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

Feb 2, 2023

‘Fighting To Be Seen:’ A Call From Colorado’s AANHPI Communities for Equitable and Just Local News

The Voices Initiative began in January of 2021 as a community organizing project of the nonprofit Free Press, Colorado Media Project (CMP) and the Colorado News Collaborative (CO-Lab). It was then called News Voices: Colorado. While the name and...
Jan 27, 2023

Inside the News: Denver Gazette ATTACKS The Denver Post

In recent years, much of Colorado’s local media scene has embraced a new orthodoxy of collaboration over competition. But the state’s lone billionaire-owned news outlet is taking a different position — and taking its gloves off. The Denver Gazette, owned by...
Jan 20, 2023

Inside the News: Denver Urban Spectrum Chosen for National ‘First Black Media Initiative’ Project

The monthly Denver Urban Spectrum is one of six outlets in the nation chosen as part of an inaugural cohort of a Black Media Initiative Bridge Project involving audience revenue. “The six-month program provides technology and design support for Black publishers...
Jan 19, 2023

Colorado Senate Bill Would Bar Nondisclosure Agreements for State and Local Government Employees

A state lawmaker is trying again to bar the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence public employees in Colorado, this time applying the prohibition to local governments as well as the state. “Nondisclosure agreements imposed on government employees or...
Jan 12, 2023

Inside the News: As Another Colorado Newspaper Folds a Local Library Works To Digitize Its Archives

A weekly newspaper that has operated since 1958 in the town of Fountain, just south of Colorado Springs, has gone out of business. “Our newspaper printed its last edition Dec. 28,” read a sign on the door of The...

COLab Founding Partners

COLab Founding Partners

How We're Making a Difference

“A Dream Unrealized”

On Thursday, we launched “Chasing Progress,” our latest reporting collaboration with partner newsrooms across the state. Chasing Progress examines the social, economic and health equity of Black and Latino Coloradans over the last decade. It’s a multi-story project that will roll out over the coming weeks and months — and

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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.