Better News for all Coloradans

Better News for all Coloradans

What We Do

Every Coloradan deserves local news. COLab, the Colorado News Collaborative, unites journalists from more than 100 news outlets with allies and supporters to strengthen trustworthy, public-interest news statewide. Together, we can increase the scope,  quantity and quality of civic news — the kind that holds power to account and helps Coloradans participate in healthy communities and a responsive democracy.

COLab partners report important stories that no one newsroom could tell alone. We organize collaborative reporting projects and offer hands-on training by experienced journalists — and, in the process, help newsrooms grow stronger.

  • Working together, we can tell stories that would otherwise go untold.
  • Our training and mentorship are helping journalists sharpen their skills.

COLab believes in media for the people, with the people. We help strengthen connections between Colorado newsrooms and the communities they serve..

  • Community-centered journalism builds trust and better news.
  • We help newsrooms connect to the diversity of their communities.

We’re helping existing and emerging news organizations grow stronger financially. That means working with them to reach new audiences, diversify revenue streams and explore next-generation business models.

  • We strengthen news outlets through innovation.
  • We help news outlets find new ways to work with and for their communities.

Collaborative work

May 5, 2021

Kiowa County’s Sheriff Resigns Amid Controversy Around Fatal Shooting

Casey Sheridan has announced his resignation as Kiowa County sheriff a year after two of his officers gunned down an unarmed handyman during a routine traffic stop.  The second-term law enforcement chief in the far Eastern Plains county posted...
May 4, 2021

Deputy Accused of Killing Unarmed Man Had History of Using Deadly Force

Kiowa County’s sheriff ignored questionable incidents, records show
Apr 13, 2021

News Matters: Inside the Rebellion to Save American Journalism

Watch the live event here (and via recording afterwards). News Matters is a new documentary film that follows the desperate attempts by Colorado journalists and citizens to fight off hedge funds and disinformation to save journalism — and even...
Mar 18, 2021

Help and Hope for Mental Health

Coloradans joined in a statewide conversation on mental health during these challenging times. 9News and the rest of the Colorado News Collaborative presented a one-hour statewide conversation about mental health as part of “On Edge,” an ongoing series about coping...
Mar 11, 2021

Three Bullets to the Back: The Striking Silence Around a Police Killing in Small-town Colorado

KIOWA COUNTY, Colo. – Nearly a year has passed since the local undersheriff and a rookie deputy gunned down handyman Zach Gifford in this Eastern Plains county where trust in law enforcement is a given.  What started as a traffic...

COLab Founding Partners

COLab Founding Partners

How We're Making a Difference

Happy Anniversary to COLab: Celebrating our First Year

Dear reader, As of today, the Colorado News Collaborative is a year old. And what a year. What we imagined compared to what has come to pass is beyond what we could have foreseen.  Our launch, on March 31, 2020, came six months earlier than planned. But the pandemic made

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For Journalists

Whether you are working in a Colorado newsroom or you are a freelance journalist in the state, you’re invited to join COLab. Connect with other journalists across Colorado and gain access to resources, training and more. Make your journalism and your community stronger.

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But love great local journalism?

COLab partners work together to tell stories that the newsrooms couldn’t do alone. Together, we tell stories that would otherwise go untold. And those stories make a difference.