On Edge

On Edge is a statewide series on how 2020’s confluence of crises has tested Coloradans’ mental health.

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News Team

Helping newsrooms across Colorado grow stronger with reporting, editing, and hands-on training.

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COVID Coverage

COLab and its partners are reporting on the pandemic’s economic impact, public health challenges, and its spotlight on inequities.

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Election 2020

In the run up to the 2020 election, Colorado newsrooms joined forces to inform citizens statewide.

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News Voices Colorado

How do we transform local news so that it’s more inclusive of underrepresented communities and better serves all communities?

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Working Together

COLab partners work together — and with our News Team — on stories individual newsrooms couldn’t report alone. Through collaboration, we tell stories that would otherwise go untold. And those stories make a difference. Explore them and their impact.


How COLab is changing the news landscape in Colorado

Together, COLab partners report important stories that no one newsroom could tell alone. See some of the results.

COLab believes in news for the people, with the people. See how Coloradans are helping build the media they deserve.

We’re helping news organizations grow stronger financially, too. See how innovation is making a difference.

Behind the scenes

Dec 5, 2020

Opening the Conversation

There are times when she does not recognize herself. Who is this cautious woman whose heart hammers when she hears her kids cough or when the latest national political outrage pops up in her social feeds despite her best...
Dec 2, 2020

Working Together to Do Better

Dear reader, I want to introduce you to Alfonzo Porter. He is the thoughtful and talented editor of Denver Urban Spectrum, which serves the city’s Black community. But he is much more than a journalist. He is a son who lost...
Nov 28, 2020

Silver Linings

Dear reader, Has this happened to you? I’ve now lost track of the number of times I’ve uttered “What an unbelievable year!” or some variation of that. But today, I’m reminded of all we have to be thankful about...
Nov 4, 2020

An Antidote to Polarization and Partisanship

Dear fellow Coloradan, On this morning of the 2020 election, I’m moved to write you a letter about a conversation I had last night with my teenage son. Yesterday, Susan Greene sent you a note about the feeling of...
Nov 2, 2020

The Pits in Our Stomachs

Dear reader, Words generally come easily for me. But I have been struggling for seven months to name how it feels to live through this time. The pit in my stomach is probably like yours. It is carved, of...
Oct 26, 2020

Finding Connection

Dear reader,  We at COLab think a lot — one could say “obsessively” — about readers, listeners and viewers of local news. We think about people we know and whom we can picture in our minds: those voracious clickers,...
Sep 8, 2020

The Hunger for News Among Colorado’s Immigrant and Refugee Communities

Dear reader, Before the pandemic and all that has spiraled from it — the quarantines, the distancing, the business closures, the lost work and childcare, the how-do-I-pay-the-bills-and-feed-the-kids panic — Diana Higuera and Jennifer Gueddiche had a plan. It was...
Aug 31, 2020

Stonewalled: Kiowa County Sheriffs Won’t Explain Why They Killed Zach Gifford

Dear reader, Brandon, population 21, lies three hours southeast of Denver. It’s a speck of a place amid Colorado’s Southeastern Plains as they reach toward Kansas. On the afternoon of April 9, a shooting there rattled Kiowa County more than...
Aug 6, 2020

On Longing

Dear reader, Tina and I have spent much of the last month knee-deep in documents for a difficult investigative project we’re still piecing together. So instead of a newsy newsletter, I offer a more personal one about a song...
Aug 3, 2020

No Local News Is Bad News

“Tell me a bit about the broader consequences that we found happen to a community when they lose their sources of local news.” “Well, there’s a lot of things that happen and none of them are good.”  Dear reader,...
Jul 24, 2020

The Hardest Stories

Colorado has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. Under a grant from the Carter Center and family of Ben Rosenthal, we will be chronicling mental health issues here over the next year.
Jun 29, 2020

What News Collaboration Looks – and Smells – Like

Dear reader, It had been too long since I smelled a newspaper. By that, I don’t mean the thing tossed on our front stoops each morning. I mean the building with pressrooms and loud gizmos that somehow transform 6-foot...
Nov 13, 2020

Working Through Uncertainty

Dear reader,  Yesterday, Susan Greene was hard at work — helping a trio of our partner newspaper editors prep for a project with the Colorado News Collaborative. She helped lead a Zoom call with a number of our now nearly...