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 28, 2024

UCHealth Demanda a Miles De Pacientes Cada Año. Pero No Encontrarás Su Nombre En Los Documentos

AURORA — El anillo brillaba: oro blanco de 18 quilates, de doble banda, con un diamante de 1.5 quilates en el centro.  Era el anillo que el difunto esposo de Cathy Woods-Sullivan le había dado el día de su...
Feb 26, 2024

An Interview With The Colorado Sun’s John Ingold on Recent Reporting About UCHealth Suing Thousands of Patients Over Unpaid Medical Bills

An investigation by 9News and The Colorado Sun, in partnership with the Colorado News Collaborative and KFF Health News, shows how UCHealth filed more than 15 thousand lawsuits against patients from 2019 through 2023. John Ingold, a healthcare reporter at The Colorado Sun, was...
Feb 23, 2024

Colorado Bill Sets Up a Public ‘Clearinghouse’ of Draft Legislation In Between General Assembly Sessions

State lawmakers could voluntarily post drafts of proposed legislation — before legislative sessions begin — on a “clearinghouse” website of the Colorado General Assembly under a measure endorsed Thursday by a House committee. Rep. Stephanie Luck, R-Penrose, said House Bill...
Feb 22, 2024

Inside the News: Colorado Joins National Press Forward Local News Campaign

This week, a cluster of Colorado foundations announced they have joined a national fundraising campaign to galvanize support for local news. The nationwide movement is called Press Forward, which already had chapters in six states. The effort launched last fall,...
Feb 22, 2024

Court of Appeals: Town Board’s Closed-Door Censure of Trustee Violated Colorado Open Meetings Law

The town board of Del Norte violated the Colorado Open Meetings Law by censuring a fellow board member during a closed executive session, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday, reversing a judge’s decision and invalidating the censure. In...

COLab Founding Partners

COLab Founding Partners

How We're Making a Difference

Join the Amplify Colorado Movement

Something pretty remarkable happened last Thursday in Denver on the third floor of the Buell Public Media Center, COLab’s home base.  As about 100 people gathered, a lively (and thirsty and hungry) crowd of journalists and community members, we launched the first-ever online statewide source guide to Coloradans from diverse

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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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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.