Fisher’s journey as a soldier — from recruitment, induction, training, deployment to Iraq, and return from combat — over the course of 27 months.

There are also 24 other winners in six categories, including new categories like Portraits and Video/Multimedia as well as Unpublished Photo on Assignment and People’s Choice awardees.

A full list of winners after the jump

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Meeting of the Minds: The Denver Post and Politico


This may be a first. The local paper The Denver Post has teamed with Politico — the Politico banner is running alongside the Post‘s — for coverage of the DNC convention. We spoke to DC insider here at the Convention who told us one of Politico‘s aims is to function as the Washington bureau for papers who can no longer afford one. This may be a dry run.