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Greene: The hardest stories Colorado has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. Under a grant from the Carter Center and family of Ben Rosenthal, we will be chronicling mental health issues here over the next year.
Denver News

Greene: The hardest stories Colorado has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. Under a grant from the Carter Center and family of Ben Rosenthal, we will be chronicling mental health issues here over the next year.

Ben Rosenthal, second from left, with his sister Ariella, mother Inka, father Robert and brother Adam. (Photo by Chris Michel) Dear readers,  The story of Ben Rosenthal’s death last year is not mine to tell. For starters, I never met the 26-year-old from Marin County, California. I never watched him excel on a lacrosse field. And I wasn’t lucky enough to have read the screenplays and novel he was always writing, or to have heard how he laughed. It would be easy to reduce Ben’s life to his jump off the Golden Gate Bridge last August — as if the four seconds it took to hit the water say more about him than his two and a half decades as a son and brother, an elite athlete and gifted writer.  But stories don’t work like that, at least not true ones. A journalism fellowship I ...
An open letter from an early career Colorado journalist Your weekly roundup of Colorado local news & media
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An open letter from an early career Colorado journalist Your weekly roundup of Colorado local news & media

A journalism classroom in 2020 (Photo by Corey Hutchins) For the first item in this week’s column, I’m turning the mic over to Lucy Haggard, a born-and-raised Coloradan and recent graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder. We overlapped at The Colorado Independent when she interned there while in college, and she offers this open letter in the hope it might spark a conversation: I don’t know about you, but I’m struggling to get a job right now. You could chalk it up to an unprecedented global pandemic, the effects of which we’ll likely feel for years as it facilitates layoffs and the closure of more than 50 newsrooms. You could blame it on the ever-shrinking budgets of so many publications nationwide, thanks in large part to foolish hedge fund owners. Perhaps you mig...
Coronavirus bills push lobbying to record total in Colorado. Here’s a look at the big spenders.
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Coronavirus bills push lobbying to record total in Colorado. Here’s a look at the big spenders.

Lobbyists gather in the room immediately outside the doors to the state House chamber at the Colorado Capitol early in the 2020 legislative session. (Jesse Paul, The Colorado Sun) The total spent on lobbying at the Colorado Capitol topped $40 million this session — a record driven in part because of contentious last-minute legislation introduced in response to the coronavirus. The spending to lobby the Democratic-led General Assembly is nearly 12% higher than 2019 and $10 million more than in 2016, according to an analysis by The Colorado Sun and The Colorado News Collaborative (COLab) of state lobbying records. A measure requiring employers to provide paid sick leave drew the most attention of lobbyists and their clients, followed by a bill to free up more cash for educa...
Colorado makes a cameo in new book ‘Ghosting the News’ about the U.S. local journalism crisis Your weekly roundup of Colorado local news & media
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Colorado makes a cameo in new book ‘Ghosting the News’ about the U.S. local journalism crisis Your weekly roundup of Colorado local news & media

Photo illustration by Corey Hutchins It takes fewer than five pages for Colorado to make its first cameo in a new book called Ghosting the News: Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy, written by Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan. Surprise, surprise, right? The book is a compact survey of the smoking rubble that is the local news business in America, a quick-paced mini-tour of dystopian dispatches from Youngstown, Ohio and East Lansing, Michigan to Lexington, Virginia, and East Palo Alto, California. And, of course, we get our own mention given the carpet-bombing our capital city has taken from the economic realities of acceptance-stage capitalism and more. “Consider Denver, where The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News boasted six-hund...