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 15, 2022

Whistleblowers Say They Falsified Patient Records at West Slope Mental Health Center

State regulators have overlooked what former Mind Springs workers describe as a long pattern of fraud
May 13, 2022

Inside the News: Promising Projects – Colorado Media Initiatives Aimed at Reimagining the Public Square

Last week’s newsletter offered the first installment of a series here at Inside the News in Colorado called “Reimagining the public square: What’s happening in Colorado’s information ecosystem right now.” The whole document is too long to post in...
May 13, 2022

Rare Three-Agency Audit of Western Colorado Mental Health Center Finds Dangerous Prescription Practices

State officials blasted one of Colorado’s 17 community mental health centers for prescription practices they called “scary” and “appalling” as they released a rare, three-agency audit Thursday.  The audit of Mind Springs Health, the safety-net mental health center for...
May 12, 2022

Wrap-Up: Effort To Reform CORA, CCJRA Fades in 2022 Colorado Legislative Session

For those concerned about access to government records in Colorado, the 2022 legislative session was notable for what didn’t happen — the introduction of a bill addressing frustrating issues such as expensive fees, email retention and slow responses by...
May 6, 2022

Inside the News: Reimagining the Public Square

What’s happening in Colorado’s information ecosystem right now? These are some of the players trying to strengthen and transform local journalism, battle misinformation and disinformation, bolster democracy, and help communities solve real-world problems. Wicked Problems Over the past decade...

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How We're Making a Difference

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.