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

Sep 22, 2023

Amplify Colorado

Local newsrooms long have known that they need to improve their coverage of communities of color and other groups who have been historically left out of stories or who have been depicted in stereotypes, without complexity and nuance. Coverage...
Sep 21, 2023

Amplify Colorado

An online guide to help newsrooms find diverse sources and community members to find local reporters
Sep 7, 2023

Inside the News: Broomfield Leader in Colorado Becomes First Ever Village Media News Site to Close

Two years after launching the Broomfield Leader as a for-profit digital local news site, the Canadian-owned Village Media has shut it down. The move once again underscores the difficulty of sustaining a hyperlocal news startup and paying reporters to...
Jul 14, 2023

Inside the News: Two Newspapers in Southern Colorado Expand

Countering last week’s news of two Eastern Plains newspapers cutting back their print days, two small hyperlocal publications in southern Colorado say they are expanding their offerings. The Florence Reporter, which launched last year as a monthly newspaper in Fremont County, announced it...
Jul 7, 2023

Inside the News: More Colorado Newspapers Cut Their Print Days, This Time on the Eastern Plains

Starting next week, two newspapers on the Eastern Plains will cut the number of days they publish a printed edition. “The decision to eliminate the Monday and Tuesday print editions, offering digital replicas only on those days, was made...

COLab Founding Partners

COLab Founding Partners

How We're Making a Difference

Building Colorado’s Future Newsrooms

I am thrilled today to introduce you to two young people I’ve had the joy of working with this summer.  Hope Muñoz is a University of Colorado senior from New Mexico. Jinx Wilson, who identifies as nonbinary, is a Fort Collins native and a junior at Metropolitan State University. Hope says

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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.

Not a Journalist...

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.