2023 Colorado Media Project Summit

What does a healthy local news & information ecosystem look like in 2028 — and how do we get there?

Five years ago, a broad coalition of Colorado’s higher education, business, philanthropic, civic and community leaders galvanized around the importance of sustaining local journalism for a healthy democracy. Since then, Colorado’s local news ecosystem has become a beacon for the nation, with dozens of innovative initiatives emerging, and a new spirit of collaboration, optimism and community service taking hold among newsrooms across the state. (Round of applause, for our partners!)

At this invigorating half-day summit on Sept. 21, CMP grantees, partners, and community members will embark on a forward-looking journey to envision what the state’s local news and information ecosystem will look like in the NEXT five years — and how, by working together, we can continue to build a more functional and inclusive public square for Colorado, both online and offline.

The 2023 CMP Summit is an opportunity to roll up your sleeves and be part of a transformative conversation to actively shape the future of news and information in Colorado and beyond. Whether you are a journalist, publisher, technologist, educator, student, community or business leader, or an engaged resident your insights and contributions are invaluable.

Join us in paving the way to 2028!

Thursday, September 21, 2023
12:00 PM 5:00 PM
The Curtis Hotel (map)

CMP Summit Agenda (subject to change)

Introduction, Inspiration, and Setting the Stage (1 hour, over lunch)
Envisioning the Future (1 hour, table discussions)
Movement Break and Networking (30 minutes)
Prioritizing Actions for a Healthy Ecosystem (1 hour, table discussions)
Roadmap to 2028 (1 hour, charting and gallery walk)
Commitments and Closing Remarks (30 minutes, notes and share outs)

Summit Objectives

Gain a clearer understanding of the current challenges and opportunities in Colorado’s news and information ecosystem, from multiple perspectives.
Develop a shared vision for what a healthy local news and information ecosystem looks like in 2028.
Identify and prioritize actions that need to be taken to achieve this vision.
Strengthen and expand the cross-sector network of collaborators who are committed to working towards a healthier local news ecosystem in Colorado.


The 2023 CMP Summit is a special, FREE pre-conference session of the Colorado Press Association’s 145th Annual Convention. Lunch is provided, but seating is limited to CMP grantees and invitees!
After the Summit on Thursday evening, join us for a free public reception hosted by COLab, featuring the launch of Amplify Colorado.
CPA Convention programming runs Friday, Sept. 22 through Saturday, Sept. 23 at The Curtis Hotel. See the complete schedule and exciting line-up of speakers here!


From the CPA Convention registration page:

Under Affiliation, select “CMP grantee or summit invitee” (and any other affiliation/s you hold)
Under Pass Options, select “ONLY free Thursday event(s)”
Under Events, select “CMP pre-convention summit” and/or “Opening reception”
If you wish to be considered for a travel scholarship to attend the Summit, select “Yes” in that section, and a sentence or two about your need and what you hope to get out of attendance.

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