Griego: 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, I returned this week to that July 22nd exchange between Vox’s Ezra Klein, the questioner, […]

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Coronavirus Media

Colorado makes a cameo in new book ‘Ghosting the News’ about the U.S. local journalism crisis Your weekly roundup of Colorado local news & media


It takes fewer than five pages for Colorado to make its first cameo in a new book called Ghosting the News: Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy, written by Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan. Surprise, surprise, right? The book is a compact survey of the smoking rubble that is the local news business in America, a quick-paced mini-tour […]

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Politics

Coronavirus bills push lobbying to record total in Colorado. Here’s a look at the big spenders.


Lobbyists gather in the room immediately outside the doors to the state House chamber at the Colorado Capitol early in the 2020 legislative session. (Jesse Paul, The Colorado Sun)The total spent on lobbying at the Colorado Capitol topped $40 million this session — a record driven in part because of contentious last-minute legislation introduced in response to the coronavirus. The spending to lobby the Democratic-led General Assembly is nearly 12% higher than 2019 and $10 million more than in 2016, according to an […]

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An open letter from an early career Colorado journalist Your weekly roundup of Colorado local news & media


For the first item in this week’s column, I’m turning the mic over to Lucy Haggard, a born-and-raised Coloradan and recent graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder. We overlapped at The Colorado Independent when she interned there while in college, and she offers this open letter in the hope it might spark a conversation: […]

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Health Media

Greene: 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.


Ben Rosenthal, second from left, with his sister Ariella, mother Inka, father Robert and brother Adam.Dear readers,  The story of Ben Rosenthal’s death last year is not mine to tell. For starters, I never met the 26-year-old from Marin County, California. I never watched him excel on a lacrosse field. And I wasn’t lucky enough to have read the screenplays and novel he was always writing, or to have heard […]

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Education

Guest Post: How many teacher deaths are we OK with?


Empty classroom at Lakewood High School.I have a question for the school boards and administrators who have decided that we should go back to 100% in-person learning this fall: How many teacher deaths are you OK with? In my 10 years as a teacher I’ve come to terms with the more unsavory aspects of the profession: standardized testing, mountains of […]

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Education

Guest Post: Child care costs in Colorado — why some moms don’t take the raise


Kayla Frawley, a single mom, plays with her 2-year-old son, Josiah, in their Denver apartment in 2018.I remember crunching numbers all the time when my child was one-year-old and in a Head Start program: How much of a raise would keep my kiddo on state Medicaid, or how much of a raise would be sufficient to be able to afford private child care? I am part of the 33% of former […]

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‘Deep introspection’ on ‘race and racism’ at Colorado Public Radio Your weekly roundup of Colorado local news & media


More and more, news audiences are learning about the experiences of journalists of color as outlets again grapple with the makeup of their newsrooms and their approaches to coverage. “We’re finally feeling empowered to speak openly about racism in the newsroom,” wrote Soledad O’Brien in a recent column for The New York Times. A response has sparked internal conversations within newsrooms, […]

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“Bright lights in dark times”


One of 8 journalists to receive the 2020-2021 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship, Susan Greene is the inaugural recipient of the Benjamin von Sternenfels Rosenthal Grant for Mental Health Investigative Journalism — a partnership between The Carter Center’s Mental Health Program and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR).Dear reader, Our apologies for our recent radio silence. Our new project launch with COLab (the Colorado News Collaborative) has us gathering string and casting nets and mining veins, basically all the metaphors for digging into good journalism. First, some good news. Susan has been selected as a 2020-2021 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow. Among […]

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Guest Post: A groundbreaking 2019 law opened records on police internal affairs investigations. The legislature could make the disciplinary process even more transparent.


Fourteen months before Colorado lawmakers passed the sweeping law enforcement accountability and transparency bill recently signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis, they approved a measure to shine a light on how police departments police themselves. House Bill 19-1119 was groundbreaking, introducing a statewide standard for the disclosure of records on completed internal affairs investigations. Before its enactment, nearly […]

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