Public Pathways for Supporting Coloradans’ 
Civic News and Information Needs in the 21st Century


On October 13, the Colorado Media Project published a new report, “Local News is a Public Good: Public Pathways for Supporting Coloradans’ Civic News and Information Needs in the 21st Century.” With this work, we hope to spark conversations at all levels on the proposition:

Free and independent local news is a public good that is vital to democracy, and all Coloradans, including community leaders, should seriously consider public support as one of the necessary vehicles to sustain and evolve local public-service journalism.

New ideas, new approaches, and new products and services are desperately needed to ensure the reimagining and very survival of high-quality journalism in Colorado, especially in underserved communities. Indeed, Colorado already has promising entrepreneurial efforts by existing news organizations and digital native upstarts that are injecting a spirit of innovation that can serve as an example to the nation. We hope that the ideas contained in this paper inspire more Coloradans to envision what’s possible for local news and civic engagement in the 21st century.


Starting the conversation

The ideas contained in this paper are not meant to be the endpoint in a conversation, but the beginning. We invite you to join the discussion. On social media, use the hashtag:


To kickoff the conversation, Colorado Media Project hosted a panel discussion at CU-Denver School of Public Affairs with members of our white paper working group, moderated by Corey Hutchins. View the event video in its entirety below.

This discussion is part of a public event series to discuss the research and recommendations laid out in our report. For registration and details, see the links below.


More information

For more information, follow along with us on our Medium page, where we’ll share thoughts from journalists, policy experts and community leaders. Also to participate in a public conversation near you, stay tuned to our event page for updates on panels, forums and social gatherings around the state.

While the future of local news is uncertain, there is hope in our horizon. Colorado has an opportunity to lead the nation in preserving informed communities through supporting robust public service journalism. Your contributions to these efforts are crucial to our progress as a statewide ecosystem. Thank you for taking this journey with us.

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