CMP leverages national and local resources in service of local news organizations. We work as “ecosystem builders,” connecting Colorado’s news organizations and individual journalists with funding, training, technology, and program opportunities that are focused on the “three C’s” – Capacity, Collaboration, and Community – with the goal of improving news and information for Colorado’s diverse communities. While CMP may work with individual newsrooms on particular projects, the organization exists to support the local news ecosystem as a whole, and is agnostic about for-profit and non-profit business models for news.

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Capacity

With the decline of traditional business models for local news, Colorado’s news organizations are in a struggle for survival. First and foremost CMP works to help local news organizations develop sustainability and scale.

Collaboration

If the local news organizations of the past thrived on competition, with fewer resources, the present and future require cooperation. CMP strives to be a connector, instigator, and resource provider for collaboration among newsrooms.

Community

Through events, communications, and other means, CMP seeks to broaden and deepen community support for local journalism, from philanthropy to individual donors to eager readers and consumers of news.


Current projects

Local news is a public good

As new business models and ownership structures emerge for local news, is there a new role for public support? A CMP-led public policy study this summer has convened local, state, and national experts to explore how special districts, tax credit programs, or other incentives might facilitate the evolution of public-interest journalism as we know it.

Arts & Culture community listening

Colorado’s vibrant arts scene is growing, even as local arts journalism has suffered from decreasing resources. With support from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, we are working with CPR/Denverite and Rocky Mountain PBS, along with other news and arts organizations big and small, to listen carefully to our communities about what’s missing from arts and cultural coverage, and think together about ways news organizations can better serve this need.

Joint membership & marketing pilot

With support from the Membership Puzzle Project, we are working with five adventurous Colorado newsrooms to create a joint marketing and membership pilot project to launch in fall 2019. With collaboration, can we increase capacity and revenue for all?

Colorado #GivingNewsDay Campaign

Is your Colorado newsroom planning to do a year-end giving campaign or membership drive? The Colorado Media Project is offering matching gifts of up to $5,000 per mission-driven Colorado newsroom to help inspire new, grassroots support for homegrown, local Colorado news. In partnership with the national NewsMatch campaign, the CMP will also offer technical support and marketing toolkits for participating Colorado newsrooms.

Colorado Migrahack

In September 2019 at the University of Denver, journalists, developers, and community members came together over a two-day hackathon to create visualizations, tools, and other creative ideas to deepen coverage about immigration.

 

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