Local News is a Public Good - Share Your Thoughts

What do Colorado communities lose when independent local newsrooms shutter or cut reporting staff? What new models might transform and sustain the most vital functions of a free and independent press: to inform, equip, and engage communities in making democratic decisions?

A working group of the Colorado Media Project met over four months to review current research on the business of local news, public funding models from other states and nations, as well as examples of relevant Colorado state and local initiatives from other sectors. The full report is online at: https://coloradomediaproject.com/public-good

The publication of this report is just the beginning of a conversation. Once you've read it, let us know what do you think -- we appreciate your thoughts. 

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* 1. What is your overall reaction to the idea of local news as a public good?

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* 2. Were there ideas, facts, or recommendations presented that you found surprising? Which ones?

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* 3. Were there ideas, facts, or recommendations presented that you strongly agree with? Which ones?

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* 4. Were there ideas, facts, or recommendations presented that you strongly disagree with? Which ones?

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* 5. Of the specific policy ideas presented in the report, how much impact do you think each could have in helping Colorado communities re-envision and sustain local news and civic engagement?

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Empower local communities and voters to raise local revenues to meet their information needs.
Create and fund a state-level, public-private partnership to stimulate local media innovation.
Develop programs to help local media businesses transition to mission-driven models.
Increase support for libraries and higher education to help meet basic community news and information
needs.
Optimize government transparency for civic engagement, by modernizing the ways state and local entities
make information accessible to citizens and the news media.

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* 6. Any other feedback you'd like to give us?

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