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

Jun 23, 2022

Trump’s Legacy Looms Large as Colorado Aims to Close the Hispanic Insurance Gap

Hispanic residents have long been among the least likely to have health insurance — in Colorado and across the country — in part because of unauthorized immigrants. The state is expanding coverage to some of them, although the change...
Jun 23, 2022

Pesa el legado de Trump, mientras Colorado busca zanjar la brecha del seguro de salud hispano

Armando Peniche Rosales tiene un dedo del pie torcido, que durante años ha pronosticado el clima y ​​se vuelve sensible cuando se avecina lluvia o frío. “Nunca se curó bien”, dijo Peniche Rosales, quien se rompió el dedo medio...
Jun 17, 2022

The Aspen Times Is Making News for All the Wrong Reasons

Six months after Ogden Newspapers of West Virginia bought The Aspen Times, the 140-year-old paper has become the subject of negative local news coverage. In recent weeks, the newspaper has been reeling from a billionaire developer’s lawsuit (and later settlement), the paper’s...
Jun 17, 2022

How Soaring Inflation Will Affect Fees for Public Records in Colorado

If you think the cost of obtaining public records in Colorado is too high now, you’re not going to like what will happen in 2024. The maximum hourly rate state and local government entities can charge to process requests...
Jun 12, 2022

Sentinel Colorado Gets New Ownership Structure To Ensure Control and Focus Remain Local

AURORA | In an effort to move The Sentinel  toward a unique model of local ownership, a consortium of journalism preservationists have created a temporary holding company to take control of the Aurora-focused media company. “Local journalism needs to be rooted in...

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.