Rocky Mountain News chief given added role as director of content for Scripps newspapers

Thu, April 13, 2006 by Mark Kroeger

CINCINNATI – John Temple, editor, president and publisher of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, is taking on additional responsibilities within The E. W. Scripps Company’s newspaper division as director of content, effective immediately.   Temple, in addition to his role as the chief editorial executive in Denver for Scripps, will be serving in an advisory capacity to Scripps editors and publishers on editorial issues, including content strategy, Web development, design, and the recruitment and retention of editorial staff.   “John Temple is one of the most talented editors working in our business today,” said Mark Contreras, senior vice president of newspapers for Scripps. “By formalizing this role, it’s our intention for John to help us build on our reputation as one of the very best newspaper companies in the country for journalists to practice and improve their craft. I think all of our newspapers can benefit from his experience, entrepreneurship and creativity.”   Temple, 53, has been editor of the Rocky Mountain News since 1998 and was given the additional responsibilities of president and publisher of the newspaper in 2001. He also serves as the newspaper’s liaison to the Denver Newspaper Agency, which manages business and production functions for the News and The Denver Post under terms of a joint operating agreement. The Post is owned by MediaNews Group.   During Temple’s tenure at the helm of the Rocky Mountain News, the newspaper has won two Pulitzer Prizes for news photography and numerous other state and regional awards for editorial excellence. In 2005, Temple also guided the creation and development of YourHub.com, a Web-based citizen journalism initiative with 44 Web sites and 15 weekly print sections serving the Denver metropolitan area. The Denver Newspaper Agency has syndicated the concept, which is now online in five other states.    Temple became editor and vice president of the News after serving three years as managing editor. Before joining the News in 1992 as metro editor, Temple was managing editor of The Albuquerque Tribune, which also is owned by Scripps. Temple worked for the Toronto Star before joining Scripps in an editing capacity. He has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto.   About Scripps   The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) is a diverse and growing media enterprise with interests in national cable networks, newspaper publishing, broadcast television stations, electronic commerce, interactive media, and licensing and syndication.   The company’s portfolio of media properties includes: Scripps Networks, with such brands as HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living, Great American Country and HGTVPro; daily and community newspapers in 18 markets and the Washington-based Scripps Media Center, home to the Scripps Howard News Service; 10 broadcast TV stations, including six ABC-affiliated stations, three NBC affiliates and one independent; leading online search and comparison shopping services, Shopzilla and uSwitch; United Media, a leading worldwide licensing and syndication company that is the home of PEANUTS, DILBERT and approximately 150 other features and comics; and Shop At Home, which markets a growing range of consumer goods directly to television viewers in roughly 57 million U.S. households and online through shopathometv.com.

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