‘The Time is Right Now:’ A Call to Action from Black Coloradans for Anti-Racist and Just Local News

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In early 2021, News Voices: Colorado — a collaboration among the Colorado News Collaborative (COLab), Colorado Media Project and Free Press — convened the Black Voices Working Group. The group, made up of Black leaders, storytellers, journalists, funders and community members, focused on how to improve access to trustworthy news and information for Black residents throughout the state and sought tangible ways for communities, philanthropy and newsrooms to acknowledge and address the harms — historic and ongoing — local media coverage has inflicted on Black communities. 

The Black Voices Working Group developed five key recommendations, detailed in its report: The time is right now:’ A call to action from Black Coloradans for anti-racist and just local news.

To join the Black Voices Colorado project or to receive more information about this work, click here.