Colorado Edition: Collaborative aims to strengthen local journalism; rural songwriters discuss their craft

In many parts of the country, sources for local journalism are in decline. A recent report of the Center for Information, Technology and Public Life notes that more than a quarter of the country’s newspapers have disappeared and that people in thousands of communities now live in an information desert. This is important because local media plays a vital role in keeping the community informed about elections, public safety and what their local representatives are up to. Local journalism also helps inform shared values ​​that create a sense of shared purpose within a community.

With this in mind, a collaboration made up of area newsrooms, public libraries, working journalists and media scholars was launched in the fall. The purpose of the Northern Colorado Deliberative Journalism ProjectIt’s about strengthening local journalism by reinventing the current news ecosystem and improving our ability to solve common problems in a more thoughtful and constructive way. Martin Carcasson is the founder and director of the CSU Center for Public Deliberation, or CPD, which is part of the project’s core team. He joined us to learn more about the project and how the public can get involved.

Note: The Core Team Meeting will be open to the public once per quarter, beginning Monday, April 4 at 2:00 p.m. You can register to participate here.

According to a 2020 report, rural northeast Colorado has fewer employed artists than any other region in the state. While musicians, dancers and fashion designers can sell much less there, they are still creating. Adam Rayes of KUNC recently traveled to Yuma County to hear two musicians from different generations discuss their craft.

Colorado Edition is hosted and produced by Erin O’Toole (@ErinOtoole1). Web was edited by Jenn de la Fuente. Colorado Edition’s mission is to deepen understanding of life in Northern Colorado through authentic conversation and storytelling. It is available as a podcast on itunes, Spotify, google play, embroidereror wherever you get your podcasts.

The Colorado Edition is made possible through the support of our KUNC members. Thank you!

Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs. Other music from the show by Blue dot sessions.

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