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

Jan 12, 2022

Three State Agencies are Auditing the Troubled Mental Health Center for 10 Western Slope Counties

State investigators are at Mind Springs Health offices in Western Colorado this week to review files and financial documents.
Jan 4, 2022

Embattled Western Slope Mental Health Executive Resigns. Polis Appoints New State Mental Health Chief.

Mind Springs President and CEO Sharon Raggio stepped down Tuesday, Jan. 4. Her resignation after 14 years in the position comes after the Colorado News Collaborative and many of its news partners statewide published an investigative story outlining how...
Dec 19, 2021

The Trouble with Mind Springs

Two counties are breaking from their mental health provider. Others are taking notes.
Dec 16, 2021

Colorado’s Mental Health System Is “Broken.” An Audit Could Reveal Why, and What To Do About It.

As state policymakers and media outlets scrutinize Colorado’s mental health system, the head of a trade group representing 17 community mental health centers is calling for an audit.  The CEO of the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, which advocates for...
Dec 14, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis Responds to Colorado’s Mental Health Crisis

Gov. Jared Polis is responding to increasing scrutiny of the state’s troubled mental health system, agreeing that “the current system has failed far too many people and we are committed to reforms.” Driving the news: Polis was reacting to...

COLab Founding Partners

COLab Founding Partners

How We're Making a Difference

The Rock That Makes the Ripple

Dear reader, I’m in my 50s. I’ve been a journalist for more than half my life. I’ve been one of a few Hispanics in a newsroom and one of many Hispanics in a newsroom. Yes, many. There was a time (early ‘90s Los Angeles Times) and there were places (mid-’90s Albuquerque Tribune), when

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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.