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

Mar 10, 2023

Inside the News: ‘Fighting to be Seen’ — Colorado AANHPI Community Members Call for ‘Just Local News’

The Voices Initiative is out with a new report for Colorado — this time about Asian, South Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders here and their recommendations for local media. The initiative, which launched in 2021, is a project...
Mar 8, 2023

Aurora Sentinel Argues in Court of Appeals for Release of City Council Executive Session Recording

In a new filing, the Aurora Sentinel lays out multiple reasons why it believes the Colorado Court of Appeals should reverse a judge’s ruling and order the city of Aurora to publicly release the recording of a closed-door meeting...
Mar 6, 2023

COA Ruling Chills Speech ‘That Allows the Media To Keep the Public Informed,’ CFOIC, News Associations Argue in Colorado Supreme Court Brief

A 2021 Colorado Court of Appeals opinion on what lawyers can tell the press about pending class-action lawsuits will chill “legitimate speech that allows the media to keep the public informed on matters of significant public concern,” the Colorado...
Mar 1, 2023

Colorado Judicial Branch Asks for Public Comment on Proposed Virtual Court Directives

Colorado’s judicial branch proposed two new chief justice directives on virtual court proceedings Wednesday and asked the public to comment on them by mid-March. “It is a forgone conclusion that virtual proceedings are here to stay, and they provide...
Feb 24, 2023

Inside the News: An Ex-Colorado Business Journalist Will Now Write (and Advocate) for Colorado Business

A longtime reporter who covered the legislature for The Denver Business Journal has turned in his press pass and joined the ranks of those he once covered — taking a position as a vice president of the Colorado Chamber...

COLab Founding Partners

COLab Founding Partners

How We're Making a Difference

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.