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 4, 2022

Everything You Need To Know About Voting in Colorado’s 2022 Elections

Election Day is Nov. 8 this year, but since every eligible registered Colorado voter will receive a mail ballot in October, you can vote sooner. The Colorado News Collaborative has compiled answers to frequently asked questions about the voting...
Oct 4, 2022

Experts: Colorado’s Elections System is the ‘Gold Standard’ Nationally

For 102 years, the League Of Women Voters has helped Americans understand how they can cast their vote in elections. The nonpartisan organization has never endorsed a political party or candidate, providing a valuable resource for voters of all...
Oct 4, 2022

Partisan Beliefs Influence Views on Election Security in Colorado, Survey Finds

Even though Colorado’s voting system is often regarded as one of the most efficient in the country, not all Coloradans believe so. It comes down to partisanship: Democrats often believe in the integrity of the voting system, while Republicans...
Oct 4, 2022

How Secure is the Vote?

Colorado is known for its mail-in-ballot system that some election experts have called the “gold standard” in the nation. But with unfounded claims of massive voter fraud rampant, some state residents remain concerned about whether their vote will get...
Sep 30, 2022

Inside the News: Springs Alt-Weekly Becomes 3rd Colorado Newspaper in a Month To Go Nonprofit

Three’s a trend, folks. A nonprofit newspaper revolution has hit Colorado. This week, the alternative weekly in Colorado Springs, The Indy, a for-profit enterprise for three decades, announced a transformational ownership change. “The Indy and its sister papers, 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.