FreePress has come to Denver to hold its biennial National Conference on Media Reform. Denver is a great place to gather, a sunny square state ringed by jagged mountains and host to a major middle-continent airline hub. It’s also a place suffering from a collapsed and consolidated media market, as alert citizens well know and as FreePress has highlighted for years.
Colorado Independent Editor Susan Greene appeared Friday morning on Democracy Now with hosts Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, who are in Denver this weekend for the National Conference on Media Reform and broadcasting from Denver’s public-access Open Media Foundation studio. The three discussed the Colorado gun violence that has regularly made national headlines over the last few years and months, including the recent shooting of Tom Clements, head of the state’s department of corrections.
The media is being revolutionized in the digital era, becoming more user friendly and interactive, distributing power and better serving the public interest… or maybe not so much. Maybe the “revolution” is already over and we’re stuck with the same old “fair and balanced” stage show that has long been dominated by talking heads trained in prattling on and run by pinstriped executives who share almost none of our daily concerns.
Armando Montaño, a former intern for the Colorado Independent, died this past weekend in Mexico City, where he was writing for the Associated Press. Mexican officials are investigating his death and, according to the AP, the U.S. embassy is monitoring that investigation.
The race for the Republican nomination for the Fifth District congressional seat, centered in Colorado Springs, grows weirder by the day. You’ve got three-term incumbent Doug Lamborn waging a war of words not only with the district’s biggest and most important newspaper, The Gazette, but also with his predecessor in Congress, Joel Hefley.
DENVER — When KBNO radio host Fernando Sergio launched his weekday Spanish-language talk show in 2004, you’d have been completely crazy to predict that the President of the United States would call in for a chat about seven years later.
You value politics journalism, which is why you read the Colorado Independent. Over the course of the last decade, you’ve watched the number of news outlets delivering real politics journalism in Colorado dwindle, even as the larger digital news media universe has expanded and the public desire for more and more better politics information has exploded. You’ve seen how the Colorado Independent over the last six years has become an integral and bold contributor to coverage of the legislative policies and election campaigns that affect your life. Today is a very good day to bolster the Colorado Independent project and help fire up its resources for the election year ahead.
The Colorado Independent, an online-only investigative news organization that began as Colorado Confidential in 2006, will continue operating with its current three-person staff for the foreseeable future, according to officials at its parent nonprofit corporation.
The American Independent News Network, the parent organization of the Colorado Independent, announced today that it is shuttering some of the state sites in the network but that it will continue to deliver national reporting on the American Independent site. Editorial operations at the Colorado Independent remain unaffected by these larger network developments.
As has been widely reported, police crackdowns on the Occupy movement in cities across the country have extended beyond the protesters to include attacks on journalists as a way to stanch news of police action. Ten reporters were arrested in New York when police cleared Zuccotti Park on Tuesday, including reporters for the AP, NPR, and the New York Daily News, according to watchdog organization Free Press. The organization announced today it has launched a campaign “targeted at mayors around the country to demand they honor the 1st Amendment and drop all charges against journalists.”