Collaborating on Big Stories

  • Susan Greene is a reporter, editor and coach for the Colorado News Collaborative (COLab). She was editor and executive director of The Colorado Independent before it merged with COLab and a longtime reporter and metro columnist at The Denver Post. She was selected as a 2020-2021 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow, and is the inaugural recipient of the Benjamin von Sternenfels Rosenthal Grant for Mental Health Investigative Journalism.

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COLab journalist Susan Greene moderates a conversation with Niki Turner, owner/publisher/reporter of the Rio Blanco Herald Times and Priscilla Waggoner, journalist for the Alamosa Valley Courier and former editor of the Kiowa County Independent. The discussion centers about their projects “Through the Cracks” and “Three Bullets to the Back” – both stories about police killings in communities that preferred not to discuss them. What worked? What didn’t? What did they learn? How have their collaborations affected their coverage more generally?

Presented as part of the 2021 Joint Virtual Conference of the Colorado and Kansas Press Associations, May 20, 2021.