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

Nov 23, 2022

Inside the News: Bloodshed on Colorado’s Front Pages. Again.

Another mass shooting in America, this time at Club Q in Colorado Springs, a longtime LGBTQ+ bar where a suspect on Saturday killed five during a drag show and left more than 15 others injured. Here’s how Colorado’s two...
Nov 18, 2022

Inside the News: Hispanic Publishers From Across the U.S. Convened in Denver This Week

The National Association of Hispanic Publications chose Denver for its annual conference and the group’s 40th anniversary. From Wednesday to Friday, nearly 100 members of the organization met at the Double Tree Hilton for a series of panel discussions. President...
Nov 10, 2022

Inside the News: Win or Lose, Colorado’s Lauren Boebert Once Again Confounds the State Press Corps

Colorado voters would be forgiven if they woke up Wednesday startled by election results after consulting recent coverage about what they might expect. Democrats flat-out routed Republicans up and down ballots across the state. The outcome led some political...
Nov 8, 2022

Judge: Town Trustees’ Censure of Board Member Not Subject to Colorado Open Meetings Law

Colorado’s Sunshine Law does not require members of an elected public board to discuss the censure of a fellow board member in an open meeting, a judge has ruled. The Oct. 31 decision by Rio Grande County District Court Judge Crista...
Nov 3, 2022

Inside the News: ‘Can’t Explain It’ – Dem Candidates Vanished From Ski-Town Newspaper Search Engines

Voters in Colorado’s left-leaning ski towns who last week turned to the search engines of their local newspapers to research some Democratic candidates stumbled into a mystery: There were no stories to be found.  The same search engines did turn up...

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.