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

Oct 20, 2021

Fatal Shooting Lawsuit Alleges Culture of Excessive Force in Kiowa County

Kiowa County Sheriff’s Department’s pattern of condoning illegal searches and tolerating excessive force led to last year’s killing of a handyman by the local undersheriff and a rookie deputy, a federal civil rights lawsuit alleges. The complaint filed this...
Oct 6, 2021

There’s Probably Only One Wolf Left in Far Northwest Colorado. Can the State Protect it?

From Colorado Public Radio: The federal government is a central character in the story of the disappearance and return of wolves to Colorado.
Sep 21, 2021

Watch — The Time is Right Now: A Community Conversation with Black Voices

On Sept. 21, Coloradans joined in for a two-hour panel discussion and community conversation centered on the newly-released report, ‘The time is right now:’ A call to action from Black Coloradans for anti-racist and just local news. The report...
Sep 8, 2021

Judge Dismisses News Organizations’ Lawsuit Seeking Disclosure of Child-Abuse Hotline Statistics for State-Licensed Facilities

A judge dismissed a lawsuit brought against a state agency by 9NEWS and The Colorado Sun, ruling that a statute prohibits the disclosure of aggregate child-abuse hotline statistics sought by the news organizations for certain state-licensed residential facilities.
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...

COLab Founding Partners

COLab Founding Partners

How We're Making a Difference

Watch: Keeping it Local – Representation in Colorado Journalism

Open Media will host a Town Hall event on behalf of PEN America with the help of Colorado News Collaborative (COLab) on the evening of Wednesday, October 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. MT. This event will be held in person at Rocky Mountain Public Media’s Buell Public Media Center in Downtown Denver and also will

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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.